Kinjor Elders Condemn Violent Protest, As BMMC Pulls Out Of Some Communities

Following massive destruction of the Bea Mountain Mining Company (BMMC) as a result of a violent protest by citizens mainly young people of Kinjor in Grand Cape Mount County which also led to the setting ablaze the company’s heavy-duty machineries, offices, local police station, radio station, schools. and other important facilities of the company, some prominent residents and elders of have expressed remorse of the incident speaking during an exclusive interview with reporters Thursday, March 7, 2024.

One of the elders in the Matambo Corridor who is also Chairman of the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) in Kinjor, Lassana K. Sambola who described the action of the citizens as anti-nationalism, noted that what was done by the citizens has the propensity of discouraging investors who may have the desire of coming to Liberia to invest.

Chairman Sambola who just returned from a local hospital in Monrovia where he was hospitalized due to his illness, said the incident happened in his absent, and further blamed the county legislative caucus for not swiftly handling the citizens’ concern, a situation that led to the untimely death of two persons.

Some other communities visited by team of journalists during facts finding tour, residents of these communities also expressed regret of the entire violent protest, especially when they saw the company pulling out of one of the communities with their heavy-duty machines, many of which that were set ablaze by some of the protesters, “We seriously regret the action of our young people who violently damaged the company’s properties”, one of the elders who also spoke to journalists said.

Also speaking on the issue, head of the women group in the are expressed frustration over the situation, noting that what took place by some young people of the area has completely soured the cordial relationship between the citizens and the company’s management team. “As a result of this our husbands at now out of jobs, while people were killed. We are saddened of the situation, we prayed that this will be settled by our lawmakers and the management”, Jabbeh Kermokai told journalists in a rather discouraging state.

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