“It pains me that people are bent on undermining the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. The establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court, he noted, is an instrument much-needed in Liberia’s flagship democracy. I am the same Koijee who advocated for war crimes court yesterday and I am the same koijee who is advocating for war and economics crimes Court today,” he lamented. Mayor Koijee recently renewed calls for the establishment of the War and Economic Crimes Court while on an official visit in Washington, USA. He lauded President George Weah for making moves that may lead to the establishment of an economic and war crimes court.
November 13, 2019 03:10 UTC
Monrovia – Indicted former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai had left the country on a temporary leave granted by out-going Judge of the Criminal Court “C”, Blamo Dixon. Judge Dixon’s decision to grant former Minister Samukai the leave was based on a request he had made and approved by the court to travel out of the country to honor a professional engagement. Former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, former Deputy Defense Minister Joseph Johnson, and former Comptroller Nyumah Dorbor have been indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado for their alleged role in embezzling the compulsory savings funds for the Armed Forces of Liberia. Prosecutors also say US$852,860 was criminally withdrawn by the defendants from the account and expended on activities that were already provided for under the national budget for the Ministry of National Defense. Moreover, the defendants made themselves the only signatories to the account, leaving out the AFL Chief of Staff and other higher-ranking officers of the Ministry of National Defense, the indictment said.
November 13, 2019 02:57 UTC
Monrovia – Several young beautiful women, representing 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties on Monday toured the city of Monrovia and visited some of government institutions to create awareness about the upcoming “Most Beautiful of Liberia” beauty pageant. She is also the CEO and Director of Brigitte Modeling Agency and the Most Beautiful Girl in Liberia pageant. Organizing the “Most Beautiful Girl in Liberia” pageant is something that I dreamt about, it happens in Ghana, Nigeria, and other places and the winner always go for the Miss Universe or Miss World pageant,” Rouhana said. “I think Liberia should be part of that process and be on the international map as well. “When I was branch manager at UBA the Miss Liberia at the time which was Sonti Lafor as a market-drive and it paid off.
November 13, 2019 02:55 UTC
The Liberian School for the Blind is located in the Township of Virginia, outside Monrovia. The Ministry of Education remains tight-lipped on the situation. The condition at the DAS, otherwise known by locals, is in sharp contrast to situation the blind school. Freeze on Budgetary AllotmentsThe Liberian School for the Blind has been consistently allotted portions of monies in the national budget of Liberia. Out of the total amount budgeted for the institution, only US$20,000 was received by authorities of the Liberian School for the blind.
Tanneh G. Brunson, Liberia’s Deputy Minister for Budget and Development Planning at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning has expressed gratitude to European Union, Swedish Government and UN Women for their support through the Spotlight Initiative Project to the country’s Gender Response Planning Budgeting and Coordination Unit (GRPB). Brunson also acknowledged the willingness of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for institutionalizing GRPB in their Ministry as well. She disclosed that as part of the institutional strengthen; the Gender Ministry has established a functioning GRPB Unit with three staff assigned. “My team from our gender Unit worked with your ministry to ensure gender activities are designed and funded within the National Budget,” she added. She said activity should be led by Gender and LIGIS in consultation with the lead ministries for the three sectors.
Monrovia – The European Union (EU) in partnership with United Nations (UN) has signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday with the Female Journalist Association of Liberia (FeJAL) for the implementation of the media Advocacy component EU/UN Spotlight initiative. The spotlight initiative is a new global multi-year initiative which is focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. The project places all forms of violence against women and girls at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development. The project is being funded by the European Union and implemented by UN women. FeJAL applied for the media advocacy component of the spotlight initiative and is expected to work with and train over 200 Journalists in the counties which have been earmarked for the spotlight initiative.
Shortly after leaving the courtroom, Madam Sirleaf’s lawyer, Jonathan Massaquoi, described VP Boakai’s action as announced by lawyers representing him, as “victory for the opposition UP.”Cllr. “This is victory to the rule of law, and that of the UP and its many supporters,” Cllr. However, Madam Sirleaf maintained her innocence and argued that her January 13, 2018 expulsion decision by some members of the UP was made without the two-thirds vote required by the party constitution. Initially, the NEC Board of Commissioners (BoC) reversed the ruling by its Chief Dispute Hearing Officer, Cllr. Muana Ville, rejecting the reinstatement argument of the expelled partisans of the UP that included Patrick Worzie, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Senator Conmany Wesseh and Madam Medina Wesseh.
November 13, 2019 02:30 UTC
Jerome Verdier, for allegedly linking him (Koijee) to a commission of ‘heinous crimes.’In Cllr. We worked with the Commission, which Jerome Verdier chaired, to protect the TRC report despite many attempts by perpetrators of the war to undermine this national instrument. Mayor Koijee wants Verdier to stop playing politics with the TRC Report, which he said is a key interest to every Liberian and the international community. I am the same Koijee, who advocated for war crimes court yesterday, and I am the same Koijee, who is advocating for War and Economics Crimes Court today,” he said. He lauded President George Weah for making moves that may lead to the establishment of an Economic and War Crimes Court.
