LIBERIA: Looting Prevalent As Occupants Leave Bong Mines Houses

There is rise in theft at the former Bong Mining Company as occupants leave the housing units due for handover to its successor China Union. Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency on Thursday, China Union Public Relations Officer, Morris Tate, said many of the buildings emptied as a result of the relocation of occupants are being vandalized by unknown individuals in Bong Mines town.

Emptiness of the buildings has led to a rise in looting and other insecurity in the residential areas of the former Bong Mines, Tate said.

Currently, there are only eight police officers assigned in the area to fight the increasing wave of crime in the Bong Mines camp.

This situation has led China Union Investment Company to express fear relative to the protection of its property when installed after the handover of the compound to the company.

The China Union Investment Company in 2008 signed a US$2.6 billion Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the Liberian government for a period of 25 years.

The relocation exercise when completed will give the China Union Investment full control of the assets of the former Bong Mining Company under the agreement.

Meanwhile, the management of the China Union has asked for the deployment of more police in the area to help curtail the looting of its buildings by these unknown individuals in the community.

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