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Monrovia
ong before the Supreme Court put the brakes
on campaign and political activities leading
to this years senatorial elections, the deadly
Ebola virus appeared to have taken a backseat
to politics.
The virus which has so far claimed some 7,244 lives
in West Africa, according to the latest World Health
Organization (WHO) numbers, has Liberia in the drivers
seat accounting for the lion's share with 4,181 deaths
since the outbreak hit in March.
To date a total of 16,169 people had been infected with
Ebola and 6,928 of these had died in the three countries
at the centre of the outbreak - Sierra Leone, Guinea and
Liberia according to the WHO. Health workers have
been among the worst hit, with 340 deaths out of 592
cases.
Liberias next door neighbor, Sierra Leone, which
according to the WHO was still seeing a rapid spread of
Ebola in many parts of the country, reported 1,461 deaths
from 6,802 cases. This was 63 deaths and 203 cases more
than reported on November 26.
Guinea, where the outbreak began nearly a year ago,
meanwhile counted 1,284 deaths out of 2,123 cases. This
was 24 deaths and 11 cases more than reported earlier.
Mali has reported eight confirmed cases, with six proving
fatal.
Nigeria, which had reported eight Ebola deaths, and
Senegal, which saw only one case, had recorded no new
cases for 57 days. Both countries have now been declared
Ebola-free.
In Liberia which has seen a drastic decline in recent
weeks have been struggling to deal with the issue of
complacency complicated by a senatorial election
campaign period which has broken all the rules of what
to do to avoid infection from the virus.
In past few days, since the National Elections Commission
lifted the lid on campaign activities a number of incidents
at two campaign-related events have led many to wonder
whether Liberia is prematurely uncorking the champagne
bottle in anticipation of an early celebration.
At the PHP Community last Wednesday, rival supporters
of football legend George Weah of the Congress for
Democratic Change and Robert Sirleaf an independent
candidate and son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
came face to face in the PHP community. Cars were
vandalized and supporters from both camps sustained
injuries as the two rival groups threw stones at each other
and chanted slogans of war.
Both Weah and Sirleaf have traded blame for the incident.
Sirleaf declared: The perpetrators of this wanton act
of violence must be brought to justice. Our campaign
journey will remain a peaceful one throughout the entire
democratic process, as we have faith in the good people
of Montserrado County whom deserve a positive future.
Eight New Cases at ELWA 2

Rodney D. Sieh, rodney.sieh@frontpageafricaonline.com


In Jenewonde, Grand Cape Mount
County, one of the many hotspots of
Ebola, the situation remains dire. The
needed help is yet to arrive and though
the death rate has decreased, residents
of the town fear that there might be a
surge if nothing is done to move the sick
out quickly.
Weah and the CDC in turn blamed Sirleafs supporters
for starting the fracas.
The next two days, supporters of Weah and the CDC took
to the streets in massive numbers as the football legend
officially launched his Senatorial bid.
But concerns have been pouring in regarding the safety
and risks the congestions of a large number of people
is having on the efforts the international community
exerting to fight Ebola in the country.
The fears are compounded amid new reports Sunday
that eight new cases were tested positive at the ELWA
II facility run by Dr. Jerry Brown. Brown confirmed to
FrontPageAfrica Sunday that all eight suspected cases
brought to the facility Saturday evening tested positive
for the virus. The suspected cases all came from central

Monrovia reportedly around the Camp Johnson Road


area.
Political Campaigners mock Ebola fight
The cases come amid scenes of jubilation last Friday at the
launch of Weahs senatorial bid. Weahs supporters could
be seen wearing the Ebola protective gears provided by
MSF to household in case of any eventuality.
The kits are being kept for household in case someone
became sick to be used in helping to transport ailing
relatives, friends and loved ones before the arrival of
medical practitioners.
In recent times the Liberia national Red Cross has
frowned on the nationwide campaign for the special
senatorial election.
Supporters of Weah were seen in large numbers on
Friday, around Monrovia and immediate environs making
movement difficult for pedestrians and vehicles.
As Weah paraded from the Congo headquarter of the
CDC to the densely populated Paynesville suburb, the
crowd grew larger with the vehicles in which Weah was
riding unable to move due to the influx of people along
the main road.
Under the blazing sun, people could not avoid contact
with each other with the heat forcing some to remove
their shirts due to sweating, thereby resulting to breaking
all the safety rules-touching of sweat of one another and
making physical contacts.
Some supporters could be seen walking barefooted with
their foot-wears in their hands. Others even mock the
fight against Ebola, wearing the Ebola protective gears.
Other Liberians took their concern over the risks posed by
congestion due to political campaigning to the Supreme
Court, as highlighted in a writ of prohibition filed to the
high Court against the holding of the senatorial election.
Associate Justice Phillip A.Z. Banks agreed, Issuing
a Peremptory Writ of Prohibition after the conduct of
a conference with the parties, and thereafter impose
other imperative ex parte remedial actions on NEC
and the Ministry of Justice to revert to Article 1 of the
1986 Constitution to determine the date of the Special
Senatorial Election in such a manner as will not disturb
the status and standing of the Government, but will
instead preserve the constitutional legitimacy of the
Government.
The suit was filed by the Concerned Group of Eminent
Citizens, the Movement For Progressive Change (MPC)
and Leaders of Political Parties and Civil Society
Organizations (CGEC) by and thru its Spokespersons
Blamoh Nelson and J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, John Ballon,
Milton and Nathaniel Barnes, l of the City of Monrovia,
Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia


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As the high court ponders the fate of the senatorial elections,


political observers and international stakeholders are
keenly watching the unfolding developments.
Still Dire in Jenewonde, Grand Cape Mount County

The petitioners prayed the high court to issue an


Alternative Writ of Prohibition against theNational
Elections Commission and electoral magistrates.
According to the petitioners the power to elect officials
is inherent in the people and as such holding election in
the wake of a major health crisis poses serious risk to the
population.
The petitioners contend that National Elections
Commission has not presented any documentary
evidence of the consultations it claimed it had conducted
leading up to the holding of the elections. Considering
the significance and implication of the issue at hand,
the petitioners argued that NEC needs to present signed
evidence (Resolutions) that majority of stakeholders
have, with dispute agreed to holding of elections on
December 16, 2014. In the absence of such evidence,
Petitioners prays this Honorable Court to prohibit NEC
from conduction elections on assumptions.
According to NEC, the health community of Liberia,
including the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the
US Centers for Disease Control and the World Health
Organization prefers to emphasize the fight to end the
Ebola crisis.
The petitioners are challenging the legality and propriety
of the elections currently being conducted by NEC and
prayed the Supreme Court to take judicial note without
contention stating that said Actions pose no traversable
issues for trial.

The petitioners contend that the request of the President


to suspend Article-1 of the Constitution and to rephrase
the language of said Article to read The President may,
by proclamation, alter the period and manner provided
for under the constitution of elections, by which the
people cause their public servants to leave office or to
fill vacancies, amounts to an attempt to abrogate the
Article and usurp all the power inherent in the people.
The petitioners also contend that the President did not
only seek to suspend or restrict rights of the people under
the Articles of concern in Action-9, she re-phrased the
language of these acts to allow her assume extra powers.
Petitioners pray this Court to declare the Presidents
action as inconsistent with her oath of office.
The petitioners contend that the NEC in its report of
November 3, 2014, to the Legislature, failed to present
any documentary evidence that, indeed, the Liberian
stakeholders consulted did in fact agreed to the holding of
election on December 16, 2014 , stating that documentary
evidence cannot be disputed.
The petitioners said they are challenging the elections
commission to produce the Resolution(s) from the
consultations duly signed to prove the fact of the
general conclusion(s) reached; failing which, Petitioners
prays this Honorable Supreme Court to declared 1ST
RESPONDENT assertions doubtful and not sufficient
to support certainty, considering the legal and historical
magnitude of the issue at hand.

While much of Monrovia appear resigned to being


contend that the worst of the Ebola outbreak is behind,
fears of complacency is being expressed within diplomatic
circles even as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf express
optimism that the virus would be eliminated by Christmas
or at least the new Year, a declaration U.S. Ambassador
to Liberia Deborah Malac recently suggested in a USA
Today interview as wishful thinking. "Let's be realistic

Malac
said. "It's very hard for human beings to bear down
and focus so intensely over an extremely long period of
time. It becomes difficult. It's hard on people."
Kevin DeCock, head of a Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention team also cautioned recently that while
the epidemic has eased in Liberia, it is far from over as
nearby Sierra Leone and Guinea remain in the thick of
the disease.
In Jenewonde, Grand Cape Mount County, one of the
many hotspots of Ebola, the situation remains dire. The
needed help is yet to arrive and though the death rate has
decreased, residents of the town fear that there might be
a surge if nothing is done to move the sick out quickly.
A team of FrontPageAfrica reporters who visited the
area Sunday found fifty persons including children
and pregnant women, under quarantine, complaining
of no food to feed them, a recurring theme in most
parts of the country lagging behind despite a massive
pouring of international goodwill. As the world respond
to an SOS from Liberia and other countries hit by the
outbreak, nagging issues like these and those involving
healthcare workers benefit and starvation in quarantined
areas remain as burning an issue as one would expect,
competing for the highlight reels. So is Ebola, a deadly
virus, which for now appear to be lost in a sea of political
intrigue amid lingering uncertainty over the fate of an
endgame in post-war Ebola-hit Liberia.

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FrontPage COMMENTARY
EDITORIAL A FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM FACING LIBERIA
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Commentary

GIVE BEACH

The Presidents Quest for Mismatched Manpower


John S. Morlu, II, Contributing Writer, Contributing Writer

OWNERS A BREAK
Governments Regulations to keep entertainment
spots shut must be enforced across the board, not
just the few lacking access to powers

SHUTTING DOWN beaches to curb Ebola is a good thing; so


too is the shutting down entertainment centers or discouraging
gatherings of people.
IN A YEAR Liberia appears to be moving ahead with senatorial
elections in spite of a Supreme Court order putting a hold on
further political and campaigning activities, nothing can be
taken for granted.
THE DECISION by the Government of Liberia to shut down
beaches on November 29th, inarguably the biggest holiday in
Liberia today, was greeted favorably by a majority of Liberians
and even beach owners and owners of entertainment centers
within the proximity of beaches.
THE ORDER READS: Ebola can be spread through bodily
contact. Avoid going to the Beaches until Liberia is declare
Ebola free. LNP says keep all beaches closed. Ebola is real and
it kills, LNP says Ebola is real, prevent it by keeping all beaches
closed Nov. 29th and beyond. Help protect yourself and your
family members lives.
THE ORDER MAKES sense for beaches to be closed on the
29th but we agree with the beach owners that there be some
leverage in terms of having the beaches open on weekdays to
enable them to keep up with their payments to the banks, pay
employees and feed their families.
WHAT MANY beach owners appear not to be in agreement with
is the fact that the order does not seem to be across the board.
LARTAY SWEN BATTIE, an owner of a beach business
in Mamba Point is one of several beach owners pointing out
disagreements with the governments decision and accusing
authorities of picking and choosing which businesses within
close proximity of the beaches to shut down. The government
has said we should lock down our businesses until Ebola leaves
Liberia when we are not the only ones who have activities going
on. If you go to Lela Browne, a club next door to Mamba Point
Hotel, you will see that it is opened from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and
if you go to Mamba point hotel bar, it is open and people are
enjoying. Does it mean Ebola cannot go to these places? This
law is only for the poor people who cannot fight the government.
Or is it because I am not Lela Brown or Mamba Point or Cape
Hotel? The government has shares in most of these hotels so
they are protecting their interest
BEACH OWNERS LIKE Battie make sense. The government
must never allow itself to appear that it is playing favorites
by keeping certain upscale or well-connected business
establishments to remain open while enforcing its might on
those less-connected businesses operated by those struggling to
make ends meet.
LIBERIA MUST prove that it can win the war against Ebola and
also ensure that ordinary Liberians are not deprived the right to
eat and feed their families.
THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS of Ebola has been
enormous and taking a toll on every Liberia, especially business
owners.
IT IS IMPORTANT that authorities meet business owners half
way on this all important issue. If beach owners are being told
to shut down until Ebola is out of our midst, then such an order
must go across the board.
WE CANNOT have a situation where the government has
a curfew in place from 12pm to 6am and certain businesses
are open and encouraging people to dance in a congested
environment exchanging fluids and sweats while others are
complying with the laws.
WE CERTAINLY cannot have a situation where beaches are
being told not to operate until Ebola is eliminated and some
upscale owners are getting a free pass.
THE LAWS must be enforced on all and not just a few, the laws
must not pick and choose and the law must ensure that while
we fight to beat Ebola, we must give each and every citizens the
confidence that the government is on their side and not solely
in existence for foreign nationals or those with access to the
powers that be.

