By Owen Akenzua, Asaba|A middle-aged business woman (name withheld) in Asaba was in the early hours yesterday kidnapped by unidentified gunmen. The victim was said to have been kidnapped around her house located at the Junior Staff Quarters, Asaba by heavily armed hoodlums, who shot sporadically into the air for several minutes before executing their nefarious acts. It was gathered that the abductors went to the house of the victim, where she was about stepping out and tied the husband while they asked the other members of the family to lie down at gunpoint before they hurriedly dragged their victim into one of her cars and drove off to an unknown destination. Investigation revealed that the kidnap suspects abandoned the vehicle belonging to their victim and transferred the victim into their waiting operational vehicle and zoomed off. Read more of this articleSource: News Now/The Guardian(Visited 12 times, 12 visits today)Commentscomments
November 13, 2017 06:33 UTC
By Osama Bin Javaid|Al Jazeera News|Amnesty International says the Syrian government’s ‘surrender or starve’ campaign targeting civilians constitutes a crime against humanity. It’s calling for an end to what it calls ‘the dark stain on the world’s conscience’. A new report says government forces surrounded and bombed densely-populated, opposition-controlled areas. The report condemns not only the Syrian government but also some armed opposition groups. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from the Turkish town of Gaziantep, close to the border with Syria.
November 13, 2017 05:48 UTC
-Chief Zanzan KaworThe head of the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, Zanzan Kawor believes that the old “traditional” form of elections conducted to determine paramount, clan and zone chiefs in Liberia, were more transparent than the system of elections practiced today, which the Westerners have introduced. Speaking through an interpreter recently at the headquarters of the council, Chief Karwor said during the traditional era, they understood each other and carried on their elections that were transparent and peaceful. But since the arrival of the Westerners, the entire process has become characterized by commotion and violence, he noted. Chief Karwor also recalled how their days’ of elections never had confession or court process, noting that the secret voting process was introduced by the Westerners, which have caused many crises in the country. “the Western system has also delayed voting process in the country.”Chief Karwor argues that the old traditional system was done orderly, transparent and more peaceful than the western system that has caused many people to feel cheated, and gone to the court.
November 13, 2017 02:30 UTC
-AU, ECOWAS, UNMIL Express FearsLiberia international partners are becoming weary that the ongoing political stalemate in the country, if not resolved soon, will affect the much anticipated smooth transition process that should be the first in over seven decades. The partners are also calling for the expeditious adjudication of the on-going election disputes. “We are aware of the grievances and concerns of some political parties regarding the 10 October elections and their complaints to seek either a rerun, or amends towards improving the National Elections Commission’s performance in the areas of concern before holding a run-off election. Also, another motion from UP requesting for other political parties who have complaints to intervene, was also denied by the NEC’s hearing officer. “The conduct of peaceful, free, fair and transparent elections is a prerequisite for democratic consolidation, sustainable peace and development in Liberia,” the joint press statement continued.
On Wednesday, November 8, Chief Kawor said the National Traditional Council of Liberia in partnership with the inter-religious council took a decision to intervene in the ongoing legal battle between the LP and the NEC. For him, the LP leadership does not want any out-of-court settlement, and so, “The Traditional Council should not waste their time, to… be thinking of establishing any form of conversation with the Liberty Party. Let me inform the Liberian people that nobody should waste their time on this matter for out-of-court settlement,” the LP official said. The party standard bearer, Charles Walker Brumskine, has earlier ruled out any settlement to the crisis, except a ruling from the Supreme Court. Like the National Traditional Council of Chiefs and Elders, the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political leader, Simeon Freeman, has written several groups, including the traditional council and the inter-religious council, requesting for their intervention to resolve the current political impasse so as to move the country forward.
The names include Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue (Independent); Ways, Means & Finance Chairman Prince Moye (UP) and Cllr. The elections of Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other officers (including the Chief Clerk, Deputy Chief Clerk, and Sergeant-at-arms) are in consonance with the Liberian Constitution and the Rules and Regulations of the House of Representative. On the same day, the Deputy Speaker shall be elected to serve a term of six years. His bid to replace Speaker J. Alex Tyler, under whom he served as Deputy Speaker for five years, was unsuccessful despite being the “host” of those who unseated former Speaker Tyler. Rep. Edwin SnoweRep. Snowe is the only former Speaker among the six contenders, and the only short-lived democratically elected Speaker under the Ellen-led government because of his “sour relationship” with the Executive.
-Head of plank dealers’ associationBy Chris F. Pewu (Intern)The chair of the Light Brother Wood Incorporated in Paynesville, which is an association of plank dealers, has said that due to the bad road networks in the country, the local plank industry has suffered a serious setback in transporting the sawed timber to the market. Charles C. Harris said it is about time that the government sees reason to ensure that the members of the association have access to feeder roads so that their products are brought to the market. Another difficulty the association is faced with, according to Mr. Harris, is the US$60 cents the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) imposed on each sawed plank being transported to the market. Harris said that the US$60 cents fee levied by the FDA has worsened the industry’s challenges to the extent that the members are contemplating on leaving most of the already sawed planks in the bush and finding something else to do as a means of survival. The secretary-general, Albert S. Simgbah, commended the government through the FDA management for allowing them as collaborating partners of the wood sawyers’ association to make their contribution to the nation’s building process.
