Mr. Jangai M. Kanneh, the President of the Quardu-Gboni Mandingo Association in the Americas, QGMAA urges the LCC to respect the rights of the people of Quardu-Gboni.
We, the citizens of the Quardu Gboni District residing in the Diaspora, have seen a purported Concession Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Liberian Cocoa Corporation (LCC) that intends to give a substantial portion of our ancestral land to LCC for the purpose of planting cocoa trees.
We would like to unequivocally state that we are totally opposed to any such agreement for the following reasons and more:
We are therefore calling on the Government of Liberia to halt any further pursuit of this objective. Our current position is in furtherance of our initial protest that was filed in 2010 against LCC’s attempt to plant cocoa trees on our land. This also buttresses our recent petition against the expansion of LCC’s encroachment on our land.
We totally support the recent demonstration by our brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers in Monrovia when they made our collective opposition known to the National Legislature. We want to make it very clear that we are prepared to go to any length, including taking the Government of Liberia to court, to stop this undesirable adventure into our district. Attached is the four-page petition document signed by 77 citizens of the Quardu-Gboni District opposing the above mentioned LCC’s concession agreement.