llen Johnson Sirleaf wrote and spoke these


words on the eve of the 1997 Presidential
Elections against Charles G. Taylor:
Even though the Constitution calls for a
professional, non-partisan civil service apparatus, ours
has been a tradition of politicizing the civil service.
An efficient, well-functioning civil service requires a
cadre of competent technocrats insulated from political
interference to carry out the day-to-day functions of
government irrespective of whichever party is in power.
To accomplish this, the president, legislators, and other
elected officials have to resist the urge to treat the entire
bureaucracy as a spoil of war.
But today in 2014, it is the spoil of elections, a winner
takes all system of governance that rewards mediocrity
and misdirects the use of limited manpower, further
strangling productivity in Government.
And Sirleaf further said, Government is a sacred trust
and those in positions of trust must be competent. They
must be qualified. Nothing is more destructive to a good
government than having unqualified people making
important decisions.That was 1997.Let the Liberian
people be the judge in 2014. After reading her speech,
an American colleague said rhetorically, then she needs
to shut down her entire government if she really believes
that.
Anyway, I have listened to Liberians debate the issues
of qualifications and experience of various people
appointed and holding positions in Government. The
Liberian Government is noted for being the first choice
of employment for Liberians, not only because it
serves as the quickest and surest way to obtain wealth
overnight but also because there are not just many
opportunities for so many Liberians to earn an honest
living.
I believe the debate should not be just about an
individuals experience and education. While a persons
education and experience are important and can serve as
a guide for success in a particular position, we should
elevate the debate to a much higher level. Unfortunately,
even in the United States of America, there are graduates
from Ivy League Schools and people with more than
three decades of work experience who have succeeded
one position but failed miserably in another position.
I have spent some time crisscrossing between Silicon
Valley and Washington DC in the past two years
and have learned a few things. A client and I went to
San Francisco to pitch a disruptive technology to a
venture capital (VC) firm. Less than a minute into the
presentation, the first question the Panel asked was not
about the product, the valuation, TAM, SAM or SOM.
I had all these numbers jammed pack in my head and
was pretty ready. But then we got hit with this question:
What kind of a CEO will you hire for your company?
Like business school kids, we started to name all the
best CEOs in the world, from Lee Iacocca to Jack
Welch. This is one of things that hit you in the face when
you are least prepared. We have gone to the VC firm
highly recommended. But we flunked this question and
it was all over with.
The Chief of Staff in the VC firm suggested that we go
and read a book written by one of the partners. The book
is called The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building
a Business When There Are No Easy Answers. I went
downtown San Francisco and got the book. Instead of
reading cover to cover, I was so eager to get the answer
that I started to flip from page to page looking for the
answer. I finally found it on Chapter 5, page 119 in a
sub-text entitled Why Its Hard To Bring Big Company
Execs Into Little Companies.
The point of the chapter is basically warning against
mismatching talent and experience with the strength
of the position: a successful CEO at IBM could be an
unsuccessful CEO at a small company; and a successful
CEO running a big and established company might not
be a successful CEO at a start-up, a growing company,
a company in declining stage, or a company facing stiff
competition and in potential financial ruin, vice versa.
The author, Ben Horowitz, writes, Nothing will
accelerate your companys development like hiring

someone who has experience building a very similar


company at a larger scale. However, doing so is
fraught with peril. The basic advice is to look for the
right fit, and the right fit should be in line with Colin
Powells advice: Hire for strength rather than a lack
of weakness. Had we known better then, we could
have simply said, we want a CEO who has experience
building a start-up tech company and we could have
won with flying colors, all things being equaled. After
all, we were presenting a start-up tech company but we
wanted Jack Welch from GE to run it for us? This was
a classic mismatch: A big company man to run a small
start-up?
This brings me to Liberia, a well announced and
promoted fragile country on planet earth. I have been
doing some research and collecting anecdotal evidence
on the composition and structure of the current Liberian
Government. The goal is to put forth a defendable
position as to why this current government will not
improve the lives of Liberia or is unable to rebuild the
country.In that regard, I have also read the USAIDs
Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey which the
U.S. Embassy near Monrovia claimed was leaked to
FrontpageAfrica. This is a must read for any Liberian
interested in the current governance structure in Liberia.
I understand Liberians are too busy to read hundreds of
pages of documents, but again, this is a must read. In
fairness, the Liberia Governance Stakeholder Survey
does not present any new information but it just state
plainly how expanded and entrenched the political
patronage system is in todays Liberia and how such a
patronage system is obstructing and hindering progress
in Liberia.
The Government of Liberia has REPEATEDLY
classified Liberia as a FRAGILE country with minimal
or non-existing institutions. In the quest to get more and
more donor funding, the current Liberian Government
has over-argued that all institutions in Liberia need to be
REBUILD. Some have classified Liberias democracy
as being an infant, meaning it is like a start-up
company. But paradoxically, the current composition
of the Liberian Government does not support a desire
to reach middle income by 2030 nor rebuild a broken
society, this 167 years old infant democracy. See the
pattern of appointments by the current President which
has made this unworkable and unproductive structure
possible:
I am not going to Wikipedia or a dictionary to define
these attributes. I am going to state exactly how they
are in Liberia. Each Liberian in Government should
honestly assess to see where he or she fits. Be honest!
This current composition is only sellable to the donor
community. It makes a good case for more begging!
Politicians: These are people who are greasing the
wheels of the entrenched patronage in presidential
appointments and the system of sycophancy in Liberia.
These politicians usually talk a lot and do very little.
These people go from president to president, from
regime to regime. Even some janitors in the offices are
part of this group. Basically, this is a DO NOTHNG
group who believe strongly that it does not matter what
you can produce to get ahead; all that matters is how
well connected you are to the President, her sons, her
sister, or other members of the first family. And they
will render useless any plan to make things better for
the general good of Liberians. They are unproductive
and cannot deliver measurable outputs/results. The
politicians constitute 86 percent of the Current Liberian
Government.; in a country that is classified as FRAGILE.
Bureaucrats: These people do what they are told and
are not interested in doing anything beyond the bare
minimum. They are quick to say this is not America,
this is not part of my job description, and this thing
has been like this since JJ Roberts time. They are
likely to come to work at 11 A.M. and then go to lunch
at noon. Come back from lunch, process few documents
and out of the door at 3PM. They barely work a 4 hour a
day work week. Giving the chance, they will want to get
pay and do no work. Being efficient and transparent is
not their thing and they hate a performance management

system that rewards people for


doing more than it is required of
them. They also do not believe in a
time management system. In Liberia
today, these people constitute 6.9
percent of the composition and
structure of the work force in
Government.
Administrators. This is the most
frustrated class. A lot of them come
from international organizations
(World Bank, IMF, UN, AfDB etc)
and from abroad. These people
are put in a system to administer,
meaning run the day to day affairs of
the country. But they have nothing to
administer since the entire country
is broken and has to be built from
scratch. They found themselves
highly frustrated in the Liberian
Government system and so they
spent a considerable amount of their
time in procurement committee
meetings. Nearly 95 percent of
their time is spent administering
procurement and procurement
related issues. Painfully, they are
stuck trying to desperately run a
ministry, agency, corporation or
departments that are not yet built. So
many of the administrators get so
frustrated and joined the politicians
in Government, further expanding
the political class in Government.
These people constitute 5% of the
composition of the current Liberian
Government.
Professionals/Technocrats. These
people have a specialized skill
set but have no decision making
authority. They are usually pigeon
holed into their own respective
technical disciplines and do not like
to venture out into another persons
territory. They know what to do in
their areas of relevant experience
and are usually eager to demonstrate
competency in those areas. In
Liberia, they are preparing all the
policy papers, drafting the laws and
serving as the main brain behind
many of the issues in Government.
In high performing economies
with millions of specialized skills,
government agencies in-source these
people domestically, giving rise to
the shadow government (the big
government contracting business).
In Liberia, these professionals are
mainly internationally outsourced
from the West, South Africa, Kenya,
Ghana and Nigeria. Case in point:
Mr. Robert Sirleaf boasted that it
was a World Bank Consultant
that drafted for him the new
Petroleum Law and the NOCAL
Act. Interestingly, these people
will prepare the best policy makers
and make the soundest analysis,
but make them heads of anything,
they cannot implement their own
analysis and recommendations.
They are classically caricatured in
IBMs famous commercial: This
is the best strategy plan. The board
likes it and it will take the company
to the next level and beat the
competition. But the only question
is, is it implementable?.
For Liberia, since these technocrats
are outsourced from different
countries (from the Chinese system,
British system, French system, and
American system etc), they tend
to produce policy papers and give
policy advice based on their own
experiences from their respective
countries. This has confused the
Liberian system of governance. It is
hard to determine whether Liberia
is French, British, Chinese or an
American system. In any event,
the professional/technocrat group
constitutes 2% of the composition
of the current Government.

