The head of the European Union in Liberia has apologised for saying that Liberia’s capital Monrovia is a “disgusting” and “dirty” city, following backlash.
Laurent Delahouse said his comments were meant to be “a wake-up call” to residents “to change their practices of littering” and to improve the city’s waste management system that receives funding from the EU.
“Monrovia is a disgusting city, it is a dirty city,” said Delahouse when speaking at an event organised by the Monrovia City Corporation.
“Of all the capitals I have seen in my previous posts in Africa, I have not seen one that is as dirty as yours,” he added.
He clarified that he did not intend “to disparage anyone or to affect the reputation of the beautiful capital city of Liberia,” with his remarks.
He apologised to the government and anyone “feeling misrepresented by these remarks and I willingly retract the exaggerated wording that I used”.
Even though the EU envoy’s apology seems to have resonated well with people in high places, many people are still insisting his remarks were a fair assessment of the situation in the Liberian capital.