In a live video conversation with Mac Jabateh at his (PYJ’s) church in Paynesville recently, Johnson said Jerome Verdier’s TRC report is full of contradictions and it is not worth being taken seriously. PYJ said it is mockery for the same TRC report which said earlier that he, Johnson, was a good man to again say he committed crimes against humanity and, as such, he should be tried by a tribunal. “I am not afraid because I know I am a free man and will remain a free man,” he boasted. So I am a free man as far as I am concerned,” he said. “I will be a free man if I take these documents to any war crimes court.”PYJ said he wrote the TRC at some point in time questioning its report on him, which he termed as a fraudulent report, but no reply came his way from the Commission.
November 08, 2018 02:32 UTC
Police in Gbarnga City, Bong County, have rounded up more than 50 people from David Dean Town, commonly known as Gold Camp, and Sayeweh Town in Kokoyah Statutory District for reportedly vandalizing facilities of MNG-Gold. Around 4 p.m. on Monday, November 5, a vehicle belonging to a Chinese company hired by MNG-Gold was involved in an accident that resulted into the death of four persons near Sayeweh Town. On several occasions, residents of Sayeweh Town and surrounding villages affected by the operations of MNG-Gold have complained of the company’s failure to improve their impoverished lives. The management later admitted that cyanide (chemicals) from its plant affected creeks that serve as sources of water for those in Sayeweh Town. Meanwhile, the citizens, through Statutory Superintendent Conde Yallah, are appealing to government to review the agreement between the citizens and MNG-Gold management.
November 08, 2018 02:27 UTC
According to the release, the study was conducted by Coasts, Deltas and Rivers (CDR) International under the Monrovia Climate Resilient Program (MMCRP), funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High Level Inception Meeting. CDR is a fully independent coastal, river and port engineering and consultancy firm which has its roots in the Netherlands. CDR founder, Dirk Heijboer, said that Monrovia is extremely vulnerable to Sea Level Rise and that there is a critical need to develop protection measures in order to reduce the impact of climate change. In a PowerPoint presentation at the ceremony, which was intended to launch the preliminary assessment report, Heijboer said that the city faces several threats, including sea level rise, changes in the wave climate and wave height. Heijboer explained further that the sea is aggressive and need intervention to avert a potential disaster.
November 08, 2018 02:26 UTC
In its November 2, 2018 editorial, the Daily Observer cautioned President Weah to rethink his decision to scrap tenured positions in government. President Weah, rather than effecting summary dismissals, has taken the matter further by submitting his proposal to the Legislature for review. For example, in Chapter X Article 89, the Constitution establishes the Civil Service, Elections and General Auditing Commissions. These are all concerns flagged by the Legislature as those constituting the basis of their recall from recess by President Weah. He must take charge not as a rough, high riding swashbuckler but as a caretaker with a charge to lead by the force of example and not by the threat of force or violence.
November 08, 2018 02:15 UTC
“I was a former chair on foreign relations at the Liberian Senate and I also served as deputy foreign minister of Liberia. He added that the U.S. Government should respect the Court rulings from Liberia by releasing Dr. York from prolonged detention and allow his repatriation unconditionally. Garlawolu and ordered the Liberian government to engage the U.S. Government in an effort to free and repatriate Dr. York,” he said. “It is immaterial as to which president appointed Dr. York to the post of Consul General of Liberia in Georgia, Atlanta, U.S A. “To emphasize, I don’t think it is right for the U.S. government to continue holding Dr. York in prison and keep denying him all rights he deserves.
November 07, 2018 02:27 UTC
This newspaper recalls that once ago Liberia was self-sufficient in rice production, howbeit at the subsistence level. Experts however maintain that rice production costs are likely to remain high until weaknesses throughout the rice value chain are meaningfully addressed. Food aid grants such as the recent Japanese US$2.7 million food aid grant can never solve our problem of food insecurity. The Government of Liberia needs to invest meaningfully in this sector or provide incentives to local farmers and entrepreneurs seeking to invest in food production, especially rice. And so this newspaper, without fear of contradiction declare: Food Self-Sufficiency, Not Food Aid is what we as a nation need most.
November 07, 2018 02:15 UTC
Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]The infusion of the US$25 million was announced in President George Manneh Weah’s first nationwide address on the state of the economy in July this year. True to the words of the commercial banks, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, disclosed in an interview with ELBC/LNTV last week that passing the US$25 million through the commercial banks would have made no impact. This, the Finance Minister partially admitted to when he said the team bought Liberian dollars from individuals in the ordinary communities as a means of infusing more U.S. dollars into the system. “When you talk about mop up, it means buying the Liberian dollars from the market. A direct mop up approach as adopted by the CBL in the use of the US$25 million, is susceptible to misuse and fraud, CePAR said.
November 05, 2018 00:33 UTC
Last week, President Weah submitted before the 54th Legislature a bill calling for the cancellation of tenured positions within the Executive Branch of Government. Some tenured positions include NASSCORP, Liberia Revenue Authority, Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, Central Bank of Liberia, LEITI, amongst others. Mr. Nyei said these commissions are task with specific responsibilities of fighting corruption and ensuring adherence to standards that promote good governance in the public service. “Obviously, they are resented by politicians because they work to limit opportunities for reckless discretion and abuse of power in public service. In this light, he said it is important for President Weah to reconsider his decision, and recall that bill for the good of the public service.
