By Morrison O.G Sayon fromNimba
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has shunned family members of some Nimbaians who vandalized properties of ArcelorMittal in the northern county.
While on a one-day visit to Nimba County recently, the Liberian leader who stopped over in the mining town of Zolowe met with family members of the dozens of those now facing court hearing for vandalizing Arcelor Mittal properties earlier this year.
Family members of the rioters mostly mothers pleaded with President Sirleaf for clemency for their children admitting that they were in error to have destroyed the company’s properties rather than seeking peaceful means to their grievances.
The citizens informed the Liberian leader that they have not comprehended why their children had to go to the extent of their action which led the company to lose millions of dollars worth of properties of the company. They pleaded for a presidential pardon.
But in response, President Sirleaf told the weeping women that the court process to determine as to whether they were culpable is ongoing and urged them to let the laws of Liberia take its course as a means to deter future repetition.
President Sirleaf also reassured the company of government’s fullest protection as long as it continues to operate under Liberian laws. She promised that those accused of vandalizing the properties of Arcelor Mittal earlier this year would have their day in court.
She assured the company that government will continue to create an enabling environment for investment opportunities thereby leading to job creation and will not allow any group of people to undermine development by their actions.
She urged citizens of the county to seek peaceful means to their grievances as government will equally not allow their rights to be violated by any company operating in Nimba County and Liberia in general.