Gemayel: Sukleen Taking Lebanon Hostage, it is Time for Popular Accountability

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Kataeb party leader MP Sami Gemayel stressed on Wednesday that the time has come for popular accountability against the dump collecting company Sukleen “which has been taking Lebanon hostage for over 20 years.”

“The contract of Sukleen was extended several times since the last tender in the 1990s until today. It is time for popular accountability for a company that has been taking Lebanon hostage for over 20 years,” said Gemayel in a press conference on the waste management crisis.

The government signed a contract with Sukleen in 1994 for collecting and transporting the garbage in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The contract has been extended several times since for lack of any substitute.

“We have seen waste spreading all over the streets only when the contract of that company ended, which proves the existence of a scheme to keep the situation as it has and to keep the systematic theft of municipal funds,” he added.

“Fees for the company are directly deducted from the revenues of the municipalities and without the latter's permission.”

“There is a mafia taking advantage of the waste file and making profits at the expense of the Lebanese. Sukleen saw it better to drown the citizens in waste in order to use it as a pressure card on the government to extend its contract,” said Gemayel angrily.

He assured that the state must “find places to dump the waste that should be sorted beforehand for easy recycling.”

Emphasizing that the current means of dumping waste material contaminate the groundwater and air, he stated: “We cannot keep doing the same thing for another 20 years.”

“We are trying to improve the letter of conditions to attract new companies. We have also asked the state to purchase landfill locations, to specify the rate at which they should be filled and to directly supervise the work of those companies.”

Beirut and Mount Lebanon were plunged in a waste disposal crisis following the closure of the Naameh landfill last week in accordance with a government decision.

The closure caused trash to spill out of dumpsters after Sukleen failed to dispose of waste following the landfill's closure.

It said it can no longer fill up its premises with accumulated trash.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 24
Thumb canadianpaul 22 July 2015, 15:05

Who owns Sukleen?

Thumb -phoenix1 22 July 2015, 15:35

Blablabla works there, maybe he would know.

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 16:56

et d'ailleurs Dhimi phenix est un des éboueurs

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 16:58

Philippe Sukkar, Averda, the mother company of Sukleen is based in the Caiman Islands, if you are tracing it after, you are getting to Saudi Arabia, IE, a company used to be own by Tragic Hariri

Thumb eagledawn 22 July 2015, 18:18

blablablabla you are needed back at the boardroom. Wall street analysts are calling on you to deliver the quarterly earnings call for your multitude of companies.

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 18:54

je comprends que ton troll Eagle soit en peine, après tout comme éboueur et lécheur de bottes Sukleen est son gagne pain.

Thumb canadianpaul 22 July 2015, 16:09

Yay! I make the list twice, LOL.

Thumb -phoenix1 22 July 2015, 17:07

@insanedjadja, what a coincidence, Blablabla it seems always comes with some luggage, yesterday though the trolls had different names, why ka zalmeh?

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 17:18

they are overestimating the bill by 3 compared they are facing to say the truth. Any state auditing structure would have been denouncing theses contract from long time
but we are in a banana country where those in power are those owning this company

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 17:34

This comment was adressed to Texas

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 17:59

I was just confirming that
besides people I know that made few feasibility study about launching a competitor to Sukleen discovered many points people are not even aware of ...
But they also got some threatening phone calls.
so when Machia is rejecting the fact that Sukleen is a mafia, well I can just say that he is wrong. SuKleen is a mafia and it is protecting its business by all the means, legal and not legal

Thumb Machia 22 July 2015, 19:00

blabla....
Please stop being anti business. Using the "mafia" word is so Lebanese pop that it means nothing.
If Sami Gemayel or blabla... think that there is a case against Sukleen than sue them but stop slandering because you "feel" they are bad or because Najah Wakim or NTV tells you they are bad.
Sue or shut up.

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 19:09

Najah Wakim ??? LOL
where did I say anything about Najah Wakim?
I am talking about ACTUAL Threats made BY SUKLEEN to some FRIENDS of mine involved in a business plan study to PREPARE a competitor to SUKLEEN when they were gathering cost figures for their proposals in 2005. AND NO WONDER if some companies or owners of companies did not participated to the letter of intentions to get that market now.
I am using CAPITAL letters to make you understanding this point.
A person/organisation acting like a mafia is a mafia

Thumb Machia 22 July 2015, 19:26

Did your "threatened" friends sue? Don't think so!
Must have been a "rubbish" business plan and they could not get any funding bust instead of telling you that they failed, they told you that they were threatened...sexier.

