kenya election /afp Public Policy 

Bleak future for East Africa’s opposition as ruling parties ignore constitution uses violence

    The East African—-Violence against the opposition during presidential elections is not new in East Africa. And so it was not surprising that National Unity Party presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine became the latest victim of what many saw as state-sponsored violence. At the time of going to press, Mr Kyagulanyi was still not allowed to leave his house; a decision enforced by a cordon of police and military officers thrown around his home in Kampala. Similar tactics against the opposition were witnessed in October 2020 Tanzania’s…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Progressive Forces Cornered Weah To Accept Nwabudike’s Letter of Resignation

  By Socrates Smythe Saywon   Monrovia – Former Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission [LACC] Chairman Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike according to a LACC source resigned finally due to massive pressure from Liberian progressive forces, including Bar President Cllr Tiawon Gongloe and the left leaning campus based Vanguard Student Unification Party, or (SUP). After several weeks of advocacies against Nwabudike by the progressive class calling on his immediate resignation and departure from the agency, due to president Weah’s refusal, to fire the Nigerian national who falsified Liberian documents for his citizenship, Cllr. Tiawon…

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tidjane thiam /archyde Public Policy 

Rwanda recruits Tidjane Thiam to boost country’s financial prospects

    The former Credit Suisse boss has just been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Finance Limited, the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC). After his hasty departure from the Credit Suisse bank, Tidjane Thiam confirms his African ambition. The Franco-Ivorian banker has just been appointed by the Rwandan government to head the board of directors of Rwanda Finance Limited. The appointment, which comes at the same time as six other members, was signed by Rwandan Prime…

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Dr. Nyan is winner of the 2017 African Innovation Prize for Social Impact and also awarded a Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his invention of the rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test, which can simultaneously detect and identify multiple infections, including Coronaviruses (COVID-19). He has been providing COVID-19 pandemic preparedness advice to the Liberian government and awareness in Africa and laboratory diagnostic training webinar to West African laboratory personnel. Public Policy 

Close Borders, Vaccinate Against EBOLA and COVID-19, Says Infectious Diseases Expert Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan

 By Robin Dopoe and Jana-Astrid Schäfer Monrovia February 16, 2021– As another Ebola virus outbreak has been reported in the Republic of Guinea, infectious disease scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan has said that regional governments in the Mano River Basin should close their borders with Guinea and secure Ebola vaccine to immunize their citizens in addition to surveillance measures. Responding to questions from journalists during an interview yesterday, Dr. Nyan emphasized that “Liberia and other countries in the sub-region need to completely close their borders with Guinea immediately, as well as purchase…

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crowded african street /insider Public Policy 

Swahili is home to more than 100 million people today, small hope for Africa’s future

There are over a hundred languages spoken in Tanzania, but Swahili is spoken by 90% of the nation and is what unites the country’s 130 ethnic groups. Swahili, which is known colloquially as “Kiswahili”, is now used as the language of administration, and it is also widely used in schools and business. The growing popularity of the language outside Tanzania in the last two decades has largely been catapulted by music, which is breaking down cultural barriers across the region. In 2017, Tanzania became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Enhancing Military and Legislative Interaction in a Democracy: Liberia in perspective

  By Tiawon Gongloe   I am greatly honored and elated to be here this morning to speak to the gallant men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia as a keynote speaker at the beginning of this very important week in the life of the Armed Forces of Liberia which, under normal circumstances, should end on February 11, 2021 with an elaborate national program. Such an elaborate celebration is not possible this year for the insecurity situation created by the COVID 19 pandemic. As a person who, over…

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That the House Speaker is third in line to the presidency, therfore Liberian Assemblyman in the lower house of the chambers should have given the election of Mr. Koffa serious thoughts before putting him on the ballot for consideration, his party the Congress for Democratic Change, should have considered this proposition also, by putting Liberia's interests first. Public Policy 

Fonati Koffa’s Election victory, did lawmakers in the lower house take bribes?

    Grand Kru District#2 Representative Cllr. Jonathan Fornati Koffa who is on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has won the Deputy speakership defeating opposition candidate Clarence Massaquoi. Earlier, members of the opposing community in Liberia have vowed that they will go all out to ensure that the deputy speaker positon is reclaimed, but amazingly, the ruling party won the seat. Cllr.  Jonathan Fornati Koffa victory comes following a fresh mid-term senatorial election where the opposition outperformed the ruling establishment and won most of the…

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stephen mcgill, liberian listener Public Policy 

SAIL calls on policy makers to set aside a national HIV and AIDs awareness day

  For Immediate Release   February 5, 2021 —The Executive Director of Stop AIDS In Liberia Mr. Stephen K McGill   is calling on the Government of Liberia , Liberians home and aboard including stakeholders and the National Law makers to set aside a National HIV and AIDs awareness day in observance of opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, treatment , care and support among Liberian communities. The SAIL release calls on the health committees of both the lower and upper houses at the Liberian Assembly, the President’s Office,…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Nwabudike Nbudusi at LACC: Liberia Bar President Calls on Senate to reject George Weah’s bills

  By Taisiah K. Merfee The President of the Liberia National Bars Association Cllr. Taiwan Gongloe wants members of the National Legislature to reject bills emanating from President George Weah desk, which seeks to give the Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutorial powers. Cllr. Gongoloe further added, saying that the Senate should not approve any budget allocation to the LACC, because its chairperson lied to the Supreme Court by declaring himself as a citizen of the Republic of Liberia. The LNBA President stressed, the powers of the Liberian people is invested in the…

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I am asking all of my friends and other patriotic Liberians to join this cause. Weah and his Ministers have gotten emboldened and diabolical in their abuse of power. The firing of Ms. Bollie was retaliatory and grossly retributive; time to say NO to this bullshit political disaster! Public Policy 

Open Letter: LibSGBV Seeks protection For The Vulnerable and Liberian Women

  Dear Minister Tarr, Liberian Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Awareness Movement, (LibSGBV), reaffirms its  commitment to human dignity and the eradication of all acts of violence against Liberian citizens. Towards this objective, Liberian Sexual and Gender Based Movement has continued to work with victims,  stakeholders and other groups towards the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia.   Further, LibSGBV continues to work and support safe houses in the country. Safe houses are more than  just a place to shelter from violence. Safehouses provide an array of educational, supportive and …

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