Security Sector Top Brass in Senate Executive Session

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Sources say Sen. Stephen Zargo requested the Senate Plenary to invite the top brass of the National Security Task Force to brief the Senate on the state of the country's security, ahead of the November 7 run-off election.

Up to press time yesterday, the top brass of the National Security sector was in a closed-door executive session with members of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, and Security & Veteran Affairs in the chambers of the Senate.

The reason that prompted the convergence of the top brass of the country’s security apparatus was not disclosed to journalists covering the Legislature, but highly placed sources close to the Senate Committee on Defense confided in the Daily Observer that it was because of a letter (which was not read at plenary) from the chairman of that committee, Senator Stephen Zargo.

According to our sources, the letter requested the Senate Plenary to invite the top brass of the National Security Task Force to brief the Senate on the state of the country’s security, especially in the wake of the recent developments of ‘war of words’ between and from some political parties that participated in the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, including bitter exchanges between the current leadership of the Unity Party and its standard bearer emeritus President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the filing of complaints on alleged electoral fraud, and the seeking of legal redress with the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court.

The tight security meeting was also expected to discuss a PowerPoint presentation on the security sector’s preparations for events before, during and after the November 7 presidential runoff election.

Among those seen at the Capitol Building yesterday were the Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue, Liberia Immigration Service Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, Liberia National Police Inspector General Gregory Coleman, top brass of the Armed Forces of Liberia and other executives of the security sector.

In another development, the Senate yesterday met with the Minister of Finance & Development Planning, Boima Kamara, and the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment, Julius K. Sele.

The two government officials were summoned by Senate Plenary last Thursday in reaction to a letter from Grand Kru County Senator Albert Chie in which he explained difficulties many Senators encounter in obtaining accurate information from LACE on the status of ongoing and proposed projects that are being implemented on their behalf.

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