“Mnangagwa’s government has used the cover of Covid-19 to unleash an unprecedented attack on individual freedoms by arresting journalists like Hopewell Chinono, whose only crime was exposing corruption, and using force to stop citizens from exercising their right to protest. “What Zimbabweans do not need at the moment is Ramaphosa using the ANC’s solidarity with ZANU-PF to engineer an international cover-up of Zimbabwe’s escalating political and economic crisis. ‘Quiet diplomacy’ should never be allowed to turn into ‘Cover-up Diplomacy’.”  Culled/James Richardson/The South African Public Policy 

South African President Ramaphosa accused of sending biased envoys to Zimbabwe

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to withdraw his appointment of Baleka Mbete and Sydney Mufamadi as Special envoys to Zimbabwe. The DA’s Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Darren Bergman has accused Mbete and Mufamadi of holding a political bias towards the ZANU-PF-led regime in Zimbabwe. DA CALLS FOR A RECALL OF ‘BIASED’ ZIMBABWE ENVOYS Bergman says that the two special envoys will be achieve little in their roles except to assist the regime in Zimbabwe in covering up atrocities. “Failure to withdraw these…

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The Naked Political Violence In The Streets Of Zimbabwe Must Stop!

Editorial ________ The Liberian Listener condemns in no uncertain terms the brutality that is being meted against the peaceful peoples of Zimbabwe under the iron claw government of the ZANU-PF government led by dictator Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa, alias the crocodile, a man known for his reckless bloody fist!   A foot soldier of the last ruler and dictator, Robert Mugabe, Emmerson was instrumental in carrying out the “Gukurahundi massacres against dissidents in Ndebele dominated regions which were carried out by the Zimbabwe National Army from early 1983 to late 1987”…

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In different tweets on Monday, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) kingpin Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Thuli Madosela and musicians AKA and Casper Nyovest, suggested that the South African government and other nations should intervene to stop the arrest and human rights violations. News 

EFF Malema calls for the removal of Zimbabwe Embassy in SA over violence

    Some opposition leaders, top musicians and other South Africans have urged the Zimbabwean government to stop arresting civic society activists and opponents suspected to have organized an anti-corruption protest last Friday. In different tweets on Monday, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance Mmusi Maimane, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) kingpin Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Thuli Madosela and musicians AKA and Casper Nyovest, suggested that the South African government and other nations should intervene to stop the arrest and human rights violations. In his tweet, EFF leader Julius Sello Matema said,…

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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 

In Zwedru City, Mr. George Weah is yet to condemn the thuggery

By Robert Moncio Kpadeh No doubt, a country ruled by a band of psychopaths and sociopaths is a sick country and the actions and inactions from its irritant officials will always be dumb, preposterous, obnoxious, abrasive and annoying. Below is the incendiary comment written and posted by George Weah’s mad, reckless and toxic Deputy Information Minister Eugene L. Fahgon in reaction to the unfortunate episode that transpired in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh county yesterday morning — where a group of hooligans believed to be induced by Superintendent Kai Farley a dreadful…

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“It’s unfortunate that he (Cummings) will say that as a political leader of an institution. For Hon. Cummings to say I came forcibly asking him out of the county-that is not true. It was something that was suggested by the Deputy Police commander in the county in the presence of Hon. Cummings. Hon. Cummings even asked me, but what’s your suggestion? And I told him that based upon the advice of the Joint Security; I think that this is something that we should go by.” A leaked audio in the possession of FPA shows Supt. Farley in a heated exchange, giving mandate to Rep. Kolubah and Mr. Cummings to depart the county. Report FPA/Obediah Johnson. Read full report here Public Policy 

Supt. Kai Farley Chased Opposition ANC leader out of Grand Gedeh County!

    Grand Gedeh County Superintendent Kai Farley has disclosed that the Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), Mr. Alexander Benedict Cummings and his entourage, including Montserrado County Representative Yekeh Kolubah, surreptitiously entered into the county without the consent of the local authorities and security apparatus. Speaking to FrontPageAfrica late Thursday, Mr. Farley said Mr. Cummings and Representative Kolubah failed to notify his office, and security actors about their arrival in line with what leaders of other political parties normally do whenever they pay a visit to Grand Gedeh.…

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I wonder why the government hasn't issued a statement condemning such wicked and uncivilized conduct. Has this not been brought to the attention of Mr. George Weah and his national security brass? I also wonder why the Religious Council hasn't said a word yet. And I wonder why the International Partners and the U.S. Embassy haven't uttered a word regarding this horrifying episode. We are watching it! Op-ed 

The Shameful Echo of Violence from Zwedru, Grand Gedeh Co.

