The attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to the story carried in its April 16, 2019 edition under the headlines “To ‘Stimulate Economic Growth’, President Weah Issues Executive Order #96”. From all indications, this Executive order stands to benefit foreign businessmen by far more than what Liberians stand to benefit. This newspaper recalls that one of the first steps taken by President Weah was his appeal to foreign businessmen to reduce the price of rice. In view of the above the Daily Observer calls on President Weah to engage the opposition in dialogue. President Weah must therefore be warned against the danger of making policies on the fly like his predecessor did.
April 17, 2019 02:15 UTC
Artificial turfs is expected to be constructed at the Doris Williams Sports Pitch in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the Tusa Field in Gardnersville and the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, a release from the Liberia Football Association says. This followed after FIFA Development Manager at the regional office for West and Central Africa, El Hadji Wack Diop, concluded a three-day visit as guest of the Liberia Football Association (LFA). Diop, according to LFA, met the LFA Vice President for Administration Sekou Konneh (who was acting president), Vice President for Operations Wilmot Smith, Secretary-General Isaac Montgomery and Technical Director Henry Browne, to discuss several development projects. There were site visits at the project locations and a final meeting with the LFA executives before Diop left Monrovia on 14 April. The Fifa Regional Development office in Dakar, Senegal covers 24 countries.
April 17, 2019 02:15 UTC
The protest has been dubbed “Save the State”. He added that the government is yet to receive any formal request to stage a street protest, neither has the office of the President been written concerning any protest. The government is equally responsible to protect the peace of the country – that is a bigger picture,” Toby said. Toby warned that should the protest turns on the “opposite”, the organizers would be held liable. He said President Weah is concern about everything people are talking about but he will not get distracted by those who want him to do things according to their dictates.
MONROVIA – The management teams of Orange and Total Liberia have announced a new partnership that allows subscribers to reload Total fuel cards using Orange Money. Speaking on behalf of Orange Liberia, Zaza Mulbah, Head of Orange Money, said: “We are excited to launch this innovation today which will bring a lot of convenience to Orange and Total customers. Now, Total customers can simply refill their Total card directly from their phone, through Orange Money. With Orange Money, customers are able to make payments from their mobile phone anytime, anywhere. The two companies have been working together for years through the availability of Orange services at Total stations, what everybody calls Orange Total POS.
Nasseman’s latest, “Who Stole the Money (from the Central Bank)” follows the 2017 Hipco Collaboration banger, Pot-Boiling Remix which featured X-Polay, Romeo Lee, JD Donzo, Luckay Buckay, Takun J, and Bentman Tha Don, which addressed widespread corruption in the former administration of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Like the Pot-Boiling Remix, Nasseman’s “Who Stole the Money (from the Central Bank) hits to the core, using a figurative question to wonder how leaders past and current have used Liberia as a cash cow to loot the country? “We always let things to pass by, especially money issues in our country can just die and no one can talk about it. As did the feisty female Hipco star MC Caro, who released a statement after her hit, Bring Our Money Back”. Since the release of” bring our money back”, I’ve received many strange calls from random people threatening to silence me.
OVER THE PAST week, Monrovia has been abuzz over the upcoming June 7, 2019 Save the State Protest. THE PROTEST organizers under the banner, Council of Patriots, and those against it appear to be headed for an irreversible collision course over the motives and intent. THOSE AGAINST THE protest are claiming that members of the opposition are using the protest to wreak havoc and force President Weah to step down, long before his first term comes to an end. TODAY, ARROGANCE of power appears to be preventing President Weah to see the unfolding realities of what is going on around him. FOR THE SAKE of Liberia, we hope that President Weah will exercise extreme caution and gain the wisdom necessary to ensure the survival of his presidency and his legacy.
Fallah has vowed to lobby with his other colleagues to ensure that Rep. Kolubah be expelled from the Legislature if he (Kolubah) doesn’t show remorse for his comments and “insults” against the leadership of the country. “I challenge Yekeh Kolubah and this is his last chance. “I have said this, times without number, to Representative Yekeh Kolubah, as one of the longest serving legislators, I want to warn my colleague to retract his comments that he allegedly made. Edwin Kla Martin invited Rep. Kolubah to appear before him on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. for questioning over his alleged statements. When contacted, Rep. Kolubah said he cannot subject himself to Cllr.
Monrovia – The Liberia Traffic Management (LTM) has presented to the Government of Liberia 24 cars, eight tow trucks, 22 Motorcycles, 18 Jeeps and 80 Bicycles to be used for proper traffic control. LTM is responsible for the management of traffic vehicles while enforcement of traffic regulations will be done by the Liberia National Police. During the presentation at the Liberia Traffic Management Center in Sinkor Tuesday, President George Weah said the vehicles will help the police address Liberia’s traffic management system. For his part, the head of the Liberia Traffic Management Team in Liberia, Mohammed Abou Darwich said the vehicles are important for other security operations in Liberia. Toby says Liberia is one of the newest countries to benefit such Traffic Management Partnership.
