House’s Defense C’ttee Takes On AFL Widows’ Benefit Claim

The  Defense Committee at the House of Representatives  has been tasked with the responsibility  to meticulously review  a longstanding problem affecting widows of fallen Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers when it comes to benefits they (widows) are entitled to.

The House’s Defense Committee chaired by Montserrado County District Two Representative, Jimmy Smith, was mandated last Thursday during session to look the widows’ benefit issue within two weeks and report to Plenary for a way forward.

It is recalled that a record number of AFL widows have from time to time  since 2006  been requesting for their deceased husbands’ benefits which to some extent have been provided in piece meal to their dissatisfaction thus sometimes leading to street protests.

The regime of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on a number of occasions strived  to resolve the issue but it seems the concerns of the widows continue to surface for redress.

Recently, the widows began to agitate  after they got hinted that  former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai  allegedly squandered  the benefits of  AFL soldiers, both those living and on active duties and the deceased, whose children need finances to go to school.

However, as elected leaders of the Liberian people, members of the current National Legislature at the Lower House under the Speakership of Dr. Bhofal Chambers, with the mandate of Plenary have requested the Smith’s Committee to take a look at the  issue in its entirety and subsequently advise  the August Body within two weeks for onward decision that will determine an amicable solution.

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