President Sirleaf Honors Former Liberian Generals and Officers

Tuesday, 24th July 2007
President Sirleaf presents a certificate to one of the honorees at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
President Sirleaf presents a certificate to one of the honorees at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: James M. Garresen, II/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - Programs marking the 160th Independence Anniversary of Liberia continued on Tuesday with several events in Monrovia commemorating the occasion.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicated the Rafiki Children’s village in Marshall Territory. The Village which will run a pre-school program for children will later host a secondary program with an anticipated enrollment of 324 students.  The President thanked all those who contributed towards the establishment of the Village in Liberia, describing their efforts as a celebration of Partnership, patriotism, capacity and family hood.

The President later presented a certificate to the founder and President of Rafiki, granting the group the right to operate in Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President has presented certificates and medals to retired Generals and officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia.  At a ceremony at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, the President thanked the retired officers for their sacrificial services to the country over the years.  The Commander-in-Chief also lauded the retired officers for their contribution towards the peace the country now enjoys. ‘You have enabled our country to move forward by your voluntary retirement,” the President told the Officers.

99-personnel of a total of more than five thousand men and women of the AFL were awarded certificates and medals by the Commander-in-Chief.

Meanwhile, the President has directed the finance Ministry to pay two months salary arrears owed the soldiers by government.  The soldiers will also receive two months as balance payment for pension. The President said the payments were in fulfillment of a promise to pay the soldiers their benefits upon retirement and in keeping with the spirit of July ’26.

The President said government is facing challenges in settling all arrears it has inherited, but assured the soldiers that the government would continue to exert all efforts in settling the country’s obligations including arrears owed the retired soldiers.

Among those honored was Retired General Sandee Ware, in whose honor the VOA military barracks has been renamed.  Others honored were General Kpenkpah Y. Konah, LTG, Henry Dubar; LTG Hezekiah Bowen, Major-general Philip Kemah, Col. Arthur Bedell, among others.