Bobby Wine The next batch of results was due to be released at 9 pm when a nationwide curfew in place since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic kicks in. Bobi Wine, the 38-year-old former musician-turned politician has emerged as the main challenger to 76-year-old Museveni, who has been in power since 1986. “We secured a comfortable victory,” Bobi Wine told reporters in Kampala, the capital. “I am very confident that we defeated the dictator by far,” Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said. “The people of Uganda voted massively for change of leadership from a dictatorship to a democratic government. But Mr. Museveni is trying to paint a picture that he is in the lead. What a joke!” he added. News 

Kyagulanyi Ssentamu [Bobby Wine], Rejects Election Results

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in presidential elections, rejecting as a “joke” early results that gave incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead. The electoral commission said on Friday that with 6.8 million ballots counted, or 37 percent of registered voters, Museveni had won 4.05 million, or 62.2 percent, while main opposition candidate Wine had 1.99 million votes (30.6 percent), the electoral commission said just after 9 pm (1800 GMT). The next batch of results was due to be released at 9 pm when a nationwide…

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Public Policy 

Fonati Koffa who was indicted, jailed and criminally charged in the US, elected Deputy Speaker in Liberia

Staff Report MONROVIA – The House of Representatives have elected J. Fonati Koffa as the next Deputy Speaker. Mr. Koffa who could likely become speaker, is now a heartbeat away from the Liberian Presidency, according to pundits. His election was a massive talking point on Tuesday evening and went viral on social media + the Liberian press. Koffa rise to power while very much unusual is not unlikely in Liberia, but speaks to the kinds of characters and individual parading the corridors of power in post war Liberia, laden with…

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However, very often in history, tragic periods pave the way for great destinies. Hopefully, we will witness the rise to power of African leaders who are up to the challenges of our times – times that call for moralists rather than relativists, sophisticated revolutionaries rather than reform-minded technocrats and people with a sense of history rather than people with business acumen. culled from www.theafricanreport Public Policy 

Paradigm Shift: Africa needs leaders who can rise to the challenges of our times

  The tragic events impacting the continent bear witness to a deep-seated leadership crisis. African leaders with the wherewithal to rise to the challenges of our times must step into the arena and enact radical change. On 6 November, Paul Biya celebrated the 38th anniversary of his first election as president of Cameroon. His supporters were decidedly enthusiastic about the event, while his opponents, both in the media and in the general public, openly expressed their anger at an event which for many people marks the start of the country’s…

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Hanno the Navigator (of Liberia?)

  By Dag Walker   Hanno the Navigator. (Greek: Ἄννων, Hannōn,)  was a Carthaginian explorer of the sixth or fifth century BC. best known for his naval exploration of the western coast of Africa. The only source of his voyage is a Greek periplus.1. In other words, a man from what is now Tunisia in North Africa, who lived around 2,500-2,600 years ago, went by ship perhaps as far as what is now known as Liberia. He kept a ship’s log, a periplus, of his account. Hanno’s account is a…

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Liberian Economy Group (LEG) Bella Casa Hotel Sinkor, Monrovia. Cell# 0777516641/088696999 Email: reservations@bellacasaliberia.com Hon. Albert Chie President Pro-Tempore House of Senate Mr. President Pro-Tempore: Please find attached the Report of the Liberian Economy Group (LEG) on the Current Statement of the Liberian Economy. We of LEG remain confident that the Action Steps indicated in the report, when taken, can lead to the solution of Liberia’s main problem, longstanding and widespread Poverty. Respectfully Yours Liberian Economy Group (LEG) Business 

Better Money Management Not More Money Printing–Dr. Tipoteh Takes Issue With IMF

By Dr. Togbah-Na Tipoteh Having served as Chairman of the African Group of Governors of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), I am aware of the principal objective of these biggest global financial institutions. While the Marshall Plan focused on the rehabilitation of post World War Two Western Europe, these Bretton Woods Entities focused on providing assistance funds globally, especially for the developing countries, who constitute the majority of the membership of these Institutions, but the majority of the shareholders remains in the hands of the…

