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
Monrovia – Amidst arguments surrounding female genital circumcision, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, has suggested that female genital circumcision should be practiced by choice of any female attaining the constitutional age eighteen, in line with their faith or traditional beliefs. Speaker Chambers says, he believes that some traditional practices in Liberia still resonate with morality in the society and promote cultural heritage in the country. He, however, frowned on some practices from some foreign friends that have taken on an agenda to vilify and assimilate most African cultural traditional practices and promote their strange intimate social practices, which most times are taboos in Liberia and Africa at-large. Speaker Chambers made the remarks when he spoke at the induction ceremony of the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia at the Capitol Building, seat of the 54th National Legislature in Monrovia. Also, in attendance during the program was Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, who served as Installing Officer of officers-elect of the Women Legislative Caucus.
May 17, 2018 21:11 UTC
Monrovia – With less than one month to his retirement from the Supreme Court bench, Associate Justice Philip A.Z Banks III says faulty political appointments are affecting the judiciary branch of government. Once he retires, he will be the second Associate Justice to step down from the Supreme Court since the end of the transitional government. Justice Banks replaced former Associate Justice Gladys Johnson who retired in April 2011. In an exclusive interview with FPA, the outgoing Justice outlined many challenges facing the legal system hoping that appointments of judicial officials will not be too politicized. “I think in that respect the judiciary has indeed suffered to some extent where we may not have appointed some of our most qualify to judicial positions,” Justice Banks noted.
May 17, 2018 20:15 UTC
Monrovia – Criminal Court “D” Resident Circuit Court Judge, Judge Sikajipo Wollor, has admonished his colleagues – lawyers and judges – to uphold the rule of law in the discharge of their duty. Report by Augustine T. Tweh, [email protected]Judge Wollor said judges and lawyers are charged with the responsibilities to work in accordance with the rule of law during due process. Our judgment during this term of court should base on facts and evidence of the law,” Judge Wollor stated. We are knowledgeable of the law, our judgment in matters before us should be free from political manipulation and free from dollars. At the same time, Judge Wollor frown on the low salary structure of legal practitioners (Lawyers, Judges), adding that judges who obtain the minimum of two degrees are struggling for better salaries and pension scheme.
May 17, 2018 18:56 UTC
Buchanan, Grand Bassa – President George Manneh Weah has called on members of the Cabinet to be proactive and stressed the ardent need to work in the interest of the Liberian people. The President made the call at the start of a two-day Cabinet Retreat on Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Meanwhile, President Weah has underscored that the findings from the five-member Special Presidential Review Committee set-up to probe into allegations contained in the Global Witness’ report will be executed to the latter. “Anyone held accountable, such person will be dealt with according to the law,” the Liberian leader stressed. This is the first Cabinet Retreat of the Weah-led administration that aims to appraise the first few months in office and set a new focus that encompasses the Pro-poor Agenda.
May 17, 2018 18:45 UTC
But Rights groupings in Liberia are advocating for the inclusion and rights of minority communities which includes Lesbian, Gay, Bio-Sexual and Trans-gender (LGBT) people. Ricco said members of the LGBT community are denied access to healthcare and access to justice. “I have been to the police station, arrested and put in jail, my only charge is that I am a gay,” Ricco said. But Pastor Solomon Joah believes that there should be no space for such people In Liberia, describing LGBT people as criminals. “Maybe people have rights in America to do evil but in our country, we have our laws,” Pastor Joah said.
May 17, 2018 14:03 UTC
The party is also urging political parties, civil society organizations, trade unions, religious community, and diplomatic missions, amongst others, to speak out against “well calculated and flagrant disrespect” violation of the law. According to the Constitution, NEC should have conducted the by-elections after the 90-day period following the February 13, 2018 pronouncement of vacancies by the Liberian Senate. May 14 then ended the 90-day timeframe for the holding of the elections, but NEC and the government have been embroiled in rigmarole over the availability of funds. Finance Minister Samuel Tweah rejected the Commission’s US$3.9 million budget and insisted that the government could only afford US$1.5 million. Jerome Korkoya to organize the two by-elections undermines the right of the people of Bong and Montserrado to representation,” the release said.
May 17, 2018 12:45 UTC
Senator Sherman chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions on the Retirement Pensions. His comment is contained in the summary of a report from his committee which is expected to be re-submitted to the Senate plenary today. Senator Sherman further submitted that “in the absence of pensions for Justices of the Supreme Court and judges of subordinate courts, they will be susceptible to the corruption in order to secure for themselves basic services and decent livelihood after retirement.”Cllr. Sherman then implored Senate plenary to interpret the term “salary” used in the law for retirement pensions for Justices and Judges to mean all income, salary and benefits received prior to retirement. The Grand Cape Mount lawmaker concluded with a passionate plea to plenary to intercede with President George Weah so that as “he recast the 2017/2018 National Budget, appropriations would be made for retired Justices of the Supreme Court and retired Judges of subordinate courts.
May 17, 2018 02:26 UTC
The Liberia Medical and Dental Association (LMDA) in conjunction with the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) have temporarily called off their strike that had paralyzed services in government health facilities across the country. The doctors laid down their tools on May 13 against arrears owed interned doctors, low pay of medical doctors and poor working conditions. The decision to halt the strike followed an agreement signed between the Ministry of Health and the Heath Committee of the House of Representatives, which committed the government to implement the six counts. Those who were in attendance during yesterday’s meeting include Health Minister Dr. Weihemina Jallah and Deputy Health Minister Norwu Howard as well as Rep. Saah Joseph, Joseph N. Somwarbi and Byron Zahnwea Brown. Shortage of Doctors in LiberiaThe Liberia Medical and Dental Council said as of September 2017, there were 339 Medical Doctors responsible for the 4.5 million populations making the doctor per patient ratio 1:15,000.
May 17, 2018 02:26 UTC