In Grand Cape Mount County, Aureus Mining Public Relations Officer under ‘Hostage’ By Women and Youth Groups

(From Our Reporter In Grand Cape Mount County}

FLASH BACK: Mr. Darby Allen Aureus General Manager (Far-Right) presenting a symbolic gold plated to Liberia leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
FLASH BACK: Mr. Darby Allen Aureus General Manager (Far-Right) presenting a symbolic gold plated to Liberia leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Fresh report coming from the Aureus Mining area in Grand Cape Mount County, Kinjor Township in Gola- Konneh district, speaks of serious tension brewing between the management of the Company and citizens of the district which report said led hundreds of angry women and youth groups to hold hostage the Public Relations Manager of the Company, Mr. Shiek Sonii.

The Chairman of the Elders Council in the district, Mr. Cyrus Fahnbulleh, the citizen’s action is intended to attract the attention of local county authorities and the government that are insensitive to the plight of the citizens as a result of the Company’s inability to address the wellbeing of the people of the district.

The citizens expressed disappointment that Sheik Sonii, a son of Grand Cape who is a middle person between the company and the citizens of Kinjor Township has also shown no interest in helping his people to address their concerns.

Mr. Fahnbulleh speaking further to the GNN said Mr. Sonii has been held hostage since Wednesday morning at the town hall, something he noted prompted an emergency meeting by the Elders Council of Kinjor to see how best this situation could be addressed.

Our reporter also said the General Manager of the Aureus Mining Darby Allen was also held hostage by the disenchanted citizens, but was later released following the swift intervention of some elders, Chairman Fahnbulleh told our reporter.

Citizens of Kinjor have over the time carried out series of demonstrations against alleged bad labor practices, poor health and educational benefits, police brutality, and other inhumane treatment being meted against them by the multi-million dollar gold mining company, claims the Aureus Mining management always denied.

The youth groups have meanwhile vowed to hold Mr. Sonii hostage until their concerns are addressed.

However, when the General Manager of the Company, Mr. Darby Allen was contacted via a mobile phone to ascertain the facts surrounding this current hostility at his company’s site, he confirmed but said both parties, the elders, women group and youth groups on the one and and his management on the other hand are working out modality to amicably resolve the tension that is brewing between them.

detail will follow in our subsequent posting.

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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.