November 13, 2019 02:29 UTC
Malaga, Spain – Receiving the 2019 X-International Press Freedom Prize Tuesday, FrontPageAfrica editor Rodney Sieh frowned on African leaders who clamp down on journalists for simply refusing to toe the lines of bad governance, corruption and greed. The trend is spreading across Africa where most countries are becoming a hotbed for attacks on the free press. “Today, journalists in Africa are undergoing immense pain and suffering for writing against the ills of society and those languishing at the bottom of the economic ladder. The FPA editor used the platform to appeal to President George Manneh Weah to ensure that the defamation and criminalization laws in Liberia are repealed. “Journalists play a key role in shedding light on incidents of public interest, corruption, bad governance and neglect of the poor.
November 13, 2019 02:26 UTC
Fifty-seven Liberian journalists have been invited to attend a two-day training that would prepare them to report on developments and political issues currently taking place across the country. The journalists are invited under the auspices of the Association of Liberia Community Radio (ALICOR). They will brainstorm on the way forward to ease the current political tension in the country. The training will take place in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. ALICOR, the umbrella organization of community radio stations throughout the 15 counties, has observed the unending political tension, physical attacks and outpourings among Liberians since the end of the 2017 presidential and general elections.
November 13, 2019 02:26 UTC
The European Union (EU) delegation in Liberia on Tuesday, November 12, announced a one-day information session on its Erasmus+ program to be held at the Fendall Campus of the University of Liberia (UL) on today, November 13, 2019. According to a release, the Erasmus+ is a European Union program which provides scholarship opportunities to study in Europe. They will also be required to study in at least two European countries. At the information session, facts on how to apply, which countries and fields of studies are available will be discussed. Since the Erasmus+ program was launched in 2014, more than 26,247 exchanges involving African faculties and students have been financed by the EU.
November 13, 2019 02:26 UTC
But the company said in its reaction pertaining to the fine, “Orange Money Liberia, as a financial institution will continue to engage and collaborate with our regulatory partners at all times. Orange Money Liberia is in full engagement and consultation with the office of FIU, following the receipt of their communication. “Orange Money Liberia is ensuring that all compliance-related issues are addressed accordingly,” the entity said in response to a Daily Observer inquiry concerning the fine. “The exercise was necessitated by the failure of Orange Liberia Mobile Money to submit a single Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) to the FIU since 2017,” Harris said. Mr. Harris said the current sanction regime creates incentives for wrongdoing, and will no longer be tolerated after this administrative fine levied against Orange Money Liberia.
November 13, 2019 02:25 UTC
Over 300 youth and student leaders, women leaders, college students, local leaders, representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) attended the first match held in Grand Bassa. Weinyue urged participants to lead the process of popularizing the Local Government Act (LGA). NAYMOTE Program Assistant Bako Korboi Shuaibu, Jr., said that the competition became necessary because of citizens’ limited understanding about the LGA. “So far, participating schools have received copies of the LGA of 2018; they frequently asked questions of the LGA, and funding to deepen their research on the LGA,” the release said. Participating schools include Stella Maris Polytechnic University, United Methodist University, Smythe Institute of Management and Technology, African Methodist Episcopal University from Montserrado County, the Cuttington University, and Bong County Technical College from Bong County, and Grand Bassa Community College and the Vision College in Grand Bassa County.
November 13, 2019 02:25 UTC
The Shar-Teeman Public School, which has no school building of its own, is housed in St. Paul Lutheran Church located in the town. Mr. Isaac takes time to teach each section as he rotates around in a tiny space of the church, from where the school operates. “The Education Ministry has not brought any instructional materials and nothing goes on during the Rainy Season because the water takes over the road. Parents Pay School Fees Small-SmallWhen asked about the school fees each student pays and how it is used, he said students in kindergarten pay L$3,500 for registration and activities fees, while 1st to 4th grades pay L$1,000. These days, however, Teacher Isaac said payment of fees is slow and school activities, are off and on.
November 13, 2019 01:42 UTC
Townsend explains that the declining exchange rate is somewhat artificial because of the shortage of the Liberian dollar on the market. Money exchangers are exchanging money at the rate of 200-190 Liberian dollars against 1 united states dollar. Faith is now skeptical about purchasing new goods or even exchanging her money because of the instability of the exchange rate. “Am pleading with the person to make it possible that as the rate is dropping, things prices should drop as well. They really need to stress on things prices dropping because we the business people will be affected seriously,” Nyankun stressed.
November 13, 2019 01:25 UTC