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An anti-mob violence campaign has been launched in Gbarnga, Bong County and fourteen other political sub-divisions of Liberia, under the sponsorship of the Liberian Government and partner- the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL.

Performing the official launch of the program, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy lauded UNMIL and the Liberian Government for the fight against mob violence, adding that it has been the root cause of the loss of many lives in Liberia.

The Bong county superintendent called on citizens of the county to see mob violence as a serious obstruction to development and the rule of law. She urged every Bong County citizen to seek the proper medium in solving problems to reduce the wave of mob violence in the County.

Also speaking at the official launch of the mob-violence campaign, the Gbarnga regional Justice and Security Hub administrator Hezekiah Siakor considered mob violence as a condition in which a group of individuals are at variance, thus putting the security apparatus and stakeholders against their people.

Mr. Siakor said the campaign was intended to educate Liberians on how to report mob violence cases. Over the past five months, a number of persons were murdered by mob who said they were criminals.

Communities experiencing mob violence includes Phebe Airstrip in Suakoko, People street Community, Phebe parking in Gbarnga and other areas. Many residents of Bong County expressed the hope that the anti-mob violence campaign will drastically reduce or eradicate the wave of mob violence in the county.

However, the government has been admonished to strengthen the judiciary by the prosecution of people alleged to be criminals.  According to some residents, if much is not done to make people believe in the rule of law, it will be difficult to achieve the fight against mob violence. The program was launched at the Gbarnga administration building during last weekend. Scores of citizens graced the occasion.

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