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SENATES REJECTION SYNDROME
PHIL GEORGE TOP COMMENTER
President Sirleaf should fire whoever recommended Mr. Werner to her
for nomination as Minister of Health. This is a disgrace to our country
that a person, a former group home worker with no experience as a
healthcare administrator would be appointed to such critical office is
reprehensible. I hope the senate will stand on principles and not do
the foolish thing by reconsidering this individual for brown envelope.
We all remember the disaster of Robert Kilby. Thanks everyone for
strongly pushing back on this crazy nomination by President Sirleaf.
What the heck is wrong with Ellen? It seems Liberia has become the
dumping ground for mediocre Liberian professionals from the United
States. It's absurd!
JESSE FAHNGON TOP COMMENTER METROPOLITAN
STATE UNIVERSITY
"Mr. Presiding Officers and my colleagues, I move and if I can
be seconded, that a MOTION OF BROWN ENVELOPES BE
CONSIDER IMMEDIATELY before we can confirm the Nominee.
So Second ..."
NYEMADE WANI TOP COMMENTER UNIVERSITY OF
LIBERIA, MONROVIA, LIBERIA CAMPUS
After a careful scrutiny of the resume and credentials, the common
sense is lacking, the illiteracy is too high, the greed is too much,
the stupidity is rampant, and we Liberians have observed that the
Senators lack the requisite qualities to perform in the best interest of
the Liberian people. We therefore reject each and every one of them.
GEORGE K. FAHNBULLEH TOP COMMENTER
This was not about any transferred aggression. Mr. Werner is simply
not qualified. Working in a Philadelphia group home for wayward
youth, does not make you a "clinical therapist." Knowing how to take
care of sick children, does not make you a pediatrician. He is simply
not qualified to build the healthcare system in Liberia.
BENJAMIN ART TOP COMMENTER
Mr. Fahnbulleh, one wonders if you have already forgotten that this
is a well known pattern of behavior by the Liberian Senate. This
is how one Jesse Fahngon puts it ""Mr. Presiding Officers and my
colleagues, I move and if I can be seconded, that a MOTION OF
BROWN ENVELOPES BE CONDIDER IMMEDIATELY before we
can confirm the Nominee. So Second..." How about considering that?
TARNUE MOLUBAH GBELEWALA TOP COMMENTER
Don't worry Mr. Werner, the oldma already have the brown envelopes
ready for those fools.
MASTER SIRYON UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA
But when the Senate says Mr. Werner does not have the requisite
qualities and qualification to become the Health Minister, could they
SPELL OUT those requisite qualities and qualification they are talking
about? Let's have those deficiencies on book and be informed about
them, so that when the Senate rethinks their stance which they may do
when the brown envelops get delivered, then we will know how Mr.
Werner has quickly attained those missing qualities in no time. And
why the FPA reporter in his story did not answer this question about
the missing qualities and qualification highlighted by the Senate is
something to ponder over too.
FREDERICK JAYWEH TOP COMMENTER EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR AT CENTER FOR IMMIGRANTS AND
IMMIGRATION SERVICES, (CIIS)
Really? How balanced was the House of Senate when it confirmed
Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods who had no formal training and education
to head the Ministry of Public Works? When Atty. Woods was
confirmed by the Senate as Minister of Public Works, he had no
degree in Engineering from any University that I know of. Why pick
on Mr George Werner these late days? Let those in the Senate that
don't love and appreciate Mr. Werner, leave him alone.
GEORGE K. FAHNBULLEH TOP COMMENTER
Any person with in a licensed occupation would show up in the
following database search. Mr. Werner does not show up as ever
having a license in Pennsylvania. http://www.licensepa.state.pa.us/
SELTUE R KARWEAYE SR. TOP COMMENTER 299
FOLLOWERS
Heheheh Complete scam.
GEORGE E. TAYLOR
Sometimes we miss the issues terribly and present misguided
views. What are the issues? Credentials or certification? The issues
lie in whether or not Mr. Werner has an education and measurable
experience that supports his ability to work as lead manager in Public
Health. I think he has demonstrated that he has. Does he have to be
a licensed clinical therapist to be considered as a clinical therapist?
No. I do not know if he is or isn't certified, but the key point is that it
is not an issue for his nomination. (Some states in the U.S. in which
a person with a masters degree in education or psychology may
practice counseling or psychotherapy without a license.) A health
healthcare system can not be built by an individual and it is not the
role of the health minister, so to say Mr. Werner is not qualified to
build the healthcare...

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OUR LIBERTY HAS


TURNED INTO POVERTY

The Editor,

hat is liberty? When good and peaceful citizens are


Dying of poverty. The people who were promised
good Health, peace and prosperity now lived in
hunger,
Fear, bitterness, sickness and poverty.
They dont have love for humanity they just fool the Majority and
make them believe that their Generosity Will bring peace, love,
equality and Prosperity. They Have taken our future and send it
abroad.
The time has come and the hour has reached for them to Come back to
us for our votes for them to be able to win The election, their platform
is so Good for our
Nation, but after election we see no action.
They have promise to send us abroad on scholarships but The
government dont want to build many Universities And Colleges, all
they do is to lie and take away. Our resources and leave us in the
ashes.
They say we should vote for our future, but the Future they have sold
to the foreigners and the Foreigners have made it so painful like a
Funeral all we hear is vote for the future
We pay a lot of money for us to sit and write. The examination Of the
government one and only Institution, at the end all We hear is only
few passed the examination, them How will we learn to help build
our nation?
John C. Wreh
bsolaris2007@gmail.com

WHY IS MR ROBERT
SIRLEAF A CANDIDATE ?

The Editor,

irstly, I do NOT view Mr. Robert Sirleaf as a political


opponent and I also CANNOT deny him his right as a
citizen to contest for any elected position in Liberia, but I
am tempted to ask WHY is Mr Sirleaf a candidate in the
upcoming Montserrado county senatorial elections ? I am simply
puzzled as to what Mr Sirleaf's true intents are...is he altruistic and
overwhelmed by a desire to SERVE or like the sons of many African
despots he is charting a path to the presidency via the senate? One
thing is crystal clear - Mr Sirleaf's senatorial venture has both raise
the stakes and radically changed the dynamics of the Montserrado
county senatorial race.
It began as a rumor, then we had the now infamous public petition
during which Mr Sirleaf declared he would consult the Almighty God
himself regarding his course of action.
It seems God has spoken and Mr Sirleaf is blessed with DIVINE
approval to serve !
It is worth mentioning that Mr Sirleaf amongst the president's sons
has been very active during her presidency. Recent history suggests
that he served (allegedly on a pro bono basis) as a presidential adviser,
he then morphed into an official (the unofficial boss) of NOCAL and
lastly the official governmental oil envoy all the while clothed
with the cloak of a humanitarian - building stadiums (instead of
schools, vocational training centers and clinics) in underprivileged
neighborhoods around Monrovia.
Currently, the Monrovia rumor mill is literally in overdrive
Liberians are been buffeted with rumors that the ruling Unity Party
was all but coerced to jettison its primary winner/candidate, Mr Sylla
to enhance Mr Sirleaf's ambition, then there is the buzz of Mr Sirleaf's

invincibility amid a campaign overflowing with CASH and other


forms of largess!
But a cursory look at the backdrop upon which Mr Sirleaf's candidacy
is based leaves much to be desired. His foray at NOCAL gave us
a string of questionable oil blocks sales and the ratification for
cash debacle involving some members of the Liberian legislature.
Mr Sirleaf served as a presidential adviser in one of the most INEPT
and incompetent government Liberia has ever known one can only
imagine what pieces of advice he proffered and how did they impact
the lives of Liberians. today in Liberia, POVERTY is at an all time
high, unemployment is immeasurable, our education system is in
shambles and health-care is all but nonexistent, the country is not
only in a state of rapid decline but general societal decay is pervasive.
Mr Sirleaf's campaign is further tainted by the fact that he is the
son of the worst president in contemporary Liberia there are hues
and cries from his opponents that his campaign has commandeered a
government building for use as its headquarters together with other
government resources. Despite the numerous remonstrances from his
opponents and friends, Mr Sirleaf presses on - literally possessed by
the belief that he has God on his side !
Isaiah 6:8 reads: Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us?
Then said I, Here am I; send me.
As Mr Sirleaf hearkens the VOICE of his God, Liberians can only
hope that his AMBITION and actions do not push us as a nation over
the precipice !
Benjamin Kofa Fyneah
Bismarck, North Dakota

US$25M BUDGET VETO PART OF


LARGER LIBERIAN PROBLEM

The Editor,

hanks FPA because the above story is written by the


President's office. But the "meat" in the story is found in
the last sentence. Why? Why must the line item veto of
$25 million for lawmaker take up most of the reader's time
when Liberians are interested in the total amount of the budget and
how it will improve the lives of Liberians.
Hence, little is said in the second to the last paragraph in the story
about what programs or projects are targeted in the budget, except
to say: "She (President) reminded the lawmakers that Liberians and
institutions have been patient in waiting for the budget to be able to
recommence operations (not stated) that were stalled due to the fight
against the Enola virus disease; adding, 'We now have the means to
move forward (in what direction?) with the fullest commitment and
dedication to meet our targets ( not specified) under the Agenda for
Transformation," a pie in the sky.
Poorly written press release by the President's Press Office.
But because Ebola has dealt a big blow to the revenue generating
means of government, it it suffice to expect belt-tightening by all
sectors of government and those with bloated, unjustified salaries at
the NPA, Maritime, LPRC, RIA, , LTA, NOCAL, FDA, etc and their
Board of Directors. That also applies to elected officials (lawmakers,
the Vice President and President).
Under the Freedom of Information law, FPA and the media in Liberia
need to publish the fat salaries and other entitlements of all mentioned
here in this fiscal budget. President Sirleaf has promised transparency
and accountability in government. The first test is for her to make
available her more than $5 million she got from the taxpayers in last
fiscal budget and perks:--salary, travels, office-use, Ebola money
($325,000.00). But will she lead by example as she said in her pledge
to the Liberian people on January 16 , 2006? I bet my neck on the
chopping block. Talk is cheap.
Jerry Wehtee Wion,
Journalist and Political Commentator,
Washington, DC, USA

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Monrovia-

ours after Justice


In Chamber Cllr.
Phillip A. Z. Banks
placed a stay order
on
further
electioneering
process ahead of the 2014
senatorial election, Banks
has defended that his action
was intended to allow time
for the National Elections
Commission to file response
or brief in line with the legal
procedures of Liberia.
On Friday while Monrovia was
held hostage by the opposition
Congress for Democratic
Change during the launch of
the campaign of the partys
candidate George M. Weah, the
day ended on a sour note with
news that the Supreme Court of
Liberia has placed a stay order
on all political activities with
immediate effect.
According to Justice Banks
placed the stay order to enable
the NEC to in keeping with the
law filed its official response.
NEC has within four days to
respond to the complaint filed
by four political parties, so to
give time for the proceedings,
the stay order was necessary
for the legal process to take
place, said Associate Justice
Banks.
Cllr. Banks further said NEC
has to file its response to the
full bench of Supreme Court
because this is a constitutional
issue, Justice Banks told
FrontPageAfrica via mobile.
The suit was filed by the
Concerned Group of Eminent
Citizens, the Movement For
Progressive Change (MPC)
and Leaders of Political
Parties and Civil Society
Organizations (CGEC) by and
thru its Spokespersons Blamoh
Nelson and J. Emmanuel Z.
Bowier, John Ballon, Milton
and Nathaniel Barnes, l of the
City of Monrovia, Montserrado
County, Republic of Liberia
The petitioners prayed that the
high court to issue a Writ of
Prohibition against the
National
Elections
Commission.
The petitioners argued that
the referendum to adopt the
current Constitution of Liberia
was held on July 3, 1984 and
on the day of referendum, the
voter turnout was 82.2%; the
Constitution was adopted by
98.6% of the voters.
The petitioners state that
Article-1 of the Constitution
acknowledges and affirms that
All power is inherent in the
People and in order to ensure
democratic government which
responds to the wishes of the
governed, the people shall
have the right at such period,
and in such manner as provided
for under this Constitution
to cause their public servants
to leave office and to fill
vacancies by regular elections
and appointments (italic our
emphasis).
The
petitioners
furthered
that The Constitution is the
supreme and fundamental law
of Liberia and its provisions
shall have binding force
and effect on all authorities
and persons throughout the
Republic. The Constitution
came into force on January 6,
1986.
The petitioners noted that

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LIBERIA SENATORIAL
ELECTIONS ON HOLD

