Amid speculations that Costa had been arrested by Sierra Leone authorities, the government of Sierra Leone through its Minister of Information and Communication, Mohammed R. Swaray, promised to protect the rights of Henry P. Costa. The CSO group then cautioned the Government of Sierra Leone not to treat Costa as a criminal but should be given due regard and his rights should be respected and protected while in Sierra Leone. The CSOs added: “We urge the Government of Sierra Leone to immediately release Mr. Costa and allow him to travel to the United States of America or his preferred destination. But after honoring the initial visit to the LIS, Costa said he felt threatened by the process and escaped to neighboring Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, Costa was cleared to depart Sierra Leone, as he wished.
— Pro Tempore Chie highlights sixThe President Pro Tempore of the Senate has highlighted many issues in the Constitution, which he asserts require statutes or regulations/rules, in some instances, for clarification and simplicity. According to him, the completion of the review of the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate is also expected to be completed. Senator Chie has meanwhile challenged his colleagues to exercise their oversight responsibilities over the other two branches of the government meticulously and diligently. I ask you to monitor the agencies and institutions, have public hearings in committee rooms and write reports with recommendations to plenary,” the Pro-temp said. The Nimba Senator was absent from the sittings of the 2nd Session for most parts last year, due to reported ill health.
The Executive Mansion Press Corps (EMPC) has elected a new corps of leaders to steer the affairs of the organization for the period of three years. He told the group that his office will work in line with the Chief of Protocol office to ensure that the leadership or members of the Executive Mansion Press have a face-to-face interaction with President George Manneh Weah. The Press Union of Liberia President at the same time called on the office of the Press secretary to remain cooperative in protecting journalists, urging Executive Mansion reporters to exemplify characters that reflect the image of the executive mansion. Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, who proxied for Chief of Protocol, Madam Norah Finda Bondoo, said the Executive Mansion Press Corps will be challenging as of this year, especially with the office of the Presidential Press Secretary. Meanwhile, Executive Mansion Press Corps chairperson elect, Dennise Nimpson expressed gratitude to members of the Press Corps, especially those who supported her election and at the same time congratulating her opponent for the challenge.
Liberia: No Lawyer to Represent Isaac Jackson as Supreme Court Reschedules Argument on His Status at IMOAtty. The writ is challenging President George Weah’s decision to replace Mr. Jackson with Moses Owen Brown as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Johnson told a FrontPageAfrica Judiciary reporter that his client was political and affront to the high court because lawyers don’t condone political statements. “The statement from Jackson is political in nature, therefore, I am going to relinquish representing Jackson at the Supreme Court because lawyers don’t condone political statements,” said Cllr Jackson. Daku Mulbah, at the time, counter-argued that the position of permanent representative which Jackson occupied does not require a Deputy Commissioner position that requires five years tenure.
January 16, 2020 02:15 UTC
Since the signing of the concession of the agreement, Sime Darby experienced obstacles in its expansion ranging from disputes with local communities over land ownership, international deforestation requirements and other conservation issues. Ahead of the official take over by Mano Oil on Wednesday, a FrontPageAfrica investigation has gathered that the most recent Malaysian General Manager of Sime Darby, Ali Kamal Abu Hassan and the local expatriates have embarked on the process of dodging several liabilities of Sime Darby in a bid to make Mano Oil incur those liabilities after the takeover. A number of employees have taken Sime Darby to the Ministry of Labour for unfair Labour practices. FrontPageAfrica has gathered that upon receiving the letter, Labour Minister Kollie attention it to his Deputy Atty. Inside sources have hinted Sime Darby that there are several ongoing legal cases and Mano Oil risk incurring huge liabilities that might arise from the outcomes of these legal proceedings in the coming years.
January 16, 2020 01:28 UTC
Henry Costa and Rep. Yekeh Kolubah, both fierce critics of President George Weah have committed no crimes in Liberia. The four party’s coalition is therefore demanding that the government speedily constitute an independent committee to probe and evaluate the government’s claims against Mr. Costa and Rep. Kolubah. The parties said Mr. Costa stayed in Liberia for about three weeks and visibly interacted with officials of the Justice Ministry on his planned protest. Mr. Costa is entitled to depart and enter Liberia at will as long as he has not broken any laws. “It is our understanding that the Liberian Government has requested the Sierra Leonean authorities to return Mr. Costa to Liberia.
January 15, 2020 22:52 UTC
Mr. Cummings pledged his support to Mr. Costa and his supporters while holding the Weah administration’s feet to the fire. “We will support Mr. Costa in making sure that his rights are protected as a citizen of this country and as an opposition member. Today its Henry Costa and Yekeh Kolubah, tomorrow it can be Joe Boakai or Alex Cummings or so. “We will support Mr. Costa in making sure that his rights are protected as a citizen of this country and as an opposition member. Today its Henry Costa and Yekeh Kolubah, tomorrow it can be Joe Boakai or Alex Cummings or so.
