The National Chairman of the Community Watch Forum of Liberia (CWFL) Mr. Nyenati Kaffey has frowned on what he described as the unprofessional manner in which the Liberia National Police allegedly brutalized armless citizens and killed a minor during a protest action in ‘Kingsville Number-7’ a settlement on the Kakata Highway recently.
According to Mr. Kaffey, his organization has been collaborating with the LNP and other security apparatus throughout the country in the last 14 years to curb crimes and as such it was astonishingly to hear that some police officers after going through the Security Sector Reform (SSR) program sponsored by the international community will return to perpetrating unwholesome behavior to tarnish to image of the rebranded LNP.
Mr. Kaffey who returned over the weekend from Zambia where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in ‘Organization Leadership’ from the University of Zambia is calling on the LNP to institute a speedy investigation into the matter and bring the culprit to justice to serve as a deterrent. “The police and other security apparatus of the country have been doing very well in recent times thus raising their profile for emulation, so this awful attitude must be discouraged to redeem the image of the LNP” he intimated.
The CWFL boss who was the only Liberian among the over 7000 graduates in Zambia urged the leadership of the LNP to remove from the force any officers found guilty of the alleged Kingsville shooting and other that may conduct similar acts in the future to prove to the international community that Liberia is a country of laws and not men.
He stressed that the essence of police presence is to protect lives and properties and the first duty of the police is to preserve lives and that doing things on the contrary like the alleged shooting of armless civilians is unprofessional, uncivilized and condemnable. “I have explicit confidence in the police Inspector General, Patrick T. Sudue that he will bring the alleged perpetrator to justice because he did same in the past” Mr. Kaffey noted.
Mr. Kaffey who indicated that his newly acquired skills in ‘Organization Leadership’ will enhance the working of his organization and the collaboration with security apparatus also called for the setting up of a ‘Crisis Committee’ by various security apparatus that will speedily investigate security personnel misconducts to avoid keeping the public in suspense while waiting on their Public Relations Officers to respond to situation at their time of choosing.
He then paid tribute to the Liberian security apparatus which are partners of the organization, CWFL authorities at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and others who assisted him in his sojourn to obtaining his MBA in Zambia.