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|LIBERIANS DEMAND SPEEDY PROBE INTO FIRE DISASTER|
|Published on July 31, 2006||Email To Friend Print Version
The July 26, fire outbreak at the Executive Mansion leaves serious questions on the minds of many peace-loving Liberians, Africa and the civilized world as a whole.
The glaring fact that the fire broke-out at the very time a very important state function was taking place at the Executive Mansion beats the imagination of many, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the three visiting heads of states who all fled the state house for their lives.
Reports that the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion which houses the presidential office was gutted by fire, took the entire population by surprise and created the suspicion that the fire could have not been an accident, especially when the incidence occurred immediately after the visiting African leaders and their host, President Sirleaf, entered the building.
While the general suspicious perception of many points to sabotage, the attribution of others about the possibility of an accidental electrical short circuit cannot be ruled out.
Whatsoever the cause might be, the fire disaster did not only damage part of the 4th floor of the multi-million dollar Executive Mansion, but also tarnished the image of the country and created the impression that the country needs to do more in terms of security.
We, at the Informer Newspaper feel the need for an urgent investigation into this national catastrophe, since the embarrassment caused the country is enormous.
We think an immediate investigation will establish the real cause of the fire and save the citizenry from unsubstantiated speculations and will enable the government take corrective measures to prevent future occurrence.
Having gone through thick and thin to usher in a democratically elected government, we ask that all Liberians forget the ugly past and strive to rebuild the future.