Bryant Faces Court Action

Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

November 30, 2004

In the wake of the recent eviction from its premises, the Parents/Teachers Association of the Early Learning Foundation School has threatened to take NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant to court.

The spokesman of the Association Mr. Wynne Bryant told journalists in an interview that their children were forced out of the school’s campus in Mamba Point by UNMIL soldiers upon the orders of Chairman Bryant. He said when the parents challenged the eviction, which they termed illegal, they were again “attacked by UNMIL police.”

...Minister of Justice, Cllr, Kabenah J’aneh prevailed on the Chairman to relocate the school. He noted that since the children have now been relocated they (the parents) are ready to begin the process for legal redress.

He indicated that the action taken by the Chairman through UNMIL was to the disadvantage of the students and needs some “judicial intervention” to bring the chairman to show cause why he took such action.

Mr. Bryant further went on to state that the children were “attacked” by what he referred to as “international armed soldiers” an action he noted, should not go with impunity. He disclosed that parents are currently consulting their legal expert in an attempt to draw a case against the Chairman of the Transitional Government.

When contacted, Justice Minister Karbenah J’aneh denied that he was in the fore front of taking to Chairman Bryant to relocate the Early Learning Foundation School, but said that he and others only ensured that government worked with the school authorities and the PTA to have the children return to school.

He said, this was in support of the government’s policy that “all kids of school-going age” be given the opportunity to go to school. He refused to comment on the alleged forceful eviction of the children from their old school building in Mamba Point, but agreed that the relocation was government’s own way of ensuring that the children remain in school. He ruled out court action, stressing that “this is not a court issue”.

Another parent, Melvin Paye said the action on the part of Chairman Bryant is a violation of the Geneva Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

He alleged that the eviction came because Chairman Bryant intends to turn the former premises of the school over to his sister, Carmina Tolbert- Doe. He also accused the UN of aiding in the process, stressing that its soldiers are currently serving as bodyguards to the Chairman. According to Mr. Paye she used her influence to create the scenario to evict the Early Learning Foundation in order to bring in the Montserrado International School which she presently operates.

However, the Early Learning Foundation School has already been relocated on Lynch Street. According to Mr. Wynne Bryant, the amount of 22,000.00USD was provided by Chairman Bryant through the instrumentality of Justice Minister Kabinah J’aneh for exercise.

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