The government, through the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism, has denied reports of rejecting opposition politician Dr. Daniel E. Cassell’s request for a South African aircraft landing right in Liberia, to get a permit.
According to a release from the Ministry of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism, signed by its Deputy Minister for Press, Jallawah Tonpoe, the aircraft, belonging to Kwenyan &Associates Group of Company was never denied Landing Permit by LCAA.
The FrontPageAfrica had earlier reported that the opposition politician Dr. Daniel E. Cassell has sought the Supreme Court’s intervention, on grounds that the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority denied his request for a South African aircraft landing right in Liberia and that Court had invited the Director-General of the LCAA on the matter.
In a communication of October 15, 2021, addressed to LCAA Director-General Chief Moses Y. Kollie, the Clerk of the Supreme Court stated: “By directive of His Honor Yusuf D. Kaba, you are hereby cited to a conference with His Honor on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in connection with the above caption case.”
The conference emerges from a writ of prohibition filed by Kwenyan Group of Company through its Board Member Tapple Doe, who is as well the Acting Chairman of the People’s Liberation Party (PLP) founded by Dr. Cassell as Political Leader.
But the MICAT released noted that government, through the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority did not receive any request nor issue them any such landing permit in keeping with its procedures.
This clarity comes after a conference with justice in chambers, His Honor Yussif D. Kaba as a result of the writ of prohibition filed by the Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company claiming that they were issued a landing permit which was later revoked by the LCAA.
According to the release, the Group application for an Air Service License is still being reviewed by the LCAA in keeping with the Liberia Civil Aviation and relevant international Regulations and is pending the fulfillment of all the requirements.
“Let the Public be informed that the Justice in chambers His Honor Justice Yussif D. Kaba has declined to issue the writ of prohibition filed against the LCAA based on procedure errors by the Kwenyan & Associates Group of Company,” the released from MICAT noted.
At the same time, the LACC in the release iterates that it remains a professional regulatory agency whose mission is to ensure the enforcement of all national and international civil aviation laws, procedures, and regulations.
Meanwhile, Director-General Kollie has been ordered to permit the aircraft, which is subject to the petition, to land in Liberia pending the outcome of the conference.
Cassell is reportedly hiring the South African private aircraft to expedite his political activities ahead of 2023.