…In Political Campaign
The Ministry of National Defense says it attention has been drawn to a report that AFL soldiers were authorized in a district political rally under the auspices of the Unity Party.
The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) last week accused Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai of authorizing the participation of AFL soldiers in a political rally organized by the Unity Party.
According to IREDD’s report, Minister Samukai deployed officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to provide security for the contractors hired to construct a podium in Barnersville for the launch of its representative candidates’ campaign ahead of Vice President Boakai’s visit there.
But the Defense Ministry said the report is totally untrue as at no time did any military personnel participate in any political rally.
The Ministry said perimeter security at the rally was provided by clearly uniformed personnel from the Executive Security Consultancy (EXECON) firm.
The Ministry said the stage and truss were built by a team of young Liberian technicians while the public address system and musical equipment at the rally were provided by the musical crew known as the “Beast”.
The release said Minister Samukai has never ever authorized any military personnel at any political rally or otherwise.
The Ministry said the AFL remains a professional military institution that has no intention of participating in any political rally, whether before, during or after the pending October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representatives’ Election.