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LPP CALLS ON LAWMAKERS TO REJECT ARCELOR MITTAL LIBERIA (MITTAL STEEL) US$800m AMENDED AGREEMENT

  POSITION STATEMENT   The Liberian People’s Party (LPP) concurs with the decision of the citizens of Grand Bassa and Nimba Counties and asks the Lawmakers to reject the latest Mittal Steel US$800m Amended Agreement. The LPP accordingly demands that Arcelor Mittal Liberia fulfills its obligations in keeping with law and in accordance with best practice. Further, the Party urges Legislators to be guided by evidence that Mittal Steel (Arcelor Mittal Liberia), Firestone, Liberia Agriculture Company, Salala Rubber Corporation, Aureus Gold, and 13 other companies paid a paltry US$1.5m in…

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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 

Cllr. Gongloe: “I Am Committed To The Principal Of Free Speech & Rule Of Law”

Monrovia – The President of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe has disclosed that he remains committed to the principles and ideal of free speech and the rule of law in the country. Cllr. Gongloe who is one of Liberia’s most prominent and leading Human Rights lawyers said that fighting for free speech and democracy has caused him enormous havoc, ranging from detention, flogging, and death threats from state actors, especially during the Charles Taylor regime. According to him, despite the threats posed to his life in a society gradually overwhelmed by chaos and violence, he will remain resolute in what is good and productive for…

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A member of the opposition Liberty Party and Senatorial candidate in upcoming elections was attacked at a rally in the slum community of New Kru Town allegedly by supporters of the ruling CDC. Senator Abraham Darius Dillon shortly, thereafter, angrily reacted by threatening to have his supporters stone the Presidential convoy. The National Security Agency (NSA)reacted  by warning that such action would be dealt with decisively. The Senator later retracted his statement and threat.   Liberia holds midterm elections in December and General and Presidential elections in 2023. To date, no investigation has been concluded by Liberian authorities nor anyone held to account for these election related violence. In Guinea and Cote’Ivoire, the opposition have been protesting against attempts by the incumbents to extend their rule by amending the constitutions Deadly shases and injutries have been reported.  By Our Political Reporters in Wasgington DC and Monrovia/African Star Public Policy 

The real debate ahead of 2023 is electoral reform

CDC Presumptive Standard Bearer, incumbent president George Manneh Weah, could rig 2023 General and Presidential Elections if appropriate safeguards through electoral reform are not put in place. The likelihood seems high as anti-democratic precedents are fast sufficing in his remaining months.  We have been calling for electoral reform since 2018 and this pressing national concern cannot be overlooked. Thankfully, the European Union (EU) reinforced our call by echoing 23 previous recommendations it made after a flawed 2017 election. I have done a summary for national review.  Twenty-three (23) Recommendations from…

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hakainde hichilema, aljezaara Public Policy 

African opposition leaders congratulate Zambia President Elect Hakainde Hichilema

  Farai Mutsaka, The Associated Press LUSAKA, ZAMBIA — Zambia’s veteran opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has won the southern African country’s presidency with more than 50 percent of the vote. Hichilema was declared president-elect early Monday after getting more than 2.8 million votes to President Edgar Lungu’s 1.8 million votes, achieving one of the biggest electoral wins in Zambia’s history. President Edgar Lungu, 64, accepted defeat and said he would work for a “peaceful transfer of power.” Related Stories Celebrations as Zambian opposition candidate leads in count Zambia’s first president…

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Although he noted that this was not a sufficient reason for pulling down the building, he expressed satisfaction that the Ghanaian government had taken responsibility for the demolition by promising to rebuild the structure to its pre-demolition state. The Minister further noted that the Nigerian High Commission also failed to obtain legal title to the land even though it had paid for it as far back as the year 2000 and also failed to obtain the necessary approvals before erecting the building. In other words, the Nigerian High Commission was equally culpable. A fair and frank admission I suppose. Public Policy 

The African Union, Israel and the futility of appeasement

  For decades, African countries have supported the Palestinian liberation struggle against Israel, seeing in it parallels with their own anti-colonial movements. Likewise, the African Union has not hesitated to criticise Israeli international law violations and occupation of Palestinian lands. Most recently, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat condemned Israel’s war on Gaza and its violent attacks against Palestinians in Jerusalem. So why on earth did the commission grant Israel the privilege of an observer status at the AU just two months later? KEEP READING ‘Shocking’: South Africa slams…

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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! Public Policy 

Liberia Revenue Authority Employee Reportedly Goes Missing, President Weah Quiet on the Issue

MONROVIA – A 38-year-old Enforcement Compliance Officer of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has surreptitiously gone missing days after departing his residence to reportedly drop off classified documents at the home of one of his bosses (name not mentioned) in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. Family members of Mr. Saryon Moore raised the alarm over the weekend four days after his whereabouts couldn’t be known or traced. According to reports, Mr. Moore departed his ELWA residence in Paynesville at 5:00 PM to take some “important documents” to his workmate’s house at Duport Road.…

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Rwanda Troops In Mozambique Makes Progress

A 1,000-strong Rwandan force has hit the ground running since its deployment in Mozambique to fight poor insurgents who have carried out devastating attacks in the far north of the country. In two weeks, the troops – the first foreign force to be deployed against the insurgents – have taken a key road junction, held by the militants for the past year, and have reached the port town of Mocímboa da Praia. In four years the insurgents have taken control of most of five districts in Cabo Delgado province in…

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abraham dillion Public Policy 

A Promise Betrayed – “The Light” is in Free Fall 

  By Martin K. N. Kollie   When Abraham Darius Dillon chose to ride a US$40,000 car as a public official, “The Light” got dimmed. When ADD admitted that he took money from corrupt Albert Chie to finance his senatorial campaign, “The Light” got dimmer. When he sacrilegiously defended Musa Bility’s loot, “The Light” got blurred. When ADD lied about not flying business class, “The Light” became more blurred. The receipt of 30k, without any remorse for competing national priorities and public interest amid COVID-19 pandemic, has placed “The Light”…

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The UN Envoy expressed commitment to working with the Liberian Government in achieving the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development. However, he noted that UN adheres strictly to its fiduciary standards to safeguard UN funds against misuse and integrity risks. Public Policy 

Weah’s govt: Officials digging deep in public funds as corruption flourishes

  By Socrates Smythe Saywon Monrovia – It appears the fight against corruption in Weah’s CDC-led government is weak as some senior officials of his administration are taking advantage of Mr. Weah’s inexperience and apparent noninterest in the government he leads digging deep in public funds as corruption flourishes. Liberians are questioning President Weah’s own approach in tackling corruption in the country, but these calls are landing on deaf ears, as President Weah, is yet to hold a press conference or address any of the issues, especially corruption that has…

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abraham dillion Public Policy 

Light and Darkness cannot Cohabitate – Ten Contradictions and why Sen. Abe Darius Dillon should return his 15k 

  By Martin K. N. Kollie  Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon and pro-ADD apologists are asking, “Why should ADD return his 15k?” It is a form of mockery for ADD to even post on his Facebook page “Return it Vs. Don’t return it”. Since a few of you are asking “Why should ADD return it”, here are reasons:  Senator Dillon said he was only going to accept a salary in full sum of only US$5,000. This was what he said in August 2019, “Any amount over $5,000 will be…

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