LIBERIA: Senate Probing Liberia’s Preparedness To Take Over National Security

The Liberian Senate Tuesday mandated its security and judiciary committees to ascertain if the security apparatus is prepared to take over from the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in 2016.

The committees, which are expected to report within two weeks, would also establish what the sector’s shortcomings are and what can be done to address the challenges as 2016 draws nearer.

The mandate by the Senate is a result of a March 12 communication from Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence calling for the body to invite the security sector heads to brief the Senate on the security situation.

However, upon the reading of her letter, the body argued that since UNMIL’s drawdown plan would be concluded in June 2016, it would be prudent for the committees to meet both UNMIL and national security sector leaders to find out plans for safeguarding the populace after the UN’s withdrawal.

The committee would also find out whether the current structure and strength of the sector can maintain peace and stability among citizens across the country, or whether there is need for increased manpower.

UNMIL, which has been in charge of security in the country since 2003 as a result of the civil crisis, will complete withdrawal of its multi-national troops from Liberia in June 2016.

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