MONROVIA, Dec 2 (LINA) – The Defense Ministry Monday said it recognizes that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Platoon in Mali has not received their monthly allowances from United Nations accounts, but said this was a result of special arrangements.
The accounts are for individuals serving the United Nations Mission and are considered escrow accounts which have already been opened at the Central Bank of Liberia, the ministry said in a release clarifying a report on Truth FM Monday.
Quoting a source from America, the Truth FM reported that the AFL platoon in Mali (MINUSMA) has not received pay from the United Nations Mission for more than five months and that authorities of the Ministry have refused to comment on the issue
But the Ministry explained that 80 percent of each soldier’s individual allowance is being remitted to that account and upon the soldier‘s return that money will be given to him in its entirety.
It clarified that the Government has been providing allowances to the AFL MINUSMA Platoon in Mali through the Ministry of Defense budgetary allotment.
The Ministry noted that this was made evident in the publications of the Inquirer and New Democrat Newspapers on 8 November 2013 cataloging payments and other social welfare programs undertaken by the Government of Liberia.
The Ministry said it was “very pleased” with the exceptional service that AFL soldiers serving in the United Nations Mission in Mali continue to provide the people of Mali.
“Our soldiers remain mission focused and with gallantry and professionalism they are flying high our country’s flag,” the release quoted Defense Minister Brownie Samukai as saying.