Diaspora Liberians Say They Are ‘Heartbroken’ Over EU Envoy Assertion That Monrovia Is The Dirtiest In Africa

Residents of Monrovia, Africa’s oldest city are said to be inhaling uncontrollable distinctive smells, especially an unpleasant one which as a result forcibly placed them in medical centers because of the filthiness of their city which was one of the cleanest cities in yesteryears, a situation that have claimed the attending of the head of European Union Mission In Liberia.

Due to this ugly situation, the EU official has publicly expressed disappointment over the filthiness of Monrovia, Africa’s oldest city, despite donors pouring in aid to clean it up and improve living conditions of its many residents

Laurent Delahousse told a forum organised by the Monrovia City Council that he was ”a bit surprised” by what he saw when he arrived a year ago, noting, “Monrovia is a disgusting city, it is a dirty city,” he said.

“Of all the capitals I have seen in my previous posts in Africa, I have not seen one that is as dirty as yours,” he added.

He went on to urge city officials to address the crisis, and to account for the money received from donors and the taxes collected from businesses.

“A clean city is an asset; it create jobs and probably that is what Liberia needs most,” he said.

Jefferson T. Koijee, Monrovia’s Most Bluff City Mayor

The straight-talking envoy joined other speakers in telling the city council that decorating Monrovia every now and again was not enough when the issue of sanitation remained a serious problem.

The mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee, who is also the chairman of the youth wing of the governing CDC party, told the forum that waste management in the over-crowded city was a major challenge.

But with more support from donor partners like the European Union they would continue to tackle the problem, he said.

There has been huge support from the donor community for the upkeep of Monrovia over the years, but the city has remained filthy with heaps of rubbish seen all over the place and some remaining on the streets for weeks.

Few months ago, this outlet, www.gnnliberia.com featured on its platform the filthiness of Africa’s oldest city in spite its youngest City Mayor, who have been considered the bluff City Mayor in the CDC-led government.

Some diaspora Liberians who cherished their Capital City in mobile phone chat with the www.gnnliberia.com say they are ashamed of this latest development from the EU Envoy that Monrovia, their capital city is the dirtiest city in Africa despite of donors’ support.

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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.

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