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“LEC Put Me Out Of Business”-Landlord Boayou Alleges

By: Fredrick P. W. Gaye

Nothing did Mr. Wallace S. Boayou know that it was going to turn into a legal battle over the use of his building, in Saclepea, Nimba County, allegedly by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).

Boayou was now constrained to take his plight to the media because LEC management is allegedly playing delay tactics, adding, “LEC put me out of business.”

Speaking with the IN PROFILE DAILY in Monrovia Friday, February 2, 2018, Boayou alleged that LEC used his building for five years: from 2012 to end of 2016, with the agreement of US$250.00 per month, that is, US$15,000.00.

According him, the corporation vacated the building without settling him; prompting him to sue LEC to the Debt Court in Sanniquellie City, Nimba County. He said, besides the US$15,000.00 rental fee LEC allegedly owes, he is claiming US$8,000.00 for damage, with his total claim of US$23,000.00.

Since the case started in February 2017: a year now, Boayou alleged that LEC is yet to pay the money, even though LEC authorities have allegedly admitted in court to using the building.

In a frustrated mood, Boayou narrated that, in 2012, LEC management sent its agents to negotiate for his building. Following the agreement, Boayou said, he invested huge money to prepare the building before LEC could move in.

Though the LEC failed to carry the agreement documents to him for signing as allegedly promised on several occasions, all electricity bills for the building, during the period under review, were in the name of LEC.

Boayou said he sees no reason for such delays in the payment of money; and that due to the court proceeding, he is going through lots of expenses.

The landlord pointed out that the alleged act of LEC is not only affecting his life, but also halting his efforts in empowering other Liberians.

He lamented that his children are out of school and college because he no longer affords their tuitions after spending his money on the building and the ongoing expenditures to take care of legal counsels and transportation, among others.

“This is unfair to me, maybe LEC thinks I am poor so management wants to take advantage, but I will not give up until my money is paid,” Boayou maintained.

He then called on the Chief Justice, activists and advocacy organizations to intervene.

When contacted, authorities at the LEC said they were aware of the matter, but said they could not comment further because doing so would be prejudicial since it is in court.