CICA Motors Liberia Incorporated formerly Reelin (Liberia) Inc., the distributor of TOYOTA, YAMAHA and BRIDGESTONE Products in Liberia, has donated two brand new vehicles, Land Cruiser Ambulance and HINO truck to the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) to fight the deadly virus in Liberia. The total cost of the two vehicles is put at US$97,000.CICA Motors Liberia Incorporated is the Liberian subsidiary of the CFAO Automotive Group in France and Liberia’s exclusive distributor of the world-famous Toyota brand. The company sells broad range of cars, including commercial.Presenting the vehicles to the LNRCS yesterday, the Managing Director of CICA MOTORS LIBERIA, Mr. Marc Boisgarnier said the vehicles was intended to be used by the LNRCS’ Ebola response.He said when CFAO group first took over REELIN last December; nobody knew that the country would be faced with such an epidemic.Mr. Boisgarnier: “No one told me that I will have to wash my hands and take my temperature every day. In fact, nobody could imagine that hundreds of people would have die and continue to die of the virus.”The director of CICA Motors Liberia asserted that Ebola is a virus that can be everywhere; it is a virus that requires a lot of energy and means to fight against it.“That is why we decided locally to contribute in donating these two vehicles to the Red Cross in its fight,” he added.According to him, the LNRCS is good customer of the company. It usually purchases vehicles and motorcycles from them (CICA). He stated that being aware of the work LNRCS is involved in on the field, “We decided to donate these two vehicles to the entity. We are sure that these vehicles which are known for their durability will accomplish the nature of their work,” he added. The manager of CICA Motors further disclosed that TOYOTA MOTORS CORPORATION, which manufactured the vehicles also decided to contribute directly to this fight against Ebola. He disclosed that would make more vehicle donations in the coming weeks under the name of TOYOTA.“We are proud that our group also decided to do some donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone because if we do not fight in all the terrain where the epidemic is, we will have less chance to win,” said CICA Motors boss.Receiving the keys to the vehicles, the president of the Liberia National Red Cross Society, Mr. Emmanuel O. Kparh, thanked CICA Motors Liberia for the gesture, saying, it could not have been no other time for the vehicles than now, when they are going to be essential to the Ebola fight.“The Red Cross is very pleased with the donation made by the CICA family and these vehicles will be used to help remove Ebola dead bodies from communities and other areas for burial,” Mr. Kaprh said.The Liberia Red Cross president said the entity is doing all it can to help government fight the deadly Ebola disease.Meanwhile, District # 13 Representative Saah Joseph said the anti-Ebola campaign is not about who wins but it is about Liberians working together.Rep. Joseph stated that the business community, too, is equally doing all it can to ensure that the virus is kick out of Liberia.He told the gathering that he will remain committed to the Ebola fight.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
….family pickets for justiceMore than two weeks after 30-year-old Shaheed Alli succumbed to injuries he received during an altercation at the Lusignan Prison earlier this month, Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels on Tuesday said that investigations surrounding the inmate’s death are still ongoing.Dead: Shaheed Alli“Nothing is available as yet, I know the police is investigating, hopefully soon but at present there is nothing…the matter is being investigated since from the time of the incident,” the Director stated.On Tuesday, the parents and siblings of the now dead man held a picketing exercise in front of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they called for justice for the deceased while holding placards.Speaking with this publication, father of the deceased, Roy Alli related that the perpetrators should not be that difficult to catch since the prison is under guard.Meanwhile, Director Samuels noted that the protest action taken by the family members will not change the pace of the ongoing investigations.Director of Prison Services Gladwyn Samuels“The reality is that the investigations follows certain steps or procedure…. the protest, I can understand family members being hurt, they would want to do such thing but I don’t see it changing the current pace of the investigations because it is receiving as much attention as possible” he underscored.Shaheed Alli was on remand for a murder charge at the Lusignan Prison.Reports are that at about 22:58h on April 2, Alli was in Bay One at the Lusignan Prison when several other prisoners began to beat him following a dispute.Alli was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient. However, on April 12, 2019, at about 20:50h he succumbed to his injuries.