Kinjor Violence, Refugee Camp Saga Face Boakai By: Julius Konton

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Presidential Press Secretary Kula Fofana said President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has expressed serious concern over the Kinjor violence in Grand Cape Mount County.  President Boakai, she told Executive Mansion reporters, has dispatched a team of sectoral heads to  conduct an  independent investigation into the situation and provide first hand information and findings to him soon. According to her, the Liberian leader is saddened by the confirmed loss of life of one person during the protest and  has extended  deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.  As part of the Government’s “ARREST” Agenda, Madam Fofana stressed that the rule of law, despite whatever situation, will be upheld by the  Boakai’s administration. The Presidential Press Secretary stated that as calm has returned to Kinjor in that part of Grand Cape Mount County in particular, President Boakai encourages Liberians to always use dialogue as a means to amicably resolving  their issues rather than protest. The protest, which also led to several wounds and injuries sustained on scores of local residents some of whom are now undergoing treatment in the county and Montserrado, followed dissatisfaction from the people in the concession area for the alleged failure on the part of the mining company to provide basic social services for them. Up to this publication, the Bea Mining Company  was yet to make official statement regarding the situation. At the same time, she disclosed that President Boakai has also instructed Foreign Minister Sara Beyslow Nyanti to lead a special team to look into the Liberian Refugees saga at the Buduburan Refugee Camp in Ghana. It has been reported that several Liberians seeking refuge in Ghana were allegedly ill treated by some Ghanaian security personnel. Currently, according to reports, the struggling and homeless Liberians are desperate and willing to voluntarily return home but there are some financial implications. This situation, Madam Fofana indicated that President Boakai is also concerned about as timely intervention, she assured the media, will be taken by the current government to ensure that Liberians return home safely. ” There are conversations ongoing with the Liberian Embassy in Ghana and other relevant stakeholders and actors in relations to the situation as findings to inform President Boakai on a way forward will be reached soon and will be communicated to the media, ” she  disclosed. President Boakai, she said, urged Liberians in Ghana especially those at the Refugee camp to exercise patience and remain calm as his government is concerned and is working on practical solutions to address the issue.

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