East International Construction Ltd Company Summoned to Explain Allegations of Contempt and Misconduct in Roberts International Airport Highway Project

The House of Representatives has charged the East International Construction Ltd Company with contempt, and they are required to appear before the House on Thursday, June 29th at 12:00 noon. Accompanying them will be representatives from the Ministry of Public Works.

The management of East Int’l Construction has been summoned to explain why they should not be held in contempt by the House. They have repeatedly failed to appear before the House despite multiple citations.

The government contracted East Int’l Construction Ltd Company through the Ministry of Public Works to expand and reconstruct the Roberts International Airport Highway to ELWA Junction. This project spans 45 kilometers and is estimated to cost $116 million. The expected completion date is 2024.

Recently, Montserrado County District 6 Representative, Samuel Enders, alleged that asphalt pavements from the ongoing RIA road construction were being sold for $175 per truck load. Representative Enders further claimed that when he inquired about this matter, he was verbally insulted by Mr. Kelvin Boimah, a consultant. As a result, the House’s leadership invited authorities from the company on four separate occasions to address these allegations, but they have failed to comply.

The actions of the company are in direct violation of rule 4 of the House of Representatives. This rule states that contempt of the Legislature includes actions that obstruct the legislative function or impede members and officers of the Legislature in carrying out their duties. The punishment for contempt can include a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment in a common jail for up to one month or for the duration of the current session of the House. Decisions made regarding contempt charges are not subject to appeal.

Furthermore, East Construction Ltd company is also expected to address the purpose of the road construction and demonstrate their adherence to the supervisory authority of the Ministry of Public Works. They must also provide updates on the progress of the ongoing RIA road construction and propose alternative routes to alleviate congestion.

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