Monrovia – Police in Monrovia have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Tyron Browne, a videographer working with Super FM/TV in Monrovia. Suspect Jonathan Williams, who was arrested through a special police operation, told investigators few hours ago that he mistook the journalist for an armed robber. Brown’s body was early Monday morning in the Duport Road Community where he lived. Reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying his body was dropped off in the area by unknown men in a black SUV at about 3:00AM that morning. The Liberia National Police is poised to hold a press conference later this afternoon in Monrovia on the outcome of an ongoing investigation.
April 20, 2018 14:37 UTC
Thirty-six employees of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) have completed a two-week “intensive training” in Nigeria in several professional areas, to enhance productivity of the corporation . The training was held under the West African Power Pool (WAPP)-USAID Capacity Building Program, provided by the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN). In this regard, LEC submitted a list of the 36 employees. The 36 personnel were trained in power transmission network and sub-station operations, maintenance, power distribution network and repairs, power system commercialization, power generation operations and maintenance, power distribution network design and operations, as well as power system planning and environmental safeguard guidance. Dr. John Gorlorwulu, USAID-Liberia Incoming Economic Growth Office Director, spoke of how important the power sector was to national development.
April 20, 2018 02:33 UTC
By Omari Jackson & Hannah GeterminahA group of physically challenged Liberians under the banner of Disabled Like Minds for Good Governance, led by Samuel Dean yesterday congregated on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, to present a petition to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers. “Enough is enough,” Dean said when the Sergeant-at-arms from Speaker Chambers’ office, came down to speak to the group. Meanwhile frantic efforts were being made to calm tempers, with assurances to the disabled group that their demands would be honored and the petition would reach Dr. They assured the group that they regretted the incident and recognized their right to come to Capitol Hill to demand an audience with the Speaker. A few months ago, President George Weah re-instated the three directors at the National Commission on Disabilities (NCD), the life-blood of the disabled community.
April 20, 2018 02:33 UTC
Senator Tengbeh assures them of complianceA group under Women for Land Rights in Liberia yesterday presented a petition to Lofa County Senator George T. Tengbeh, to use his influence and prevail on his colleagues to pass the 2014 version of the Draft Land Rights Bill into law. The group drew attention to five areas of concern, including tribal certificates, 30 percent of public lands, protect the rights of communities to informed consent; protected and proposed protected area declared as government land and women land rights. Tribal CertificatesThey said the 2017 version recognizes tribal certificates and other property documents without taking into account measures that would protect communities’ land rights. Women Land RightsThey told Sen. Tengbeh that the current draft bill does not adequately address the rights of women to access, own and transfer land. He told them that the importance of the Land Rights Bill demands that all sectors of the Liberian society are listened to, in order to make the right decision for the people.
Daku Mulbah, Solicitor General-designate on Wednesday, during his confirmation hearing, suggested that the justice system actually needs an urgent overhaul of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Mulbah noted that reform should take into consideration the amendment and repeal of some of the laws and periodic training for judges, court staffs and other justice actors, to ensure an effective and efficient justice delivery system. Supporting the bureau’s report, Cllr. Mulbah said he intends to reform and give spirit and meaning to the prosecution of cases if confirmed. He emphasized that “The interpretation of the law is with the judiciary, and the judge decides which bond to take.
The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says it welcomes the Liberian government’s pledge to bring to justice the perpetrators of the reported murder of a broadcast journalist, Tyron A. Browne, of the Monrovia-based Super FM radio station. The station is owned by Liberian businessman and politician George Kailondo, a member of the opposition Unity Party (UP). The Association asserted that the Weah-led administration must now begin to take concrete actions that would ensure that the probe is executed with immediacy and transparency. ALJA reminded Mr. Weah and the CDC that they promised to ensure accountability in the public sector by weeding out corrupt and shady deals. “ALJA is saddened by the loss and prays that the Almighty Allah would grant the PUL and the Kamara families solace during this difficult moment,” the release, signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy, said.
Police Inspector-General Patrick Sudue has assured journalists that they have no need to fear as the government is not interested in harming them. According to Sudue, until facts are established through investigation and arrest, no one should be pointing fingers at anyone, least to mention the government, which is being blamed in some quarters for the journalist’s murder. His assurance was contained in his statement yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s (MICAT) weekly press briefing on current developments. “We wait on Kailondo to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that his life is threatened by the government because of the death of his employee. “It is totally premature for anyone to assume that the government is responsible for the journalist’s death.
