WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE of a place in the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, Liberia’s Lone Star needed just a draw on its home soil against its next-door neighbors Ghana, to book its first World Cup berth. THE FACT OF THE MATTER is that a country that embraces indiscipline and lawlessness by so-called elitist athletes with an ax grind simply has no place in a World Cup or Cup of Nations. IT IS SUCH glaring sense of self-entitlement and contentment that cost Liberia a place in the 2002 World Cup and the struggle that has followed since. THE FACT OF THE MATTER is that a country that embraces indiscipline and lawlessness by so-called elitist athletes with an ax grind simply has no place in a World Cup or Cup of Nations. COACH BUTLER signed a one-year contract and Liberia must ensure that he sees it through, hopefully with a qualification to the next world cup.
October 15, 2019 03:11 UTC
Politically-Motivated ClaimsIn his own defense, Mr. Samukai has dismissed the allegations against him, telling the Liberian News Agency that he never stole a dime during his term as Minister of National Defense. The aide said, President Weah was disappointed that Samukai had refused to join the “movement” ((CDC). The Solicitor General of the Republic of Liberia has outlined a laundry list of charges against former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, ranging from Theft of Property, Criminal Conspiracy, Economic Sabotage, Misuse of Public Money and Money Laundering. According to those sources President Weah expressed disappointment in the former minister’s refusal to join the “movement” (CDC). Minister Samukai held the press conference on January 18, 2018 providing details of the expenditure and the decision that the government will refund the funds expended.
October 15, 2019 03:11 UTC
Wilhelmina Jallah and WR Mesfin G. ZbeloGbarnga, Bong County – The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and WHO, in collaboration with the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health (MOH), have ended a high-level technical consultative meeting marking the implementation of a 5-year project on “Making Health Services Resilient with Quality and Preparedness for Emergency Response” in Liberia. Also in attendance were officials of NPHIL, MoH, in-country partners and three levels of WHO: Country Office, Africa Regional Office and Headquarters. Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Health, Liberia, officially opened the meeting in which she highlighted that the health service resilient project being funded by KOICA is an opportunity for the country to consolidate past and current efforts being made on quality and emergency preparedness. Also speaking, Dr. Sohel Saikat, KOICA Project Lead, provided a global perspective on health security, Universal Health Coverage and how the project is designed to enhance the health service resilience and bridging between health services, animal health and public health for sector-wide emergency preparedness. The KOICA funded five-year project (2018 – 2013) on making health services resilient with quality and emergency preparedness for public health emergencies in Liberia with the aim to strengthen and build resilient health care services to improve emergency preparedness and quality routine health services.
October 15, 2019 02:48 UTC
Augustine Nagbe, alias “General Power,” an ex-rebel general, led heavily armed officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to the premises of Roots FM 102.7 to affect the closure of the radio station last week. Washington – The International Justice Group has accused the George Manneh Weah-led government of clandestinely enlisting, recruiting and mobilizing former combatants and demobilized ex-generals for active duties on his government’s payroll. “The TRC Law provides that all the recommendations of the TRC shall be implemented. The Legislature functions are not to advise the President on matters of the TRC Law or Implementing the Recommendations of the TRC. See Article X, Section 43 of the TRC Law;There is no question or doubt as to whether the TRC Recommendations should be implemented.
October 15, 2019 02:46 UTC
Lawmaker George is an Executive Committee member of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). The IRCL is a religious institution comprising of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) and the National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL). Representative George described the IRCL as an “ungodly” group operating in Liberia that has failed to speak against acts that have the propensity to cause chaos in the country. The CDC lawmaker claims that leaders of the council including Imams and pastors often engage in persistent begging, making others to show them high-level of disrespect. But they are now speaking on Roots FM closure, especially the ungodly group calling themselves IRCL.
October 15, 2019 02:37 UTC
Recently, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, defended the salary harmonization policy, saying that it was the country’s international partners and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that gave the advise requesting that the harmonization of pay salary should not exempt any of the three branches of government, including the legislators themselves. This in essence includes workers of the three branches of government and even public corporations. Article 72 provides: “The Justices of the Supreme Court, and all other judges shall receive such salaries, allowances and benefits as shall be established by law. Such salaries shall be subject to taxes as defined by law, provided that they shall not otherwise be diminished. “While the current issue of fairness in the implementation of the law on salary harmonization is being considered, we call for the maintenance of zero tolerance of corruption in the judiciary under all circumstances,” Gongloe advised the branches of government.
— Former Deputy Defense Minister for Operations Larbele sets record straightSt. Jerome Larbele, former Deputy Defense Minister for Operations, on Monday, October 14, denied that his name has never been mentioned in any court record and that, at no time did his name appear as one of those former ministers that the Criminal Court ‘C’ issued an arrest warrant or an indictment against. Rather, the document named those implicated as former Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., the deputy minister for administration, Joseph F. Johnson and Nyumah Dorkor, comptroller. Dorkor served as comptroller, while Johnson was the deputy Minister for Administration. As of October 2017, the amount of US$2,062,160.14 (including accrued interest), were collected and deposited into that account at Ecobank. The findings also said that the ministry authorized the expenditure of funds from this account on soldiers’ welfare without the requisite consent of the AFL High Command.
