MONROVIA – The Publisher of Liberia’s first independent newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. The Daily Observer newspaper was established in January 1981 during the brutal and cruel regime of military dictator Samuel K. Doe. The Daily Observer newspaper was again closed down”. But early the next day, he pointed out that he and his staffs woke up to news that the Daily Observer office had been set afire the night before. Speaking at the occasion briefly, Madam Sirleaf recalled that both Mr. Best and Mr. Stanton Peabody were journalists, who spoke truth, regardless of fear or favor.
February 17, 2021 00:45 UTC
Liberia: MMG Gold Risks Termination of Contracts with Gov’t for Failure to Live up to Concession AgreementBong – President George Manneh Weah has warned concession companies operating in the country to live up to their social development mandate or risk replacement. MNG Gold, considered to be gold giant company in Liberia is situated in the area, while Apha Logging, which is in Lofa also used the route. They further complained that MNG Gold has also failed to provide them health center and safe drinking water facilities. Their complaint was reechoed by Bong County Senator, Prince K. More, who stated that the MNG Gold has breached the concession agreement signed with government. President, MNG Gold signed an agreement to carry out open pit-site mining, but instead, they are now carrying out underground mining,” Moye said.
February 17, 2021 00:45 UTC
Monrovia – Following the confirmation of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in seven patients and three deaths in Guinea, the Government of Liberia has heightened surveillance in the country, with specific attention placed on counties bordering Guinea. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare zoonotic disease but severe, often fatal illness in humans. This is the first outbreak of EVD since the 2014 – 2016 devastating outbreak in the region which claimed over 11,000 lives. Though there is NO CASE OF EVD currently in Liberia, NPHIL, MoH and MoA encourage the public to take the following public health measures:Avoid mass gathering. These are critical times, let’s follow all public health preventive measures to keep our population safe.
MONROVIA – President George Manneh Weah has presented US$20,000 (to students of the United Methodist University School of Theological in Gbanga, Bong County. The amount was presented by President Weah, through the Chief Of Protocol at the Executive Mansion, Amb. Bundoo also presented food stuff, to include rice and other items to the students. The United Methodist Theological Students further narrated, that they had on several occasions presented their plights to some authorities of Bong County, but to no avail. The students in separate statements lauded President Weah for promptly responding to their aid, promising to utilize the opportunity wisely.
Liberia: Freetown City Mayor Promises to Partner with Monrovia City Mayor in Fostering Development in the TwoMonrovia — The City Mayor of Freetown, the Capital of Sierra Leone, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, has promised to join hands with the Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee to foster plans to develop both the City of Freetown and the City of Monrovia. Mayor Sawyerr made the statement Tuesday at the program marking the 45th Anniversary of Monrovia Day at the Monrovia City Hall. “We are going to work together in the area of sanitation and other things,” the City Mayor of Freetown Madam Sawyerr added. Also, at the 45th celebration of Monrovia Day, the Monrovia City Mayor, however, presented his annual message to the City Council and that of the residents of Monrovia. The Monrovia City Mayor called on residents to promote sanitation to keep their surrounding clean and green something he says will prevent them sicknesses.
Liberia: Zoe Pennue Gets Green Light to Senate; To be Certificated on WednesdayMONROVIA – After a long legal battle between Mr. Thomas Yaya Nimely and Mr. Zoe Pennue, the National Elections Commission (NEC) says it will go ahead on Wednesday to certificate Senator-elect of Grand Gedeh County Zoe Emmanuel as winners of the December 8, 2020 election. Zoe Emmanuel Pennue led by Cllr. The Board of Commissioners said the ruling is consistent with law as provided for under default motion. The ruling of the Board follows the hearing of agreements from lawyers representing Mr. Simeon B. Taylor, including Cllrs. Alijah Swalibo Sesay, representing Senator Victor Watson.
Monrovia — It has been nearly five months since Dominic Renner and Winston Toe went missing on September 24, 2020, and October 4, 2020, respectively. Dominic Renner and Winston Toe, according to the charge sheet of the Liberia National Police, were captives of the disgraced former soldier at different intervals. The mystery into the whereabouts of Dominic Renner and Winston Toe is not fading away anytime soon. There’s no time limit on the investigation—the Police are investigating.”For Emmanuel Renner, father of Dominic Renner, and the family of Winston Toe, the reliance on the Police promise is the sinking sand of their grief. Editor’s Note: Next edition will piece the last moments of Dominic Renner and Winston Toe prior to their disappearance.
February 17, 2021 00:22 UTC
Mr. James Weah is a jovial old man who occasionally entertains neighbors and passers-by with Christian songs sung in his dialect—Kru—when he’s in ‘happy mood’. The first ID on top of the papers had the following heading: “Pensioners Association of Liberia”, and other information—Name: James Weah, ID No. “I used to get my pension money regularly from EcoBank, but since the Government started sending us to LBDI (Liberia Bank for Development and Industry), getting my pension money is hard, beginning from 2017. Several other retired Government’s employees have several disheartening experiences, some of which are similar to Mr. James Weah. Pensioner James Weah and his unlucky colleagues can’t see a sign of getting their retirement monetary benefits.