JUSTICE BANKS DEFENDS STAY ORDER ON SENATORIAL ELECTION

Article-1 of the constitution


clearly defines and limited the
powers, duties and authority
of: the lawmakers (Senators
and Representatives) in Article
34; the President in Articles 54,
55, 57, 58, and 59; and for the
Supreme Court, in Articles 2
an 66.
In this regard, the petitioners
through their lawyer Cyrennius
Cephas, argued that in further
exercise of their power as
affirmed by Article-1, the
people jealously reserved
unto themselves the power
to determine the date for
the holding of election of
public officials President,
Vice President, Senators and
members of the House of
Representatives (Ref: Article
83(a); and to determine the
tenure of Senators (Ref: Article
46).
Noting that the referendum to
adopt the current Constitution
of Liberia was held on July
3, 1984 and that in said
referendum, the voter turnout
was 82.2%; the Constitution
was adopted by 98.6% of
the voters, the Constitution
acknowledges and affirms
that All power is inherent
in the People In order
to ensure democratic 2nd
RESPONDENT
which
responds to the wishes of the
governed, the people shall
have the right at such period,
and in such manner as provided
for under this Constitution

to cause their public servants


to leave office and to fill
vacancies by regular elections
and appointments.
The petitioners argued that the
Constitution is the supreme
and fundamental law of Liberia
and its provisions shall have
binding force and effect on
all authorities and persons
throughout the Republic.
According to the writ of
Prohibition, President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf, on October
1, 2014, wrote the Ministry
of Justice requesting approval
to restrict, suspend and
re-phrase the language of
several provisions of the 1986
Constitution relating to the
fundamental rights of Liberian
citizens as provided for under
Articles 1, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17,
and 24 (See Exhibit-A).
Three days later, the writ
continues, on October 4,
2014, the President issued a
Proclamation stating that 1ST
RESPONDENT had informed
the 2nd RESPONDENT that it
(1ST Respondent) has been
unable to undertake several
of the processes that are
prerequisites to conducting
the pending 2014 Senatorial
elections,
including
the
deployment of staff in the
field to conduct civic/voter
education, the recruitment and
deployment of the required
polling staff at polling
centers, the importation of
basic, essential and sensitive

electoral material due to the


suspension of flights to Liberia,
the requisite campaigning
of senatorial candidates and
the monitoring of the process
and activities by the 1ST
RESPONDENT to ensure
that there are no violations
of the Elections Law and that
violations are adequately
addressed.
In that Proclamation, the
President announced that
the 2nd RESPONDENT is
convinced that the condition
of elections in this period of
the Ebola Virus crisis would
not only be inimical to the
nation and to its people, but
would create greater problems
for the stability of the nation
and a lack of credibility in the
result of such elections by the
people and the international
community under the current
crisis situation (italic our
emphasis). (See Exhibit-B).
In
conclusion,
the
Proclamation, the President
ordered and declared the
October 14, 2014 Senatorial
Elections and all the voting
rights associated therewith and
connected thereto are hereby
declared suspended (italic our
emphasis) (See Exhibit-B).
Nine days after promulgation of
the Proclamation, the Ministry
of Justice, on October 13,
2014, passed a Joint #002/2014
approving the Presidents order
suspending the October 14,
2014 Senatorial election and,

at the same time, directing


the
National
Elections
Commission to immediately
commence consultations and
discussions with all recognized
and accredited political parties,
independent candidates, civil
society organizations and
other stakeholders, as well
as national and international
health authorities on a new
date for the holding of the
Senatorial election for 2014;
not later than December 20,
2014, pending the approval of
the Ministry of Justice.
On November 3, 2014, NEC
wrote the Senate and House
of Representatives separately
providing full briefing on the
result of its consultations,
reporting that because of the
compressed time in which
the Commission is required
to conduct this election as
indicated on the enclosed
timeline, the Ministry of Justice
needed to urgently approve the
new date. The release of the
Final Voter Roll and polling
places, although published as
far back of late 2013 for June
30, 2014 but was never done, is
not included on the Adjusted
Timeline on 2014 Special
Senatorial Election.
The petitioners contend that
NEC has not presented any
documentary evidence of the
consultations it claimed it
had conducted. Considering
the
significance
and
implication of the issue at

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hand, 1st Respondent needs


to present signed evidence
(Resolutions) that majority
of stakeholders have, with
dispute agreed to holding of
elections on December 16,
2014. In the absence of such
evidence, Petitioners prays this
Honorable Court to prohibit 1st
Respondent from conduction
elections on assumptions.
According to NEC, the
health community of Liberia,
including the Ministry of
Health and Social Welfare,
the US Centers for Disease
Control and the World Health
Organization
prefers
to
emphasize the fight to end the
Ebola crisis.
The petitioners further argued
that NEC further revealed that
the position of the Center for
Disease Control (CDC) is:
if it becomes imperative to hold
the elections, the following
preventive measures among
others, should be observed:
That voters on election-day be
advised to stand at least three
feet apart; That mass migration
of voters be restricted; (italic
our emphasis):and That the
1ST RESPONDENT be very
careful with the participation
of sick people in the election.
WHO, for its part, has advised
that the public health situation
should be prioritized and
Stakeholders recommended,
among other things, that the
53 Legislature provide NEC
the necessary legal framework

Monday, December 1, 2014

(italic our emphasis) that


in case of an upsurge of the
Ebola virus in a particular
county at the time of election,
the election in the affected
country be deferred and treated
as a by-election as provided
for under Article 37 of the
Constitution
On November 20, 2014, the
Legislature passed a Joint
Resolution #003/2014 setting
December 16, 2014 as the date
for the conduct of the Special
Senatorial Election. In the
October 4, 2014 Proclamation,
the
President
reiterated
that NEC had informed the
Legislature that it had been
unable to undertake several
of the processes that are
prerequisites to conducting
the pending 2014 Senatorial
elections: (1) deployment of
staff in the field to conduct
civic/voter education; (2)
recruitment and deployment
of the required polling staff at
polling centers; (3) importation
of basic, essential and sensitive
electoral material due to
the suspension of flights to
Liberia; and (4) requisite
campaigning by senatorial
candidates and the monitoring
of the process and activities by
the first to ensure that there are
no violations of the Elections
Law and that violations are
adequately address.
The petitioners are challenging
the legality and propriety of
the elections currently being
conducted by NEC.
The petitioners pray the
Honorable Supreme Court
to take judicial note without
contention as said Actions pose
no traversable issues for trial.
The petitioners contend that
the request of the President
to suspend Article-1 of the
Constitution and to rephrase
the language of said Article to
read The President may, by
proclamation, alter the period
and manner provided for under
the constitution of elections, by
which the people cause their
public servants to leave office
or to fill vacancies, amounts
to an attempt to abrogate the
Article and usurp all the power
inherent in the people.
The petitioners also contend
that the President did not only
seek to suspend or restrict rights
of the people under the Articles
of concern in Action-9, she rephrased the language of these

acts to allow her assume extra


powers. Petitioners pray this
Court to declare the Presidents
action as inconsistent with her
oath of office.
The petitioners pray the
Honorable Supreme Court
to take only judicious note
without contention as said
Actions pose no traversable
issues for trial.
The petitioners argue that the
order and declaration issued
in the Proclamation of October
4, 2014 by the President to
suspend the holding of the
October 14, 2014 election
required by Article 83(a) is
evidence that the Presidents
decision consciously ignores
the spirit and intent of Article-1
of the Constitution.
In this light, the petitioners
contend that the assumption,
by the President, of the power
and authority of the people
to set the period of election
is a serious and dangerous
violation of the Constitution
and must, therefore be declared
null and void ab initio.
The petitioners argue that the
Joint Resolution #002/2014 of
the Legislature directing that
the election should be held
not later than December 20,
2014, pending the approval
of the legislature amounts to
exercising power and authority
which are not granted in the
1986 Constitution as part of the
Legislatures mandate. Such
directive should, therefore,
be declared null and void ab
initio and without effect, they
argued.
The
petitioners
contend
that the NEC in its report of
November 3, 2014, to the
Legislature, failed to present
any documentary evidence
that, indeed, the Liberian
stakeholders consulted did
in fact agreed to the holding
of election on December 16,
2014 -- documentary evidence
which cannot be disputed.
The petitioners pray this
Honorable Supreme Court
to take judicious note that
1ST RESPONDENT, in its
report to the Legislature,
made it cleared that during
the consultation(s); there were
contrasting points of view.
Howbeit, 1ST RESPONDENT
did not, and has not, presented
any documentary evidence
reflecting those who attended
these meetings, let alone those

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who supported or rejected the


idea of elections on December
16, 2014.
The
petitioners said they
are challenging the elections
commission
to
produce
the Resolution(s) from the
consultations duly signed to
prove the fact of the general
conclusion(s) reached; failing
which, Petitioners prays this
Honorable Supreme Court to
declared 1ST RESPONDENT
assertions doubtful and not
sufficient to support certainty,
considering the legal and
historical magnitude of the
issue at hand.
The petitioners contend that
the ongoing election process
is flawed in many respects:
legally, by acceptable national
and international standards,
and by practice, contending
that the setting of dates for
elections in Liberia is not part
of the powers and duties of
the Legislature, as such, the
Joint Resolution #003/2014
approving December 16, 2014
as the date for the conduct of
the senatorial election should
be declared null void ab initio.
Consistent with Article-1, only
the people can set an election
date as was done in Article
83(a).
The petitioners acknowledge
that Article 34(i) of the 1986
Constitution provides that
the Legislature shall have the
power to enact the election
laws (italic our emphasis);
and Article 80(d) requires that
Every Liberian citizen shall
have the right to be registered

in a constituency, and to vote


in public elections only in the
constituency where registered,
either in person or by absentee
ballot; provided that such
citizen shall have the right to
change his voting constituency
as may be prescribed by the
Legislature.
The petitioners pray that the
Honorable Supreme Court
take judicious note that on
September 29, 1986, the
Legislature did enact the
NEW ELECTIONS LAW
(Amended January 29, 2003
and December 23, 2004)
by the same Legislature
with SUB-CHAPTER B:
REGISTRATION
ROLL
addressing the issue and
significance of voter roll in
elections in Liberia.
The petitioners, in order
to clarify their contention,
brought to the attention of the
Supreme Court, the following
specific and relevant sections
of Sub-Chapter B of the New
Elections Law referenced supra
which NEC has deliberately
set aside for the purpose of the
ongoing flawed elections which
mandates that Registration
Rolls shall be kept in the form
prescribed by the Commission
and among other things, shall
contain the family name and
given name, residence and
sex of each voter. The names
shall be numbered in regular
progressive arithmetical order,
commencing with number one.
Sub-section 3.5(1) directs
that Each voter, after his/
her name has been entered on

the registration roll, shall be


given a registration card by the
registrar. The card shall contain
particulars of the voters
name and the county/district,
constituency,
registration
center and roll number (italic
our emphasis);
Sub-section 3.5(2) provides
that In the event of loss or
destruction of the registration
card, and after proof has been
established, the registrar shall
issue a new card for a minimum
fee of five ($5) dollars to be
paid in the internal Revenue
(italic our emphasis); and
Section 3.6: Roll to be Kept for
Public Inspection requires that
The general registration roll
for each registration center shall
be opened for public inspection
at the office of the Magistrate
of Elections without a fee on
any day in a week during the
hours the office is opened. A
copy of each roll may be kept
at such other places as the
Commission may designate for
public inspection (italic our
emphasis).
The petitioners contend that, in
addition to meeting the legal
requirements cited above,
the practice and policy of the
elections commission, since
the election of October 2005,
has been to publish and provide
for each election, copies of the
voter roll indicating the names
and number of voters expected
at each and every polling
place within each voting
precinct, to all political parties,
independent candidates, civil
society organizations, and the

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voting general public.


