Montserrado County District 13 Representative Saah Joseph
Rep Joseph Cautions Ex-AFL Widows
By Winnie Dixon/LINA
MONROVIA, December 17 (LINA) –Montserrado County District 13 Representative Saah Joseph, has called on widows of former soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to desist from strike actions and violence in seeking redress to their plight.
He said the solution to their problem is humanitarian in nature and as such, they must endeavor to seek solutions to their plight through peaceful dialogue.
Speaking to the widows on Tuesday hours after they besieged the seat of lawmakers, the National Legislature, he indicated that “as mothers of the land, you must collaborate with government and partners to establish a personal relationship and identify the main problems and a subsequent permanent solution.”
“I understand your pains, but sitting on the hot floor and stopping the flow of traffic is not healthy for our country and signals a bad picture for us as Liberians”, he stressed.
Earlier, the widows besieged the Capitol Building for hours, impeding the free flow of traffic in demand of US$5,000.00 for each of its over
In an interview with reporters before Representative Joseph's intervention, the head of the group, Esther Myers, pointed out that their action was prompted by government’s failure to pay benefits owed them.
“The budget has passed and we did not hear anything that will address our financial plight; so we think that the lawmakers do not pity our condition and will not help us,” she added.
This is the second time the widows are besieging the Capitol Building. It can be recalled that in mid-May this year, dozens of widows stormed the Capitol Building setting up road blocks at both entrances of the Capitol Building, thus preventing members of the National Legislature and visitors from entering and leaving the building in demand of payments promised them in 2006.
Meanwhile, Representative Saah Joseph is scheduled to meet the leadership of the widows on Wednesday, December 17.