January 15, 2020 17:03 UTC
I can assure you that Henry’s human rights and basic freedoms will be respected. Should the Sierra Leone Government extradite Mr. Costa to Liberia, it will be equally blamed for any abuses or violations to which he may be subjected. At the appropriate time we will do what is right by our constitution, the value that Sierra Leone and this administration represents. We will not keep Mr. Costa any longer than necessary in detention. Should the Sierra Leone Government extradite Mr. Costa to Liberia, it will be equally blamed for any abuses or violations to which he may be subjected.
January 15, 2020 16:21 UTC
Presidential Press Secretary Isaac Solo Kelgbeh stated in the press release that Government has always demonstrated extreme tolerance by providing security for dissenting and agitating citizens and will continue to do so within the confines of the laws in the coming yearsMONROVIA – The Executive Mansion dismissed allegations by Henry Costa and insinuations in the public space that the Government of Liberia has threatened his life. The Executive Mansion says the Government of Liberia headed by Dr. George Manneh Weah respects the sanctity of human life and the fundamental rights of people and would always do everything to protect all citizens and foreigners within its borders without discrimination. Over the last 24 months, the Government has always demonstrated extreme tolerance by providing security for dissenting and agitating citizens and will continue to do so within the confines of the laws in the coming years. While the Government of Liberia has no means to regulate public opinions, particularly those placed on social media pages, it would like to encourage citizens to desist from making inflammatory statements that have the potential to undermine the security of the state and endanger the lives of the people.
January 15, 2020 16:07 UTC
Mr. Central Bank of Liberia Executive Governor, We Expect You to Know Better! HE TOLD HIS fellow Grand Gedeans: “With all the support you’re giving me, I see the war on Facebook. Its ramifications are far reaching and deadly for Liberia and useless politicians have always used it to divide Liberians along the country-congau divide. TARLUE IS NOT alone on this divide and rule hatred sermon of tribalism over other Liberians. IN ALL FAIRNESS, Mr. President and Mr. CBL Governor, you are among the group of Liberians, who should not be playing the tribal card.
January 15, 2020 07:34 UTC
He is accused of conscription of child soldiers, slavery, murder, cannibalism, and other war crimes and crimes against humanity. Four other high-ranking Liberians have been accused of or indicted for war crimes in relation to the country’s civil war. Martina Johnson, former head of the NPFL’s artillery unit, is under house arrest while awaiting trial in Belgium, where she was arrested in September 2014 for war crimes. A London court, in December last year, dismissed a war crimes case against Agnes Reeves Taylor, the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor. The father is serving a 50-year sentence in Britain for war crimes committed in Sierra Leone.
January 15, 2020 07:30 UTC
MONROVIA – The Government of Liberia has announced an employment scheme for over two thousand seven hundred graduates with TVET skills in the database of the ministries of Health and Youth and sports. the project according to Government will shortly begin. “They are vulnerable, these are vulnerable forms of employment. We have to change the standards and that is why we have gathered here today,” he said. He announced that in the next weeks, youths across the country will begin to benefit from vacation job opportunities which, according to him, is the first time.
MONROVIA – United Bank for Africa Liberia Limited in partnership with Orange has launched the Mobile Money Push and Pull Service for customers of both entities. The service, also known as Bank to Wallet will provide an alternative channel to deposit or withdraw money from a UBA Customer’s Account to their Orange Money Wallet and vice versa. To have access to the platform and to conduct self-services, all customers will need to firstly register on Orange Money using *144# and subsequently proceed to any of UBA Business Offices in Liberia to link both their UBA Account and Orange Money Wallet Account. The Head of Marketing and Corporate Communication of UBA Liberia, Melody Mezay-Ketter further stated how prepared both staffs of UBA and Orange are to begin such digital banking revolution in Liberia. She stated that the launch of the Bank to wallet platform signifies a significant milestone for all UBA Customers which also supports UBA digital transformation agenda.
MONROVIA – President George Weah says 2020 would be a critical year for his presidency. President Weah in his speech encouraged lawmakers to continue to work diligently in the interest of the Liberian people. He also paid special recognition to Representative Muna Pelhm-Youngblood who returned to work for the first time after a protracted leave of illness. Let me first of all thank God who brought our daughter back to us after a long period. Honorable Pelham Youngblood, we thank God for you.
MONROVIA – Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie says part of the legislative agenda for the 54th legislature, specifically the Senate, would be to review several provisions of the Constitution of the country, including laws surrounding peaceful gathering or protest. According to the Senate’s administrative head, as Senators, they will work on several statutes by providing clarity on certain articles of the Constitution. “The Senate will also look at legislation on the printing of currency which has become very political with all citizens becoming financial experts. We will be looking at the Code of Conduct, we will be looking at tenure in the executive and we will be looking at privilege of a lawmaker,” he said. “The Senate received from you a communication requesting our input on the implementation of the TRC recommendation, the Senate plenary has asked the leadership of the Senate to review the request and revert to plenary.