|Ex-AFL Soldiers Storm The Capitol Building-In Demand Of Benefits, |
|Published on August 31, 2006||Email To Friend Print Version
Thousands of downhearted former personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) yesterday stormed the premises of the National Legislature and presented a petition to the Speaker Edwin Melvin Snowe in demand of benefits they said were due them.
The former soldiers in their petition highlighted their plight concerning how they are being treated by their authority pertaining to their arrears totaling 24 months and their restructuring benefits as enshrined in the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord that ended the more than decade-long Liberian civil strife.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Col. Anthony Geeru, said as professional soldiers they were left by the way side by previous governments, now this new system of civil authority seemed to be following suit, adding, “even though, we have performed our duty diligently”.
Further speaking, the middle-age soldier indicated that, “for two years, we have not received a dime from the government concerning our arrears and at the same time refusing to rightly compensate us financially in keeping with the CPA”.
Appealing to the Speaker to timely intervene on their behalf for their just earned funds, the soldiers pointed out that, anytime they crave for the money, authority concerned usually brand them as troublemakers.
Receiving the petition, Speaker Snowe sympathized with the soldiers and equally appealed to them to remain calm, as the House and other relevant authorities concentrate on their plight. “Go to your homes peacefully”, the Speaker directed”, adding, “don’t take the laws into your hands, as soldiers remain professional.”
The soldiers in huge number peacefully marched from the Barclay Training Centre on UN Drive to the ground of the Capitol Building to present their petition.