According to our reporter who recently returned from the district, Speaker Nuquay is reportedly lobbying with the Salala Rubber Corporation Management to dismiss Mr. Moses from the company. It is also alleged that Speaker Nuquay is in the habit of disseminating falsehoods against Mr. Moses to disable him from challenging him for the Representative seat of the district.
Most of the political party representatives in the district including chiefs, elders, and youths at the plantation camps, including Baypolu, Nyankollie, Paye, and other nearby villages accuse the Speaker of abandonment since the 2011 elections. As a result, they have threatened not to elect him again for the third term.
A Representative from the Unity Party, Alex Tamba, informed Capitol Times, it was because of Speaker Nuquay’s surreptitious plan in the plantation to gather men to conduct his political activities, that prompted SRC Management to ban all political activities within the vicinity of the company.
Mr. Tamba said because the Speaker has done nothing for the people of the district, he has once again embarked on a campaign to befriend the youths because of political interest.
Another political party leader from the Movement of Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), George Lepolu, criticized the Speaker for his poor leadership in the district for the past years, and promised to campaign against him to have him removed from the district.
Mr. Lepolu said Representative Nuquay does not care for the district, but has only used the district to accomplish his political objective. “After that he does not think about the social needs of the district but comes with few dollars to fool the youth. This time it will not work with us,” Lepolu stated.
SRC Administrative Manager Jallah Mensah claimed that Representative Nuquay is also reportedly lobbying with community leaders that were affected by the SRC extension project to coerce Management to pay additional benefits to them, when the Company has already paid a benefit of over USD$2.2 million dollars to those that were affected as a result of the extension project.
Mensah said the USD$ 2.2 million dollars was paid to the community leaders of Margibi District # 5 in the office of Representative Nuquay at the Capitol building years back, but to the company’s utmost surprise, the District Representative is in cahoots with the community leader to reclaim false benefits from SRC.
He also alleged that it was due to Speaker Nuquay consistent political manipulation at the plantation that necessitated management to stop all political activities at the vicinity of SRC.
Mensah said Management took the action to avoid political rivalry which could result to operational disorders at the plantation, noting: “SRC had an experience before which resulted to operational disorders, causing management to lose thousands of dollars in revenue and interest.”
When asked whether the Speaker was lobbying with management to dismiss SAWU President Anthony Moses from the Company, Mr. Mensah laughed and said the question was beyond his duty, but referred journalists to SRC General Manager Mr. Nicolas R. Bergerot.
When contacted GM Bergerot did not admit nor deny the dismissal allegation, but threatened to make full representation to the Board of Directors in Belgium for onward transmission to the Government of Liberia regarding the behavior of Liberian politicians. He, however, did not name anyone.
Mr. Bergeort said SRC is not a Government entity for anyone to dictate to management on how to run the company or dismiss staff because of someone’s political interest.
Meanwhile the Communication Director in the Office of Speaker Nuquay, Mr. Philip Moore, has denied claims by political parties’ representatives, saying the Speaker is the most loved son of the district, and that Speaker Nuquay will win the October elections.
Mr. Moore also denied assertions that the Speaker was congregating community members to reclaim benefit s from the SRC management, and said such rumor has no iota of truth, when the Speaker himself had been an employee of the company before ascending to the House of Representatives.
Debunking the allegations, the Communication Director described the allegations as mere “political gimmicks” intended to dissuade the minds of people wishing to take the Speaker on his third term.