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|Published on June 30, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
THE Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberian Produce Marketing Corporation (LPMC) Mr. Stephen Dolly has been accused of terroristic threats by his land lord.
Addolphus Togba-Doya alleges Mr. Dolly living lawless life, making utterances and exhibiting awful attitudes thereby creating what he called “state of fear” to the neighborhood and even his children.
He is said to have gone on the extreme, demonstrating unbecoming behaviors not expected of a public figure.
In two separate complaints addressed to Agriculture Minister Dr. Chris Toe who is Chairman, Provisional Board of Directors of LPMC and LPMC Managing Director Nya Matein, copies of which this paper has, the land lord alleged that Mr. Dolly is using his position in government to grossly violate the rights of others in the 12 Houses Road Community in Paynesville.
Mr. Togba-Doya, in his complaints, said he was constrained out of fear and persistent threats on his life to further bring the issue before the attention of D. Chris Toe, since his earlier complaint to the LPMC Management on Dolly’s behavior has not changed the ugly situation.
He said though the LPMC Managing Director intervened with the aim of quelling the situation, Dolly has rather abused the intervention of his boss on grounds that he is a presidential appointee and as such nothing can happen to him even if complaint against him were to reach the President.
In a March 5, 2008 letter of complaint sent to Mr. Maitein, Mr. Togba-Doya said he was seeking-Management’s kind and timely intervention to safe him and his family from what he called “unwholesome” behavior of the LPMC Deputy Managing Director for Operations, Stephen Dolly.
In the complaint, he outlined among many incidents that Dolly was in the constant habit of using his position to intimidate his (land lord’s) family and others in the area (12 Houses Road).
Mr. Togba-Doya told this paper last evening that Mr. Dolly has breached the lease agreement they entered into on July 7, 2008 by failing to pay the balance due, damaged parts of the house by breaking window glasses, locked up the apartment and took away the keys.
Mr. Togba-Doya To LPMC MD: I am the Land Lord of Hon. Stephen M. Dolly, Operation Manager, Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation. Regrettably, I am obliged to lodge this complaint against Hon. Stephen M. Dolly who entered into a lease agreement with me since 7 July 2007 to occupy one of my buildings on the 12 Houses Road. Since his occupation of this residence, my family and other neighbors have greatly regretted to have hosted Hon. Dolly. His utterances and attitudes had always created state fear to the neighbors and even his own children. He has always lived lawless life and has often made remarks that he is presidential appointee if he lies on any one, the person can not go free.”
He further that “nearly two months after Hon. Dolly moved into the House, I did ask him to complete the first year payment in order to give him an official receipt but what I received from him was to publicly abuse me on ground that I asked him for money. With concern to his attitudes and many threats toward my family and other neighbors coupled with his failure to comply with the lease agreement, between him and me, I wrote him a letter asking him to cease his hostility and many threats against my family, the community and his own children. Following that communication, Hon. Dolly began provocative and used many more threats and he considered the letter as trash on the same ground that no poor man can do him any thing because he is a commissioned officer in government .”
He alleged in the latter that Dolly threatened to jail him if he ( house owner ) keeps bothering him, as it would take the sale of only two bags of rice to bribe on hungry judge tom favor him (Dolly). Mr. Dolly is alleged to have ordered his driver to flog a lady on September 26, 2006, and used his influence, as a government official, to take the lady to the Monrovia Central prison while she was bleeding, but was later release on bond.
“While in pursuit of her case against the driver, Hon. Dolly resisted in every way the re-arrest of the driver after he used his influence on the Police to release him while the lady was undergoing medical treatment. The Driver was never rearrested until Helena Moore (the affected lady) went to the Justice Ministry at which time the Police was mandated to produce Hon. Dolly. Upon his appearance to the Justice Ministry, he committed himself to paying the expenses Helena incurred in the presence of your Corporation’s [LPMC] lawyer and others. Surprisingly Hon. Dolly later refused to honor that arrangement; thus leaving the poor woman with no other alternative but leaving her case with God,” the complaints to the LPMC boss read in parts.
In conclusion, the aggrieved land lord requested: “With the above and many more, I pray that you will use your good offices as boss of Hon. Dolly to intervene to avoid all embarrassments to me, my family and neighbors, as well safe the reputation of the Ellen [Johnson Sirleaf]-led Government which Hon. Dolly is using to violate our rights as poor peaceful citizens.”
In similar letter of complaint to Agriculture Minister Dr. Christopher Toe dated May 7, 2008, Mr. Togba-Doya summarized his tenant’s unwholesome behavior prayed for the Minister’s immediate intervention: “As a poor man who can not afford to file law suit against Mr. Dolly, a director at LPMC, I am constrained to request your intervention in bringing relief to my family and other neighbors within the community (12 Houses Road Community).”
When contacted last evening on what advise he gave his deputy, LPMC boss Mantein said when he received the communication, he called his deputy over for consultation and advice, but Mr. Dolly refused to take heed on ground the that the issue was his (Dolly’s) private life affair.
Agriculture Minister Christopher Toe could not be reached for comments due to his absent out of the country sources at the Ministry said. However credible sources at the Ministry said Mr. Dolly was invited but he refused to a conference, but he failed to respond.
This paper however could not contact Mr. Dolly to give his side of the story. His phone rung with out response and was later at a switch off when he was called for comments. Several visits at his office met him out.
Meanwhile, reports from LPMC disclosed that Mr. Dolly continues to exhibit don’t-care attitude to his work thereby being a stumbling block to the progress of the Corporation. Credible sources who spoke this paper referred to Mr. Dolly as “unassuming figure and an embarrassment to the Corporation,” saying, “his (Dolly) presence is a curse to LPMC.”
Some employees at the corporation hoped the president and other authorities concerned would do something to address the frustrating situation at the entity if LPMC is to make the desired progress; D. K. Sengbeh writes.