By: R. Joyclyn Wea
MONROVIA-The Debt Court at the Temple of Justice has ordered the closure of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporations (LSWC) for failure to comply with its mandates.
Judge James E. Jones instructed the sheriffs of the Court to arrest the Management and staff of the Corporations as well as seize the Institution’s Property for refusal to pay over US$7,752 to Qualified Technical Liberians Corporation as was mandated by the court.
Judge Jones’ Writ of Execution furthered that the property of LWSC be seized and exposed for sale for assets and money be paid to the complainant (company).
“If the sum realized from the sale is not sufficient or equivalent, then their real property should be confiscated and sold to generate the said amount in question until the Corporation raised the over US$7,752 owed as debt,” instructed the Judege.
The Judge’s mandate further states, if there are no assets of LWSC to be sold to pay back the victim, then, the Management of LWSC should be arrested and carried before any judge of competent jurisdiction to be dealt with according to law, unless the money is paid or show properties to seize and expose for sale according to 1LCLR, page 235-Section 44.39.
It can be recalled that the Qualified Technical Liberians, through its authorized Officers, Mitchell Guwor and Christian Nelson complained LWSC to the Debt Court.
On February 23, 2023, the Qualified Technical Liberians filed a Bill of Information and prayed the Court to order the Management of LWSC to pay the full amount of over US$7,752 as debt owed.
According to the complaint, during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in 2014, during the Ebola Crisis signed an agreement with the LWSC to supply its workers with three shipments and was later asked to bring in another consignment which led it to four consignments of 25kg bags of rice, instead of three.
Since November 16, 2022, the Managing Director of LWSC with the Debt Court’s approval promised to pay the outstanding amount to the tune of US$7,752 in seven installments but failed to do so.