The Ministry of National Defense refuted allegations posted on social media accusing the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) of mining gold in Grand Kru County.
In a press statement released on Tuesday, June 23, the Defence Ministry said, the social media posts concerning the AFL are fallacious, dangerous and lacks any iota of truth.
According to one of the posts, “Pieces of evidence of Weah and Wife’s brother, Michael Duncan, using our government properties to carry out their illicit gold mining operations in Grand Kru County. As you can see in the pictorial below: A Chinese-donated AFL excavator, GSA marked trucks, army tents for the AFL soldiers who provide security for the Chinese mining workers and their operations to sleep in. This is absolutely unacceptable.”
But reacting to the allegations, the Defense Ministry in its release stated that works being done is in fulfillment of a memorandum of understanding signed with a Road Construction and Engineering Company located in Caldwell, Louisiana, Montserrado County for road construction and rehabilitation operations in Grand Kru, River Gee and Sinoe Counties, thus dispatching a team of AFL Engineers to the counties to work with Road Construction and Engineering Company.
“In October of 2019, the Armed Forces of Liberia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Road Construction and Engineering Company located in Caldwell, Louisiana, Montserrado County for road construction and rehabilitation operations in Grand Kru, River Gee and Sinoe Counties, respectively, which is currently ongoing,” the Ministry said in its release.
The release further stated that Civil Military Operations are key in building a contemporary army, bringing the army to the community to build relationship of trust. Therefore, the rehabilitation of feeder roads, building of bridges and community projects are an integral part of the Engineering Company of the AFL.
“Over the years, the AFL has signed other MOUs including German Agro, Solid Rocks, Gbowee Peace Foundation, Gbarpolu County Developing Funds, Legislative Development Projects in River Gee and Gbarpolu Counties for road constructions and rehabilitation.
Moreover, the AFL has collaborated with the Ministry of Public Works in rehabilitating roads throughout the Country. The AFL in collaboration with these institutions has rehabilitated over 350 kilometers of road in Liberia.”