A group known as Concerned Citizens of Montserrado County District #5 has called on Rep. Thomas P. Fallah to hold urgent consultations regarding the Citizens Amendment Proposal to give land ownership to non-Negro descendants.
Speaking in an interview recently, Mr. Steve Doito, a spokesman said residents of District #5 in Montserrado County are concerned about Rep. Fallah’s sponsorship of the resolution aimed to remove the “Negro Clause.”
He said what is even more important is that the House of Representative has begun reviewing four resolutions seeking to amend certain provisions of the Liberian Constitution, including Citizenship and Landownership through two separate joint committees for revision and subsequently report to the House Plenary on Thursday, March 1.
Based on the unfolding development, Boito said residents of District #5 in Montserrado County have decided to appeal to Rep. Fallah to urgently convene a town hall meeting to explain the purpose of the Citizenship and Land Ownership proposal them.
Since the pronouncement, Doito noted, there have been diverse views among Liberians, with many believing that granting foreigners the right to own property in Liberia may lead to dispossessing them of their land.
“I would like to remind Rep. Fallah about Sime Darby, Bong Mines, Firestone, and Golden Veroleum. All of these companies have invested billions of United States dollars in Liberia without owning the lands or properties which they occupied,” Doito mentioned.
Against this background, Doito explained that residents of the district want their lawmaker to convince them in a meeting why he is sponsoring the resolution and whether the resolution restricts only natural born citizens to be eligible to become members of the legislature.
“It is the time that lawmakers constantly relate to their constituents on critical national issues,” Doito said. “Rep. Fallah is one of the key sponsors of this resolution and he needs to explain why.”
It may be recalled that in his annual address on January 29, President George Weah disclosed plans by his government to amend parts of the Liberian constitution; among them is Article 22 which gives rise to only Liberian citizens to own properties in the country.