Liberia’s largest opposition party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), has lost its only office in the vote-rich Nimba County for failing to settle its rental obligation of US$1,500 owed to the owner, Mr. Harry P. Konah.
A cement dealer bearing the name, “Executive Cement Depot”, now uses the building, located in Ganta City.
Mr. Konah told the Daily Observer in an interview in Ganta that he is sick and needs money for his health.
According to him, he decided to rent his house to CDC, but the party deceived him and has not paid him for over eight months.
“I gave my property to CDC because I am sick and needed money to seek treatment, but CDC talked to me and I gave my house to them. Since eight months ago, they have not paid me,” Mr. Konah said.
He alleged that CDC members damaged his house and stole most of his properties, including his car battery.
He also said CDC asked him to rent two rooms in the house, but he decided to give the entire house to the party after its county chairman, Nelson Korquoi, brought him a document to sign for US$1,500.
“Nelson Korquoi brought CDC people here and they were sleeping in this house, and he brought a document to me to sign for US$1,500, but he refused to give me the money, and told me that George Weah was coming, so I can meet him, but I have not been able to see Weah,” he added.
Mr. Konah said he lives on proceeds from his house as a sick man, noting that he worked with the Ministry of Health in the Bureau of Veteran Affairs, but he was downsized.
He said after he could not get the money after George Weah visited Ganta, he decided to come to Monrovia to meet executives of CDC, including the National Secretary General, Nathaniel McGill and Youth Wing leader Jefferson Koijee.
“Mr. McGill gave me US$20 and promised that he would come to meet me,” Konah said. “Jefferson Koijee also said he would come to see me, but none of them came to me as promised.”
For more than eight months that CDC spent in the house, Mr. Konah said, he received U$250 from the party as part of the rent. He did not disclose how much was charged monthly.
According to Konah, Nelson Korquoi brought him the $250 with the assurance that when the party’s anniversary, for which Weah was in Ganta, ended, the rest of the money would have been given him and they would appeal to Weah to help him get treatment abroad.
“My condition is bad and doctors advised me to seek treatment abroad. This is why I am renting this property to get money to survive. Since CDC has treated me the way it did, I gave the place to Jerry Gonyon to do his cement business,” Konah said.
In a telephone call to CDC county chairperson Nelson Korquoi, he only said, “All of what Konah said is false.”
It may be recalled that the CDC celebrated its 10th anniversary in Ganta in 2015, where the people named George Weah “Saye Kozee” (Saye being the first born in the Mano vernacular and Kozee meaning our own).