The AFL Engineering team removed some huge pile of garbage along the Mount Barclay route and from several banks and stores in the commercial district.
Speaking to reporters, the head of the Engineering team, Captain Abraham Kamara, said the campaign is in response to Monrovia City Major Clara Doe Mvogo’s requests to the AFL to help clean the city ahead of the July 26th Independence Day celebration.
Captain Kamara said the army is part of the citizenry; therefore they were gratified to take part in the cleaning up exercise which is ongoing around Monrovia.
He said the men of AFL engineering battalion are always happy to take part in reconstruction and other developments which will bring total happiness to the Government and people of Liberia.
He noted that the exercise will not only be limited to Red light or Paynesville but other filthy market places as well as communities where the people do not have the needed equipment to remove huge stock of dirt.
Community members and marketers thanked the AFL engineering battalion for the effort and hailed them as true friends of the civilian populace.
Meanwhile, community members in those affected areas being cleaned by the ALF have accused authorities of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) for the filth that is taking over Red Light.
“We pay money for the cleaning of the market, but LMA does not care to clean up the area, which is creating health hazards in the community and for customers,” says Mamie Klubgo, a seller in the Paynesville area.
They described the attitude of the LMA as “diabolical” and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to review the functions of the LMA.
The aggrieved marketers said LMA is responsible for the filthiness of Red Light market, and urged the Liberian Government to ensure that LMA perform their statutory responsibility.
When contacted, the LMA head office said that the person clothed with the authority to speak to the press was out.