The petitioners brought the
courts attention that the
ongoing electoral process is
without a voter roll in clear and
open violation of Section 3.6 of
the Elections Law of Liberia.
The Petitioners pray the
Honorable Supreme Court
to take note NEC has always
published, well in advance of
all elections, the final voter
roll, list of polling places,
sample ballots, in printed
format; on its internet website,
and made copies available
on computer discs. It should
be noted that on October 14,
1st Respondent did publish
the Key Electoral Dates
Special Senatorial Elections
Election Day-October 14,
2014. This practice has been
acclaimed as consistent with
national expectations and
with international standard as
evidence of a credible, free,
fair and transparent electoral
process.
The petitioners contend that, in
so far as the protection of public
health against the spread and
transmission of the Ebola Virus
Disease was justifiably cited in
the Proclamation of October 4,
2014 by the President as the
sole reason for suspending the
voting rights of the Liberian
people and, the Ebola Virus
Disease continues to threaten
public health, the ongoing
election activities represent a
significant act of complacency
and a serious denial by the
legislature that the Ebola Virus
Disease (EVD) is invisible; that
it is Real; that it has no cure;
that it has killed and continues
to kill thousands of Liberians;
and could kill even more if
such mass-based activities
such as an election are allowed.
Petitioners contend that the
ongoing electioneering process
is a threat to public health and
should therefore be halted.
The petitioners contend that
the legal way to address the
default of Article 83(a) and to,
at the same time, protect the
public health against the risk
of spreading and transmitting
the Ebola Virus Disease, and
the legitimacy of the tenure
of the Administration, is to
revert to Article-1 whereby
a cross-representative forum
of political parties and civil
society organizations with
legal and national character can
be convened by the President,
with the approval of the
Legislature to set a suitable date
for the conduct of the Special
Senatorial Election while, at
the same time protecting the
Administration from losing its
legitimacy over the issue of the
Article 83(a).
In his ruling, Associate Justice
Banks Issue the Peremptory
Writ of Prohibition after the
conduct of a conference with
the parties, and thereafter
impose other imperative ex
parte remedial actions on NEC
and the Ministry of Justice to
revert to Article 1 of the 1986
Constitution to determine the
date of the Special Senatorial
Election in such a manner as
will not disturb the status and
standing of the Government,
but will instead preserve the
constitutional legitimacy of the
Government.

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Voinjama District, Lofa County
S the December
16 2014 special
senatorial election
approaches,
the
question of who becomes the
next senator of Lofa County
has ignited political intrigues
and permutations.
The
matter
is
gaining
momentum following the
strategic nature of the county
seemingly as a melting pot for
ethnic nationalities in Liberia.
For some residents, ethnicity,
which had been a determinant
factor about who becomes
lawmaker for the county,
does not really matter given
that it has become normal
seemingly for the citizens to be
of Mandingo extraction. What
has remained contentious is
the tribal dimension which the
issue had assumed lately.
For instance, the head of the
Friends of Alhaji Kromah
in Voinjama, Lahee Donzo,
prior to the commencement
of political campaigns, urged
residents of Quaduboni district
predominately Mandingo
natives to vote in a Mandingo
as senator in the special
senatorial election.
Donzo reportedly said Lofa
residents could not afford
to continue with the present
political arrangement whereby
members of the Lofa legislative
caucus were largely people of a
particular faith.
While
noting
that
the
Representative of electoral
district four, Mariamu B.
Fofana (a Mandingo) has
done well in improving on the
infrastructure of the district,
he said, "It is time to elect a
Muslim or a Mandingo senator
in the county. It is time for us
to have people in the senate
from the county who will lead
us with the fear of Allah and
respect for the rule of law.
There is a strong need for
genuine internal democracy
among the Mandingo members
that will produce a credible
senator come December."
Since then, FrontPage Africa
has gathered religious leaders,
especially those of the Muslim
faith, have been beating the
tribal drum for a Mandingo
senator come December.
This development does not

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seem to go down well with


many analysts, who argued
that Lofa County is too
cosmopolitan to be dragged
into religious or tribal politics.
Speaking on the matter,
a concerned resident, Mr.
Alphonso
Jackson,
told
FrontPage Africa Saturday
that Lofa is peculiar because
of its cosmopolitan nature. He
said, ''This is a county that puts
religious, ethnic considerations
at the background and it has
been paying off since. But to
now change from this ideal
consideration to the primitive

selection of senator for the


county on the platform of
tribe or place of birth may be
counter-productive.''
Investigations by FrontPage
Africa showed that another
lingering issue heightening
among citizens of the county
is nativity. Though non-Lofa
speaking residents are not in
contention with their Lofa
counterparts, this angle to the
search has been described as
disturbing.
Commenting on it, the
superintendent of the county,
George Dunor, said: ''What

every patriotic political or


religious leader in Lofa
County, including residents,
should be looking for is who is
the best among the candidates
that are contesting for the
senate seat. Their concern
should be who can meet the
needs and aspirations of the
people? Except one wants to be
sentimental, tribe or indigene
ship are not mentioned as one
of the qualities of a leader. It
is only in the church, mosque
or shrine that a leader can be
chosen on the basis of religion.''
Continuing,
he
argued:

''The pertinent question one


needs to ask on the issue of
indigene is, who are actually
Lofians? Without insulting our
sensibilities, is it not yet an
appropriate time to put away
sentiment and do what is right?
Lofa County is known for its
cosmopolitan nature, while
residents/indigenes care the
less where one comes from as
long as there needs are being
meet.''
Backing
his
postulations
with contemporary examples,
Dunor said, ''In the United
States of America, Britain or

Canada, which our countrymen


regard as paradise and pray, fast
and seek divine intervention,
including traditional means to
get their visa, indigene ship,
tribe and other primordial
considerations take the backseat. ''If Barack Obama were to
be a Liberian, he would never
have been US president, the
Lofa County superintendent
said.
The
Lofa
County
superintendent went on, ''Many
names have been bandied
around as favorites for the
position, but it would be
calamitous to bring in anybody
simply because he/she was
born in Monrovia or Bong
County. Nothing precludes
a Christian, even, traditional
religious adherent to occupy
the coveted seat of senator of
Lofa County.''
He posed a question, ''One
question that is germane is,
were the above mentioned past
senators of the county elected
on the basis of religion or
simply as political expediency
their times dictated?''
He added, ''Historians and
political watchers would testify
to the fact that religion or tribe
has never been considered as
a factor to appoint lawmakers
in Lofa County. "But looking
at the elected Representatives
of the county, starting from
Mariamu Fofana, she was not
elected on the basis of her faith,
rather, on the basis of what
she had to offer. No issue of
religion or tribe at all.

EJS SIGNS 2014/2015 BUDGET INTO LAW

BUT VETO US$25M OIL SIGNATURE BONUS FOR LAWMAKERS

Monrovia

resident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has
signed the 2014/2015 fiscal budget
into law, but has vetoed a line item
which calls for signature bonus in
the amount of US$25 million on account of
oil blocks.
According to an Executive Mansion
release, the Liberian President said in good
conscience she had decided to exercise the
right and mandate granted under Article 35 of
the Constitution to veto this line item under
the Additional Revenue Section 3 b (f) of the
budget.
This decision, taken because the process
in the sale of oil blocks has not been
concluded, will resultantly affect the several
appropriations contained in the schedule
presented to the Minister, President Sirleaf
argued.
She thanked the Honorable Legislators for the
time and effort that they had put into debating

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and passing the budget and emphasized that


it had been a long and difficult process, given
the decline in revenues and the attention that
was required to address the Ebola epidemic.
President Sirleaf particularly thanked the
joint Ways and Means Committees of both the
House and Senate for working collaboratively
with the Minister of Finance and Development
Planning and his team to finalize the process.
She reminded the lawmakers that Liberians
and institutions have been patient in waiting
for the budget to be able to recommence
operations that were stalled due to the fight
against the Ebola virus disease; adding,
We now have the means to move forward
with the fullest commitment and dedication
to meet our targets under the Agenda for
Transformation.
The 53rd National Legislature recently
passed the budget increasing its re-adjusted
revenue envelop from over US$473 million
to US$660 million.

Monday, December 1, 2014

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Page 9

IS IT FAIR TO CLOSE DOWN BEACHES AND LEAVE NIGHTCLUBS OPEN?

SHUTDOWN OVER EBOLA FEAR

Monrovia
ach
and
every
November
29th
Liberians
look
forward
to celebrating the Birth
anniversary
of
Liberias
longest-ever serving former
President
William
V.S.
Tubman.
The day, observed as a
National Holiday throughout
Liberia usually comes at a time
of the year many officially
declare the dry season break
over and the start of the party
atmosphere, climaxed by
celebratory dancing, drinking
and good time on the beaches.
This year, those plans were put
on hold due to the deadly Ebola
virus outbreak as many beach
owners who run businesses to
earn a living, had to put the
brakes on the primary source
of livelihood.
A FrontPageAfrica reporter
who toured several beaches
on the day found many beach
owners in a bad mood, crying
foul at the government for
putting the brakes on one of
the countrys biggest holidays,
usually observed with nearly
75 percent of the youth, going
on beaches in celebration of the
day.
The government deemed it
necessary to shut down all
beach activities until Liberia is
declared Ebola free.
President
Ellen
JohnsonSirleaf is hoping that the
country will be Ebola free
Christmas on December 25th
2014 had previously stated that
the country cannot officially
be declared Ebola free until its
neighbors, Sierra Leone and
Guinea have been declared free
of the virus due to the close
proximity of the borders.
This decision has beach owners
singing the blues, arguing that
the government is not fair to
the ordinary Liberians who are
trying to survive.
Lartay Swen Battie, an
owner of a beach business
in Mamba Point is one of
several beach owners pointing
out disagreements with the
governments decision and
accusing authorities of picking
and choosing which businesses
within close proximity of the
beaches to shut down.
The government has said
we should lock down our
businesses until Ebola leaves
Liberia when we are not the
only ones who have activities
going on. If you go to Lela
Browne, a club next door to
Mamba Point Hotel, you will
see that it is opened from 6
p.m. to 6 a.m. and if you go
to Mamba point hotel bar, it is
open and people are enjoying.
Does it mean Ebola cannot go
to these places? This law is
only for the poor people who
cannot fight the government.
Or is it because I am not Lela
Brown or Mamba Point or
Cape Hotel? The government
has shares in most of these
hotels so they are protecting
their interest

Monrovia Beach owners Say decision to close beaches is hurting


them financially, appeal for Government Intervention
Mae Azango, mae.azango@frontpageafricaonline.com

Battie, who says he has been


running his business for
nearly two years, believes
that the government is being
bias and confused, because
they ordered beaches closed
and allow campaigns
that
are overcrowded to continue
despite the Ebola crisis.
A lawsuit filed by a group of
concerned Liberians seeking

A Quiet Nov. 29 at Miami Beach

a hold on election activities


won a temporary victory as the
high court put a hold on the
elections.
A point Lartey argues does
not justify closing beaches.
If the government says we
should close beaches then
why did they allow campaign
where more people are closed
together and sweating? So if

you can stop the campaign and


stop us, it will be good but you
cannot only stop one party and
leave the next party. Or when
it comes to politics, there is no
Ebola but when they receive
the millions, and get control of
it, then Ebola is here.
Holding up a piece of paper
given by the Liberia National
Police, Battie asked why did

the police Director not say all


night club should be closed
down too until Ebola leaves
Liberia? Or are the night clubs
and hotel owners better than
them?
The order from the LNP reads:
LNP says Ebola can be spread
through bodily contact, avoid
going to the Beaches until
Liberia is declare Ebola free.

Police officers patrol the beach near the RLJ Hotel Resort in ELWA

Lartay Swen Battie, an owner of a beach business in Mamba Point is one of several beach owners
pointing out disagreements with the governments decision and accusing authorities of picking
and choosing which businesses within close proximity of the beaches to shut down.

