The House of Representatives has summoned National Defense Minister Brownie Samukai to give reason for an eviction order released on February 10, 2017 to force out all ex-disarmed military persons residing in the 72nd Camp Ramrod Barracks along the Samuel K. Doe Boulevard.
The house action was based on a communication sent yesterday by Honorable Thomas Fallah of District # 5 stating that he received a complaint letter from the ex-ATU personnel residing in that community for acknowledgment and timely intervention. Rep. Fallah in his communication noted that due to the preparation for the election that is ongoing, he prompted an urgent meeting with the minister including leadership of the ex-soldiers in which he appealed for the eviction to carried out January 2018. According to him Minister Samukai requested the urgent need of accommodation at some of the units within the barracks to house soldiers in active service with the AFL. With immediate effect, Rep. Fallah said 12 units were made available to the National Defense authority in keeping with their request. “Regrettably, to our utmost surprise, the outcomes of that meeting were negated by Minister Samukai without informed consent,” he added. The District #5 law maker pointed out that indeed it is necessarily compelling, as well it seeks to evoke the rule of law, which according to him, has to do with government serving as a custodian of peace and stability in the country. “This in my wisdom speaks to the fact that we as policy makers are under obligation to protect our citizens from unwarranted physical or mental distress, maltreatment, or deprivation of civil liberty as a Liberian,” he said. Continuing, he stated: “In the context of informed consent, I would think that the decision to evict occupants from that area should have been in the know of the National Elections Commission. The barracks is coded 30289 under NEC’s voter registration exercise. An eviction order at this time will cause a mass displacement of prospective voters in the pending October 10th elections”. “In the interest of peace, I will appreciate the timely intervention of this august body in this matter for a peaceful settlement,” Rep. Fallah noted. Meanwhile the house had ordered its secretariat to communicate with the minister Samukai for his appearance at the house plenary on Thursday April 28, 2017.