The Gambia’s outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, continued to insist on Monday he would not step aside for President-elect Adama Barrow to be sworn-in on January 19, brushing aside international calls and pressure from the regional bloc, ECOWAS.Mr. Jammeh issued the latest threat to the country’s fist change of leadership in 22 years in a telephone call to the chairperson of ECOWAS and Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. During the conversation posted on Youtube, Mr. Jammeh told Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf, who is leading efforts to ensure respect for the outcome of last December’s election, that the “status quo” had to remain until his country’s Supreme Court decides on an application by his party. The application wants the court “to restrain Adama Barrow from being sworn-in as well as restraining the Chief Justice or any other person from swearing him, Adama Barrow, into office.”But the Chief Justice and at the moment sole judge of the court, Emmanuel Fagbenle, a Nigerian, on Monday said he could not entertain the application because it includes him as a defendant. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: Premium News(Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments
AHEAD OF THURSDAY’S inauguration, Jammeh has seen his stocks fall like flies; with several of his senior ministers abandoning their posts and leaving him on an island on his own. Fagbenle said late on Monday that he could not hear the new case, dealing a blow to Jammeh's efforts to halt the inauguration of Barrow. IN RECENT DAYS, some have suggested a possible asylum or exile for Mr. Jammeh, to an African country, in exchange for him stepping down. PERHAPS MR. JAMMEH has given up on hope and on life. MR. JAMMEH does not deserve a dignified exit from power.
CAPITOL HILL — Presidential inaugurations are usually politically unifying events in the United States, but this year a record number of lawmakers plan to publicly rebuke the president-elect when he takes the oath of office. At least 26 Democratic members of Congress out of the 535 elected lawmakers are on the record saying they plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Trump’s divisive political style, which delivered victory at the polls, enters a new phase when he becomes president. A new poll of American public opinion indicates Trump will take office with 51 percent of people in the U.S. disapproving of his transition, and a 40 percent favorable rating — which is lower than his three immediate predecessors. READ MORE OF THIS STORYSOURCE: VOA News Online(Visited 9 times, 9 visits today)Commentscomments
The suspected gunman who attacked an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve, killing 39 people, has been arrested by Turkish authorities. Officials said on Tuesday that he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and has confessed to the massacre. He expressed hope that the interrogation would unveil the “forces” behind the attack, which has already been claimed by the Islamic State group. Most of the dead in the attack were foreign nationals, mainly from the Middle East. “The vile terrorist who attacked the place of entertainment on New Year’s Eve and led to the loss of so many lives has been captured,” Mr Yildirim said.
By Wale OdunsiPlateau State Police Command on Monday announced that it had intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children from Bauchi and Jigawa States. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Terna Tyopev, made this know in a statement. Tyopev said the children, aged between four and eight years, “were to be shared to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa States. Tyopev assured that the police would unravel those behind the act and arrest and charge them to court to serve as a deterrent to others. “This trend, if not checked, will cause embarrassment to Plateau State, North-centralSOURCE: Daily Post(Visited 5 times, 5 visits today)Commentscomments
Gbarpolu County - Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has called on Liberians eligible vote to form part of the National Elections Commission’s voter registration exercise by turning out en masse to register. ‘Wings of Boakai’ is an auxiliary group formed to ensure the election of the Vice President. The Vice President, in brief remarks, noted that the initiative was his way of working with the community to respond to some of the challenges facing them. She used the occasion to call on eligible voters to register during the voter registration exercise. "So we will always remember you that indeed our Vice President in 2017 presented a tangible gift to us,” Chairman Goba noted.
The Editor,Jammeh’s impromptu phone call to President Johnson Sirleaf could be analyzed in twofold: blackmail or desperation as the clock is ticking too fast against him which he realized. Listening to the televised phone call, the purpose of which is to have President Sirleaf engage her ECOWAS colleagues to have the judges travel to Gambia to ‘rule in his favor’. How many times have the other opposition parties petitioned the courts and that never stopped Jammeh from being sworn in? He perhaps sensed that these people’s seriousness for business on Thursday after realizing that Adama didn’t return directly to Gambia from Mali, but rather to Senegal. This, I believe has sent some chilling discomfort in him and therefore schemed this televised phone call to blackmail ECOWAS by disturbing the old lady (President Sirleaf) that if the Judges aren’t allowed to go to Gambia and do the job for him, he will stop the inauguration.
Monrovia - The Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) for declaring January 16 - each year as ECOWAS Human Rights Day. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was speaking on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Maiden celebration of the ECOWAS Human Rights Day at the Monrovia City Hall under the theme: “Promoting and Protecting Women’s Rights Towards the Attainment of ECOWAS Vision 2020”. She noted that the celebration of ECOWAS Human Rights Day is a demonstration the of the Authority’s renewed dedication and a reaffirmation of commitment to the fundamental principles of ECOWAS, which according to her include democracy, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law. She congratulated all national human rights institutions across the region for the advocating for the rights of their people. They congratulated President Sirleaf for promoting human rights, especially women’s rights, elevating women’s issue and spearheading inclusive government as well as the ratification of various ECOWAS Protocols, among others.
