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Hundreds of disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are expected to regroup in a general muster today, Monday, 16 December in Monrovia, as their assembly coincides with the commencement of a go – slow today by the Civil Servants Association of Liberia in demand of arrears.

Following a failed muster called last month, the ex-soldiers say they are regrouping today in a general muster at the Slipway soccer pitch in Central Monrovia to highlight their plight to the government of President George Manneh Weah.

Captain Jerry Kollie, one of the official spokespersons of the group, hinted reporters in Monrovia that the muster is scheduled for 16 December as a mark of solidarity over the home going of the late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP).

Cllr. Brumskine was laid to rest over the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Captain Kollie, flanked by dozens of former soldiers, says during their gathering at the sport stadium in Slipway, the leadership of the disbanded soldiers would order the roll call of ex-soldiers three times a day.

Ex-soldiers from the 15 counties here will all assemble in Monrovia for the ceremony which according to them, continues until they receive response from President Weah – the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Information obtained indicates that most of the disbanded AFL soldiers who came for the first round of the general muster did not return to their places of destinations based on the directive of their leaders.

In another development, the Civil Servants Association of Liberia in a release announces here that its members will not go to work today, Monday, 16 December as a way of claiming government’s attention concerning the plights of its members.
The Government of Liberia owes civil servants several months of salary arrears and incentives.
The civil servants’ planned go – slow is expected to affect normal government functions at ministries and agencies, including health institutions.

Government workers have complained of the challenges of transporting themselves to and from work on a weekly basis, especially in bad economy where workers’ salaries are delayed for several months.There are claims that a lot of vehicles assigned to these ministries and agencies to commute workers have either broken down or facing fuel shortages.

Series of protests have been held by government workers since this year to demand their salaries.Public school teachers at some point abandoned schools over their pay delays, leaving students to block President George Manneh Weah’s convoy in their quest to speak with him for redress to their teachers’ demand.By Emmanuel Mondaye—Edited by Winston W. Parley

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