By Richard Stephens
As the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), draws down in June of 2016, several Liberians are of the fear that the country’s Security sector could be more volatile in an UNMIL-free Liberia.
One of such Liberians is former Finance Minister, David Fahart, who suggested that in order to build a comprehensive Security system of the country in the absence of UNMIL, the Government of Liberia should encourage de-activated soldiers and police who are still fit to render service in the defense of their country to return to service.
Mr. Fahart, who served as Finance Minister and CommerceMinister respectively in the late President Doe’s administration admitted that the Security institutions in Liberia were broken down as the result of the civil conflict and must be overhauled before the departure of the foreign troops from the country to avoid recurrence of national disturbances.
He made the call on Sunday, when he spoke at a news conference in Sinkor to sensitize Liberians on the danger that might occur in the absence of UNMIL without an adequate security system being put in place. Mr. Fahart is on record for advocating for benefits for the former security personnel.
Meanwhile, touching on the recent incident in Nimba County, he said while it is true that the act is condemnable, it serves as a precarious signal for trouble-making especially in the midst of fragile defense system for Liberia.
Mr. Fahart further argued that the common man expresses his anger through violence especially when they do not have confidence in the judicial system to get adequate redress, because the judicial system must be looked at carefully by Government to ensure that every Liberian irrespective of status is given equal justice.