By Patrick Stephen Tokpah
Duncan Village Community, Bong County-Liberia- Senator Prince K. Moye seems to have fallen into hot water with Residents of Duncan Village Community in Bong County.
It is reported that he has abandoned a town hall project in the county.
Moye who served Bong County Electoral District #2 for nine years before ascending as Senator, initiated the now abandoned town hall project in early 2016, with the motive of helping to train women in soap making, tie-dying among others.
But, Speaking in an interview with this paper on February 15, 2023, in Duncan Village Community, the Community Chair-lady Esther V. Sumo in a sad mood said the inability of the Bong County lawmaker to complete the abandoned town hall is a clear manifestation that they have been marginalized by their Lawmaker whom they stood in the rain and sun to have him elected in 2011, 2017 and the 2020 Special Senatorial elections in the County.
Madam Sumo alleged that Senator Moye abandoned the town hall Project and which is now used as a criminal hideout in the county.
According to Madam Sumo, due to the prolonged abandonment of the Senator’s project, the bricks of the building are now falling apart in the County.
Additionally, Madam Sumo revealed that they as community members have on many occasions engaged the office of Senator Moye through communication and phone calls in relation to the project, but to no avail.
The Duncan Village Community Chair lady further alleged that the only hand pump that was serving the community to provide safe drinking water; got completely damaged by Senator Moye’s contractors who were hired to construct the abandoned Town Hall, noting that the Senator told them that he was going to make available three hand pumps as a replacement for the damaged pump; something she said the Bong County Lawmaker is yet to fulfill in the area.
She said due to the lawmaker’s inability to make available the pumps, they as citizens of the community are now fetching water in bushes something she said is causing serious health hazards in the community among children and adults.
However, when contracted the head of the contractor that was hired to do the Project by the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE), Ansu Saysay said his construction firm ( Saysay Brother Construction Firm) was hired to do the project for One hundred fifteen thousand United States dollars ( $ 1,15.000USD).
Mr. Saysay said he was able to take the project from the foundation level to the roof level; something he said he received or was paid for with nineteen thousand five hundred United States dollars ($19, 500.00USD) adding, since then and up to press time LACE has not been able to pay his balance money and he too has refused to complete the project in the County.
When contacted, Senator Prince K. Moye through text message said the project is a LACE project that started during the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government base on the community’s request.
“Through me but since the Weah government came in LACE has failed to finish it. I have engaged LACE since 2018 but everything is the same with other projects that the Weah government has promised and hasn’t done. My personal town hall projects are all completed, namely Gbartala, Old Iron Gate Community, Gwunemah etc,” Senator Moye noted.