Several rights groups including the Liberia Human Rights organizations, Civil Society organizations and the Grand Bassa Association in the United States are robustly calling for the immediate resignation of the Liberian Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai for his men (soldiers) recent action in the shooting of fifteen years old boy in the slum community of West Point last month.
The groups in their robust radio talk shows and press releases also demanding that the Liberian Defense Minister be removed from a committee recently set up by the Liberian government to speedy investigate the sporadic shooting and killing of the unarmed Liberian youth.
The first to call on the Liberian government for the resignation of Minister Samukai was the Liberia National Human Rights Commission which said the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) action to use fire arms on youthful civilian was unacceptable, and therefore called for the immediate removal from the committee setup to probe those who committed this heinous act.
On the part of the U.S. based Bassa Association said it regret the current situation in the country but says the use of lethal force will create more panic and must be curtailed.
The group says the action on the part of some unscrupulous individuals in the military have tainted the country’s image greatly as all major news organs around the globe featured the graphic photograph of a dying child and the barbaric act of a kid rolling in stains of blood.
In a letter addressed to Gbehzohngar M. Findley, President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate who himself hails from Bassa, the group said it will be prudent were the senate to do something now so that, that August body is not blended into such
Last month, August, live rounds were fired and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing crowd trying to break an Ebola quarantine improperly imposed on their neighborhood.
At least four people were injured in clashes with security forces, witnesses said; one of the kids reportedly shot (Shackie Kamara) by police in the West Point neighborhood bled to death in a local hospital in Monrovia.
Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, should have absolutely nothing to do with this investigation. Defense Minister Samukai's initial blatant denial of the facts discredits and precludes him.
The Bassa group believes a swift and credible report from ongoing investigations and adequate measure taken will minimize the ruthlessness of the Liberian military.