A Special Presidential Charity Program has raised US$333,000 and L$8.4 million, to help support children who are vulnerable or in need of education and healthcare services in Liberia. The Charity Program fundraising event, held yesterday at the Monrovia City Hall, brought together government officials, entrepreneurs, investors and others. The picture of President George Weah is being used to raise funds by the Special Presidential Charity Program. President Weah lauded supporters of his program, indicating that the fund will be used to support those who are in need. Shortly after the announcement of the total amount raised, supporters of the charity program were seen smiling and celebrating, especially the mayor of Monrovia.
Is that not what happens in numerous cases of police brutality, especially against black young men in America? Said the President to the young reporter, “You have got to be careful with those ones. There are in every situation such things as good, ethical behavior, respect for human rights and the rule of law, which in any situation should always be observed. This is not to say that we are attempting to encourage wrong doing or any kind of criminal behavior on company premises. The Liberian civil conflict ended in 2003 and the country has for the past 13 years been governed by democratically elected regimens.
Deputy Commerce Minister for Small Business Administration Jemima Wolokollie says in order to create a level playing field in the business community, Liberian entrepreneurs must be the distributors and retailers of manufactured goods, whether produced in the country or imported from abroad. Wolokollie made the statement yesterday at a program marking the end of a two-day workshop on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT), held at a resort in Monrovia. Wolokollie spoke of the need to implement laws that would benefit Liberians and non-Liberians doing their respective businesses. Due to these barriers, Wolokollie said business activities have over the years been hindered to the extent that the Liberianization policy has not been implemented. Nyema Wisner assured the country’s commitment to comply with its obligations regarding the implementation of the Technical Barriers to Trade.
County Meet defending champions Montserrado County have qualified for the final in two consecutive years and will face Bong County in Sunday’s final at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. Similar to Bong, Coach Samuel Sumo’s side booked their final ticket through an 8-7 post-match penalty win against Margibi County after both teams settled to a 1-1 at the end of the full 90 minutes and extra time. This was the second time Montserrado has edged out Margibi in the semifinals through a penalty shootout to reach the final. Sunday’s final will mark their fifth final since the inauguration of the competition in 1956. Meanwhile, in kickball, Nimba will be hoping to become triple champions when they face Grand Bassa in the final.
April 20, 2018 02:03 UTC
Monrovia – A Moroccan company eyeing a massive waste management contract in Monrovia has begun lobbying and swaying Jefferson Koijee, Mayor of the City of Monrovia, with fully funded foreign trip and state-of-the-art hospitality. Upon their return, the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) issued a press release expressing strong gratitude to the company’s CEO for the gesture. Ozone Environment Comes to MonroviaJust a week after the Mayor’s visit to Morocco, a high-power delegation from Ozone Environment and Service Company arrived in Liberia on an assessment tour. Mayor Koijee had continuously said garbage is an enemy which needs collection approach to fight it. The MCC received several backlashes when it was posted to the Monrovia City Corporation’s official Facebook page.
April 20, 2018 02:03 UTC
Monrovia - Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa Count - a ranking member on the Senate Defense and Intelligence Committee has raised concern over the selection of Geraldine George as Deputy Chief of Staff Designate of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Senator Zargo claims other officers of the AFL merits the position over Officer George. In this case, Davidson Folleh is the next in commend to Prince Johnson now Chief of Staff of the army and he should have been named deputy chief of staff,” he explained. Merit and Ascendency has been a standard set that members of the army have worked for,” he said. Captain George would become the first woman to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia if confirmed by the Senate.
April 20, 2018 01:26 UTC
On Thursday, April 19, the administration dedicated a computer laboratory at the Fendell Campus of the university, which is expected to provide computer education for students. The project, financed by the Trustees of Donations for Education in Liberia (TDEL), is worth US$100,000. “We are very happy that the trustee saw a fit to provide the funds that allow us to make this computer library happened. He assured that his organization would continue to partner with UL in expanding the university digital facility, adding that the computer laboratory will not be TDEL last project with the University of Liberia as there are plan for the computer library to be open on other campuses of the university. “With this computer library you will get the world here at your finger tip right on the scream, so this is a grand day for the library.
April 20, 2018 01:18 UTC
“Me I see Jungle Jabbah, I was not a small boy at that time. For 40-year-old Zoe Lahei who was commonly known as Tactical during the days of war Jungle Jabbah does not deserve punishment. Let him be in jail,” said Joseph Ballah, 78, a resident of Gbarqueta, the biggest town before the Jungle Jabbah Bridge. Pressure is mounting on President George Weah to hold a war crimes court. Weah has appointed several people accused of war crimes to his government.
April 20, 2018 01:07 UTC