Junior Kaba, Miami Beach manager wondered how he and his family and the
employees he has to pay would manage to survive when beaches are closed.

LNP says keep all beaches


closed. Ebola is real and it kills,
LNP says Ebola is real, prevent
it by keeping all beaches
closed Nov. 29th and beyond.
Help protect yourself and your
family members lives.
In previous November 29th
celebrations, were marred by
huge traffic jams on most streets
with closeness to beaches.
But this year, commuters
and motorists had no trouble
getting around as most beaches
appear to be observing the
order to stay close.
A tour on Beaches in Monrovia
and outside of Monrovia,
visitors were shocked to notice
many empty beaches with
police officers on patrol.
The Miami Beach in Mamba
Point, one of the most crowded
beaches in Monrovia was
empty while the bars and
entertainment centers closed.
Few employees walked around
with nothing to do, while a
Beach Manager went for a
swim in the sea.
Junior Kaba, the beach
manager wondered how he and
his family and the employees
he has to pay would manage
to survive? Most importantly,
he wonders how he is going
to pay the bank for the load
he took to upgrade his beach
business. I credited money
from the bank, how will I be
able to pay the bank when the
government is asking me to
shut down until Ebola leaves?
It will be difficult for me; it
will be difficult for my workers
and it will be difficult because I
have to pay the bank back their
percentage every Month; and
where am I going to get that
money from?.
Kaba is afraid that if he does
not pay the bank, the bank is
going to drag him to court and
if that happens, he will go to
jail because he cannot pay the
bank, due to the governments
decision to close his only
source of livelihood.
Kaba says he and other beach
owners have pleaded with the
government to allow them to at
least remain open for business
from Monday to Saturday and
close down on Sundays and
holidays, two days when the
beaches are overcrowded. At
least we open from Mondays
to Saturdays, so that we can
feed our families, pay our
employees and pay back what
we owe the bank.
While some beach owners
were singing the blues, other
more upscale resorts and hotels
had guests were continuing
with normal business.
The RLJ Resort had a few
guests sitting on beaches and
dipping in the sea while the
usually-crowded
Thinkers
Village was relatively quiet.

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PAGE
RONT

PAGE
RONT

DIASPORA

COUNTY NEWS

LIVING DESPERATELY

LIBERIA
BOUND
Group fills Liberian backpacks
with school supplies

loucester County groups efforts to fill thousands


of backpacks with school supplies could support
Liberia during its battle with Ebola.
Washington Township-based Faith Seeder
Ministries is calling for workbooks, pencils and educational
materials to fill more than 2,500 new and gently used backpacks
for students in West Africa as part of Project Education
Backpack Liberia.
More than 1.4 million Liberian children have been out of school
since July, when the Ebola outbreak began.
So much has been done on the infection and stopping the
infection rate, but nobody is focusing on the educational
aspects, said Evette Fearon, the ministrys marketing director.
Faith Seeder founder Lesa Givens, a teacher, hopes the care
packages will keep children academically engaged while
schools are closed.
Givens and her husband, Willie, were born in Liberia but moved
to the United States during the Liberian civil war in the 1980s.
When they returned to Liberia in 2005, the impact of war was
obvious.
Infrastructure goes to ruins, Lesa Givens said. No running
water, no electricity.
The educational system right now is so fragile.
Schoolhouses are like looking back to classrooms in the United
States in the 1930s, said Fearon, who visited the country on
Faith Seeder mission trips.
Its shocking. No lights in some schools. ... You want to be
thankful your children are in school. Theyre safe. Theyre
learning. Theyre advancing.
There are millions across the pond whose children cannot go
to school and have no idea when they can go back to school,
Fearon added. This is a critical issue.
Since the initiative kicked off earlier this month, it has collected
about 500 backpacks, with about 20 from Monroe Townships
Oak Knoll School.
The school donated extra supplies it received in a donation from
Walmart, in addition to outdated materials old textbooks,
workbooks, and worksheets, according to Principal Jill
DelConte.
It seemed to be a good time to get rid of things that belonged to
our old curriculum, materials were no longer using, she said.
Her elementary school students will write letters to the Liberian
children receiving the backpacks.
The response has been so positive, Givens said.
But theres more to collect. Project Education Backpack needs
toiletries, backpacks, writing utensils, glue, calculators and
other school supplies and monetary donations.
We have been trying to negotiate with some groups to fly the
backpacks there for us, Givens noted.
Her aunt, who started a school there in 1968, will receive the
shipment and work with local organizations to distribute the
backpacks.
We can do something very simple, Fearon insisted. This is
something we can do from our part of southern New Jersey and
the Philadelphia area.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Buchanan, Grand Bassa Countyiberia is one of the


countries in West
Africa that is rich in
natural resources but
the resources are not impacting
the lives of ordinary Liberian as
they strive to survive.
As evidence to some of the
research done by international
groups that majority of the
population live on less than
a dollar a day, in the port
City of Buchanan, Liberias
second biggest city in maritime
activities, source of livelihood
has been created as locals turn
to a community referred as own
your own thing community
somewhere behind the loop
where Arcerlor Mittal has its
headquarters in search of food.
In that area, poor people gather
on a daily basis at a garbage
site used for dumping waste by
the Buchanan City Corporation
and the concession company to
in search of anything they can
make out of meal.
Every morning according to
some of the locals, the elderly
and children gather at the garbage
site to await the city corporation
truck to dispose waste, giving
them the opportunity to look into
the garbage for food or other
items they can sell.
According to one of the locals
who consented for an interview
with FrontPageAfrica, Madam
Theresa Saain in her early fiftys,
she normally goes to the garbage
site to collect plastic bottles and
Tarpaulin to sell.
According to her she is a mother
of three children and her husband
died long time ago.
Mother Theresa said: This
bottle, I collect them and sell
to buy rice and eat. I dont like

Locals in Buchanan turn to garbage for food


Henry Karmo (0886522495) henrykarmo@frontpageafricaonline.com

coming here but these are hard


times what will we do if I dont
look for bottle to sell. I cant get
food to eat so I am force to come
here.
On whether she is aware of the
risk associated with contracting
the Ebola virus or getting
infected with other diseases due
to her regular visitation to the
garbage site she said; I know but
for months even before Ebola we
been coming here and by Gods
grace there has not been any case
of Ebola.
At the site where mother Theresa
and others go to pick garbage, it
is not far from the headquarters
of the Arcelor Mittal Concession
Company, one of the biggest
concession agreements ratified
by the government of Liberia
to mine the country National
resources but despite the
operations of these concessions

many Liberians still live in awful


state.
The garbage is also close to the
American built Ebola Treatment
Unit (ETU) where it is believed
that some of the wastes that are
dumbed at the garbage site come
from the ETU.
Although it wasnt proven
whether or not it was human
blood but spot of blood was seen
on one of the plastics thrown
away at the dumpsite.
On the scene, one kid was seen
eating the food dumbed by the
truck; the boy was seen picking
from the ground cooked food
dumped as garbage.
All attempts to get the City
Corporation
of
Buchanan
comment on the practice by the
locals did materialize but locals
confirmed that the practice that
has being ongoing over a long
period.

Government insensitivity
Despite
these
appalling
conditions
experienced
by
Liberians especially the ordinary
people, officials of government
appear to be only concerned
about how much of the resources
they can pocket..
Budgets are passed to satisfy their
interest by allocating millions of
dollars for themselves, ignoring
the issues of education, jobs,
Health and transportation.
Lawmakers allocate monies to
buy luxurious cars, despite the
deplorable road conditions.
Recently it was realized that the
legislature passed the National
budget for 2014/2015 in the
amount of six hundred and sixty
million budgets and allocated
unto themselves over 10 Million
United States dollars as salary
and incentives.

EDUCATION MINISTRY RENOVATES


SCHOOL HELP FOR BLIND
Stephen D. Kollie, stephen.kollie@frontpageafricaonline.com

Mango
Town
Community,
Virginia n a bid to provide access
to quality education to
visually impaired persons
in Monrovia, the Ministry
of Education is renovating
three buildings in the Mango
Town Community, Virginia,
Montserrado County, to be
used by School for the blind,
an institution committed to
educating visually impaired

persons.
During an inspection tour of
the facility over the weekend,
Assistant Education Minister
for General Administration
Augustine Kimber expressed
satisfaction over the renovation
work and promised that the
buildings will be fully completed
before the opening of schools in
the country.
The Assistant Minister puts
the project cost at fifty-seven

thousand, three hundred seventyseven dollars, eighty-three centsUS$ 57,377.83.


According to him the Ministry
of Education has provided
electricity, office supplies and a
brand new pickup to help speed
up the administrative work of the
school
We want to see them having
good learning environment
and also attracting other blind
people from around the country

to have the same education that


they visually impaired people
have. We want to see everyone
educated in this country, whether
you are blind or not, he said.
At the same time the Principal of
the Primary school Mr. Jackson
Suah, thanked the Education
Ministry for supporting the
school, stressing that the School
for the blind has been engulfed
with series of challenges over the
years.
The work began last year in
June and I can say it is eighty
five percent complete. This
work is going to give our school
a complete facelift because
we have got the main building
renovated; giving us the usage
of office facilities and the main
wing of the girls dormitory and
boys dormitory have also been
renovated. This building is very,
very essential because here the
blind make use of this facility
to get affordable and quality
education.
According to Mr. Suah, the
school consists of classrooms,
computer lab, dormitories and
teacher quarters among others.
He told FrontPageAfrica that
the school had a total enrollment
about twenty-five students last
academic year but with the
completion of renovation work
on the three buildings, the school
anticipates sixty to seventy
visually impede students.

NEARING COMPLETION
Monday, December 1, 2014

Frontpage

Ministry of Education renovates School for the blind in Virginia

Partial view of the school for the blind main building

School for the blind principle Mr. Jackson Suah

Minister Tarpeh, Ministry of Education

A man carrying out painting at the school

A contractor painting the inside of the building

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Photos and text by Stephen D. Kollie, 0776329124

The vehicle donated by MOE to the school

Mr. Augustine Kimber- Assistant Minister for General Administration,


MOE makes remark during the inspection tour

The proposed computer lab

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UPP WELCOMES
SUPREME
COURT HOLD
OF ELECTION
ACTIVITIES
IN LIBERIA

I WILL FIGHT ON

Amid Supreme Courts Ruling denying a stay order on sale of oil


blocks, former LPRC Managing Director Greaves unperturbed
Kennedy L. Yangian kennedylyangian @ frontpageafricaonline.com 0777296781

Philadelphia:he Political Action


Committee of the
United
Peoples
Party, based in the
United States of America has
expressed gratitude to the
National Democratic Coalition,
the Concern Group of Eminent
Citizens, the Movement for
Progressive Change, as well
as those Political Parties and
Civic Society Organizations
involved in the Petition for a
writ of Prohibition against the
National Election Commission
and the Government of Liberia
in relation to the ill-advised
Senatorial election scheduled for
December 16, 2014.
In a related development, the
UPP/PACO/USA has hail the
decision handed down Friday,
November 28, 2014, by His
Honor, Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks,
III, Justice in Chambers of
the Supreme Court of Liberia,
halting all Political Campaigns
activities related to the so call
December 16th Senatorial
Elections
In a release issued in the City of
Philadelphia, the UPP Political
Action Committee says that
the fact that the focus of the
International Community and
our brave Healthcare workers
is on the elimination of the
Ebola virus, it is a shame that
the Liberian Government has
nothing better to do but to
hold Senatorial elections..
The decision on the part of the
Government is a proof of how
indifferent the Government is to
the plight of our People.
It may be recalled that during
the early days of the Ebola
outbreak, instead of the Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf Government
focusing on seriousness of the
Ebola epidemic at hand, the
Government was more concern
with selling oil blocks.
In conclusion, the UPP/PACO/
USA release concluded by
calling on all Liberians to stand
together in total opposition to the
conduct any type of election until
the World Health Organization
has declare Liberia Ebola free.

