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In Sierra Leone, Hundreds Left Homeless Ö As Victoria Park Flattens
By Theophilus S. Gbenda
Jun 18, 2009, 13:50
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Hundreds of people have been rendered homeless following the uncompromising stance of His Worship the Mayor of the Freetown Municipality, to rid the city centre of illegal structures.

Victoria Park settlement goes flat

Code named ĎOperation Sweep Cleaní, officials of the Freetown City Council (FCC) under the full protection and backing of the Sierra Leone (SLP) have been busy over the past weeks identifying structures begging for demolition, and at the same time carrying out the demolition of the said structures.

The crammed PZ area yet to be affected by the so-called Operation Sweep Clean

Scores of streets in the center of town have been cleared of makeshift structures, thereby allowing human and vehicular traffic to flow freely.

Mayor Herbert George Williams telling Sani Abacha street traders to push back - rather than say pack and leave

This weekís demolition of the entire Victoria Park settlement has left many with the impression that the Freetown City Council is actually serious about giving the city the facelift it deserves.

Many people have however dismissed the entire exercise as a mere hoax, saying ĎOperation Sweep Cleaní will only be taken seriously after the streets in the city center would have been cleared of street traders, the majority of whom voted overwhelmingly for the ruling All Peopleís Congress (APC) in the last presidential and parliamentary elections, and to whom the current government seems obliged.


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