Via FrontPageAfrica: Eyeing Probe: U.S. Slams Army Role in Liberia Ebola Response. Excerpt:
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac has suggested that the American government prefers a less forceful role of the Liberian military in the ongoing Ebola crisis in the post-war nation.
Addressing a news conference in Monrovia today, Ambassador Malac stated: “We would like to see the AFL not been involved in a law enforcement role. They have an appropriate role, in this Ebola response as does the LNP, BIN and other security agencies because there is a security aspect in other cases of this response.
But the AFL was intended to be an external defense force to external threats. We hope that they will start to see more activity on the part of the LNP and that they will continue to lead on the security aspect of this Ebola response. We look forward to seeing the results of the investigation.”
Ambassador Malac’s statement comes in the aftermath of the recent shooting of 15-year-old Shaki Kamara during a riot in West Point. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday slammed the idea of quarantine saying that quarantine zones and restrictions on movement imposed to help contain the Ebola disease have severely hampered the transport and sale of food.
Translation: The Sirleaf government made a horrendous error in quarantining West Point and then in sending in armed soldiers to deal with the predictable uproar.