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And Why Is the Legislature Mute Over The Passport Saga?

  Robert Moncio Kpadeh The current passport scandal has grave national security implications. It is disgraceful, to state the least. It tarnishes our country’s already checkered image— in no small way. It is now making headline rounds on international news. It has brought the entire nation and all that it beholds to utter disrepute. It poses an existential threat to regional and international security. Trouble is afoot in the land. In the face of this national quagmire and disdain brought upon the nation by the Executive and its corrupt agents,…

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Speaking further she noted that as a campaigner for more women participation in national politics, she was convinced that this is the right time for her to stand up and make her dream and vision a reality. The Women Movement of Liberia’s President is the latest to join the Montserrado County Senatorial race that has already been touted by political observers as a two-horse race between the incumbent Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) and Rep. Thomas P. Fallah of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). Public Policy 

NDC candidate Cecelia Siaway Teah banks on womens’ support in senate bid

The President of the Women Movement of Liberia, Cecelia Siaway-Teah has declared her intention to contest as a senatorial candidate in the impending special senatorial elections of December 8, 2020. At a news conference in Paynesville, Madam Siaway-Teah said her decision to join the race comes after series of consultation with the Youth and elders, women groups, religious organizations and thousands of her supporters across the county. Teah is a candidate on the ticket of the National Democratic Coalition, a pan African Progressive political institution, and Liberia’s social democratic party.…

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“We are going to introduce a curriculum and teaching material and we will definitely take advantage of the relationship that we have with other partner states who already use the language,” the minister said, according to CTGN Africa. Minister Uwacu elaborated that the Presidential order will give the details on when the language will be incorporated in school curriculum. Meanwhile South Africa is also introducing Swahili into its schools, also. Public Policy 

Botswana is introducing Swahili language into its schools

Staff Report Botswana aims to introduce Swahili language in the southern African country’s local schools, a senior official said Tuesday. At a language teaching workshop in Francistown, Botswana’s second-largest city, Fidelis Molao, Botswana’s Minister of Basic Education, said that the Swahili language will be introduced in schools in the future. Swahili is a Bantu language widely spoken in the Great Lakes region and other parts of eastern and south-eastern Africa including Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and parts of Malawi. If introduced, Swahili will be…

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Given this position of the LNBA, our presence here today is not an approval of the reason for which we were cited, for the Constitution does not require such. We are here because the failure of a lawyer to appear and perform any service required by the Court is contemptuous. Personally, I should be in a joyous mood and celebrating for the elevation of Justice Kaba, as my former student during his undergraduate studies at the University of Liberia in the 1980s. But, I cannot because another former student of mine, Justice Ja’neh was removed unconstitutionally. Officially, as president of the LNBA, I cannot celebrate because to do so will be contrary to the official position of the LNBA. Public Policy 

‘LACC Chairman Nwabudike Presiding over Pro-Corruption Conference’

    The President of the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA), an umbrella body of all lawyers in the country, has termed as ‘pro-corruption’ the ongoing National Anti-Corruption Conference (NACC), organized by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), thereby asking development partners not to attend it. Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe said, because the   Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Nbudusi Nwabudike, himself a lawyer allegedly obtained his Liberian citizenship and so, any conference organized by Nwabudike is a product of corruption, fraud, deception, and misrepresentation. The NACC got underway yesterday, Wednesday, September 16,  at…

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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 

Reliving the Spirit of Pan Africanism

    The saying “all for one and one for all” is a familiar slogan all over the world but it doesn’t resonate that well amongst Africans. It is viewed as more of an ideal than a principle and it is fair to say that Pan-Africanism was seen from that same perspective. Pan-Africanism is the principle or advocacy for the political union of all indigenous inhabitants of Africa. It has since become a worldwide movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and diaspora ethnic…

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Dr. Nyan is winner of the 2017 African Innovation Prize for Social Impact and also awarded a Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his invention of the rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test, which can simultaneously detect and identify multiple infections, including Coronaviruses (COVID-19). He has been providing COVID-19 pandemic preparedness advice to the Liberian government and awareness in Africa and laboratory diagnostic training webinar to West African laboratory personnel. Public Policy 

“Persecute and Castrate Convicted Rapists Molesting our Mothers, Daughters, Sisters” — says Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan to GoL

