LIBERIA: COURT STAY-ORDER UNABLE TO STOP ZTE WORK AT LTC

Telecoms

Despite a Supreme Court stay-order on the operations of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), ZTE Corporation, a Chinese owned Company is said to be working at the LTC.

ZTE Corporation is one of the many companies that participated in the LTC Bidding Process which was said to have been won by the Universal Telephone Exchange (UTE), a Liberian owned company based in Dallas, Texas, USA.

A provisional Board was set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to ascertain the rather deteriorating condition of the company as well as issues surrounding the LTC bidding process and make a report to her within 90 days.

A member of the Board, Cllr. Roland Dahn told journalists following a board meeting over last weekend in Monrovia that the board was not aware as to how ZTE entered the compound of LTC to carry out what it was doing.

Cllr. Dahn said "We can only see ZTE bringing in materials and wires in the building, but we don't know allow them in the compound to work, and as such we have decided to invite to explain to us what is responsible for their presence on the compound." The Liberian legal practitioner said the Board was aware of a Supreme Court stay-order on the LTC, adding they respect the court order and would abide by any decision of the Supreme Court surrounding the LTC bidding process.

When contacted via telephone, LTC Managing Director, who is also Secretary General to the Board, Nathaniel Kelvin said the Board was fully aware of the operations of ZTE at the LTC, adding that ZTE Corporation was contacted to work at the LTC, but did not say by whom the company was contracted.

Kelvin said they were informed about the Supreme Court stay-order on the corporation, but added that they were working toward obeying the stay-order. For his part, the Chairman of the Board, Cllr. Oswald Tweh said he could not comment on grounds that he was tired following the Board Meeting.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy said the Chinese Government is not involved with the operations of the ZTE Corporation in Liberia as it is being speculated.

Speaking to reporters in Monrovia recently, the Public Affairs Officer, Lewis Lin said the Chinese Government respects the laws of Liberia and as such, any of its citizens caught violating the laws should be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Analyst