Liberia City Corporation Employees Take "Sassawood" for the Mysterious
Disappearance of Mobile Phone

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

June 2, 2003

The mysterious disappearance of a Cell Phone from the office of the Personnel Director of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), on Friday, May 30, 2003 left employees of the institution to take "sassa wood."

The Cell Phone, according a MCC source, disappeared mysteriously from the Personnel Director Office during regular working hours of the Corporation.

The source said as a result of the frontier search to uncovered the missing cell phone, the authorities of the MCC hired the service of a "Sassawood’ man to find the person who may have apparently stolen the cell phone.

Our reporter who visited the MCC to verified the information, saw a hot object put into a fire contained in cool pot being placed on the legs of employees of the Corporation.

Journalists who were trying to cover the sassaswood trail, were prevented by a City Police Officer who was regulating the movement of employees who took the sassawood to get permission from Mr. Jlateh.

While the sassawood was being administered, a dozens employees of the MCC were seeing sitting and waiting patiently for their own time to take the sassawood.

As a result of this process, many of the employees abandoned their various offices in the building leaving it partly empty. Most of the employees were seeing either in the hall where the sassawood was being administered while others were standing outdoors.

Some of the employees who saw the blazing fire in the cool pot as was being administered to their fellow workers contended that they would preferred the CID investigating the case and not to allow themselves to go against their beliefs.

Most of employees who took the sassawood were not harmed by the fire - which indicate their not been guilty or having knowledge about the stealing cell phone.

When this reporter alone his colleagues contacted MCC Director of Information based on advised of an the assigned MCC Police, Mr. Nyenpan Jlateh said, that the sassawood was being administered to the employees without the consent and knowledge of the Corporation Mayor Mrs. Ophelio Hoff Sytumah.

But, observers who witness the sassawood believe that since indeed Mrs. Sytumah was not aware of the sassawood, the entire process should have taken place elsewhere and not on the promises of the Corporation. Investigation continues.

Mr. Nyenpan Jlateh, Director of Information of the Corporation when contacted at his office on the matter, he began to push the Journalists around by asking them to wait. After waiting for 25 minutes only to be told by Mr. Jlateh


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