President Sirleaf Visits Post Stockade and Monrovia Central Prison

Saturday, 11th August 2007
President Sirleaf listens to inmates.
President Sirleaf listens to inmates.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been touring a number of facilities in Monrovia and its environs. Accompanied by American Author Kim McLarin, the President visited the Edward Beyan Kesselly Military Barracks on the Robertsfield Highway; the Nancy Doe Market, the Monrovia Central Prison and the Post Stockade Prison, where she was detained more than 27 years ago following the 1980 military coup. The President expressed concern over the deplorable state of the Facility and urged Defense Ministry officials to adopt measures to give the Post Stockade a facelift.

The President expressed her desire to transform the Post stockade into a national museum in the near future, but added that plans have yet to be formulated towards that objective. Like Belle Yella, the President said, the Post Stockade represents one of the dark chapters in the Nationís history that must be transformed and preserved for posterity.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader also visited inmates at the Monrovia Central Prison and toured a cell in which she was held following the 1985 attempted coup. Accompanied by the Ministers of Justice and Defense, the President inquired from the inmates reasons for their detention and promised that solutions would be found to expedite their respective cases. The Justice Ministry, the President assured the female inmates will speed up the review of cases for minor offenses and dispose of them accordingly.

The Liberian leader has, meanwhile, ordered the release of two female prison inmates held at the Monrovia Central Prison for more than a month.

Cynthia Nemineh, 17, is reported to have sold her lovers motorbike without his consent and diverted proceeds into personal use, while another teenager, simply referred to as T-Girl, is reported to have misappropriated US 25.00 (twenty-five dollars) given to her for safe keeping. The President promised to provide employment opportunities for the teenagers to help them settle their financial obligations.

President Johnson Sirleaf, who also inspected progress on work being done at the Nancy B. Doe Market, assured marketers that their temporary makeshift market structures will not be demolished pending the completion of renovation and rehabilitation of the Nancy Doe Market. The President was responding to an appeal by the Superintendent of the Market, Madam Lusu Boakai that the Marketers are allowed to remain at their makeshift structures until renovation work is complete.

Bracing the heavy downpour of rain, the President made stops at various communities, greeting residents and sharing pastries with children and other community dwellers.