Mortuaries in Margibi Threaten Protest Actions Against Govt. Over Arrears

By Emmanuel TJ Kollie ( Intern) and Abraham Kollie 
Mortuary operators in Margibi County have threatened to disturb the pending July 26 Independence Day Celebration if arrears owed them by Government is not paid.
“I will disturb any independence day celebration to be staged in the county, I am out of patience.”
Solomon Tubee, owner of the Solomon Tubee Funeral Palor said since 2016 when the corpse of a suspected Nigerian armed robber was taken to his mortuary center, not a cent has been paid.
“It will be a real drama when I galvanized men to take the corpse of that Nigerian guy to the city hall, take it for the record,’’ Tubee said.
On July 24, 2016, a suspected arm robber was gun down by officers of the joint security after he (alleged robber) and his accomplishers broke into Ecobank local branch in Kakata and attempted taking away several thousand dollars.
He explained that since the incident he had made several attempts to ensure that local county authority intervenes, but all his efforts have proved useless.
According to him, the body of the suspected Nigerian armed robber is still being deposited at the funeral parlor and in good shape.
Tubee wants the government to immediately clear the body from the parlor, noting that it is long overdue, and does not have the capacity to keep the body for more than four years.
He put the cost from 2016 to present at a little over US$75,000.00, and at the same time willing to wave about 50% of arrears owed.

St. Margaret Funeral Service Threaten Protest 

Another funeral home in Kakata, St. Margaret Funeral Service (SMFS) has frowned on the failure of the Government to pay what it allegedly owes the entity for the conservation of an amputated human arm.

It has been thirteen years (13) now since the amputated human hand was reportedly taken to the Funeral home for safekeeping thereby resulting in the government incurring huge liability

Speaking to our reporter the Administrator of the mortuary, Gabriel T. Somah, said the human hand was taken to the funeral home in March 2007 by the Government of Liberia through a sheriff marshal.

Somah said that the incident occurred in Cotton Tree Lower Margibi and the sheriff marshal took the hand to the facility and said he was mandated by the late Peter Howard to carry it for safekeeping pending investigation.

He said the St. Margaret’s family then took the hand and had it preserved from 2008 up to present, and since then they have been calling the Liberian Government to establish whether it has gone through the case but were asked to wait.

He further noted that the government asked them to keep the hand as it goes through investigation after which it (government) will settle the entity.

Mr. Somah revealed that for the time the hand has spent in the facility and the chemical being applied sum up to one hundred and fifty-six thousand Liberian dollars (US$156,000).

Somah furthered that they have engaged past and current officials of the County and the Country at large but they have always been asked to wait because they were/are investigating.

He said the matter has gone as far as the Chief Justice, the Minister of Justice, members of the Margibi Legislative Caucus, and the County Superintendent to intervene in order for the government to pay their money but to no avail.

He said the amount owed by the government can be negotiated because they want the hand which they have spent so much on leaves the facility noting that they can negotiate on at least US$75,000 to US$80,000.

Mr. Somah has threatened to stage a peaceful protest on Liberia’s Independence Day (July 26, 2020) if the government does not address the situation.

“If the Government of Liberia does not come in we will give their 26, we will stage a peaceful protest on July 26 displaying the amputated human hand” he lamented.