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 

THE DEPUTY DEPUTY SPEAKER ELECT MUST STEP DOWN IMMEDIATELY!

    The Editor, Liberia is a COUNTRY THAT glorifies pariahs and elevates them into the halls of power and we expect the country to develop. Electing former Attorney at Law Jonathan Fornati Koffa who is an ex-convict and a disgraced lawyer who can not even pass Google background check the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives in Liberia is a testament that the House is a forum of a bunch of corrupt parasites. Where are the Collaborating Political Parties and the opposition when you need them for such…

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The Ugandan elections can’t be declared free and fair – yet the AU and SA stay silent

Mmusi Maimane History will judge this South African government and the African Union for their silence in this moment. To continually side with oppressive leaders does not serve the needs of the continent and creates far more adverse prospects for the region. The recent elections in Uganda, where Bobi Wine (38) ran against Yoweri Museveni (76), were a stark reminder of our democratic regression and that the one-time liberators can quickly turn to dictators who undermine freedom and the right to free and fair elections. What we have witnessed in…

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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. Public Policy 

AU & EAC quiet as Kyagulanyi Ssentamu is harrassed and kept under house arrest by Musevini

Kampala (AFP)—Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine remains under “house arrest”, his party said, after a disputed election returned President Yoweri Museveni to office for a sixth term. The former ragga singer turned lawmaker came second in the presidential election, and has said the process was marred by widespread fraud and violence. He has not left his home since he went out to vote in the election on Thursday, and on Friday said he was under “siege” as soldiers and police surrounded his home, preventing anyone from entering or leaving. “Our…

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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. Editor's Desk 

Mr. Koffa Election as Deputy Speaker Is Highly Regretable And Unfortunate!

EDTORIAL—- Many Liberians are concerned that last Tuesday’s election of Mr. Fonati Koffa who was was criminally indicted, charged, jailed, and barred from practicing law in the United States will do more harm than good to the image of the Liberian Legislature, and the country. Mr. Koffa was elected the Deputy Speaker of the Liberian Assembly–in the lower chambers of the House of Representatives by defeating his rival Clearence Massaquoi. Concerns are being raised that Mr. Koffa is a heartbeat away from the  from the presidency! The Liberian Listener notes,…

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Artists & Reviews 

Echoes of Time: Promoting Liberian Literary Heritage

Echoes of Time: Promoting Liberian Literary Heritage By Eduardo de Bosco To talk of literature in Africa, one cannot but mention the west coast and a number of countries on the east, south, as well as other regions of the continent. Names such as Chinua Achebe, Camara Laye, Ayei Kwei Armah, Nadine Gordimer, Buchi Emecheta, Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Nuruddin Farah, the West African Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and a litany of names are bound to hit the eardrums at the mention of African literature. What is not so known on…

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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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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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Op-ed 

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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