February 17, 2021 00:21 UTC
MONROVIA – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation welcomes the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Against the backdrop of COVID-19, a tumultuous period for global trade and increasing nationalist tendencies, the WTO faces significant challenges. We hope that the WTO will temporarily waive the specific Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). This is the only way to ensure a global, coordinated effort to contain COVID-19. A close friend of our Foundation from its very beginning and member of the inaugural Prize Committee, the new Director-General of the WTO can rely on our full and committed support.
February 16, 2021 17:03 UTC
In an open letter to President Weah, the group’s spokesperson, Chris N. Saylee made a passionate appeal to President Weah, seeking his urgent intervention to bring relief to residents of that part of Nimba County. Tappita, Nimba County – Amid President George Manneh Weah’s much anticipated maiden tour of the counties, a group of diaspora citizens hailing from the Ziah region in Nimba County are calling on him to build the feeder road linking their community to Tappita City, a major commercial and learning center within the region. The Ziah region, comprising several towns and villages including Ziah #1, Ziah #2 and Kpeletuo, is one of the most populated areas (about 20,000) which falls within District #9, Nimba County and Tappita Statutory District. The road linking the area with Tappita has become inaccessible to vehicles due to its deplorable condition, leaving citizens stranded to take their crops to market. In an open letter to President Weah, the group’s spokesperson, Chris N. Saylee made a passionate appeal to President Weah, seeking his urgent intervention to bring relief to residents of that part of Nimba County.
February 16, 2021 09:45 UTC
The Supreme Court affirmed the verdict of the lower court convicting the Lofa county senator and two others to two years imprisonment or restitution of US$1.4 million. “We are equally very disappointed and frustrated in the ruling handed down against Samukai. Lofa citizens’ anger at Supreme CourtThe target of most of the citizens’ anger was Liberia’s Supreme Court, which the group accused of being out to disgrace Samukai. Samukai, the former minister of defense had hoped to have been exonerated by the High Court after his conviction by the lower court in 2020. But the Defendants took appeal at the Supreme Court and they (serving now as appellants), justified that they acted in line with the Constitution and relevant laws.
February 16, 2021 09:31 UTC
In a written communication and an open letter to the Supreme Court, Mr. Morais stated that he could no longer remain mute on the matter, irrespective of whatever repercussions his divulge may attract from the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court can now censure me, because I will express my opinion as an astute politician, diplomat and law maker. He stated in the open letter: “The Supreme Court prides itself as a Constitutional Court; Law and Procedures. “The acceptance of that document by a Supreme Court that does not take evidence opened a Pandora Box. “On September 21, 2020 the Nomination Period for Candidates Closed without the Supreme Court Opinion on the Appeal of the CDC.
February 16, 2021 09:22 UTC
‘I Want to Die and Be Cremated in Liberia’ – Former Indian Honorary Consul-General to Liberia “Jetty”MONROVIA – Barely few days after being recalled from diplomatic service, the former Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva, has vowed to continue to live and work in Liberia to help combat against hunger and improve the living conditions of Liberians through his multiple humanitarian initiatives. Mr. Sachdeva added that though prisoners are being reprimanded or contained, they should not be forgotten. “I was doing humanitarian works not because I was Honorary Consul General; it was my own personal gesture. Other plansBut despite the huge efforts being applied to help reduce the high rate of hunger in Liberia, Mr. Sachdeva has promised to venture into additional initiatives in Liberia. Though he did not state a specific plan, but there are reports that the former Indian Honorary Consul General is planning to construct or establish a rehabilitation center in Monrovia to help rehabilitate and cater to less fortunate Liberians and disadvantaged youths.
Monrovia – Liberia’s Premier anti-graft institution, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) continues to sink into a sea of one controversy after another since the appointment of its embattled outgoing Executive Chairperson, Cllr, Ndubuisi Nwabudike. But two of the commission’s top officials, Vice Chairperson, Cllr. Gbala also noted that the general staff have also assessed Fahnbulleh as being inefficient on the job. Gbala has been involved with series of financial improprieties that warrant his dismissal as per the LACC Act and its rules. The LACC is made of five commissioners, one of whom is the Executive Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.
That 70 votes for candidate Jeremiah Kpan Koung from Martha Tubman Campus polling place, Sanniquellie, Electoral District #2, instead of his 37 votes obtained at that polling place. It also want a rerun in eight other precincts in Upper Nimba County in Electoral District #4, precinct 33010 at the Bihplay Public School of polling place 3; Electoral District #1, precinct 33080 at the Liberty Christian Institute of polling place 5; and Electoral District #1, precinct 33250 at Tonglawin Public School of polling place 4. Others are Electoral District #1, precinct 33069 in the Ganta Public School of polling place 5; and Electoral District #1, precinct 33077 in the Vision International School of polling place 5. Also, in Electoral District #1, precinct 33079 at the Gbartu Quarter Palavahut of polling place 6; Electoral District #1, precinct 33071 in the Small Ganta Palavahut of polling place 5; and Electoral District #1, precinct 33179 of the Wehplay Public School with polling place 4. The lawyers strongly want a re-run as well in Electoral District #2, polling places number 33052 in the Gbayee Public School, and Electoral District #2, polling place #33100 at Tiara Public School.