Monday, December 1, 2014

PROTECT WEAHS INTEREST


BILITY WARNS RCI STAFF

A
Monrovia-

Harry Greaves Speaking To FrontPageAfrica

fter a recent Supreme


Court of Liberia
decision
throwing
out a complaint by
Harry Greaveswho isputting up
a campaign against the current
sale of four oil- blocks by the
National Oil company, Greaves
says he will continue fighting
until NOCAL can put into
place the proper mechanisms in
managing oil sector.
Last week Greaves sent out a
strong signal in his advocacy
when he filed a writ of prohibition
to the Supreme Court to halt the
sale of the oil blocks which he
says the National Oil Company
of Liberia (NOCAL) is about
to carry out, insisting that the
biding was hastily conducted
without adequate information
dissemination to the Liberian
people.
Greaves writ of prohibition
suffered a setback at the Supreme
Court when the Justice InChamber Philip Banks ruled and
stated that the writ of prohibition
filed did not show sufficient basis
to warrant the alternative writ.
From the Conference held and
information available as the
result of queries made by his
honor, the petition does not show
a sufficient basis to warrant the
issuance of the alternative writ

said Associate Justice Banks.


Other parts of Banks ruling
stated that the refusal is without
any prejudice to any other
person or party believing that a
sufficient basis did not exist to
warrant the issuance of the writ
of prohibition declared the ruling
signed on behalf of Cllr. Banks
by Martha Bryant Henries, Clerk
of the Supreme Court.
Greaves who conceived to the
judgment of the high court
Justice in Chamber says that
he did not succeed in his quest
at the Supreme Court because
the requisite laws were not
embedded in his petition says
that he is not discourage by Cllr.
Banks ruling, vowing that he
will fight at many fronts.
No intention to leave this fight,
I will fight NOCAL from now
until judgment day, the race is not
to the swift but he that endured
to the end said Greaves in an
interview with FrontPageAfrica.
He stated that he stand to oppose
the current NOCAL bid because
lots of things were ignored in the
current bidding process including
lack of sufficient information
dissemination and that the Hydro
Carbon Committee comprised of
several ministries is responsible
to evaluate bidding process but
this was not done.
He also indicated that there is

no need to sell oil blocks in the


midst of the Ebola outbreak.

Greaves stated that in order
for NOCAL to carry out such
a bidding process there should
have been talk shows, bill boards
to have the input of the Liberian
people and that no government
official should have been part of
the process.
He said any government official
interested in the process should
resign his or her post adding why
was this current bidding process
so hasty with the winner name
expected to be announced in
London and not Liberia.
According to Greaves from his
research, in the NOCAL bidding
process there should have been
a signature bonus of US$30m
and the total amount of signature
bonuses for the four oil block
could have been US$120m and
signature bonus is a commitment
of a company in the bidding
process.
The one time Managing Director
of the Liberia Petroleum Refining
Company (LPRC) who claimed
that he is no longer interested in
coming back in governments
position called on President
Ellen Johnson Madam Sirleaf to
carefully handle the oil blocks
sale with caution, stressing that if
not the end result.

that Arcelor Mittal, one of the


leading investors in Liberia is on
the verge of laying off some 400
employees while BHP Biliton,
another investor in Iron Ore is on
the verge of selling its stake in
Liberia to another company.

Mittal had earlier this year


expressed fears that the Ebola
outbreak would force it to delay
the expansion of highly profitable
iron ore mines in Liberia, as
Western companies start scaling
back operations in West Africa.
It is unclear whether those delays
is contributing
to reported plans

to lay off workers.
In August, some 15 contracting
companies working on the
ArcelorMittal
expansion
declared a force majeure and
reportedly evacuated their 645
employees.
A force majeure declaration
protects a company from

legal
action if it violates
contract obligations because of
circumstances beyond its control,
such as a flood, a nationalization
or the outbreak of a disease.
At the time, Aditya Mittal, the
companys Chief Financial
Officer allayed fears by stating

that existing mining operations


in Liberia won't be immediately
affected.
Mittals
highly
profitable
Liberian unit produces five
million tons of iron ore a year.
The delayed expansion was
projected to produce an extra 10
million tons, with first production
by the end of 2015.
Mittal at the time said it was
hoping to resume the expansion
"at the earliest opportunity" but
was unsure when that might be.
The companys 4,000 other
employees and contractors in
Liberia have reportedly been
"working to secure equipment
and carrying out other critical
activities related to logistics,
engineering and procurement,"
the company said in August
when the outbreak was still at its
peak.
ArcelorMittal produces iron ore
in Liberia at a cost of less than

Monroviaiberian businessman Musa Bility who was defended in time


past by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the pair having
cordial relationship seems to have ended his relationship with
the Liberian leader by declaring his support for the candidacy of
George Weah of the opposition CDC, leaving out the son of the President,
Robert Sirleaf.
Like several other friends of President Sirleaf who are caught between the
scissors on whether to support the beloved son of the President or kick
against him, Bility has publicly declared his support for Weah.
In addition to Bilitys support, document in possession of FrontPageAfrica
indicates that he has issued a mandate contained in a memorandum
altering the content of work of the Renaissance Communications Network
(RCI) solely in favor of Weahs election.
In a memorandum dated November 26 from the Director General of RCI,
all presenters of programs at the institution were warned to perform their
duties in line with supporting George Weahs senatorial bid.
Under the subject candidate for Montserrado County, the memorandum
stated By directive of the Director-General, all presenters of programs
at RCI are informed that the CEO is fully in support of Ambassador
George Weah as the only candidate for Montserrado County and nonelse. Therefore, all presenters of programs especially TBS are to support
Ambassador Weah to victory on December 16, 2014, and avoid tension
and embarrassment, this is the CEO interest.
The mandate from the CEO through the Director General called for all
promotions on programs to be directed towards the success of the Weah
campaign.
All promotions on programs should be directed to the Montserrado
County senatorial candidate Ambassador George Weah, for now. All
presenters are to adhere to this directive, the memorandum stated.
During the heat of the Liberia Airport Authority corruption saga when
Bility served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the airport,
President Sirleaf publicly defended Bility when she expressed that he
(Bility) was not found in any wrongdoing and that she had confidence
in him.
The Government of Liberia indicted Bility along with several orders
when the President made the public statement defending Bility with the
legal process yet to take its course.
President Sirleaf comments expressing confidence in Bility was described
by some legal practitioners as prejudicing the trial.
In 2011, Bility and Sirleaf were strong political allies when he surrendered
his private media conglomerate of radio and television to campaign for
the re-election of President Sirleaf.
His current stance against the son of the President supporting Weah to the
extent of altering the content of the RCI is seen by many as a breakaway
away from his longtime strong ally, President Sirleaf. Bility along with
other Sirleaf aides, Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe and Medina
Wesseh have reportedly expressed their desire to support Weah over
Robert Sirleaf. Executive Mansion sources are being tightlipped over the
presidents reaction to the defections of what many consider to be her
key aides and sympathizers. But a presidential aide speaking condition of
anonymity Sunday said it was unfair for Bility to issue an instruction to
only provide air time for one candidate over several others participating
in the senatorial elections.

SOURCES: ARCELOR MITTAL LAYING OFF 400; BHP PACKING?

Monroviahe economic impact of


the deadly Ebola Virus
outbreak continues to
have major impacts
on Liberia with multiple sources
confirming to FrontPageAfrica

$30 per ton, below that of most


other countries. With iron ore
prices falling but still around
$100 per ton, that makes for hefty
profit margins. Seven percent of
ArcelorMittal's sales but more
than 20% of its earnings now
come from mining. In the second
quarter, even as prices dropped,
it increased production 10.6% to
16.6 million tons.
Mittal reported its first quarterly
profit in two years, in August,
swinging to a net profit of $52
million in the second quarter
compared with a net loss of $780
million a year earlier.
ArcelorMittal recently decided
to expand its West African iron
ore operations, buying around
half of the Mount Nimba deposit
in Guinea, located 40 kilometers
from its existing Liberian
operations.
Meanwhile, reports continue to
surface that another major iron

ore investor, BHP Billiton is


on the verge of selling its stake
in the country although the
company has previously denied
the reports.
Ironically, Mittal has been in
talks with BHP to purchase its
Guinean iron ore deposit. A
deal, potentially worth as much
as $US500 million, would bring
an end to BHPs months-long
attempt to find a buyer for its
41.3 per cent stake in Mount
Nimba, a rich deposit located
close the Liberian border.
ArcelorMittal
operates
a
Liberian rail line to the Atlantic
port of Buchanan, the only
existing way of carrying the ore
mined at Mount Nimba to export
markets. As things stand, any
company that buys BHPs stake
in Nimba would need to come to
an agreement with ArcelorMittal,
Liberia and Guinea to use the
railway.

Monday, December 1, 2014

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GENDER BASED VIOLENCE


SURVIVORS
ONE
REGULATOR
STILL
IN
LACC
DRAGNET
Commission on Higher Education Director General long Corruption tale
STOP SHOP OPENS
Al-Varney Rogers avarney.rogers@frontpageafricaonline.com 0886304498

[Officer in charge of the UNFPA Dr. Remi Sogunro left cutting the ribbon to open SGBV Center]

Monroviaurvivors of Sexual and Gender Based


Violence too often have to move around
to have justice and a huge task of pursing
their case many survivors stop making
follow up which makes it difficult for legal action to
be taken against people who perpetrate such crimes
against victims.
In Margibi County, the construction of a one stop
shop for Sexual and Gender Base Violence might
one of be the solutions to the problems many SGBV
survivors encounter in the county.
The one stop shop is located on the compound of
the C.H. Rennie Hospital and it is consists of police
officer(s), medical practitioners, psycho-social
counselor and legal officer or the County Attorney.
The construction of this center means SGBV
survivors do not have to run to the police
station, hospital, Ministry of Gender and Social
development and finally to the court before Justice
is perhaps served.
The cost of the center is approximately US$ 48,000,
with funding from SIDA and the UNFPA.
The Officer in charge of UNFPA-Liberia Dr. Remi
Sogunro said, the construction of the center is a
dream come through.
For me it is a day of dream fulfilled. It is just not
any ordinary handing over ceremony or place,
Sogunro said.
Sogunro said the task of going from one place to
another for those who have been battered and rape
has come to an end.
Every time somebody is battered and rape, you
will go to the police, hospital and court and you be
going up and down for us that has to come to an end
in Kakata, Sogunro said.
Sogunro narrated, that the center was constructed
to host health, Psycho- social counselor and police
officer.
The executive Director of THINK Rosana Schack
said, the center is a four years plan by government

and partners that has been actualized. The one stop


shop was something we talked about four years
ago.
Schack said, the SGBV response was center around
health and Psycho-social adding that not much
attention is given the legal aspect of SGBV.
The SGBV respond was center around health and
psycho-social, there are other issues that need to be
looked at, Schack said.
The Executive Director of THINK explained
that the idea of the one stop shop was something
borrowed from Rwanda and South Africa.
Schack said, the decision to place the center in
the vicinity of a hospital is for survivor not to
stigmatize.
The center is place in a hospital so that SGBV
survivors are not stigmatize, Schack added,
Schack said, such center has been constructed in
Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh
and Margibi Counties.
We are so happy today to do this turning over
ceremony. More often SGBV do not have a specific
place, our survivors will be served in comfort and
confidentiality, Schack said.
She added, the center is a child friendly environment
adding that most of the victims of such crime are
children.
The Administrator of C.H. Rennie Hospital
Raymond Cassell said, the center will be used for
the intended purpose adding that the center has
enough space to host survivors.
It is not good when you bring the survivors than
you have to take them to the police station, Cassell
added.
Cassell said, gender based violence is on the
increase in the county adding she hopes that such
center will decrease the rate of the crime.
Let referred people here [Center] it is a place
of solace. As we bring survivors here to tell their
stories let us use this place to the maximum. It is not
for UNFPA, it is your house, Cassell said.

