Regardless of the outcry from partisans and members of the True Whig Party against the eviction order handed down from the General Services Agency (GSA), work has resumed on the E.J. Roye Building on Ashmum Street in Monrovia.
Work has started under the supervision of GSA engineers and construction workers on the building that housed Liberia’s oldest political party.
There has been an ongoing battle between the Liberian Government and the leadership of the TWP over the legitimate ownership of the E.J. Roye Building.
The current Liberian Government had argued on many occasions that the E.J. Roye Building was constructed through the sweat of Liberian taxpayers and should therefore be used by all Liberians irrespective of political or socio-economic backgrounds.
When our staff reporter visited the site of the building Monday, November 11, a senior staff member of the GSA was seen telling occupants to leave the building.
At the entrance of the building facing Ashmum Street, GSA’s engineers were seen giving instructions to the construction workers, who were on hand to begin rehabilitating the building.
Around the scene of the overhaul, former occupants of the building were seen in an angry mood and declined to make any comments on the grounds that they are making contacts with the relevant authorities on the matter.
When contacted, GSA personnel at the renovation site declined to make official comments and referred our staff reporter to the top officials of GSA.
A week ago, the Deputy Director General for Administration of the GSA, Galakpai W. Kortimai, disclosed that the Liberian Government had directed the GSA to carry out renovation work on the E. J. Roye Building and that the occupants of the building should consider leaving or else be evicted by legal means.
When the Daily Observer contacted a stalwart of the TWP, Mr. Reginald B. Goodridge, he claimed that the current Liberian Government wanted to use the 33-year-old military decree of the People’s Redemption Council, (PRC) to move his party from the building forcefully.
Another TWP, the former Youth Wing chairman, Z. Kweaque Coleman, described their eviction by the Liberian Government as “undemocratic, uncivilized, and unacceptable.”
Coleman, who stated that he is the present TWP administrator of the E.J. Roye Building, said that the TWP’s legal team is holding consultations to ensure that the renovation work by the GSA stops.
He also claimed that early Monday morning, GSA personnel backed by Police Support Unit officers stormed the TWP’s offices and asked the occupants to leave for the renovation work.
Chairman Coleman argued that the presence of heavily armed PSU officers could be described as “scare tactics geared towards instilling fear and causing alarm.”
He further urged partisans and members of the TWP to remain on top of the situation as the legal options continue to be pursued by the party’s legal team.
When asked whether the GSA ever displayed any legal notice of eviction, Coleman responded in the affirmative and expressed shock on the action of the Liberian Government.
Shedding light on internal political wrangling in the TWP, the he claimed that the National Elections Commission (NEC) recognizes two administrations in the TWP’s hierarchy in the country.