Recent concerns regarding Liberia’s volatile security situation after United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) shall have left Liberia raised by Nimba County Senator and also former rebel leader seems to worry many Liberians being aware of Senator Johnson’s previous activities during the Liberian civil war.
A local weekly in its Friday, June 10, 2016 edition captioned: “PYJ Raises Fears” stressing that the Nimba County has raised alarm over the ability of the current security configuration to handle volatile situations after the departure of the international peace keeping force .
Senator Prince Johnson who is also the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), a newly formed political party, and former rebel leader expressed doubts that local security forces may be able to respond to explosive situation in the absent of UNMIL, United Nations Mission in Liberia which is expected to depart Liberia this month.
At the same time his part, the MDR in a statement recently said it was not sure that state security forces were capable to handle raising situation in the run up to the next year’s general and presidential elections.
The Chairman of the MDR, Nesco Wolo also said the expected departure of the International Stabilization Force (ISF) was worrisome and should claim the concern of all Liberians. He also said state security forces have limited strength to cope with eventualities.
According to Wolo, there are 4,500 police officers and 1,400 soldiers that will take over the security responsibility from UNMIL. But said the number is too small to handle explosive activities.
The MDR Chairman in the report also described the Liberia National Police officers as “Criminals, drug traffickers, poor human relationship, having bad human rights records among others, and also said they “Cannot be relied upon.”
For the Liberia National Army, Mr. Wolo said there has been defection due to the lack of motivation. Low salaries, poor accommodation, personalization of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and many more difficulties being faced by the men and women of the army is something to worry about.
This statement from the political party of a former rebel leader seems to worry more Liberians who are now wondering as to what gave rise to its statement.