By D. Patrick Tokpah, Bong Correspondent
A landlord has dragged the former governing Unity Party (UP) to the 9th Judicial Circuit Court in Gbarnga, Bong County for its failure to pay rent arrears since last year, demanding that the UP make payment and vacate his building.
Mr. Hallie Sabar, the owner of the three bed room house that the Unity Party uses as office in Bong County said his decision to take Party to court was due to the its failure to pay rental for the building for more than one and a half year.
Landlord Sabar puts the total amount owed him by the Unity Party as US$6,000, demanding that the party should pay his money and leave the house. He alleged that officials of Unity Party Bong Chapter are not taking proper care of the building, and that they are allegedly renting it to others thus contravening the agreement signed by him and the party officials few years back.
He revealed that in 2018, the Unity Party was owing US$3,600, and since January of this year up to present the Party is owing US$1800 and additional US$600 in arrears.
According to Mr. Sabar, during the signing ceremony of the MOU, the party agreed to be paying US$300 per Month.
The aggrieved landlord said based on the alleged refusal of the Party’s leadership to pay arrears owed him, it was important that he take the party to court on grounds that seeking legal option is the best solution.
“I want the party to give me all my money; why will they owe me? I’m not a Partisan of Unity Party? Even if so, do they know how this house was built?” Mr. Sabar said he used his hard earned money to build his house, and detest how those he referred to as “educated men and women” have been destroying his house in the past few years which he added beats his imagination.”
Mr. Sabar alleged that the leadership of UP-Bong has in the past misused his building, a situation he described as ‘very shameful’, especially for a party that led the country for twelve years to owe a man who is struggling to survive. “Let them pay my money and leave the house now; that’s all I want,” he added.
When our Correspondent contacted Unity Party National Chairman Wilmot Paye, he confirmed that the Party owes Landlord Sabar but said it’s the responsibility of the Party’s County Chairman Robert Womba to clarify to the media.
Effort made by this paper to contact the Bong County UP Chairman who represents Bong County District #4 proved fruitless, as his phone rang endlessly without respond. Investigation continues.