Laurent Delahousse, the head of the European Union in Liberia said he is sorry for saying that the Liberian capital Monrovia is a “disgusting” and “dirty” city, following a backlash.
Speaking at an event organised by the Monrovia City Corporation last week, the EU envoy in Liberia said that Monrovia is a disgusting city, it is a dirty city.
“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.
Laurent Delahousse argues that 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, BBC News reports.
Mr Delahousse apologized and clarified that his remarks were not intended “to disparage anyone or to affect the reputation of the beautiful capital city of Liberia.”
“Anyone feeling misrepresented by these remarks and I willingly retract the exaggerated wording that I used”, he said.