-Over Deputy Chief of Staff Appointment
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Lofa County Senator, Atty. Stephen Zargo has raised some concern over the appointment of Deputy Chief of Staff designate of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Col. Geraldine George.
Deputy AFL Chief of Staff Designate Col. Geraldine George
According to Senator Zargo, the standards and procedures within the AFL ascendancies are made based on what he calls order of merits or dress-back-dress.
Senator Zargo made the assertion Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the confirmation hearing of Col. George held at the Liberian Senate on Capitol Hill by the Senate committee on Defense, National Security and Veteran Affairs.
The former chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense, National Security and Veteran Affairs alleged that Col. George was never the next in line to be appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff and as such; she should not have been appointed by the President.
According to Senator Zargo, Col. Davison Folleh who is alleged to be the boss of Col. George has been the next in line to be appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff of the ALF in keeping with the AFL own procedures.
However, the veteran security expert of the Liberian Senate acknowledged that Col. Folleh is under probe by authority of the AFL for acts believed to be incompatible with the AFL but noted that said probe could not have denied the senior ranking officer what is rightfully his.
He disclosed that Col. Folleh is allegedly undergoing investigation for opening fire over the wives of some AFL personnel who have gone on the rampage in demand of their husbands’ benefits and that their actions stalled peaceful movement of other citizens
Senator Zargo who prefered not to be taped narrated that he believes that Col. Folleh acted in the right direction because according him, an expert of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was at the verge of dying and needed to be flown within time, but the women had blocked the road, thus, preventing free movement.
The Lofa County Senator said he holds no malice against the young and brilliant newly appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Col. George, but he wants the right thing to be done.
He stated that he holds no doubt in his mind that Col. George would perform the task and duty given her to expectation, noting she has rose through the ranks and files of the AFL.
For her part, Deputy Chief of Staff designate of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Col. Geraldine George voiced that she brings a lot of experience, knowledge and passion to the job.
The Deputy Chief of Staff designate of the AFL disclosed that she holds several credentials in military science and security and served various positions within the AFL, therefore, she best suited to hold such position.
Meanwhile, the Senate committee on Defense, National Security and Veteran Affairs has branded the credentials of Col. George as unquestionable and as such they have no doubt that she would perform.