Ex-Soldiers Threaten 2017 Elections In Demand Of Pay

Disbanded Soldiers Spokesman, Jerry Kollie

As campaign activities for the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections kickoff today, July 31, 2017, disbanded soldiers have again issued a public threat to the Government of Liberia that there won’t be elections if the government fails to address the payments of their salaries.

Spokesman of the disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Capt. Jerry Kollie speaking on a local radio station in Monrovia over the weekend, reechoed his group decision to disrupt the pending elections at all cost, noting that the delay of their salaries gives reason for their action.

The threats by the ex-soldiers to disrupt the elections despite of efforts being applied by the international community and the Liberian Government seems to worry most Liberians who questioning the ex-soldiers about their action, noting it is a dangerous precedence which will have the propensity to threaten the peace Liberians are currently enjoying.

But speaking further, Capt. Kollie who is also contesting a legislative seat in the House of Representatives on the ticket of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), noted that the disbanded soldiers will not leave no stone unturned to disrupt the elections if their demands are not met.

The questions that are been asked is as to what the Liberian Government will do to abort such threats by the ex-soldiers.

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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.