Aggrieved Workers Protest against Senate Pro-Tempore

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A photo of some of the protest banners, protesters took to the Capitol Building.

Over 15 aggrieved workers of a Czech-owned company, MHM Eko-Liberia Incorporated on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, staged a peaceful protest against the President Senate Pro-Tempore, Albert T. Chie at the senator’s Capitol Building office.

The workers converged at the Capitol Building early Tuesday from Margibi County, where the company is situated, and accused Senator Chie of protecting the Senate Secretary Nanbolor Singbeh, who they sued at the Debt Court, Temple of Justice demanding their alleged unpaid salaries for 15 months in the amount of US$82,560.

Singbeh is the president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, and holds 30 percent share, while two Czech Republic nationals, Pavel Miloschewsky and Martin Miloschewsky, hold 35 percent each as a share of the business.

Senator Chie’s name surfaced into the matter over accusation that he obstructed a Sheriff of the Kakata Magisterial Court in Margibi County from arresting Singbeh, who has sought refuge in Chie’s office at the Capitol Building.

Meanwhile, the protesters retired after Senator Chie, through one of his office staff, informed the aggrieved workers about the senator’s willingness to discuss the matter with them.

“Go back home and the senator will meet with all of you on Friday, September 27 at which time he will hear from you,” Chie’s said through his representative, who assured the aggrieved workers.

The protesters held posts with the inscriptions: “Stop protecting your partner Nanbolor Singbeh; Let the law takes its course, etc.”

Singbeh’s arrest was based on accusation that he and several others senior management team of a Czech-owned company, MHM Eko-Liberia Incorporated, illegal sold heavy duty earth-moving equipment (caterpillars) and heavy duty trucks worth about US$650,000.

That case was brought by the Attorney-In-Fact of the Czech brothers Hans Armstrong, a British national against Singbeh.

The case is different from that of the workers against Singbeh that is pending before the Debt Court.

The aggrieved workers through their spokesperson, Francis Kerkulah, told journalists that few weeks ago, they staged similar protest against Singbeh, and later wrote a petition for the senator intervention into the matter.

“Senator Chie designated one his office staffs to receive our letter of complaint against Singbeh, but up to our gathering here the Honorable man has never called us,” Kerkulah said.

Kerkulah claimed that with the action of Senator Chie to prevent Singbeh’s arrest is a clear indication that the Senator was behind Singbeh’s refusal to show-up at several of their scheduled cases at the Debt Court.

“This is why we assembled at the Capitol Building — to beg Senator Chie to prevail on Singbeh to show-up for the case whenever it is scheduled,” Kerkulah maintained.

Kerkulah also claimed that the investors transferred through both Ecobank and Afriland Bank the total amount of US$2,597,190.50 that include their salary, however, he alleged that Singbeh withdrew the money and yet to pay their 15 months salary.

“Look at the banks’ documents, Singbeh withdrew US$2,495,190.50 from Ecobank and US$102,000 from Afriland Bank,” Kerkulah displaced the banks records.

He added, “Why should Senator Chie back such a person, who has refused to pay us our just benefits.”

Kerkulah said the protest was intended to expose Singbeh’s behavior to Senator Chie.

“We just want Senator Chie to allow Singbeh to attend the court hearing to prove his case against us. This is what we want our honorable man to do for us then we will know that he is not backing Singbeh,” Kerkulah insisted.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t understand why should the workers be begging Mr. Chie to convince sengbeh to appear in court. This is a real mess and insult to our judiciary system. Mr. Chie himself should have been arrested and jail for interfering with court order. Where are our laws in Liberia or are there no more laws to governed the nation? What is this going on in Liberia and the administration is doing nothing about this type of power abuse from public officials or are the laws only meant for the poor and not those in power? Can someone please help explained this better to me because, there is something here that I can’t just comprehend. No one is above the laws of any country and everyone falls under the laws. Mr. Chie behaviour tells me that, he is untouchable and sitting on top of the laws in Liberia. This is a total nonsense and justice need to prevail for those workers that has render their labour in exchange for money and yet to get paid. Let justice be done to all men. This is what Mr. Chie sees everyday before the temple of Justice, not too far from his Capiital hill office building but yet denying Justice to people that he knows need Justice. Can somebody tell Mr. Chie that, he is not above the laws in Liberia, and has no right to shield anyone from facing court orders,nor protecting anyone from going to jail. From his action, he need to be arrested and fine 2 to 3 months of his salary equavelent to deter him and others from doing such nonsense that undermined our justice system in our republic. If nothing is done to signal Mr. Chie of his nonsense, the bigger one is yet to come. J. Ark

