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According to Nyei who is a doctoral researcher at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Liberia currently has one of the oldest constitutions in Africa and the only country on the continent that has not done any substantial review or reform of its constitution since 1986 despite the numerous political crisis and the apparent dysfunctionality of the constitution. He pointed out that countries that experience violent civil wars and political crises normally seek to address their problems through broader constitutional reform with the aim of promoting political participation and inclusive democratic governance. Public Policy 

Liberian Scholar Wants Political Decentralization

  London–– Liberian Scholar Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei has called for a robust constitutional reform to allow for the full implementation of the Local Government Act and sustain gains made towards decentralization reform in Liberia. Addressing the 2019 conference of the Liberian Studies Association in Chicago, Mr. Nyei noted that some gains were made towards decentralization over the last 12 years, such as the establishment of county councils, the passage of the Local Government Act, and the establishment of county service centers, but the gains cannot be sustained without firm entrenchment…

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Senators Yallah And Paye Expelled

    The National Democratic Coalition (NDC) of Liberia has condemned the unconstitutional removal of Associate Justice kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh by the Legislature of the Republic of Liberia. The NDC believes that the action of the legislature was unconstitutional and illegally executed with the cooperation of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. Such illegal and unconstitutional action has severely undermined the independence of the Judiciary and degraded the national legislature. Also, such illegal removal of Associate Justice Ja’neh has the propensity to induce lawlessness and provoke illegal or unsolicited attacks on the…

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The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is calling for superintendents, commissioners and town chiefs to be elected. News Op-ed Public Policy 

Senator Gble-Gbo Brown Wants Elections for Superintendents

    Monrovia –The Local Government Act, along with several other bills, has lingered in the corridors of the Legislature for a long while now with hope that one day they will be passed into law by members of the legislature. The Local Government Act is aimed at decentralizing the Liberian government’s operations. The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is…

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And this latest outburst from Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee against journalist Rodney Sieh, appears to signal what some have described as growing intolerance on the part of this government in regard to freedom of expression News Public Policy 

Media under assault in Liberia, Koigee attacks FPA editor

    Barely a month after President George M. Weah branded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) stringer Jonathan Paye-Layleh as “one of those who were against” his peace advocacy, Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee, has upped the ante, with a blistering attack on the  Managing Editor of the FrontPage Africa newspaper in Monrovia.Mr. Koijee is one of the staunch (loyal) members of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and also Youth League chair of CDC. Mayor Koijee lambasted Rodney D. Sieh for what he termed as unprofessional attacks on the…

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The President then mandated all heads of autonomous agencies of government, public corporations and state-owned enterprises are mandated to fully cooperate with my above-named advisor and provide him with any and all information, documents and support requested. News Public Policy 

Charles Bright’s appointment Ruffling International Feathers

  Report by Rodney D. Sieh Monrovia, FPA – Dr. Fred van der Kraaij, a retired career Dutch diplomat and author says the world must pay keen attention to Liberia following the elevation last week of Mr. Charles Bright to a full Cabinet-level position in the George Weah-led government. The world must watch closely what’s happening in Liberia, former European Union diplomat issues caution after elevation of former Charles Taylor’s ally to cabinet-level post  A letter from President Weah dated March 8, 2018 bestowed unlimited power and access to the…

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While President Weah has appointed most of his side friends to lucrative positions in the public sector, similarly, VP Jewel Howard Taylor has influenced the appointment of her family relations and her close associate, Mobutu V. Nyenpan to another lucrative position in the government. The government is fast turning into a club of friendship. Both VP Jewel Howard Taylor and President Weah are turning the new administration into a Club based on FRIENDSHIP. Public Policy 

Will President Weah ever declare his assets, now?

  President Weah, your compliance with the LACC means a lot The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has challenged President-elect George Weah to take the lead in declaring his assets as he takes over the country next Monday. Our Reporter Alvin Worzi, in the Jan. 17th edition of this newspaper, quoted Acting Chairman Augustus Toe of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) emphasizing that it is important that the President-elect tells the Liberian people his financial worth upon taking office. Chairman Toe added that President Weah’s declaration will encourage other officials to…

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Zambia: Citing corruption foreign minister resigns

I HAVE RESIGNED There comes a time in a person’s life when it becomes necessary to die to self for the good of others and if not for that reason, at least to stand for one’s cherished ideals and values. I have just dropped my resignation letter as Foreign Affairs Minister with President Edgar Lungu – a position I have cherished and held for over 4 years. I have taken my decision to resign as Foreign Affairs Minister with a heavy heart but quite succinctly with a clear and resolved…

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Legacy: How Corruption Ruined the Legacy of the Johnson Sirleaf

No one could have predicted on January 16, 2006, the day the Ellen Johnson Administration came to power that ten years later, it would arguably be the most corrupt in my country’s history. Surveys based upon citizens’ perception regularly name the country as the most corrupt in Africa. Going beyond anecdotal evidence of corruption from the perception of citizens, the worsening economic conditions brought about by Ebola and exogenous factors such as volatility in commodities markets that have seen drastic slashes in the prices of the nation’s two (rubber and…

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Pres. Addo: Africans are not beggars, wants trade not aid

Africa should move beyond aid handouts that have failed to bring growth and prosperity and move to an era of mutual respect with Western countries, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana said. Akufo-Addo made this known in a speech to the Royal African Society. He said aid to his nation from donor countries was unsustainable and harmful to both sides.”We do not want to remain the beggars of the world, we do not want to be dependent on charity,” he said in a speech in London, setting out a vision for…

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Cllr. Brumskine respond to Amb Greenfield: 10% have rights

  Press Release As Liberians experience an unprecedented legal case which seeks redress for election grievances through the law rather than the barrel of the gun, many are fast becoming fatigued by the legal process. This is understandable because we have not experienced such a process, neither have our civic stamina been so tested. What is not understandable are remarks attributed to former US Ambassador to Liberia, Dr. Linda Thomas Greenfield, which gives the impression that the legal case is a letdown to Liberians and it has been led by…

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