Disbanded AFL soldiers threaten to staged protest over unpaid pensions

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Over 3,000 disbanded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia are expected to converge at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Monrovia on July 15, 2021

The Chairman of the disbanded AFL leadership, Captain Jerry Kollie, called on all widows and their dependents of fallen soldiers who are facing problems in receiving their pensions to form part of the peaceful demonstration.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, Captain Kollie said  all efforts to negotiate with the Ministries of National Defense and Finance have proven futile.

Captain Kollie accused the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs of secretly placing civilians’ names on the AFL pensioners’ payroll purposely to enrich themselves.

Kollie noted that the disbanded soldiers have been receiving their checks since the inception of the UP-led government but things have changed since the CDC-led administration came to power.

The leadership of the disbanded AFL soldiers vowed they will not stop until President George Weah intervene adding that they are not afraid to die

In response, the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs said they have warned veterans of the Armed Forces of Liberia against converging at the Ministry of Finance and Development planning to stage demonstration.

The Deputy Director for Administration of the bureau, Major Alexander Geor said, AFL veterans should not allow themselves to be misled by few misguided individuals led Captain Jerry Kollie for their personal greed.

Addressing a press conference in Monrovia, Major Goer said all AFL veterans, widows and dependents facing problems in receiving their pensions should contact the bureau in order for them to be process.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Bureau of Veterans Affairs, Edwin Goodridge, has disclosed that massive steps have been taken in meeting the mandate of President George Weah in establishing a farm and improving the wellbeing of veterans’ community.

According to Goodridge, the bureau has concluded the recruitment of elements of the agriculture battalion and interested soldiers who will work on the farm.

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