KARNPLAY, Nimba – A previously missing vehicle that was donated to the market women of Karnplay by former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has resurfaced after much public discussion and calls for its return.
The vehicle had been entrusted to the deputy market superintendent of Karnplay by the market superintendent following its donation. However, it was reported missing in December 2017, after Boakai lost his presidential bid against George Weah in the runoff elections. It was only seen again in the last weekend in February.
The assistant market superintendent, Esther Daynuah, had told the public that the vehicle had been sent to Guinea for repairs because it was consuming too much fuel, but residents doubted the story, especially after the vehicle was not returned after several months.
Many speculated that the vehicle had been taken across the border to Guinea to be sold.
However, the vehicle was eventually returned, causing the market women to celebrate. Daynuah provided no further explanation as to why the vehicle stayed in Guinea for so long.
Rachael Dao, the market superintendent of Karnplay, expressed joy about the return of the vehicle.
“It has relieved me from the too much pressure from my women who asked me every day about where the jeep was,” she said.
Outgoing statutory superintendent D. Bartuah Bartuah, who was accused of playing part in the disappearance of the vehicle, has also expressed relief for the resurfacing of the vehicle. He said if the vehicle had not been returned, his character would have been tarnished.
Featured photo by James Mataldi