The committee, comprising Cllr. Joseph Gardea Johnson, III, and Mrs. Frances Greeves presented the report to the President on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his Foreign Ministry offices. They are to make the restitution within 30 days after the report has been made a matter of public record. Should they fail to make the restitution, they would be charged with misuse of public money under Chapter F of the New Penal Law. The members of the NOCAL Board mentioned in the report, according to the Committee’s recommendation, have also been barred from serving on any board in the Republic.
May 19, 2018 18:11 UTC
WITH ALL THE GOOD intentions of the foundation, questions arose when former President Clinton’s wife, Hilary decided to run for President. THIS IS WHERE OUR problem lies in Liberia’s current first lady, the first in a long time, trying to start a foundation after the election of her husband as President. JEAN CLAUDE DUVALIER, who ruled Haiti from 1971 – 1986 was accused of amassing $US300 million to $800 million during his fifteen years in office. Based in Liechtenstein, the Brouilly Foundation is owned by a Panama based company, which in turn is owned by members of the Duvalier family. IN THE CURRENT BUDGET now being debated, there is an appropriation of $US1M for “humanitarian services” for the first lady’s office.
May 19, 2018 13:41 UTC
The decision of the Cabinet went on to include civil & public servants who earn above U$1,000.00 with the implementation of this decision effective May 2018 payroll. Mr. President, the Labor Law does not allow arbitrary deduction in the salary of any employee without the employee’s written consent. Additionally, the Civil Service Standing Order (2012) which covers all civil servants in Liberia also does not allow reduction in salary of a civil servant outside of disciplinary purposes. Currently, our research has not discovered any national law that supports arbitrary deduction in salary of employees. We, therefore, appeal to you, Mr. President, to restrict the salary reduction to Presidential appointees who provided consent during the last meeting of your Cabinet.
May 19, 2018 10:41 UTC
Monrovia – President George Manneh Weah has cracked the whip on Deputy Minister of Commerce for Small Business, Jemima Wolokollie, for her “insubordinate” attitude towards her boss, Min. In an Executive Mansion press statement, President Weah emphasized the need for all deputies to accord the highest respect and courtesy to their leaders; and refrain from taking internal disputes and/or disagreements to the public space for redress. Madam Wolokollie recently accused Mr. Tarpeh of conniving with shady foreign businesses in the country at the detriment of Liberian-owned businesses. In her staggering claims made last week to the media, Wolokollie accused Tarpeh of antagonizing her because of her stance against his shady dealings that contravene the government’s pro-poor agenda. While deputy minister Wollokollie’s revelations found a way in the public, Minister Tarpeh refused to comment of the allegations made against him, because doing so would be giving relevance to unsubstantiated allegations, he said.
May 19, 2018 10:23 UTC
“If we don’t pay all of your resources are finished because that company will seize it. Liberia’s assets will be seized by a private company. But it must be a bilateral borrowing, country to country or Liberia and the World Bank. I should not mortgage the future of this country then in the end when we don’t pay, the future generation suffer. If we default on a loan from a private firm, they will not forgive and the interests alone will be costly.
May 18, 2018 03:00 UTC
Gbarnga, Bong County – There is a sense of joy amongst diehard partisans of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) in the party’s stronghold, Bong County, as a founding member of the party, George S. Mulbah, returns after a sour 2017 presidential and representatives election that saw him leaving his political base for the People’s Unification Party (PUP). Mulbah posted “The Vice president of Liberia, Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor, today placed a call to me, inviting me for a meeting at the NPP headquarters. Mulbah has defended his return to the party but party Chairman Binney and two other officials of the party insist that the process is void because it was not done properly. Political observers in Bong County believe that Mulbah return to the NPP could see him return to political prominence in Liberia. Whatever the political game plan of Mulbah, his return to the NPP is a new birth of his political career.
May 18, 2018 02:48 UTC
The British Government’s issuance of a “terrorist attack” alert on Liberia has sent the Liberian media into virtual overdrive, driven by an anxious public in search of answers to ease their growing concerns and apprehension about the consequences of such an attack. The British Government on Tuesday of this week issued a terror alert warning that there is heightened threat of a terrorist attack against UK interests and British nationals by elements that draw inspiration from ongoing developments in Syria and Iraq. The alert did not state when or where the attack is expected to be mounted but it has warned British nationals in Liberia and those desirous of traveling to Liberia to avoid beach resorts, hotels, cafes, crowded areas and restaurants frequented mainly by foreigners. The terror alert further warned that attacks in Liberia cannot be ruled out, given the experience from Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso — especially Cote d’Ivoire, where there was the least thought of a terrorist attack prior to the incident a fair distance from the border with Liberia at Maryland County. It, however, remains to be seen whether an over-stretched poorly trained and poorly equipped national security apparatus, including military and para-military forces, have the mettle to keep the lid on the unfolding of any such untoward developments.
