Liberia Internal Affairs Minister Varney A. Sirleaf has pledged the government commitment to protecting the company and its investment in Bong County, despite the killing of four persons by MNG Mining Company vehicle.
Minister Varney A.Sirleafs at the same time promised authority of MNG Gold that those who vandalized their properties will be dealt with in accordance with the low of Liberia.
The Liberian interior Minister said as the government is doing everything to attract investment; it will not allow anyone to undermine President George M. Weah pro-poor agenda for development and prosperity.
Meanwhile, Minster Sirleaf extended condolences to the bereaved family for the repairable lost of their relatives and pledge government commitment of giving than a befitting entombment.
The minister made the statement in David Dean’s Town in Kokoyah Statutory District, Bong County when he went to intervene in the recent crisis between mining company MNG Gold and citizens.
It started in Saye-weh Town around 4 P.M. on Monday, November 5, when a vehicle belonging to a subcontracted Chinese company hired by the Turkish Mining Company (MNG-Gold) allegedly killed four persons.
The driver of the company’s vehicle reportedly escaped the scene for fear of being killed by an angry mob that allegedly set the Toyota land cruiser four-door pickup ablaze.
Citizens of the District vandalized the company facilities and looted several valuables, including explosives intended for blasting rocks at the Company operational site.
An investigation conducted by this paper has revealed that Police have arrested more than thirty persons in connection with the destruction of the Turkish Mining Company MNG Gold facilities.
The LNP has launched is vigorous such at various homes in the district in search of the looting material belong to the Turkish Mining Company in Bong County.
The company is facing a situation where its current operation could come to standstill for several months as major mining equipment has been taken away and destroyed.
It can record that recently, residents in the area of Kokoyah Statutory District, where MNG Gold operates, have expressed much frustration with the company’s handling of chemical waste from its gold mining operations, which allegedly spilled into nearby waterways.
The company later admitted that cyanide from its plant affected creeks that serve as sources of water for locals in Saywayee Town.
Lately, there were reports of school-going kids vomiting blood as a result of the company’s waste site constructed near the school campus.
The vomiting incident led to the school administration immediately closing the school to the public until the situation could be addressed.