Workers of Cavalla Rubber Corporation (CRC) in Maryland County, Liberia late Wednesday took to the streets of Pleebo City to protest four years of salary arrears owed them by SIFCA the mother company which operates the CRC.
Reports from eyewitness account informed the media that the CRC plantation workers were protesting a four year – back pay from the company when things were violent after security forces came in to put the protest under control but unfortunately a protester, Garto Doe was shot dead by the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police.
Rep. Bhofal Chambers of Pleebo-Sodoken District who represents where the plantation is operating, has led a robust resistance to the CRC’s parent company, SIFCA financial strength after it signed 50-year US$74 million concession with the Liberian government in January 2011 to operate an oil palm company in Pleebo, Maryland County.
The Maryland Representative has been a loner in the fight for the interest of his people, insisting SIFCA is not financially solvent to run the oil palm concession in his County.
The recent protest has vindicated Representative Chambers unrelentless cry that SIFCA is not financially strong to run the oil palm company in his district; because if it (SIFCA) is in arrears to its workers for 4 years, Liberians will agree with the Pleebo Representative now that SIFCA is not financially strong and the 50-year oil palm concession deal should be re-evaluated and the concession bid be re-opened to other potential solvent bidders
Disappointingly, Representative Chambers is the fight for his county alone because even his two Senators, Gloria Scott and John Ballout joined the plot that removed him from his post and the entire Maryland Legislative members are not helping him either as they are mute and show no support for him or the cause of the people of Maryland County they represent in the Legislature anf whom Rep. Chamer is about .