The management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) has categorically rejected recent media reports that linked the company to being involved in favoring certain political aspirants.
In a statement issued yesterday , the SRC denied that any aspirant or politician has lobbied with the corporation to dismiss any of its employees with interest to run for political office in the October presidential and legislative elections.
The statement quoted SRC management saying that the report is false and noted that the corporation is about business and does not involve itself in politics, neither does it encourage political activities on its plantation.
The SRC said its Administrative Manager granted an interview on April 18 to a journalist who wanted information regarding an Indian national with the company. The interview, it said, was conducted in the presence of a Liberia News Agency (LINA) representative in Margibi County and nothing was discussed about political activities or aspirants in the county.
“Our primary focus is reviving our operations which were affected because of the decline of prices in the global market,” the release quoted an official as saying. “We want to improve the livelihood of our workforce and our communities.” The SRC, it said, stays clear of political activities as a corporate entity and does not get involved in their employees’ political activities.
It may be recalled that since March, the SRC management banned all political-related activities on its premises in Margibi County (Electoral District #5).
The SRC occupies about 22,000 acres of land in District #5 in Margibi County with a large voting population. Until the recent pronouncement, there were political rallies and programs held in its various camps on the premises of the corporation.
The company’s operational camps are predominantly occupied by constituents of House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay.
Meanwhile, the company’s decision to stop political activities on its plantation has been printed in bold letters and posted on public bulletins around the plantation.