November 05, 2018 00:11 UTC
Monrovia – FrontPageAfrica has gathered that several employees of the Governance Commission, who are non-partisans of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC), risk losing their jobs as they face constant threats of dismissal from the commission of the public sector. Sources within the Governance Commission have told FPA that Elizabeth Dorkin, who was commissioner of the public sector reform department, is exhibiting excessive power at the commission and usurping the duties of the acting outgoing chairman of the GC, Othello Gongar, who tenure has already expired. Dorkin has also told staff of the department that she would change half of them or transfer them to other departments. Since her appointment August this year, FPA gathered that Dorkin is yet to submit her credential to the Human Resource Department. Upon taking office, Madam Dorkin told staff of the department that she anticipated a county commissioner position and was astonished to become the head of the public sector head at the GC.
November 05, 2018 00:11 UTC
Gregory O. W. ColemanMonrovia – The National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) has honored the outgoing Program Manager of the Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development (EISD) at the UNDP Ms. Joan Vwamu for her extra leadership skills in the implementation of the project. The EISD project implemented by the NBC and sponsored by the UNDP is designed to build a solid foundation on which Liberia’s extractive sectors can be efficiently and transparently managed for the share benefit of its citizens. Coleman intoned that EISD project has truly connected him to the NBC and haven seen the difficulties people encounter in rural areas; it has changed his mind-set about the entity. The NBC Director General’s commendations were followed by other senior members of the NBC and UNDP in thanking Madam Vwamu for her astute leadership. Responding to the honor, Ms. Joan Vwamu, the outgoing UNDP EISD Project Manager thanked the NBC for such a surprise recognition according to her, and attributed it to the collective effort by the entire UNDP.
November 05, 2018 00:00 UTC
Mr. James CooperMonrovia – Liberian businessman James Cooper has termed as “lies’ news about him absconding the country as alleged by Senator Sando Johnson and popular talk show host, Henry Costa. Cooper, owner of Liberia’s only rubber processor based in Bomi County, has been embroiled in a dispute with the Bomi County Senator ever since he released a damaging tape on the lawmaker. In the recording, a purported voice of Senator Johnson can be heard seeking bribe from the businessman in order to push through a loan deal from government. The Liberian businessman also refuted allegations that he’s a domestic terrorist, telling reporters that the court dismissed the charge against him due to the lack of evidence. She alleges that after her invaluable contributions to building Cooper Rubber Plant, Cooper attempted to secure additional funding of US$7.2 million from LBDI without her knowledge and exclude her from all aspects of the business venture.
November 05, 2018 00:00 UTC
These customers, especially those in the hinterlands, their preferred bank – LBDI – has now launched its mobile money project in partnership with the GSM service provider. On Friday, November 2, the bank joined five other business entities to tap into the Lonestar mobile money program. The partnership will enable the GSM company’s mobile money subscribers and agents across Liberia to perform mobile money transactions such as cash in and out, do bill payment and all other mobile money services at all LBDI banks across Liberia. Att’y Dennis reiterated that the partnership will enable mobile money subscribers and agents across Liberia to perform mobile money transactions such as cash-in and cash-out, bill payments and all other mobile money services at all LBDI banks across Liberia. Davies, said unlike others, the LBDI mobile money program has no threshold for deposit.
November 04, 2018 23:26 UTC
UMU interim president Dr. Albert B. Coleman said the victim of the nude video including four of others namely; Stephanie Ajavon, Charlotte Dixon, Anita Woods, and Deddeh Yarsiah are expelled. He doesn’t support the recording of the nude video, but the school should have given her mercy on grounds that she was brave to come forward and report the case to state authorities. Selena Frank, a former student of the school, also criticized UMU for expelling the victim. “That’s exactly what Stella Maries polytechnic did when one of their students was involved in a nude video publication saga, some years ago. And the school authority succeeded in helping the victim, UMU can also do the same,” he said.
November 04, 2018 23:26 UTC
Monrovia – Contrary to reports from More than Me (MTM) that they received half a million dollars from the US government to finance girls education in Liberia, the US embassy has told FrontPageAfrica that said information is untrue. The US embassy said a reference to a US$500,000 grant from the State Department in their 2014 IRS filing was an error made by the organization. “In FY 2015, “More Than Me” applied for, and was denied, a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The organization cites this grant application as the source of the error on their 2014 IRS filing,” the embassy said. The United States believes that girls and boys around the world should be able to receive an education in safe environments,” the embassy added.
November 04, 2018 23:15 UTC
The constitutional mandate positioning the speaker as the third in succession where the president and vice president are incapacitated simultaneously (Article 64 LIB Const. He exudes the authority to appoint and dismiss government officials within the executive as indicated in the constitution (Article 54&55 LIB Const.). He is authorized to extend the session of the legislature (yes for real) and call for a special sitting (Article 32b LIB Const.). “Tenure vs autonomy” or “tenure and autonomy”It is important to clarify the mystifications enmeshed in the relationships of autonomy and tenured positions. Is it fair and smart to say that tenure breeds autonomy or autonomy is unachievable unless tenure is attached?
November 04, 2018 23:03 UTC