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.