April 17, 2019 00:00 UTC
Dunbar said many church leaders are compromising issues instead of saying the truth. Headded that churches in Liberia have now become the recruiting ground for secret society instead of becoming the “sun and light in the land”. “We use our churches for breeding grounds and there are people who are in churches today and subscribed to traditional beliefs.”Rev. Gone are the days that Liberians respected police stations, courthouses, but today, we place them on fire because there is no law and order in the land,” Rev. We need to remember God because an election is not our problem.
April 17, 2019 00:00 UTC
Monrovia – Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin has against accused Montserrado County District #10 Lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah for the second time in less than two days. This time, Cllr Martin says the Montserrado County lawmaker has crossed the “Constitutional red lines” that protect lawmakers from arrest and prosecution. One of the statements attributed to the lawmaker by the Montserrado County Attorney reads: “We will make the government of President George M. Weah to run away from power”. The Montserrado County District #10 Lawmaker vowed not to appear before the county attorney for questioning or investigation for his alleged statements.
Participants at the three-day Internews’ media training on Electoral Reform Reporting in Tubmanburg, Bomi CountyTubmanburg, Bomi County – Fifteen Liberian journalists from several counties in western Liberia including Montserrado County have benefited from a three-day intensive electoral reform reporting training in Tubmanburg, Bomi County. The training was concentrated on topics that included electoral reform; how to create a story angle in writing electoral reform issues, media and community engagements regarding electoral reform. Participants were also trained to differentiate between electoral reform reporting and election reporting; while other best journalistic practices regarding the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Code of Conduct and how journalist can use social media to enhance their reporting were highlighted. It will enable us to report on electoral reform and give us the opportunity to partake in the upcoming community media forum. In addition, 30 community media forums (CMF) will enable citizens to engage in electoral reform dialogue with the goal of building consensus on constructive reform initiatives.
Residents view two of the five new projects—a teachers’ lodgeGanglota, Lofa County – A committee that represents the interest of 10 communties in Salayea and Zorzor Districts in Lofa in a logging contract with Alpha Logging Company has completed five new projects from funds provided by the company. The five new projects make it eight major projects done by the Community Forestry Development Committee (CFDC) from the Forestry Management Contract with Alpha Logging Company (FMC “A”) since the agreement was signed in 2009. Communities’ right to forestlands and benefits from forest resources is a pillar of the forestry reform process that began in 2005. At a dedicatory ceremony of the teachers’ lodge in Ganglota on recently—one of the 10 affected communities—Augustus Kwalah, chairman of the committee said all the projects projects were being managed by the CFDC. “I can assure you Alpha Logging Company will be here.
MONROVIA – The Ministry of National Defense through the Armed Forces of Liberia has completed the investigation of one of its soldiers, in person of Cpl. Collins Facebook account read: “I will never regret killing anybody on the street of Monrovia to keep his country safe. Remembering our children are in school and Liberia is safe, truest me, I will kill you will happiness.”The investigation report held Cpl. Therefore, he has been subjected to the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia. At the same time, the Ministry of National Defense cautioned personnel of the Armed Forces of Liberia to use social media with prudence and avoid acts that will cast aspersion on the image of the Armed Forces of Liberia, and the Ministry of National Defense.
April 16, 2019 22:07 UTC
MONROVIA – Two black snakes were discovered coming from a hole on the wall behind the security desk on the ground floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which also hosts the offices of President George Weah. It is unclear how the snakes entered the building. The Communication Director of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Philip Moore, could not be reached via mobile phone for comments. However, an Executive Mansion source informed FrontPageAfrica the EPS could not kill the snakes as they escaped through the same passage it attempted coming out from. Beneath the ground floor of the building is a basement.
April 16, 2019 16:30 UTC
Edwin Kla Martin says former Vice President Joseph Boakai and the leader of opposition All Liberian Party Benoni Urey are working in cohort with Representative Yekeh Kolubah to “unseat” the George Weah-led government. Both former vice president Boakai and Mr. Urey could not be reached for comments on the allegation on Monday. Martin has invited Rep. Kolubah to appear before him on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 12:30 PM for questioning over his alleged statements. “If that County Attorney is under the influence of drugs, I am an elected representative of my people not appointed as the county attorney; therefore, I cannot submit myself to him,” Rep. Kolubah said. He reminded Mr. Weah that as head of government, any violence and bloodshed associated will forever be a blotch on his administration and manifest potential instability in the country, which will further undermine business confidence.
April 16, 2019 03:11 UTC