Kinjor Community Condemns Attack on Bea Mountain -Says Action Not Justified

MONROVIA – The mining community of Kinjor in Grand Cape Mount County has expressed their “shock, displeasure and condemnation of the unacceptable acts of violence” allegedly carried out by some youths in the area against the Bea Mountain Mining Company which disrupted the operations of the company and stated that the action was completely unjustified

In a press statement issued from the community and signed by its leader, the community while emphatically dissociating themselves from the attackers whom they described as “intransigent youth”  involved in said intolerable acts do not represent them and are hereby warned to desist from ever making such representation.

“While we acknowledge engaging the Management of Bea Mountain in respect to several issues of concerns over the years, we and Management have worked together to resolve some issues and continue to engage each other in a dialogue out of which several achievements have been accomplished by both sides”, the statement.

The statement mentioned some of the agreement reached with Bea Mountain which are beneficial to the community among which are, that the company will allow the communities to nominate and recommend candidate(s) for positions in its Human Resource and Community Relations Departments, the conclusion of the establishment of a Clan Development Fund, in the amount of $150,000, from which schools and clinics will be constructed near the community, Asphalt pavement of the 19 kilometers Daniel Town Road and the privilege given to us through our community leaders to hire for certain positions on behalf of Bea Mountain.

‘Due to allegations of improprieties against community leaders in respect to the hiring process, in a recent meeting with Management we agreed that Management introduces a public bulletin and mail box system for community hiring process, which we still believe is transparent, fair, and answers the question of impropriety and abuse by any individual, and the continue unnecessary embarrassment to the Management. To our dismay, some individuals took upon themselves to destroy this consensus exercise. For the record, none of the above achievements or progress were made through acts of hooliganism or violence. So, we strongly reaffirm our position to engage the company in positive dialogue”.

“We also RECOGNIZE AND hereby ANNOUNCE our responsibility to protect and defend the investments in our community against any infiltrators or deviants whose actions seek to smear us as violent people. However, we welcome everyone who resides in our community from any other parts of Grand Cape Mount or Liberia to join us in our constructive engagement with the company, as we shall no longer condone any acts of violence or lawlessness in Kinjor and its environs”, the statement concluded.

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