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A PATRIOT’S DIARY: SIERRA LEONE’S VP DR. JUDEH JALLOH LECTURES LIBERIAN SENATE: WOULD THEY TAKE A CUE

With Ekena Wesley – What manner of the nation are we after 174 years of independence; Sierra Leone’s Vice President would visit us to lecture our senators cum leaders on Capitol Hill about good governance, commitment to education, health, roads infrastructure, energy sector, gender empowerment, tourism, improving investment climate et al? Indeed the Sierra Leoneans sent their Vice President, Dr. Jalloh to share their dose of irreversible progress to a neighboring country that should know better. Invariably, Liberia at 174 years vis-à-vis Sierra Leone @ 60, the former, in any…

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A PATRIOT’S DIARY: WEAH’S LATEST INTEGRITY HYPOCRISY

By Ekena Welsey – Ahead of the 2005 elections, the Governance Commission in concert with our Development Partners saw the compelling need to birth a nascent democratic environment in the small West African nation. As a result, their brainstorming reckoned strengthened ‘Integrity Institutions’ to ensure ‘probity, accountability, transparency and to prevent waste and abuse in public sector management. Appertaining thereto; the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), et al took the center stage. Call John S. Morlu whatever you would choose…

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LIBERIA: EMMANUEL TULOE HONORED AS ‘INTEGRITY ICON’

By Socrates S. Saywon, Monrovia – Emmanuel Tuloe, a struggling motorcyclist from Nimba County whose life has changed due to his honest behavior has set an integrity record in Liberia. Center for Transparency and Accountability of Liberia (CENTAL) in collaboration with Accountability Lab Liberia and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, held an honoring program for Emmanuel Tuloe who exhibited a high level of ‘Integrity’ by returning US$50,000 plus L$100,000 that he found. During the colorful ceremony, saw remarks from various stakeholders, especially the Honoree and organizers of…

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PIONEERING PAN-AFRICANIST KWAME NKRUMAH USED METAPHOR AS A POLITICAL WEAPON AGAINST COLONIALISM

Kwame Nkrumah (1912-1972), a pioneering pan-Africanist and Ghana’s independence leader (1957-1966), is regarded by many as one of Africa’s greatest politicians . Commentators, historians and scholars have given him accolades such as ‘the Black Star’, ‘Africa’s Man of Destiny’ and ‘the Pride of Africa’. Twenty years ago, the BBC’s African listeners voted him as Africa’s Man of the Millennium. Nkrumah was one of the main catalysts of the African independence revolution in the 1950s and 1960s and his political rhetoric influenced world affairs in the 20th century. To understand how his spoken word influenced politics in…

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Sawyer: I announce today my retirement from partisan politics in Liberia

  Monrovia – One of Liberia’s longtime political activists and educators, Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, has announced his resignation from active partisan politics, as he put it, “continue my engagement as a senior scholar and citizen.” Releasing Resignation Announcement In a statement released and signed by his assistant, Mr. Ibrahim Nyei, Dr. Sawyer said his action would allow him to begin “working along with others to sustain peace and reconciliation, strengthen democracy and enhance development in our dear country and our region.” Publisher’s Pick Liberia Signs World Bank US$40M Fisheries Financing…

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LIBERIA: CAF REAFFIRMS DECISION TO HAVE SKD BANNED

Monrovia – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has, for the third time, banned the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex for hosting international matches. It can be recalled last week, Liberia requested CAF to do a reinspection of the SKD in an attempt to host its last two 2022 World Cup Qualifiers against Nigeria and the Central African Republic. CAF’s Ugandan Club Licensing Officer, Ivan Bayige Kintu inspected the stadium last week but informed Liberian football authorities that the SKD does not fully meet the set CAF Stadium minimum…

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LIBERIA: “OUR LEADERS’ PERPETUAL SILENCE CUM INSENSITIVITY AMID RAMPAGING RITUALISTIC KILLINGS” – SAYS EKENA WESLEY 

Monrovia – The coerced peace that emerged in 2003 when the women of Liberia stood tall in Accra amid solid backing from the international community was essentially about silencing the guns. A Transitional Government was installed, which was programmed to pave the way for the conduct of free and fair elections in the homeland. Those elections were held and the United Nations deployed its single largest blue helmets in the world (15,000) troops ever at the time. We have since enjoyed some semblance of peace while we face the most…

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LIBERIA: LARTEY DROPS THREE PLAYERS AHEAD OF SENEGAL’S TIE

Monrovia – Liberia’s head coach Robert Lartey has dropped three players ahead of the 2022 women’s Africa Cup of Nations first round first leg qualifier with Senegal at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on 20 December. They are defender Jennie Tisdell of Determine Girls, midfielder Winnie Dorbah of Blanco FC and striker Miatta Morris of Senior Female Professionals. Lartey told LFA media that Jennie, Winnie and Miatta were dropped in keeping with the regulations governing the qualifiers, which call for 20 players to be registered. He has also welcomed to…

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MOSIMANE WANTS VAR AFTER AFRICAN GIANTS AHLY DENIED ‘CLEAR PENALTY’

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane says African football chiefs must prioritise introducing VAR after the CAF Champions League title-holders drew 1-1 at Gendarmerie Nationale of Niger in a last-32 first leg. Seeking to become the first club to win the elite African competition three seasons in a row, the Cairo outfit led from the 19th minute when Tunisian Ali Maaloul converted a penalty. But they were denied what Mosimane called “a clear penalty” before Moumouni Diori levelled for the Nigeriens on 75 minutes in Niamey. South African Mosimane, who has…

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PAN-AFRICAN FILM FEST DEFIES PANDEMIC AND JIHADISTS

OUAGADOUGOU – Africa’s biggest film festival kicks off on Saturday in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, delayed eight months by the Covid-19 pandemic and overshadowed by a brutal six-year-old jihadist insurgency. Seventeen feature-length works are in the main competition for the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the biggest date in the continent’s cinema and TV industry. Held every two years, the hugely popular festival was initially set for February 27-March 6 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The impoverished landlocked country is also battling jihadist gunmen…

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