There was drama yesterday on the street between the Temple of Justice and the Executive Mission when Madam Mary Broh and a group of her supporters displayed posters with the inscriptions:
“Where are the politicians when dirt is taking over the country?”; “We are going to fight against dirt to clean our environment,” and the like.
They were protesting against the Supreme Court’s order halting the activities of Broh’s Special Presidential Taskforce, which was mandated to beautify the city of Monrovia.
Madam Broh was expected to appear before Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh, which she did not do yesterday.
Last Wednesday the Supreme Court ordered a halt, with immediate effect, to the ongoing demolition exercises by Broh’s Taskforce until a judicial review of its scope of operations could be decided by the court.
Since the Taskforce was set up with the mandate to clean Monrovia of the filth associated with dilapidated structures and makeshift market stalls, the exercise has been embroiled in controversies owing to the forceful posture the leadership has reportedly taken.
The decision to stop Broh’s operation was taken by Justice Presiding in Chambers Ja’neh following a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed to the High Court by a group under the banner, “Aggrieved Destroyed Properties Owners of Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island, Sinkor, Gardnersville and the New Georgia Community.”
Cllr. Dempster Brown of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights filed the complaint on behalf of the aggrieved property owners.
Based on the complaint, Justice Ja’neh instructed Madam Broh to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of a conference scheduled for Monday, December 7.
The Broh task force was constituted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in October with the mandate to clean up the City of Monrovia from November 15 to December 15.