  2. Sooner or later, many people, specifically critics of the Executive Branch of government will discover that “some funny stuff” exist almost everywhere in the country, including of course the Legislative Branch of government.

    It’s hard to believe that a sitting senator would use his clout to shield the arrest of an alleged criminal. Hopefully, the news reporter at Daily Observer has told a false narrative! However, if the Daily Reporter’s information is 99.9% accurate, senator Chie should be rebuked by his senate colleagues immediately. The senator knows better.

    Then what’s about the senator’s secretary who happens to be at the epicenter of the aggrieved workers’ suit? Totally shielded? Lost in oblivion because of an egregious connection with a powerful senator who welds power? No way!

    In Psalm 33: 16, the psalmist writes,
    “There is no king saved by the multitude of a host. A mighty man is not delivered by much strength”.
    Mr. Singbeh the senator’s secretary, is not a King in the real sense. But there’s no doubt that Singbeh is acting like a King. Or at some time, Singbeh acted like a king. Something went terribly wrong with the paychecks of a body of employees who work for Singbeh’s Partnership company. Singbeh is a 30% stakeholder in the Partnership. Singbeh is being elusive. Singbeh’s elusiveness proves that the stars are angrily arrayed against his underworld dark dealings. But Singbeh and his boss, the honorable Chie have already been exposed. The two gentlemen cannot be saved by their machismo or by the influence of their high-class friends.

    In this case, justice, not “just ice”, will take control. Singbeh can illegally buy time by hiding behind the senator’s desk. In the end, the aggrieved workers will prevail.

  3. I have said it time and again, and will continue to say it, at this particular moment in our history, nothing good will come out of this government. this government is here for one reason and one reason only..enrichment…. and that is it

    it is so so tragic that health workers had to strike before they could receive their just salaries. where are we headed to? the likes of Chie and others don’t care a fig what people think about them and Uncle Hney, I hate to break it to you, but we inside for a long time.

    Uncle Hney, we still eagerly await the day you will ease our anxiety by telling us what the F stands for in yur name and thank you in advance.

  4. Joe Moses,
    You’re a shrewd gentleman! I read the various comments everyday. No one makes me laugh better than you. Also, when your comment (s) (is are) missing from the circuit, that’s when I begin to think about your whereabouts.

    Hang in there.

  5. Uncle F. Hney,

    You are a brilliant tactician. you cleverly deflected my question and wrapped it up and threw it in the wind. Excellent. We have to keep the narratives going and hopefully, one day, in the not too distant future, Liberia will rise again. who knows? My dad is just like you, an incurable optimist. Me, a realist.

    But, Hope is powerful, so I hope.

  6. Yap Joe. The logjam will be broken one of these days about a full disclosure of my name. But my immediate family and I will plan a vote. Count on girls who are my grand kids. They always take the side of the grandpa. If they vote with me, a full disclosure will be possible. If not, another vote will be planned, while the readers continue to guess.

    On a serious note, a lot of work needs to be done in our country. You’re right on that score and I strongly agree with you. What really bothers me is that some appointed ministers are out of progressive, social or economic ideas. There’s no running water in some areas, (names withheld) some walls are dirty, some electrical outlets have fallen out of circuit and a slew of disgraceful issues creep up always.

    Then, there’s the issue of “Zogos”. Driving on Broad Street the other day, the driver told me to put my phone away. Why? He said that the zogos will snatch your phone away quickly. Every one, except the zogos themselves, will tell how dreadful it is to come out in your neighborhood at night. It’s not a one-person job.

    We’ve got ways to go. I can’t mention Jesus’ name, otherwise Phil George and others will laugh at me. For sure we don’t need the devil. So where do we go from here?

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