Mr. Gould: “ANC has nothing to do with protest, but recognizes the rights of protesters.”Lafayette Gould, chairman of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), has denied a report that the party provided financial support to the organizers of the “Bring Back Our Money” protest.Mr. Gould’s statement is in response to accusations on social media that the party provided funds to the organizers of the demonstration to purchase megaphones and banners.Speaking on the Truth FM morning, Mr. Gould described the accusation as baseless and something that is meant to distract people’s attention from the real issue, which is the alleged missing L$15.5 billion.“We did not fund any protest. Maybe if we had, it could have been larger. We fund no protest, but rather we support the protesters’ right to freedom of assembly. It is lawful to protest and there is no shame in doing that because it is something the constitution allows.“This is not a fight against CDC or the government of President George Weah. Those who are talking about this are the good people, but those who have siphoned the money are the bad people. I’m not sure whether they are more than 10 in numbers.“Let’s stop this blame game. The money in question, L$15.5 billion, is not small money; so let us join our voices together to get the facts surrounding this alleged missing money. We are people that love this government and want it to succeed,” Mr. Gould said.He also distanced the ANC from the protesters’ call for smart sanctions on Liberia, although they agreed with the protesters’ call for an independent investigation.“As a party, we only agreed to support the rights of the protestors and called for an independent investigation, but the party does not have any official position on the protestors’ call for smart sanctions,” Mr. Gould said.On the call for a second protest, he said the party cannot stop Liberians from expressing their dissatisfaction, but they should do it in a peaceful manner.Meanwhile, Mr. Gould has expressed his party’s dissatisfaction over the manner in which the investigation is being handled, without any international experts on the team.“We were happy when we learned that the government has requested for help from our partners to assist with the investigations. But all of a sudden, that is no longer the case. We are not prepared to take anything else,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Seaboard Overseas Trading Group, through its local subsidiary National Milling Company (NAMILCO), on Thursday handed over a monetary contribution to Dharm Shala, a home for persons who need shelter and other assistance.The contribution was handed over by Managing Director of NAMILCO, Bert Sukhai. According to him, it is part of their annual social corporate responsibility. Other shelters and organisations that would have benefitted in the past include Bal Nivas, Ptolemy Reid Center, Doobay Medical Clinic among others.Managing Director Bert Sukhai (fourth from left) makes the contribution to Kella Ramsaroop of the Dharm Shala“It’s a yearly thing that we do for our overseas company. We are part of a group called Seaboard Corporation and they make donations every year worldwide to our subsidiaries. We’re fortunate that for the last seven or eight years, they have been giving us a donation to give to charity,” Sukhai expressed.Managing Director of the Dharm Shala, Kella Ramsaroop received the donation on behalf of the shelter. Presently, there are about 25 persons who are being cared for at the shelter.She insisted that these individuals are being provided with meals, sleeping accommodation, religious outlets and all other necessities. The company was thanked for their sizeable donation, as it would assist those in need.“I always say that we’re national interest. We not only feed these people, but we do a lot for them. We look after their social and religious beliefs and everything”.Seaboard Overseas Training Group lists its missions as promoting health, development, education of children, empowerment of women, assisting with programmes dedicated to improving public health, eliminating hunger and promoting nutrition, developing sustainable agriculture and providing funding to other worthy causes.Some 98 years ago, the Dharm Shala was founded by Pandit Ramsaroop Maraj. On 1941, twenty years after, he established the Albouystown facility, the Dharm Shala extended its services to Berbice, where it established a building of similar capacity and erected a temple and a church to serve its residents and the wider community.