Police, Motorcyclists Smoke Peace Pipe
By Garmonyou Wilson
The Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union (LMTU) made a truce yesterday that entails motorcyclists understanding the mandate of the police in order to stay within the confines of the law.
In the past, police officers and commercial motorcyclists have been in series of problems that stemmed from motorcyclists’ refusal to obey the rules of the traffic, which results to endangering the lives of pedestrians, motorists and other motorcyclists.
At a joint press conference yesterday the Deputy Director for Operations at the LNP, A.B. Kromah and the Secretary General for the LMTU, Robert Sammie, met at the motorcyclists stopping point on Jallah Town in Monrovia where the two people exchanged pleasantries and promised to work with one another to ensure that lives and properties of everyone in the country are guaranteed.
Speaking to reporters, LNP Deputy Director Kromah said that his actions in the past were not to go after anyone but to ensure that everyone understands that Liberia is a law-abiding country in which these rules and regulations must be adhered to at all times.
He stressed that the LNP and the LMTU are not enemies, but two entities that have different mandates but the beneficiary is Liberia and to ensure that Liberia benefits, the two have to work together.
He added that this is the LNP continuing its community policing agenda that is moving to build a relationship with all Liberians in all walks of life, stressing the need to work together.
The Secretary General of LMTU, Robert Sammie said that partnership between the two entities is a project that would be launched not only in Monrovia but in all parts of the country, starting with three counties; Monrovia, Gbarnga and Ganta.
Mr. Sammie continued that the meetings with the police are a way to allay the negative perception against murder, rape and other violent acts.