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With Kiano Gbala’s appointment at LACC, Weah has no intention of fighting Corruption in Liberia

By Socrates Saywon The Liberian President George Weah’s appointment of Kiano Gbala to the LACC has met criticisms in several quarters amidst corruption allegations of the nominee. Weah is being criticized by civil society organizations including the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia [CENTAL], and political observers for the recent allegations of sleaze allegedly committed by the Commission’s Vice Chairman, Kiano Bai Gbala, who has been named as the acting Director of the integrity organization. Gbala, who replaced Ndubuisi Nwabudike last week as Chairman have been in news for…

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Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, How We Wish You Were Here—A Tribute

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh In turbulent times like these, men of conscience and avid readers of history reminiscence on special and telling eras, watershed moments, and the great people who blazed the trail and performed wonders etched in the pages of history books. For over one week now, I have been reflecting on your impactful life, extraordinary works, and unmatched heroism, our venerated Hero Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. You were a revolutionary extraordinaire, a prelate of moral ethos and conscience, and a fearless bulwark of social justice who defied…

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international womens day Op-ed 

An urgent call for women’s participation in political leadership as we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) 

  By Fahnie S. Kollie On March 8 of every year, the world usually gathers to reflect and celebrate women’s achievements. People around the globe dress in purple, green, and white to celebrate how far women have come in society and how they’ve accomplished so much in different spheres of life including politics, business, health, science, education, technology, etc.  Liberia will on Monday join the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s IWD under the theme:  “Choose To Challenge”. I have seen several posts on social media in commemoration…

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Even in their desperation for a bit of good news as they have drowned in a cesspool of bad narratives created by themselves, must they manufacture such a BLACK LIE about Weah's and his disreputable presidency? A president that is doing well by his people doesn't need public relations, his people will invariably be his PROs. They will echo his good news wide and loud. Can you guys stop this Hilarious Nonsense for a moment! News 

Frustrations mount against George Weah led government as hard-times grip citizens amidst high level corruption

  By Socrates S. Saywon   The CDC led Weah government has placed zero efforts in the fight against corruption, according to various reports this writer has seen. The administration of George Weah has been in power for over three years since taking over from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2017, yet Liberians and the nation have not felt the economic impact or any improvements in their lives, and with three years in his regime, the country has less to celebrate. According to reports, the economic situation has worsened beyond imagination,…

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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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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. Op-ed 

Electing the Corrupt People Party (CPP) and the CDC in 2023 will be a disaster and here is why.

  The Editor, From statistical evidence, the CPP lawmakers dominate the House of Representatives. Given that they (CPP) are professing to be the best alternative to the CDC-led government, it would have been a great idea if they had produced a Deputy Speaker to strike a balance of power in the Lower House. But guess what? They elected a CONVICTED CRIMINAL, Rep. Fonati Koffa. Can you imagine that? Do we expect the CPP to actually clean the mess created by UP and CDC ? Cllr. Jonathan Koffa was the town…

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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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booakai and samukai Op-ed 

The Supreme Court Samukai guilty opinion is an example CPP’s unpreparedness to lead this country

Alfred Bombo Kiadi Recently, the Liberian Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion against Brownie Samukai, in a case bordering on sheer impropriety. Samukai was accused of squandering US$1.1million meant for hungry soldiers confined to dingy barracks and grossly mistreated by the erstwhile government. This ruling is both symbolic, and, to some extent, it promotes the illusion that a so-called big fish can pay heavily for his corrupt footprint against the state in a land where egregious impunity has undermined access to justice and eroded confidence in the rule of law.…

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Examining ANC’s Alexander Cummings’ CPP Tenure: He got small success as Chairman

By JN Larsah   Collaborating Political Parties [CPP] Chairman and ANC Political Leader Alexander B. Cummings have turned-over of the CPP leadership mantle to Senator and Liberty Party Political Leader Nyongblee Karnga-Lawrence. So, this offers an ideal opportunity to quickly review Mr. Cummings’ performance by taking a glimpse of his leadership ability, in terms of areas in which he made gains and areas where losses were incurred. There has been more than plenty of talks about what many regard as Mr. Cummings’ excellent leadership profile, specifically given his experience as…

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oscar quiah, Liberian listener Tributes 

Comrade Leader Oscar J. Quiah : Tribute to a progressive Struggle Icon

    By Chorpie Charlie And so a revolutionary actor has fallen, not to the wretched of human depravity, but he is now enjoined to the everlasting struggle he help ignited for a better Liberia, through the memory of history; and in pursuit of stamping his blessings on human progress, especially for an inclusive Liberian nation, Comrade leader Quiah left us these words: “We [Liberians] have fallen behind many years” as a result of the ugly bloodbath we unleashed on ourselves. This has rendered us to the characterization as bookey…

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