Rotten Fish on Sale, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Wednesday 5th of December, 2012 – a container believed to be filled with contaminated and expired cartons of fish arrived at the Freetown Waste Management compound at Blackhall Road, Freetown East that is alleged to have come from the Queen Elizabeth II Quay.
Eyewitnesses accounted that a 20 ft. container Serial No. MWCU 6022810-45R1 with an unidentified trailer vehicle (no number plates) arrived at the Waste Management compound and deposited sealed cartons of ‘pollock fish’ to be disposed of at the ‘Bormeh’ garbage site at Bai Bureh Road. Hungry and desperate community people thwarted all efforts made by the Waste Management team to empty the contaminated containers of fish waiting to be sorted and retrieved what they thought were the good ones from the rotten fishes.
The Freetown Waste Management team, sources revealed, were with some police officers and realizing the health dangers involved decided not to deposit at that particular hour of the evening for fear of having it in the markets for sale.
Unfortunately, at about 8 p.m., that night, the unidentified trailer and container of the said expired fishes were sold to fishmongers and residents within the community.
The trailer vehicle with serial No. MWCU6022810-45R1 is presently parked at the Waste Management compound at Blackhall Road for the attention of the police and the public are hereby warned that the expired ‘pollock fishes’ is out for sale in the market.
By Mallay Dumbuya
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