...Wants Perpetrators Prosecuted
The ruling Unity Party says it is appalled by the unfolding development in Nimba County that has disrupted the operations of ArcelorMittal at the Mount Tokadi site. The party in a press statement termed the reported destruction of the company's facilities as a complete act of barbarity that should not go unpunished.
“We are dismayed over this latest act of madness, especially at this critical period when our government is exerting all efforts to attract the much-needed foreign direct investment to a country that has experienced some of the most devastating civil wars of the 20th century,” the party said in the press statement.
UP called for speedy investigation and prosecution of those involved in the violence.
The party called on the leaders of Nimba to demonstrate patriotism and truthfulness by putting their sectarian politics aside as the matter is being investigated.
“The leadership of the county should rise above their differences and other parochial interests and cooperate fully with central government as this shameful act is being investigated. This is an act of sabotage and therefore calls for united front,” the statement said. The party called on citizens and leaders of the communities affected to be true ambassadors of peace by exposing those responsible for the destruction of the company's facilities.
“The perpetrators of the violence must bear the full responsibility for any further delays in the implementation of provisions of the mineral development agreement, since the company will now be constrained to restore the facilities that you have so wantonly destroyed,” the statement.