…Widows Demands Husbands’ Benefits
By A. Omaska Jallah
Barely a day after the wives of enlisted officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL)staged a protest against pay-cut of their husbands’ salaries, widows of dead AFL soldiers besieged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in demand of benefits owed their late husbands.
The widows took to the streets in protest for benefits owed their husbands by the Government of Liberia.
One of the widows, Marie Gonto, who spoke to this paper Wednesday, said the Government of Liberia has promised to pay their benefits of US$20,000 per individual, but with the level of economic constraints in the country, the government appealed to make a reduction of US$17,000.
However, she said the US$3,000 that should be given to each of them after subtracting US$17,000, is yet to be paid.
She said they agreed for the reduction “but up to now, we are yet to receive the promised US$3,000, while in Sierra Leone, our friends, widows, have since received the amount of US$29,000 each,” she claimed.
Sometimes in 2017, the AFL widows besieged the Capitol Building with their naked bodies because according to them, the government’s repeated failures to settle their husbands’ benefits.
Wednesday’s protest by the widows hindered the free flow of traffic at the intersection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and University of Liberia as the angry women set road blocks.
Speaking to our reporter, Gonto said their plights have been disregarded by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.