Col. Mulbah said: "As you may know the LNP is non- political, we are there to serve the government and the people, but sometimes we get a lot of political interference from lawmakers and every quarter of government, which sometimes influence our decision, so we have to step forward to meet some of these challenges" Col. William Mulbah
Monrovia - A senior law enforcement officer has hit the nail on the coffin by making a bold revelation that the operations of Police officers in Liberia are hindered by political inference. Col. William Mulbah, Deputy Police Director for Administration-designate for the Liberian National Police (LNP), has disclosed that political interference is a major challenge faced by officers of the Liberia National Police in the discharge of their functions.
In an interview with reporters at the Capitol Building where he had gone for confirmation hearings, Col. Mulbah said, normally officers of the LNP are faced with the difficult challenge of implementing or overlooking certain issues because of influence from officials of the National Legislature and executive branches of government.
Col. Mulbah said: "As you may know the LNP is non- political, we are there to serve the government and the people, but sometimes we get a lot of political interference from lawmakers and every quarter of government, which sometimes influence our decision, so we have to step forward to meet some of these challenges."
The Police Deputy Director designate promised to ensure that the assets of the Liberian National Police are in proper order if confirmed by the Senate, noting: "That will be one of my major targets if confirmed."
He committed himself to put in place policies that will make individual Police officers pay for equipment and assets willfully damaged through salaries deduction nothing that normally officers of the LNP damage government assets and the responsibility to repair is left with National government. The LNP deputy director for Administration designate also promised to ensure that the issue of attendance of officers is taken seriously.
Improved Police image
"The public perception about the LNP is bad, so upon my confirmation, improving the image of the LNP will be part of my target. I will also ensure that we have a sound financial management practice and accountability", he added. He promised to use his office to weed out those he referred to as the bad apples in the Police warning officers of the Police force against taking bribes.
He told the Senate Defense committee that he is the right man for the job boasting of his over 30-year record in the Police service. Col. Mulbah said, during all his days at the LNP he had no demerit in his file and has never been accused or punished for acts that are contrary to the LNP guidelines.
If confirmed by the Liberian Senate, he will fill the void left behind by his predecessor, Col. Rose Stryker, who was recently relieved of her post by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Stryker during her service at the LNP was accused of awarding contracts that did not meet the public procurement and concession Commission guidelines.