The political leader of opposition party Liberia National Union or LINU, Mr. Nathaniel Blamah has observed the country´s security sector lacks leadership as a result every security institution is greatly underperforming.
Mr. Blamah told a news conference in Monrovia Tuesday, 29 March the security sector here should begin to put in place a robust leadership structure as its prepares to take over from the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL in June.He said due to the lack of leadership, the Liberian populace does not have confidence in the security sector, stressing that worst among the various security apparatus, many Liberians don’t trust the police force.
Mr. Blamah said in terms of training since 2013, there have been more training opportunities for the security sector. “Our security sector including the Liberia National Police, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, the Armed Forces of Liberia have benefited immensely from international training, but the security sector continues to underperform which I think is a serious problem in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration,” he said.
He cautioned that the United Nations peacekeeping troops will not remain in Liberia forever, adding that the government should use every available means to stabilize security before UNMIL’s departure. Commenting on political meager for the 2017 presidential election, he said LINU will not be incorporated; instead, the party will allow other political parties to come onboard.
Giving his take on the country’s financial status, Mr. Blamah said outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, underperformed during his stay at the financial house. According to him, during Konneh’s four years at the Finance Ministry, the country suffered budget shortfall every year, and as head of the Finance Ministry, he failed to reverse the situation. “It makes no sense for that ministry to continue to make the same mistake during his stay at the ministry; it suggests to me that he does not understand how the steer the affairs of that ministry, putting the country in a bad finance status for the past four years.”
Meanwhile, the LINU political leader has called on the General Auditing Commission or GAC to audit the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank of Liberia to clear doubts of Liberians about financial mal-practices at those institutions.
The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mills Jones, ended his tenure at the bank last month and has entered active politics with his newly formed Movement for Economic Empowerment or MOVEE party, ahead of the 2017 presidential and representative elections.
Outgoing Finance Minister Konneh has been seconded to a World Bank post in Nairobi, Kenya and is expected to leave next month.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Editing by Jonathan Browne