As ‘6,000 Contact Tracers’ Payment Draws Closer, Questions Soaring On Party Affiliation

Thousands of contact tracers being hired by the MCC around Monrovia and its environs

Unconfirmed sources closed to the GNN has revealed that one staffs of the local offices of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in District # 11, Montserrado Count, specifically in Barnerville has started interviewing young people who were recruited to form part of the 6,000 contact tracers who were clothed with the authority to process data on related health situations by doing regular temperature checks.

According to information received from one of the hired contact tracers who was part of those who  were hired as one of the contact tracers and went over to the CDC local office in Barnerville Estate, said some of the questions that were being asked by the local Coordinator at the office of the CDC to justify their payments inclusion were: “Are a Cedians? If yes when did you join the party? And Where were you when the headquarters of the CDC was attacked during the regime of the former ruling Unity Party?” our source said all of these questions perplexed his thoughts as to what gave rise to such.

Our source also said many others who had gone for similar interview in the Barnerville Estate under the pretext that they were to receive their payments after the interview with the CDC local party officials, appeared disappointed, as many of them begin to murmur as to the reason behind such interview.

“Trouble is gradually creeping in this process, why we should be asked as to our relationship with the ruling party, when in fact we were not asked similar question prior to hiring us to be one of the contract tracers,” Helena Gibson who claimed to be one of the hired contract tracers in a chat with the GNN wondered.

The Monrovia City Corporation in collaboration with Liberia’s Culture Ambassador Juli Endee hired 6,000 young Liberians across communities in Monrovia and its environs to be used as contact tracers as COVID-19 launched its deadly war against thousands of people to their early graves around the world including Liberia.

This latest unconfirmed report seems to confuse many Liberians as to why such action should be carry out by the ruling party of President George Manneh Weah. Efforts to contact authorities at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), and the office of Liberia’s Cultural Ambassador proved unsuccessful.

Investigation continues

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.