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh   What happened in the city of Zwedru a few hours ago can be best described as an act of savagism and thuggery, to say the least. This is downright wrong and with the greatest emphasis, I condemn such bellicose, nefarious, and uncouth conduct by some mad and unscrupulous elements within the City of Zwedru, Grand Gedeh county. It must be made crystal clear that such hooliganism has no link to the character and conscience of the resilient people of Grand Gedeh county. May I…

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However, a somersaulting move, the Labor Congress on April 30, again wrote Atty. Woods: “We are constrained to inform you that the Liberia Labour Congress has decided to withdraw the invitation extended to you to serve as Keynote Speaker on the 2019 International Labour Day Program due to some circumstances.” The letter which was signed the Chairman of the Labour Congress, Hannah M. Karbo, did not give reasons for the reconsideration of their decision. Public Policy 

Law Society Recalls Tragic Lessons, Cautions Weah’s Government

Press Release Monrovia – The Liberia Law Society declares as unwarranted, wrong, unacceptable and unnecessary the use of force against peaceful protesters on January 6, 2020 and declares that this signals a reversal in the minimum gains made in consolidating our democratic culture and peace. The Liberia Law Society also supports the position of the Independent Human Rights Commission, The Human Rights Platform and the Inter-religious Council. No government must believe that economic progress and infrastructural development are substitutes for the full enjoyment and happiness of its citizens’ desire to…

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The political consciousness of the masses, like every phenomenon in the development of nature is not stagnant but in constant flux and is subject to change as they interact with the material world. The forces in tension initially created molecular changes below the surface of the Liberian farce. These changes were not seen with the naked eyes. But now the contradictions have reached a nodal point. They have pierced through the surface and created a seismic shift in the consciousness of the people, producing a qualitative change out of quantitative change. Before the outcome of the by-elections in Montserrado County, this change first expressed itself in the June 7 Protest when thousands of Liberians took to the streets to protest against the economic hardship and unbridled incompetence and corruption of the Weah government. The masses who about two years ago sang as a battle hymn “move on the road the country giant coming again” are now lamenting “George Weah da rogue, we will talk it.” A man once called a “darling black President” is now referred to as a “Generational Traitor”. Things have turn into the opposite. To paraphrase the words of Alan Woods, the illusion in George Weah has evaporated like a drop of water on hot stove. Op-ed 

United States Congressman Brands Monrovia’s Mayor Koigee “Thuggish”

  The Editor,   The Real Narrative (“The Thuggish Mayor Jefferson T. Koijee)”. In Defense of Its stray Mayor, the Government of Liberia Response to Congressman Smith is Scapegoating. The GOL response to Congressman Smith’s Statement on the state of affairs in Liberia is extremely embarrassing, marked with fallacies and represent boldface lies from the pit of hell and belly of Satan. The letter from the government lacks tangible specifics and to a great deal confirms the accusations made against the government by the Congressman. Looking critically at the regime’s…

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“We made rescue calls all over to no avail since they blocked the road. Besides the few men who were trying to defend us, we were stuck inside for over an hour and a half,” the candidate explained. Ms. Urey said she and her team made several attempts to leave the office but it was just impossible, although she laments that the police were standing right there. She explained that one of the attackers even got in the building with a knife and almost stabbed her. “They completely damaged the roof of the building. At the end, they even brought gas to burn the place down. When I smelled the gas, I didn’t think we were going to make it.” News 

Opposition politician Urey attacked, escapes death in Monrovia

    Monrovia – Ms. Telia Urey, candidate in the disputed District No. 15 Representatives elections is speaking out for the first time since a bloody attack Saturday which led to the damage of her bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser and injuries to she and several of her supporters who had gone to visit the headquarters of another candidate in the recently held elections. Speaking to FrontPageAfrica Saturday, Ms. Urey explained she and some members of her campaign team were in a meeting with Kelvin Bayoh’s team when the attack commenced.…

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If one were to couple the mayor’s statements with recent acts of violence, this would lead to a decision by the ICC to open an investigation into violence in Liberia because it falls within the category of crimes against humanity which will lead to future prosecutions of state-supported atrocities. Failure by the President of Liberia to forcefully and publicly reject and sanction the mayor may be deemed as silent support of Koijee. Public Policy 

Jefferson Koijee Risks Prosecution by the ICC for Election Related Violence

    Washington–– Liberia is slowly inching towards state-sponsored terrorism and violence against its citizens. Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stated, ‘when passions run high during elections, and people do not act with restraint, this may lead to large-scale crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. In such a case, the office of the prosecutor will not hesitate to act under the criteria defined by the Rome Statute. She went on to say, “Political leaders are equally obliged to ensure that the electoral process…

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