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 

Gongloe warns ruling CDC over 2023 elections: We are prepared to be refugees….

By Lincoln G. Peters Renowned Liberian human rights lawyer and presidential aspirant Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe has warned the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) – led government against tampering with the results of the pending 2023 presidential and legislative elections, claiming that the people are prepared to be refugees again if election results are tampered with. Addressing a local intellectual center Sunday, 11 April 2022 on the Hotel Africa Road, Lower Virginia, Cllr. Gongloe accused the government of allegedly carrying out mass employment of CDC partisans at the National Elections…

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Liberia has experienced the effects of one-party rule, military dictatorship: Gongloe elected LPP Leader

  Comrade Chairman And other members of the Executive Committee Members of the Liberian People’s Party Observers, Other distinguished ladies, and gentlemen   Before proceeding any further, I humbly request that you stand with me for one moment of silence to the memory of Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu, former Vice Standard Bearer of the Liberian People’s Party and all other fallen stalwarts of the Liberian People’s party, who are not alive today to see this day. Amen, and you may have your seats. Fellow partisans, let me now express profound…

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SUP presents 51 counts for Weah to #FixTheCountry, calls for an independent investigation into July 26 violence

For Immediate Release Comrades in the redemption struggle for the dignity of the oppressed of the peasantry of our people, the “FixTheCountry Generation” of the conscious students of the University of Liberia, ideological student radicals profoundly leading the struggle for the honor of the fatherland, militants, cadres and stalwarts of Africa’s biggest embankment of revolutionary consciousness building and progressive enlightenment- the Vanguard Student Unification Party- SUP, fellow Liberian compatriots;  The Revolutionary Vanguard Student Unification Party- SUP calls for a speedy, impartial, and independent investigative panel headed by the Independent Commission…

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LPP Presidential Aspirant, Gongloe Applauds Sanctions Imposed On Officials By The US Government

We applaud the action of the United States Government for placing sanctions on the officials of the Liberian Government named in its press release issued today, and we believe it is a step in the right direction. We have repeatedly called on the International Community to bring sanctions against officials of the government in the three branches of the Weah-led government who are deemed to be corrupt because the current government of President George M. Weah lacks the political will to fight corruption. We also called on the US Government…

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swahiliTanzania’s Education, Science and Technology minister Adolf Mkenda shakes hands with his South African counterpart Matsie Angelina Motshekga (left), shortly after concluding their meeting in Dar es Salaam on Monday. PHOTO | COURTESY Public Policy 

Tanzania, South Africa ink Kiswahili teaching deal

By Naomi Achien’g Dar es Salaam. One of Africa’s most widely spoken languages, Kiswahili will soon be taught in South African classrooms after the negotiating journey that began in 2018 reaching a better outcome through a formal agreement to be signed tomorrow here. The language, which is the national and official language in Tanzania, has continued to penetrate the world, prompting Unesco to declare July 7, every year as the World Kiswahili Language Day. So, as the world celebrates the day tomorrow, Education, Science, and Technology minister Adolf Mkenda and…

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Montserrado Grand Jury Indicts CDC-CoP Gangs: Charged With First, Second Degree Felonies

MONROVIA – Criminal Court “A” has issued a Writ of Arrest for seven members of the Coalition For Democratic Change-Council of Patriots, following an indictment brought against them by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County for a first and two-second degrees felony. Defendant Ben Believe Togbah, Abdurahman Barry, Aaron K. Cheap, Today Massaquoi, Joshua Saye Karr, Pokar S. Roberts, Kendrick C.  Pelenah and others to be identified as Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder, Felony of the Second Degree, Aggravated Assault, Felony of Second Degree and Criminal Conspiracy, Felony of the First…

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Liberia: United People’s Party Pulls out of Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Monrovia – The United People’s Party (UPP), one of the constituent parties in the Grand Coalition has with immediate effect tendered its dissociation with the Memorandum of Understanding, with the Congress for Democratic Change. The UPP said the current leadership of President George Manneh Weah is not living up to the commitment contained in the October 2017 MOU that brought Weah to power and subsequently, the March 2022 MOU which is geared at re-electing him, as such, it can no longer remain committed to said document. “It…

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gongloe Public Policy 

During USA visit, leading opposition candidate Gongloe briefed State Department Officials

Staff Report As Liberia’s foremost presidential aspirant, Counselor Tiawan Saye Gongloe tours the USA, making his case to a cross-section of Diaspora Liberians, he has also been making some pivotal breakthroughs with non-Liberians of diverse backgrounds within the American society. Among his numerous successful engagements is his recent high-level meeting at the U.S. State Department Headquarters in Washington D.C. Cllr. Gongloe was a guest of the Africa Bureau at the State Department on June 2, 2022. The eminent Liberian jurist and human rights advocate thoroughly briefed officials of the Africa Bureau about the state…

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Violent July 26 thugs and Ring Leaders: Arrested or NOT arrested…?

MONROVIA – The July 26 political violence and the humiliation meted on student activist, Christopher W. Sivili, was particularly awful. The footage of his humiliation on social media brought fresh memory of how the late President Samuel K. Doe was treated at the Freeport of Monrovia by General-turned-politician Prince Y. Johnson’s men in 1990. Sivili’s treatment on ’26 was almost a redux of the fateful events that led to Doe’s death. Yet, while mounting criticisms from political parties, and civic societies and late response from President Weah, seven days after…

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gongloe Public Policy 

Gongloe Condemns the July 26, 2022 Unprovoked Violence Against Members of the SUP

Statement Hello fellow Liberians. In this public manner, we condemn, deprecate, and denounce in no uncertain terms, the unprovoked attack on the members of the Student Unification Party (SUP) by the pro-government militia force of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) on the 175th anniversary of the Republic of Liberia. According to all reliable accounts, the students were attacked while they were exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of assembly and speech.  Worst still, we have learned that the police were basically a dereliction of their duty, by watching…

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