E.J. Roye building closed for renovation

By Bill E. Diggs, Contributor | November 12, 2013

E.J. Roye Building
The E.J. Roye Building on Ashmun Street

Monrovia:- The historic Edward J. Roye building situated on the western end of Ashmun Street was yesterday closed to the public by the General Services Agency (GSA) for possible renovation.

According to Mr. Edward Fahnbulleh, one of the supervisors on the scene yesterday told reporters that they were mandated to close the building by hierarchy of the GSA.

“We were mandated to close the E.J. Roye building by hierarchy of GSA. And shortly we will be starting renovation of the building,” Mr. Fahnbulleh said.

The E.J. Roye building, which had hosted the long standing True Whigs Party (TWP) during the late 1900s was stripped of its glory during the course of Liberia civil conflict.

Between 2010 and 2012 the Government of Liberia had been struggling with the hierarchy of the TWP over the ownership of the building which has caused renovation of the building to drag on since the end of the civil war.

In recent times, the building has been occupied by thugs commonly called ‘don boscos’ who have been removed out of the building pending its renovation according to Mr. Fanbulleh.

However, Mr. Z. Kwagne Coleman, Chief of Party, has called on the government to withdraw its action or else they would mobilize people to demonstrate and reject the government’s action to have the building renovated.

The True Whig Party, also known as Liberian Whig Party, is the oldest political party in Liberia. Founded in 1869, the party dominated Liberian politics from 1878 until 1980 to the extent that the country was virtually a one-party state, though opposition parties were never outlawed. Initially, its ideology was heavily influenced by that of the United States Whig Party.