Many critics continue to complain about the appointment and reappointment of public officials that have dismally performed over the years. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently made several appointments in government affecting the Ministries of Finance, Information, Agriculture, Internal Affairs, as well as the Land Authority, Small Arms and Anti-Corruption Commissions. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in August 2015 dismissed Armah for the authorization of a passport to a Ministry staff that did not comply with policy. Recycling officialsMadam Sheba Browne who has been appointed Commissioner at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission is said to be one of the longest serving appointees. John Ballot lost the 2014 special senatorial election after his constituents accused him of forging a alliance with President Sirleaf instead of defending the interest of the county.
Monrovia - Popular radio show host, Henry P. Costa’s declaration of intent to be a Representative of electoral District #6 in Montserrado County firing many storms on social media. Costa said his declaration to contest in electoral district six was in response to several petitions presented him by his supporters, urging him to contest. "So, on this note, I want to announce that I will be a candidate for electoral district six in Monsterrado County,” Costa posted on his Facebook. “Election in Liberia now requires money and Costa doesn’t have the money. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the loving people of district #6 and Liberia at large I present to you your representative and Speaker of the 54 National Legislature of the Republic of Liberia Henry P. Costa....Ashford H Garley Sr. , a supporter of Costa, posted: “My choice for Representative in District #6 - Henry P. Costa - a change is finally in sight!
As the Annual World Economic Forum (WEF) begins in Davos, Switzerland, Professor Togba-Nah Tipoteh, the internally renowned Liberian economist, has sent a message to the Forum with a warning that another world financial crisis is highly likely to occur by the year 2020. Dr. Tipoteh recalled the occurrence of the 2008 world financial crisis, which came out of the deregulation policy and practice of the Bush regime of the USA. China managed to avoid the consequences because the economy of China is not dominated by the world free market system. While the industrialized economies were struggling to attain positive economic growth rates after the 2008 world financial crisis, China had a growth rate of nearly 8 percent, falling slightly from its longstanding double digit growth rate of 10 per cent. Dr. Tipoteh reminded the WEF that it took the Bush and Obama Administrations over US$800 billion, respectively, to bail out the big financial houses from the 2008 financial malaise.
Washington – Dr. Patrick Burrowes’ love affair with Liberia’s rich history goes as far back as his childhood days. ‘Between The Kola Forest And The Salty Sea’ – A History of Liberian People Before 1800 “I was always interested in history, even as a child. According to Burrowes, the ancestors of Liberians were more advanced than Europeans in some ways. It also unveils how kola – once used as an ingredient in soft drinks –discovered by the ancestors of Liberians. A Love Affair With HistoryAt last Saturday’s book launching, Burrowes recollected his love affair with Liberia’s historical folklore.
However, he was optimistic that policies and strategies being devised by his Ministry and relevant agencies would obviously change the course. This is why I think the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) should expand its tax horizon and revenue scouting into other sectors, Power and Electricity for instance. As a consequence of the weedy institutionalized, ineptly regulated and unethically distributed power supply across Liberia, ordinary Liberians with capital have since engaged in private power and electricity sales. Besides, it has become a generally accepted Liberian reality that for many years, LEC power supply has not reached ordinary communities. LEC should devise ways, means and strategies to regulate these power and electricity suppliers.
Monrovia – A day after the announcement by Lonestar Cell/MTN that it is readjusting its three days promotion, several subscribers gathered at the company’s sub office on Broad Street demanding that the three days promotion continues as some claimed that their units taken by the GSM Company should be replaced. Report by Henry Karmo - This email address is being protected from spambots. “I put my money in my phone last night and they took everything so I tried to call customer care but no response. "And you see me; I came from Diggsville early this morning so I’m here to know how the money left the phone. I learned they took Novafone but no improvement because the net is so slow and this is not encouraging,” Brown added.
It was only after both leaders had dropped their respective phones that the rest of the world came to know that Mr. Jammeh had choreographed the entire conversation for national television and distribution on the worldwide web. During the conversation, the Liberian President could be heard telling Jammeh - “You wanted to talk me again.” Mr. Jammeh replied in the affirmative. Looking dazed, confused and worried about his fate and future, Mr. Jammeh suggested to the Liberian President that the “so called inauguration date” for President elect Adama Barrow, scheduled for January,19th, was not set in stone. Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah on Monday slammed Mr. Jammeh’s unorthodox scheme as an irresponsible act of a desperate leader. The Press Secretary of the Liberian presidency lamented that it is irresponsible on the part of Jammeh to broadcast a private phone conversation he had with Liberian president and ECOWAS chairperson.