Browne, who is also a stalwart of the opposition Liberty Party, said the Liberian civil war did not break up due to the lack of infrastructural development. He said marginalization of a larger group of the country’s population by a selective few government officials at the time, triggered years of civil unrest. “We had better roads and all of the facilities that needed at that time in Liberia, but war came because of marginalization. Mr. Brown added that the marginalization of qualified Liberians seeking job opportunities in the public sector based on party is troubling. “We had better roads and all of the facilities that needed at that time in Liberia, but war came because of marginalization.
October 15, 2019 02:26 UTC
The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has identified the top 10 finalists for its grand finale event taking place in Accra, Ghana on 16 November 2019. Among the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm. For the next ten years, the ANPI will host the “Africa Business Heroes” show where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money. “We launched the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative to identify top entrepreneurs from across the continent, not only to reward them but to inspire a whole new generation of potential gamechangers for Africa. I truly believe the potential of Africa’s business heroes is limitless,” said Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.
Over the weekend, the STG FC took on River Cess County team in a fitness test match, and emerged with a decisive 4-2 win. He said that the STG has international support to make any disciplined, and well talented player in Liberia realize his dream of playing in Europe and anywhere else. STG FC Captain Humphrey Gibson said he is pleased that he and his colleagues are receiving the full support of the Companies. He said winning River Cess County 4-2 was not a surprise, because the STG team has done a lot more over the months as a team. Beyan K. Washington, River Cess County former coach, and now coach for the STG FC, said he is happy that his boys are responding to the demands of Prof. Tabi.
Liberia lost 1-0 to Chad at the Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya in in N’Djamena on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The lone goal came after Liberia’s Captain Sam Johnson was shown a red card for a second bookable offense. The result means Liberia will have no role to play at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Chad progressed to Group A of the qualifiers, and will face Namibia, Mali and Guinea to battle for a spot at the 2021 AFCON. Liberia’s exit means coach Peter Butler has failed one of his mandates, which the LFA gave him; that is to qualify the team for the 2021 AFCON.
Buchanan, Grand Bassa County – A 14-year-old boy identified as Emmanuel Flomo has been found dead in the Biafra Community of Buchanan after drowning in a well of water. The victim, who was found dead on October 11, was a 1st grade student of the Buchanan Community School located in the Biafra Community. Other neighbors said the deceased had gone to fetch water for bathing but was later seen falling into the well. Wesseh Jebo, the community leader, told reporters that he had warned members of the community about covering their water wells with lid but compliance has not been forthcoming from the residents. “Most of the community dwellers refused to listen, and today we are victimized by the death of the boy,” the community leader said.
October 15, 2019 02:15 UTC
Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MoE) recently set up a Special Taskforce to look into complaints from parents regarding un-prescribed fees charged by some public school administrators. As a result of the early findings, according to an MoE release, the ministry has with immediate effect, suspended three of its County Education Officers (CEOs), including, G. Samuel K. S. Bondo of Montserrado County 1, Moses S. Dologbay of Nimba County, and James G. Gaye of Margibi County, “for lack of oversight,” which led to disregard for policies within their controlled school system. This action followed after an all-day deliberation held between the Senior Management Team (SMT), and Education Officers, who are the direct representatives of the minister within the counties. “Henceforth, all education stakeholders, and the public are advised not to transact any matters relative to education management or operations at the county level with the suspended persons until further notice,” the release said. Meanwhile, the Special Taskforce remains operational, and continuing the probe into complaints originating from other counties, as well as analyzing fees charged at private schools.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Representatives from communities impacted by palm oil companies in Liberia and Indonesia have traveled to the Netherlands to convey their grievances to ABN Amro, the financier behind those companies. The community representatives from Liberia, Terry Doegmah Panyonnoh and Harriet Sayee Saylee, were confronted with misconduct by Liberia’s largest palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL). ABN Amro offers its customers the opportunity to invest in Astra International, the parent company of AAL. Land should be for the people and information on palm oil company concessions should be made public so I can win my case. ABN Amro called on the victims of their clients this February to come and report about the abuses, well here we are.
October 15, 2019 01:52 UTC
Monrovia – A day after verbal exchanges brought previously rumored strains within the Collaboration of Political Parties (CPP), the leaders of both the Alternative National Congress and the All Liberia Party reportedly sat down for a tete-a-tete Monday to squash out their differences. “The idea is to build an alliance of political parties. The tension between the two men heightened Sunday when Mr. Urey, the current head of the CPP used a social media Facebook TV platform to question the readiness of Mr. Cummings for the Presidency, expressing his preference for former Vice President Joseph Boakai. You don’t elect people who just come from a country and come to another country and want to be president. Said Mr. Cummings: “I have read with grave disappointment, insinuations, from someone who I thought was a good colleague, Mr. Benoni Urey that I, Alexander Cummings, am deviating from the plans of the Collaboration of Political Parties(CPP).
October 15, 2019 01:52 UTC