While many people admire her for ensuring that Monrovia and its environs get facelift, Monrovia’s acting city mayor Mary Broh is always accused of brutality and other forms of inhumane treatment against some people she encounters during her vigorous cleaning campaign. Some alleged victims indicated that Madam Broh’s approaches do not represent the position she occupies because, as they put it, ‘she is not only arrogant, but also has quick temple to fight or order security officers to flog people.’ She has denied all of these claims.
However, fresh reports reaching the In Profile Daily say, Madam Broh’s alleged recent brutalities have been logged and forwarded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by a civil society organization.
The Citizens United to Promote Peace and Democracy in Liberia (CUPPADL), has addressed a communication to President Sirleaf, complaining Madam Broh for her latest alleged brutality against one of its staff.
According to the letter addressed to President Sirleaf, dated March 20, 2012, which copy is in the possession of this paper, CUPPADL alleged that on Friday, March 9, 2012, Madam Broh ordered the flogging of its Administrative Assistant Austin P. Gonleh by officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) security and other workers of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC). The civil society group further alleged that "this brutality against Mr. Gonleh led to bodily injury, loss of properties, a disgrace to his personality and an abuse to his human rights and due process of law."
"In view of the above, Madam President, we strongly believe that this government will not give credence to any human rights violations or abuses against any of its peaceful citizens by anyone…no matter of that person’s status, financial might or association," the communication continued, calling on President Sirleaf to setup a committee to investigate the matter.
Also in the communication, CUPPADL chronicled Madam Broth’s alleged brutalities against other peaceful citizens in recent time. The alleged victims included: Martha Toe, an eight month old pregnant woman on 14th Street Sinkor; Zarwolo Zolo, a student of the University of Liberia (UL); and Patrick Jallah, a commercial driver, among others.