We ask, since when in our country’s history have the President, the Supreme Court, the Council of Chiefs and interested parties sat together to hammer out issues and resolve matters pending before the Supreme Court? It also exposes his true underlying intent, which is to derail the hearings at the level of NEC and the Supreme Court. The 1986 Constitution and the Election Laws of Liberia clearly mandate the Supreme Court to be the final arbiter in electoral disputes. Let the Supreme Court do its work. Let the Supreme Court do its work.
-Rock Hill Youth FounderThe founder of the Rock Hill Community Youth Initiative, Patricia G. Sonah, says that despite the current state of the electoral process, Liberians should not forget that peace remains our hero. She said in spite of the Supreme Court’s stay order on electoral activities young people should understand that peace serves as a bell to ring in everyone’s ears. The program held under the theme ‘Peace Is Our Hero’ brought together students from various high schools, community leaders and youth from the various political parties in Electoral District #6, Montserrado County. The CDC executive frowned on the current state of the electoral process, stating that the hauling and pulling in the electoral process is in one way or the other affecting the common man economically. He also appealed to the international community to intervene in the current state of the electoral process to ensure a peaceful democratic transition.
“There is no deal whatsoever between the Standard Bearer of the CDC for the potential vacancy of his Senatorial seat - None whatsoever. “There is no deal whatsoever between the Standard Bearer of the CDC for the potential vacancy of his senatorial seat. We urge Mr. White and others to contribute positively to Liberia's democracy by refraining from spreading untruthful propaganda. 8, CDC) for his part questioned the neutrality of Mr. White in the ongoing controversy. Rep. Gray said in 2010, Mr. White was introduced to a core group of Cdcians as a lobbyist, who could do some international and regional lobby for a CDC victory in 2011.
November 13, 2017 02:03 UTC
Monrovia - The opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) said it has received credible information that its opponents have designed a scheme to paint the party black by putting individuals in CDC T-Shirts in a bid to exhibit disorderly conduct. “It is a Grand Plan, which we have uncovered which has the propensity to degenerate into crisis. Mr. Kowo’s assertions come in the wake of a wave of recent incidents blamed on the CDC. The opposition CDC also came under fire recently after a social media video showed some partisans dressed in private security uniform posted as a local hotel. The incident drew concerns from Liberians as the Police cautioned against non-state security actors putting on regalia and insignia that reflect state actor uniform.
November 13, 2017 01:30 UTC
Above: President Jahjaga discusses the role of women in peacebuilding with Liberian activists at the Women’s Peace Hut. In her visits with Liberian women, President Jahjaga shared stories about the Kosovo experience, emphasizing that, as in Liberia, thousands of people lost lives and more sustained long-lasting injuries, including an estimated 20,000 people in Kosovo who had been raped – mostly women. Visiting the Women’s Peace Hut, President Jahjaga was briefed about the crucial role women activists play in maintaining the peace in Liberia. During the electoral period, the Women’s Peace Hut works to promote peace among the many political actors. Delphine Morris of WIPNET described the Peace Hut to President Jahjaga as “a space where truth and reconciliation are sacred, in order to renew Liberians’ fractured communities”.
“What happened on Tuesday is that this septic tank, which was constructed over 40 years ago, burst open." “Many of these infrastructures have outlived their utility value and so we are maintaining, managing them but we need a radical overhauling of these infrastructures,” Tweah stressed. John Zondo, who is a janitor on the university campus, grapples with doing his sanitary works as a result of the poor nature of the sewage system. Zondo now feels pleased that the UL administration came in with a quick response when he alerted them of the nature of the septic tank. Students Feel Much ComfortableSince the UL administration addressed the situation, students have become comfortable again to sit and passby the septic tank, which was damaged.
Charles Walker Brumskine before the conduct of election in the country, the Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) is calling on political parties and all well-meaning Liberians to adhere to rules of law in the resolution of electoral disputes to protect and maintain the country’s fragile peace. “The ECC reaffirms its call for adherence to the rule of law in the resolution of electoral disputes,” ECC said. In view of this, the ECC wishes to commend all political parties and independent candidates for taking the path of the law in seeking solutions to their grievances. This will help build the citizens’ confidence in the electoral process and minimize their anxiety,” he noted. “In safeguarding the country’s fragile democracy, the ECC calls on national, regional and international partners to remain engaged with all stakeholders including political parties, media, security and civil society,” he averred.
The APM Terminals, which signed a 25-year concession agreement in 2011, is one of several private and non-governmental entities that is augmenting the Government’s efforts in its recovery process. When he called upon us for support, we could not say no because of the long standing relationship between APM Terminals and the community around us. We will continue to partner with the Government and people of Liberia to make sure that we serve the community well,” the APM Terminals’ boss Pledged. Saah Joseph, who is being hailed for his contribution towards the fight of Ebola in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. Saah Joseph) that brought you here is not an ordinary friend, but also a responsible citizen of this country.
November 13, 2017 00:56 UTC