AFL Widows Storm Capitol Building Again
A group of women under the banner of AFL Widows have again stormed the Capitol Building, the seat of the National Legislature in demand of their benefits.
On Tuesday, hundreds of women claiming to be widows of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) who died in active combat during the civil unrest said they were at the Capitol Building to demand for their just benefits owed them by the Liberian Government.
But the Government of Liberia through President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has since dismissed the claims by the AFL widows saying that government is not indebted to them any longer. President Sirleaf at the time informed them that the amount they received from government was enough to settle their benefits.
The group of women who sometimes ago naked themselves at the Capitol Building yesterday said they were not leaving the premises of the Capitol till their just benefits were settled by government. The women barricaded the main entrance of the Capitol Building thus, preventing vehicles from entering the compound of the Capitol.
During the commotion, Montserrado County District #13 Representative, Saah Joseph got on the scene and intervened. Rep. Joseph appealed to the women to return home as he was going to put their plight before his colleagues in the House of Representatives to find amicable solution to the ongoing saga over their benefits.
However, the Montserrado County lawmaker presented an amount of US$200 and promised giving them 25 bags of 25 kilogram rice for their Christmas season. He lauded them for their peaceful assembly and warned them against any form of violence in addressing their grievances.