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Monday, July 22, 2024

LIBERIA: ANOTHER PUBLIC BUILDING IN FLAMES, WHAT’S RESPONSIBLE?

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MONROVIA – In the dying days of the George Weah CDC-led government, the atmosphere hangs heavy with uncertainty and suspicion, as flames engulf public housing and government agencies.

As chaotic dance of smoke and ashes fill the air, fire investigators in the country scramble to unravel the mysteries behind these blazes, yet the motive behind them remains shrouded in shadow.

With each new inferno, the anxiety intensifies, leaving many citizens to ponder the true intent behind these destructive acts.

Will the expiration of the tenure of the Weah administration unearth buried truths, or will it simply fade away into the ashes of suspicion?

As uncertainty lingers, the countdown continues toward a conclusion that promises to leave an indelible mark on the nation’s history.

As flames leaped into the skyline above Monrovia, Liberia, the city was once again plunged into a state of shock and disbelief recently, when fire gutted the building housing the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA).

The fire that engulfed the Liberia Telecommunications Authority building, specifically the LTA record room on Wednesday evening, 12th January 2024, marked the second devastating blaze to ravage a public institution in just four days, sparking fears and suspicion across the nation.

The charred remnants of the once-bustling center of telecommunications lay smoldering in the early morning light, a stark testament to the destructive force that had torn through the heart of the capital.

For a country striving to rebuild and move past the shadows of its tumultuous history, the recurring incidents of fire outbreaks are a grim reminder of the challenges that still loom largely.

Citizens of Liberia can scarcely forget the recent infernos that have scarred their city.

Just a few months ago, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) had become a scene of towering inferno, with vital records and infrastructure belonging to the MFDP consumed by an unrelenting blaze.

Before the fire outbreak at the MFDP, the National Transit Authority offices had also gone up into flames, leaving a trail of destruction and chaos in its wake.

With the successive fire outbreaks, the people of Liberia grow increasingly uneasy, their trust in the institutions meant to serve and protect them eroding with every billowing plume of smoke.

The pattern of destruction is impossible to ignore, and whispers of conspiracy and foul play are beginning to circulate, casting a pall of suspicion over the country.

As authorities scramble to contain the latest conflagration and launch a thorough investigation, the nation holds its breath, its collective gaze fixed on the smoldering ruins of the LTA building, with questions hanging heavy in the air, demanding answers that seemed elusive in the face of such relentless devastation.

In the days that followed, amidst the wreckage and ruin, a sense of resilience began to stir within the Liberian people. They have refused to be cowed by the specter of destruction, drawing strength from the shared determination to rebuild and press forward.

The fires may have left scars on the city, but they had also ignited a fervent spirit of unity and resolve, a beacon of hope amid adversity.

The charred buildings stand as grim reminders of the challenges that lay ahead, but they also served as rallying points for a nation unwilling to be defined by tragedy.

As the investigation into the fires presses on, the people of Liberia continue to stand undaunted, ready to confront whatever trials lay in their path, and are determined to emerge stronger on the other side.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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