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The Vision 2030 document was a retrospective study conducted by a group of Liberian scholars, some of the intellectuals include: Prof. Amos C. Sawyer, Chairman, Governance Commission (led the research),  Dr. S. Byron Tarr (Head, Economic Team), Prof. Dr. Elwood Dunn, Sis. Mary Laureen Browne (Educational & Curricula issues, Dr. Geetor Saydee/Hon. Larry Yonquoi, (Demographers), Mr. Romeo D.N. Gbartea (Industrial Sociologist, National Working Group & Head, Society) Op-ed 

EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT: A PERSPECTIVE OF A DEVELOPMENTAL STATE  IN LIBERIA

    By Romeo D.N. Gbartea                                                                                                                         Introduction/Background The extractive industries have the potential of raising incomes, employment, improving the socio-economic situations in any environment, or provides for the industrial development of a country but the developmental scenario of Liberia becomes a mirage. The Government of Liberia under the leadership of President Sirleaf hired the expertise of a group of Liberian intellectuals in different study areas to review the past of Liberia and to define what will be the future of the country. This retrospective analysis highlighted issues…

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A question that we all must answer rapidly; this is not a question about just the removal of the Weah and his gangs. It is the question of sincerity, not one with parochial interests. If you follow suit with the agenda and remove the CDC, you may get the power you desire, but progressive ideologues and their men and women will retreat to the barracks and possibly begin the last stage of ending bad leadership, in Liberia, by fighting to redeem the country. Our people have suffered far too long for progressives to stand aside, we stand ready to present ourselves as instruments for this national transformation. Op-ed 

The Progressive intelligentsia struggle to free Liberia is still alive and well

    On January 22, 2018, Mr. Weah was sworn into office as president of the Republic, after maneuvering his way to political leadership for over a decade in a hustling so-called opposition lifestyle, that was quite unusual. This man attracted a huge score of support from a cross-section of the state predominantly young people who thought in their imagination that he represented their hopes and aspirations. These young people were carried away by his appealing successful soccer history and believed that if he was successful in his soccer career…

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Prophet Key (PK) vs The Mandingo/Muslim Community – the politics of reaction! Op-ed 

Prophet Key (PK) vs The Mandingo/Muslim Community – the politics of reaction!

MELBOURNE—There is no doubt that Prophet Key [PK] has insulted nearly every public figure and tribe in and out of Liberia, which is morally questionable. But aren’t we in the FREEDOM OF SPEECH era where the thin line between FREE SPEECH and RESPONSIBILITY continues to be blurred and debatable? Liberian politics today has become an environment of insults which continues to show the moral deficiency of our society; thanks to President Weah’s CDC, who created and nurtured this ‘tactic’ and spent 12 years in Opposition describing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s…

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Op-ed 

SUP condemns “opulence” rhetoric by Ellen Sirleaf & George Weah

    PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   SUP condemns the recent “opulence” rhetoric spewed by Ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and current President George Manneh Weah on the Liberian people amidst the torrid festive X-Mas season after the profuse looting of the state by the twin-evils of kleptocracy; demands President George M. Weah to stop making music; sends out solidarity and speedy recovery message to ULSIL’s President emeritus Mau F. Mau, and LINSU’s President Mohammed “Gandhi” Kamara after surviving a tragic motor accident on the Nimba-Bong Highway a fortnight ago,…

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The One People Revolutionary Movement [OPRM] says it has uncovered a diabolical plan by the George Weah administration to arrest its leader Comrade Moncio Kpadeh. The leaked according to the OPRM is political and subversion, that has nothing to do with the breaking story The Parrot News website has published regarding circumstances surrounding the mysterious and tragic killing of Audit Chief Emmanuel Nyensua of the Internal Audit Agency or IAA which went viral recently. Rather than unleashing security agents to pursue Comrade Leader Moncio Kpadeh and Editor Julius Jaesen of the Parrot News website, a responsible and intelligent government would rather choose the path of litigation if it feels or believes the Parrot outlet has done anything transgressive to its image or those of its officials named in the story. Op-ed 

Governance Must Be About The People, The People, and The People

  There is and has always been a missing link in the governance of Liberia, which is ZERO EMPHASIS ON THE PEOPLE. It has been a marauding specter of brazen evil where the ruling governors and their cohorts get richer and gleefully live a garish lifestyle while the people on whose backs they accentuate to power are subjected to extreme poverty year in, year out. You may describe such sprawling degeneracy as a Vicious Cycle or a Pendulum of despair and trauma. Government, as we know, is established primarily to…

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