May 18, 2018 02:37 UTC
Grand Bassa County authorities have rejected President George Weah’s nominee from serving as president of the Grand Bassa Community College (GBCC). The President recently appointed Dr. Nathaniel Gbessagee as president of GBCC. It is not entirely clear what prompts such unanimous resistance to President Weah’s apparent nod of approval for Dr. Gbessagee to continue at the helm of the college. They said the Act provides that President Weah, “with the consent of the Board of Trustees”, should appoint the president of the college. Since President Weah nominated Dr. Gbessagee in March, GBCC has been engulfed with continued crisis, which has resulted in its closure.
May 18, 2018 02:26 UTC
Man Who ‘Killed’ His Fiancée for Biting off His Penis Charged with ManslaughterMonrovia – Investigators of the Crime Services Division of the Liberia National Police have charged Hassan Kanneh with manslaughter after he allegedly killed his fiancée. Report by Kennedy L. Yangian, [email protected]The Liaison Office of the LNP Thursday, May 17, forwarded Kanneh, 36, to the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice. Magistrate Kennedy Peabody later ordered his detention at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) pending prosecution. Police charge sheet, in the possession of this paper, claimed that Kanneh, a resident of the New Hope Community in Jacob Town on the Somalia Drive, on May 15 was arrested for allegedly stabbing his fiancée Princess Dwalo, 24, in their bedroom. According to the police, a housemate identified as Sidiki Keita forced into the room and found the couple severely injured.
May 18, 2018 02:26 UTC
Against this background, one of the first major actions of the Weah government was to conclude a US$536 million loan deal with a relatively unknown private company based in Singapore, ETON Finance Limited. How are they going to generate the US$536 million – raise the money from some shady sources? At an annual interest rate of 1.46%, the interest to be paid in the first year of repayment (2025) amounts to: US$536 million x 1.46% =US7.83 million. The Liberian budget has practically being stuck within the US$500 million to US$550 million zone for nearly six years now. In summary, this US$536 million loan from the Emmanuel Shaw linked ETON Finance Limited will in the long-run do more harm to the country than good.
May 18, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – The Female Legislative Caucus of Liberia has inducted its new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the body for the next three years. The bills include the Domestic Violence, the Land Rights and the Affirmative Action bills as well as the Constitution Review Procedures. VP Taylor congratulated the Women Legislative Caucus and pledged her commitment to working with them in achieving their objectives. Speaker Chambers stressed the need for building women’s capacity and also pledged his support to the female Legislators. For his part, the Senate Pro-temp noted that he accepted the Domestic Violence Bill but disagreed that FGM is a form of domestic violence.
May 18, 2018 02:15 UTC
Monrovia – The President of Liberia Council of Churches, or LCC, Bishop Kortu K. Brown has described the fight against illicit drugs a national emergency. Bishop Brown said the DEA must identify and bring to book illicit drugs traffickers and prominent individuals caught shielding them. “The issue of shielding drugs traffickers is one of the major problems our country is faced with, we urged the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency and the Liberia National Police to not shield anyone caught in the act of trafficking,” he continued. “They must be identified, arrested and prosecuted because they don’t have this country at heart, they are destroying a huge portion of the nation’s population,” Bishop Brown averred. He said there is an urgent need for the Legislature to make drug abuse or drug paddling a non-billable offense under the law.
May 18, 2018 02:03 UTC
Beijing, PRC – The city of Pingdingshan in Henan Province, People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County, Liberia have signed a “Letter of Intent” to establish a sister city relationship. Pingdingshan City, also referred to as Eagle City, is located in central Henan Province with a population of 5.5 million. “The Pingdingshan city will support and ensure cooperation between the two cities in all fields and we are confident of the prospects of our cooperation,” he assured. However, the Grand Bassa County senator noted that the opportunities outweigh the challenges. The Pingdingshan City is to formally inform the Chinese Foreign Ministry about their intent to establish a sister city relationship with Buchanan; after which both cities will develop a Memorandum of Understanding that will detail what the cooperation between both cities will entail.
May 18, 2018 02:03 UTC
THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS now sounding the warning trumpet. So, our security apparatuses might not be able to easily detect any imminent danger without the explicit help of our international friends, especially the United States of America Government. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT alarms that a terrorist threat is not far from happening in Liberia. Let’s bring up to speed some of our readers, who didn’t follow what the British government’s warning is to their citizens. THE CURRENT ALERT POSTED on the official site of the British government warns: “Terrorist attacks in Liberia can’t be ruled out.
May 18, 2018 01:41 UTC
Suacoco, Bong County – Father James Tamba, Dean of the College of Theology at Cuttington University, has been appointed as interim president of the university following almost of week protest. On Tuesday, students protest heightened against the administration of Dr. Herman Browne, as they stormed the university’s entrance and barring vehicles from entering. Reading the position statement on behalf of the students on Thursday, the president of the Cuttington University Student Union (CUSU) Clint Layweh reiterated their stance for the resignation of Dr. Browne. This semester, Cuttington registered a little over 1,000 students as compared to last semester when the university had an enrollment of 1,450. “Cuttington University cannot survive on tuition alone and that’s why we have been pushing for an increment in the budgetary allotment and for government ministries and agencies,” Bishop Hart concluded.
May 17, 2018 21:33 UTC