Defense Ministry To Deploy Soldiers On Camp Ramrod Saturday

By Catherine B. Nyenkan

FLASH BACK: Liberia’s Defense Minister briefs members of the Armed Forces of Liberia

The Ministry of National Defense is to deploy a contingent of soldiers at Camp Ramrod Army Barracks on Somalia Drive in Gardnersville outside Monrovia beginning this weekend for a “clear survey” of the facility in preparation for the military to occupy the camp on May 1.

Defense Minister Brownie Samukai told the “Truth Breakfast Show” Tuesday that those residing on the camp have up to April 31 to vacate the area.

He said military trucks will also be made available at the barracks this Saturday to help evacuate free-of-charge residents who are ready to move, but don’t have the money to do so.

Samukia said it is disheartening to note that cognizant of the fact that those residents have been illegally residing in the barracks for over 20 years, they have refused to leave the place upon the advice of their friends and relatives despite notices given them over the period.

“The very people who went to the Barracks to have a rally to incite the people not to move are the same people who were condemning us for not providing housing facilities for our soldiers,” Samukia said.

He pointed out that the Defense Ministry has reached a decision to take a decisive step that would create the environment for the people to leave and the soldiers take possession of the barracks.

Meanwhile,  Defense Minister Samukai has warned that statements that incite violence will not be tolerated from politicians or anyone for that matter during the upcoming October 2017 electioneering process.

“Liberian people like to talk a lot and sometimes they get so excited that they make inciting statements thinking that it is democracy,” he added.

He noted that every Liberian has the right to express their views, debate, disagree and express disappointments about certain issues, “but we do not have the right to incite violence.”

He added: “Even though the Constitution provides for free speech but it does not guarantee speech that incites violence.”


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.