The Ministry of Justice has officially launched the one year National ‘Stop Mob Violence’ Campaign organized by the United Nations and its security partners in the country.
The campaign is designed in a way that it will occur simultaneously in all counties across the country as its message is solely encouraging the public to use the rule of law instead of resulting to mob justice.
The Deputy Minister for Administration and Public Safety at the Ministry of Justice, Wheatonia Dixon-Barnes said the campaign targeted at discussing mob justice is aimed at restoring trust and confidence in the security sector of the country and is geared toward encouraging citizens to get involved.
Dr. Dixon-Barnes said police officers should be police officers who will serve as symbol of justice in dealing with mob violence and encouraging partners to be more theoretical than rhetorical.
However, the leader of the Traditional Council of Elders, Zanzan Karwor blamed the increase in mob justice on the security.
Chief Kawor thrilled the gathering when he asked the question, “Where do rudeness and violence come from?” Without getting any response, the traditional chief said, “The problem is with the security.” He cited the recent incident in the Red Light Community where police officers who abandoned their posts to direct traffic in that area for little or nothing from vehicle owners and drivers were bundled and grossly disgraced by the same police authority that had gone on inspection.
“They joined the rogues because the Police are doing nothing; that is why people take tyres to burn others in the name of seeking justice,” he remarked. Chief Kawor who was allowed on the podium to explain the use of palava hut for dispute resolution said that cases have been held in the courts for long periods and therefore urged the justice system to be fair and transparent.
In his remark on community and the Liberia National Police partnership, the Deputy for Operations, Abraham Kromah said the campaign will aid the police quest in enhancing the rule of law, peace and security in the country.
Col. Kromah admitted that the LNP has been a victim of mob violence and the issue of mob violence has lots to do with what one gets involved into. He thanked the UN counterparts for the public forum and admonished all to use the justice system as the best means of seeking justice based on the law.
A representative from the Ministry of Internal Affairs said, “No matter what, let us not take the law in our hands; let us resist mob violence. The government remains committed to building a country where all is equal.”