Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chea is apprehensive about security here after the departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia or UNMIL.
Senator Chea says Liberia’s security institutions currently lack what it takes to provide security for all citizens after expiration of UNMIL’s mandate in Liberia. According to him, each time there is an alarming situation such as armed robbery or any other crime, particularly at night; police officers usually complain that they don’t have the necessary equipment, including logistics that would enable them to adequately respond as a result, citizens are victimized.
Speaking in Kakata, Margibi County over the weekend at the first national convention of the Liberian People Democratic Party or LPDP, Senator Chea said the security sector of Liberia is not fully equipped to give citizens confidence after UNMIL leaves.
He wondered how could a law enforcement institution like the Liberia National Police submit a budget of 40 million to the Liberian Legislature only to receive US$15 million at the end of the day with half of this amount allotted for salaries, leaving barely 2.5 million for operation, which is inadequate to sustain the force.
Meanwhile, Senator Chea has argued that the registration of more than 21 political parties is not and cannot be the problem of Liberia, saying the challenges we face in the society has nothing to do with political parties, because even if we have 30 or above political parties here there will only be one President and Vice President in Liberia.
He said multiplicity of political parties also comes with great responsibility as any government that wants to remain in power must promote itself and deliver to the people.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne