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LPP Casts Doubt On Budget 2022 -Says Figures Were Manipulated, Wants Them Scrutinize

For Immediate Release   Barely days after the national budget of $785,587,340.00 which is about $272 M more than the $513M projected in June 2021 for the fiscal year 2022 as per the revenue component was submitted to the House of Representatives by President George Manneh Weah through the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr and awaiting passage into law, the Liberian People’s Party(LPP) has issued a release expressing doubt about the success of Budget 2022 by challenging how the government in the first place came…

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Lawmakers, who are furious with the Speaker’s action, have been holding closed door discussions to plan his removal. Over the weekend, more than 22 of them gathered in the Port City of Buchanan to begin making their move – the kind that will involve massive political maneuvering and bickering. This is expected to be a long haul and probably a redux of past incidents that also saw the removal of two very influential House Speakers – Edwin Snowe and Alex Tyler. Public Policy 

Liberian Legislators accused of bribery to Ratify the Mineral Development Agreement

  Former Nimba County Superintendent Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh alleges here that lawmakers of Nimba have received bribes from mining company Arcelor Mittal to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement signed between the company and the Government of Liberia. Under an $800 million agreement, ArcelorMittal Liberia is seeking additional years which will enable them to operate after completion of their first 25 years signed with the Government of Liberia in 2005 but came into operation in 2006. House of Representatives Thursday, December 16, 2021, ratified the Mineral Development Agreement with the government.…

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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. Tiawan Gongloe’s Acceptance and Declaration Speech For the Liberian Presidency

  Distinguished platform guests,  Officials and members of the Liberian People’s Party, LPP, Members and officers of Team Gongloe Liberia and USA, Members and officers of Team Gongloe Global, Members and officers of Friends of Gongloe, Members and officers of Wings of Gongloe, Officials and members of other political parties, Chiefs and elders of Nimba County, Bong County and other counties, The youth organizations, union of motor cyclists, The Market women, The business community,  The Christian and Muslim communities, our traditional zoes, The Struggling Health Workers, Teachers, and other civil…

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“GOL Undermines Equity in GLASCO for BAO CHICO” -LPP, Says GOL Pocketed $5M Kickback

  For Immediate Release The Liberia People’s Party (LPP) has said it now has in its possession the reality of a deal of five hundred million United States (USD500, 000,000) dollars shrouded in secrecy and subterfuge, ratified by the Liberian Senate and awaiting obvious concurrence by the House of Representatives (notwithstanding the inconsequential showmanship of technicality being perpetrated by that Body) as reported in the media. In providing a foundation of its analysis on the transaction, the party quoted Samuel D. Tweah Jr, Minister of Finance and Development Planning inter…

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LPP Differs With ‘IMF Rosy Economic Performance Under Weah’ -Wants To Know Liberia’s Success Story Under IMF Since 1962

  For Immediate Release   The Liberia People’s Party(LPP) has said that a staff (unidentified) at the Washington, D.C. Offices of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) disagreed with allegations made by the party that the IMF is wittingly and unwittingly aiding and abetting President George Weah Administration to steal government money. The staff, according to the party, reacting to the story published by The Analyst newspaper of Liberia, advised LPP to focus on corruption and forget about Liberia’s Gross National Domestic Products (GDP). He claimed that the increase from USD…

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Southern Africa: SADC Youths Slam Regional Leaders for Eswatini Crisis

Youths have slammed Southern Africa Development Committee (SADC) leaders for failing to act decisively on the eSwatini political crisis. Lately, eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has been witnessing the largest anti-government protests since it became independent from British rule 53 years ago. In a statement, young people under the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) banner have called on regional leaders to hear out their plea for an immediate intervention aimed at averting political unrest in the eSwatini Kingdom. “We condemn SADC leaders’ failure to announce a Regional position on…

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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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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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