-Set To Appear Next Tuesday
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
The plenary of the House of Representatives has rescheduled the management of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) to reappear next Tuesday to answer question to brutal video purported to be from its plantation.
Sime Darby General Manager David Parker taking oath
The company has been alleged of ordering the humiliation of a man believed to be a Liberian who reportedly stole oil palm from the company’s plantation in Bomi County.
Based on this video, the plenary of the House of Representatives invited the management of the company to appear and explain what it knows about the brutal video that has gone wide.
The management team of the company headed by its General Manager, David Parker, legal Counsellor, Ebenezer Gibson along with others appeared Thursday before full plenary, but the lawmakers argued that the explanations were not sufficient enough and as such; the management should be made to reappear on Tuesday at 9:00am prompt.
Following an executive session by lawmakers, a motion was filed by Maryland County Representative Isaac Roland for the management team to reappear Tuesday with the full list of all top and line managers and their physical appearance in session.
Sime Darby Staff at the chambers of the House of Representatives
Roland also said the management must appear to explain why it shouldn’t be held in contempt. The management team is being asked to come along with their legal counsellor.
However, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) has since clarified that the video of Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) theft happened at Nimba Point, Grand Cape Mount County in January 2018.
The company said those involved in the incident are not employees of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia with the exception of Boima Feika.
“Upon discovery of this incident, SDPL has taken immediate step by suspending its Chief of Security, Thomas Walker and Boima Feika, the personnel that has allegedly linked to the making of the video,” the company said.
“SDPL does not condone any use of physical force and ill treatment by any of its employees even to those caught stealing FFB. Anyone caught stealing FFB will be handed over to the LNP and SDPL will fully cooperate with the authorities on investigations undertaken by LNP,” the release ended.