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UNMIL Official Nudges Use Law
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, August 10 (LINA) – The head of office of the UN Mission in Grand Gedeh County, Aminue Shitue, has underscored the need for citizens to seek redress through the rule of law rather than harmful and outdated cultural practices.
Shitue noted that unlike the past when people were honest, truthful and protective, today’s world is infested with lies, dishonesty and insecurity which, he said, can only be contained through the respect for human rights and rule of law.
The UNMIL official made the call during a meeting he held with chiefs and traditional leaders in the Administration Building in Zwedru, where he also called on elders to advise their children to seek legal means of resolving differences, rather than practices that contravene the rule of law.
His call comes in the wake of a demonstration by “country devils” or masked dancers from Beh Town few days ago, during which the county superintendent’s residence was besieged and barricaded in demand of the release from detention of six of its followers.
Superintendent Peter L. Solo was released following the intervention and mediation of Shitue and other prominent citizens of the county.
The six followers of the masked dancers were earlier arrested by security forces, interrogated, charged and detained for aggravated assault for allegedly tying, beating and molesting a wailing mother, Fatuma Daylue, whose 37-year-old son went missing July 10.
According to information gathered by the Liberia News Agency (LINA), respected traditionalists saw such fashion of wailing by Fatuma as a belittlement that had the propensity of implicating the culture and tradition of the town.
In response, the spokesman of the local Traditional Council at the meeting assured UNMIL of their fullest cooperation to ensure that the detainees are released so that they can continue the search for the missing man.