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 19:37

You are still believing we are living in a state where business is conducted according to laws?
I still have their business plan somewhere and it was well done.
The problem is that every time there is a profitable business in Lebanon, you are being threatened or to sell your business to some "interests" or for them to become partners in case they do not want to appear directly. Trash business is profitable, Internet and Telecom was once profitable, even bank owners were having their lives and their relatives being threatened during the 90's to sell their assets. But just examine who are the owners, what are theirs links, how they are being financed. You will have many surprises. (part 1)

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 19:37

I was lately astonished to discover one well known owner of a company in Lebanon was actually having a loan originating from Switzerland but I know that fund is actually Italian and I suspect it is linked to the Italian Mafia.
You always have to check the environment around a business, who are the owners, how they are actually behaving. Philippe Sukkar is just a proxy for some interests (part 2)

Thumb Machia 22 July 2015, 20:14

blabla...
You obviously have your facts wrong. Who is Philippe Sukkar????
The owner is Maysara Sukkar and they have operations in Europe, the GCC and Africa...
I am not saying that their operation in Lebanon is clean but anyone operating in Lebanon needs to bribe his way through.

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 20:26

You mean Malek Sukkar whose the CEO since 2000.
I was talking about the guy before him from what I remember. Can check the name if I am finding the Hard Disk storing the datas.

The problem in Lebanon is that some are mixing the fact they are reaching power to gain some monopoles in some sectors of activities. According to some rumors Abou Faour is a stockholders of a pharmaceutical plant in Chouf (with Taymour and Hamadeh Son) which is the only one referenced for what it produce by the health ministry. If it comes to be one day confirmed, we will have another scandale. We, I mean Lebanese, should stop being naive about the political class

Thumb blablablablabla 22 July 2015, 20:28

Just check out as well Averda website... http://www.averda.com/who/people/board-of-directors. One guy only ...

Thumb Machia 22 July 2015, 17:35

1anonymetexasus
Sami Gemayel says: "We are trying to improve the letter of conditions to attract new companies. We have also asked the state to purchase landfill locations, to specify the rate at which they should be filled and to directly supervise the work of those companies"
This is too vague. What are the details please and let him give us facts on how the current conditions only favour Sukleen.
Moreover, using terms like "mafia" and "hostages" is populist and should not be used by young Mr. Gemayel. He should concentrate instead on solving problems instead of talking rubbish a la Aoun or Nasrallah.

Thumb Machia 22 July 2015, 19:30

Problem 1anonymetexasusa is that I had hope in Sami Gemayel but post elections,he looks more like the same old same old.
No scientific and smart problem solving or political discourse. Just shouting and speaking rubbish.

Thumb tric.portugal 22 July 2015, 19:32

"Beirut and Mount Lebanon were plunged in a waste disposal crisis following the closure of the Naameh landfill last week in accordance with a government decision."
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Beirut and Mount Lebanon!!!?? very strange... when the Cristhians have an army and is convenient to start thinking about federation of Lebanon...the Army must be called to help cleaning Beirute and Mount Lebanon, the lands of Cristhians! the Governement give a message to the Cristhians in Lebanon...the Army must help to clean the Beirute and Mount Lebanon, like happening in Italia! In Lebanon, iu have a great prime-minister...first they want to roubed the Presidence to the Cristhians in Lebanon...now the governement put the public health in dangeurose in cristhians lands in Lebanon! the message is clear...

Thumb tric.portugal 22 July 2015, 19:40

strange and simbolic timming tu put Beirute and Mount of Lebanon in "garbadge" of the political decisions in Lebanon...now the political-militar decision belongs to the Emir of Nusra with the help of the Army of Lebanon!! The Army help the Emir of Nusra to stollen the cristhian political power in Lebanon! the message of the garbadge is clear...

Default-user-icon assaad (Guest) 23 July 2015, 13:08

vous etes au gouvernement, faites votre travail.