    Contributed By Maron Gullid WASHINGTON, DC August 18, 2020 – In a recent interview by Monrovia’s Power9 TV-FM, infectious disease scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan has said that Liberia’s Justice Minister, Cllr. Musa Dean, should “concentrate on persecuting the high number of rape cases in the country.” Dr. Nyan later told reporters that “laws should be enacted so that if convicted with scientific and other convincing evidence, the convicted rapists should be punished by castration, long jail time and counseling to deter rape and the prolific child molestation…

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“The composition of the EMB (Electoral Members Board) should be representative of the society. . . Consideration should be given to appointing independent persons known within the society for their integrity. It is recommended that the chair of the commission should be a person who holds or has held high judicial office (a high court or supreme court judge). That is the practice in several countries. (Taken from the Southern African Development Community’s “Principles for Election Management, Monitoring, and Observation in the SADC Region”, as adopted by SADC in Johannesburg 2003.) Public Policy 

Open Letter to Piso Saydee Tarr: Your Ministry don’t even have a website, what a shame!

Dear Piso, Madame Leymah Gbowee is not the first to question the total lack of action from the Ministry of Gender.  Child rights advocate Satta Sheriff did this in April 2020 and Akiah Glay echoed the same concerns in July of this year. Piso Tarr, conveniently you have kept silent. Liberians do not need a defensive tit -for-tat.  What we need is an explanation as to why in this horrific environment the Ministry of Gender Budget for Children and Social protection has been reduced from $535,064 to $519,564. We need…

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AFP---At least four people have been killed in clashes in Ivory Coast as hundreds took to the streets following President Alassane Ouattara's decision to run for a third term this October. Three people were killed in the central town of Daoukro in clashes between Ouattara supporters and backers of rival candidate Henri Konan Bedie, a security source and witnesses said. Public Policy 

`Third Termism` In Africa And Its Socio-Economic Impact on continental politics

Good governance often encourages development. To have the economy perform at its optimum level, there is a need for an enabling political environment which is compounded by a happy, healthy society. Democracy and governance often thrive if there is respect for the rule of law from the executive trickling down. Any constitutional republic has its soul in the supreme law of the land – the constitution. Respect and upholding the constitution is critical for the healthy functioning of any democratic nation. It is thus detrimental to development and governance of…

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The African Union and regional bodies like ECOWAS seem to be Africa's problems on this continent, because not until African countries begin to go up in flames do they start to intervene. These are early warning signs of conflicts, and something genuine needs to be done. The Ecowas and the AU will sit and keep an arms-length against these deteriorating situations in Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Gambia and many of the regional countries. In Togo, the President there is also seeking to change the constitution to extend his term, yet African leaders are quiet. Where is the leadership and voice of our continental powers: Nigeria, South Africa, and Ethiopia? Public Policy 

It’s time for the African Union to put a stop to ‘third-termism’ now!

The AU needs to take action against the Guinean president’s attempt to change the constitution and extend his rule. Two issues have dominated the attention of the African Union (AU) in the last weeks: the upheaval in Sudan and the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area. In the midst of these, a brewing crisis in Guinea seems to have skipped attention. Guinean President Alpha Conde, the West African country’s first democratically elected leader, who is currently serving his second five-year term, is supposed to leave office in 2020 under the…

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Ellen Chimz from Harare said she was happy to hear the apology. She explained why she participated in the booing of Ramaphosa. "We are very angry about what South Africans are doing; we must unite, not kill one another. We are human beings like them," she said. "They must not kill people like dogs," added Chimz. Another Harare native, Malik Mperieki, dismissed the apology, raising concern over the lives of roughly 20% of the Zimbabwean nation who have headed south seeking better opportunities amid a struggling economy and a battle to find good employment. Public Policy 

The African Union’s crisis of legitimacy: Africans are concerned

  If it cannot address systematic human rights abuses on the continent, what really is the purpose of the African Union? On May 29, just four days after George Floyd’s death in police custody, African Union Commission’s Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat issued a scorching statement condemning the Black man’s “murder … at the hands of law enforcement officers” and reaffirmed “the African Union’s rejection of the continuing discriminatory practices against Black citizens of the United States of America”. A few weeks earlier in April, following the news of the Chinese…

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