7000 EBOLA DEATHS


World Health Organisation revises figures after Liberia Update

bola has claimed nearly 7,000 lives


in West Africa, the World Health
Organisation (WHO) says, adding about
1,200 more deaths to an earlier toll.
The rise was due to previously uncounted cases
mainly from Liberia, not recent deaths, said WHO
spokesman Tarik Jasarevic.
A total of 16,169 people had been infected with
Ebola and 6,928 of these had died in the three
countries at the centre of the outbreak - Sierra
Leone, Guinea and Liberia - the United Nations
health body said.
On Wednesday, it had put the death toll at 5,674,
after 15 additional deaths in other countries
but revised the figure after "a reconciliation of
historical numbers".
The agency had previously highlighted the
difficulty in collecting accurate figures, saying
it believed there were far more deaths than those
registered.
The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever hit Liberia the
hardest, although observers said the spread of
the virus there had slowed significantly in recent
weeks.
Nonetheless, Liberia accounted for the lion's share
of the new deaths tallied, now standing at 4,181
deaths from 7,244 cases.
Sierra Leone, which according to the WHO was

still seeing a rapid spread of Ebola in many parts


of the country, reported 1,461 deaths from 6,802
cases. This was 63 deaths and 203 cases more than
reported on November 26.
Guinea, where the outbreak began nearly a year
ago, meanwhile counted 1,284 deaths out of 2,123
cases. This was 24 deaths and 11 cases more than
reported earlier.
The WHO did not provide an update on other
countries affected by the outbreak.
In the previous update the UN agency said Mali,
the most recent country in the region to be hit by
Ebola, had eight confirmed cases, with six proving
fatal.
The country announced on Friday it had for the first
time successfully treated a patient with the virus.
Nigeria, which had reported eight Ebola deaths, and
Senegal, which saw only one case, had recorded no
new cases for 57 days. Both countries have now
been declared Ebola-free.
Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, is
spread only through direct contact with the bodily
fluids of an infected person showing symptoms
such as fever or vomiting.
People caring for the sick or handling the dead
from Ebola are especially exposed.
Health workers have been among the worst hit,
with 340 deaths out of 592 cases.

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IN BRIEF

US LAWMAKER'S AIDE
DRAWS IRE OVER FIRST
DAUGHTER SCOLDING

Washington (AFP) US
lawmaker's
communications
director was facing
social media calls
she be sacked after her Facebook
rant about President Barack
Obama's daughters prompted
widespread anger.
Elizabeth Lauten, spokeswoman
for Republican Congressman
Stephen Fincher of Tennessee,
wrote a scathing post to her
Facebook account scolding
Malia and Sasha Obama, 16
and 13, for looking bored while
attending a public event with
their father on Wednesday.
In the post, since deleted but
widely reproduced in screen
grabs, Lauten tells the girls to
"try showing a little class. At
least respect the part you play."
The girls stood beside Obama
-- looking vaguely bored -- as he
issued the annual Thanksgiving
turkey "pardon," saving two
birds from the dinner table.

WORLD NEWS

Monday, December 1, 2014

US-LED STRIKES HIT ISLAMIC


STATE 'CAPITAL', SAYS MONITOR

Abdel Rahman said the strikes


had caused casualties but there
was no immediate toll.
"The strikes hit IS positions,
and there are certainly
casualties among their forces,"

he said.
The waves of hits was one of
the larger actions carried out by
the coalition, Abdel Rahman
added.
"We can't say it's the largest
set of raids they have carried
out, but it's been a long time
since we've seen this number
of targets hit," he said.
The US-led coalition began
carrying out air strikes against
the Islamic State group on
September 23.
The strikes have killed at least
963 people, including 838 IS
jihadists and 72 members of
Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate AlNusra Front.
Another 52 civilians have also
been killed, along with one
Islamist rebel, according to the
Observatory.
Syria's regime has also
continued to hit IS in Raqa,
though its raids have regularly
killed large numbers of
civilians.
The Observatory said regime
planes carried out one strike in
Raqa on Saturday that killed at
least seven civilians.
And on Wednesday, regime
raids on Raqa killed at least
95 people, over half of them
civilians, the monitoring group
said.

to ensure loyalty.
President Henri Konan Bedie
favoured his own Baoule ethnic

group but neglected to pay other
soldiers, setting the stage for the
army coup that forced him from
power on Christmas Eve 1999.
Gbagbo, from the southwest,
stacked the security forces
with fellow westerners after his
election in 2000 but nearly fell
to a mutiny by marginalised
northern soldiers two years later.
That uprising split the country in
half for eight years during which
the New Forces rebels recruited
thousands of new fighters.
Following the rebel victory in
2011, these poorly trained troops
also joined the army.
However, they still answer to their
powerful rebel commanders,
known as 'comzones', who now
hold top army posts and have
their own competing loyalties

to Ouattara, Bakayoko or former


rebel leader turned parliament
speaker Guillaume Soro.
"The problem is that you have
many, many chains of command
within the army and nobody's
really controlling it from the
civilian side," Depagne said.
Ouattara has sought to rein in
the chaos with a plan to disarm
and demobilise some 74,000 excombatants by June.
Critics claim the programme has
recuperated few weapons and
ignored thousands of fighters
never formally registered by
the New Forces but who remain
armed. This group, alongside
demobilised ex-fighters, made
up a significant part of last
week's protesters.
But their demands, which ranged
from calls for integration in
the army to payment of large
bonuses for fighting Gbagbo,
were not discussed in the talks.
These fighters are blamed for a
spike in armed highway attacks
and violent crime in parts of the
commercial capital Abidjan.
"They are the most dangerous
element out there because
they are armed, they are quasiorganised and they have a
command structure through the
old comzones," one western
diplomat said.
To ensure stability in the short
term, Ouattara, who is seeking
reelection next year, must live
up to the pledges he made to the
protesters last week. The longterm damage caused by the brief
uprising will be harder to repair.

HONG KONG POLICE ARREST


PROTESTERS, 7 OFFICERS

HONG KONG (AP)


ong Kong police
arrested 11 more
people in a second
night of scuffles
with demonstrators angry at
having their 2-month-old prodemocracy protest camp in
a volatile neighborhood shut
down, officials said Thursday.
Police also said they arrested
seven of their own officers for
assault in connection with the
Oct. 15 beating of a handcuffed
protester during a violent
nighttime clash.
None of the seven officers were
identified. There was public
anger when they were caught
on camera apparently kicking
and punching the protester in
a dark corner of an underpass
where hundreds of police were
battling activists.

BURKINA FASO'S TRANSITIONAL


GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW SOME
MINE CONTRACTS

urkina
Faso's
transitional
government
will
review some mine
contracts signed under former
President Blaise Compaore,
responding to concerns that
exploration
permits
were
granted in opaque conditions,
new mines minister Colonel
Boubacar Ba said. Gold is
the West African nation's top
commodity and the country
exported 32 tonnes in 2013.
It had been expecting to
increase output this year with
new projects from developers
TrueGold,
Gryphon
and
Roxgold.

Beirut (AFP) wave of US-led


air strikes have
struck at least 30
targets around the
Syrian city of Raqa, the self-

ABIDJAN (Reuters) rotests by disgruntled


soldiers in Ivory Coast
have
exposed
the
government's failure to
reform its mutiny-plagued armed
forces and its rapid capitulation
sets a dangerous precedent in a
country with bright economic
prospects.
Ivory Coast - French-speaking
West Africa's largest economy
- is emerging from a decade of
crisis that ended in a brief civil
war in 2011. Its rapid revival and
vast potential have made it the
new darling of frontier investors
in Africa.
When thousands of soldiers
poured out of barracks and
erected barricades in towns
across the country this month,
it was a stark reminder of the
coups, mutinies and rebellions
that have crippled the world's top
cocoa grower.
President Alassane Ouattara has
received credit for overseeing
Ivory
Coast's
economic
renaissance, but has struggled to
reform an army thrown together
from
former
government
loyalists and ex-rebels.
"The army has always been the
weak point and it really surprises
me they didn't learn the lessons of
the past," said Rinaldo Depagne,
West Africa project director for
International Crisis Group.
The protesters were former
members of the New Forces
rebels, who three years ago
fought alongside U.N. and
French troops to install Ouattara
in power after incumbent
President
Laurent
Gbagbo
refused to accept his victory in
2010 elections.
Thousands were to receive army
salaries from 2009 under a peace

proclaimed capital of the


Islamic State group, a monitor
said Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights said the strikes
took place before midnight

Saturday and hit 30 targets on


the northern outskirts of Raqa.
They also hit Division 17, a
Syrian army base the jihadist
group captured earlier this year.
Observatory director Rami

IVORY COAST ARMY PROTESTS


SOW FEARS OF RETURN TO UNREST

deal that eventually collapsed,


but Gbagbo never paid them.
And after Ouattara took over
in 2011, authorities brushed off
their repeated demands for back
pay and benefits until Nov. 18,
when the soldiers hit the street.
"Their message was heard. The
President of the Republic has
understood it," Interior Minister
Hamed Bakayoko said on the
evening news broadcast just
hours later, promising talks
and pledging that the protesters
would not be punished.
The next day, with the
government forced to the
negotiating table, it was the lowranking, angry ex-rebels who
were clearly in charge, forcing
a delegation of top ministers to
capitulate.
WHO'S NEXT?
While government initially
estimated the cost of settling the

dispute at around 20 billion CFA


francs ($38 million), diplomats
put the final figure at around $75
million.
Though a drain on public
finances, most analyts and
observers concede that Ouattara's
weak position left him little
choice but to pay up. The greater
worry, they say, is what might
follow, since many other former
rebels have their own demands.
"Since
the
muntiny,
the
ambiance in the camp has
changed," said one soldier
involved in the protests. "We've
split into groups. Some are with
the chiefs, some are with us. We
talk among ourselves. We don't
mix anymore."
The past two decades have seen
the Ivorian military morph into
an unruly beast as successive
leaders added new layers of
recruits in a misguided attempt

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LIONEL MESSI OPEN TO CHELSEA TRANSFER,


ADIDAS WILL HELP FUND $300 MILLION DEAL

SPORTS

VAN GAAL: I CAN MAKE EVERY


PLAYER BETTER ... EVEN ROONEY

ionel
Messi
is
allegedly open to a
transfer to Chelsea.
He is even prepared
to get into a dispute with
Barcelona over his current
income that will then pave
the way for him to transfer to
Stamford Bridge.
According to the Express,
the Argentinian forward has
already had a dispute with the
Catalan side over his wages.
Lionel
Messi
currently
earns around $25 million a
year playing for Barcelona.
However Cristiano Ronaldo,
who is thought of as Lionel
Messis greatest rival for the
crown of best soccer player in
the world, earns $29 million.
Messi apparently wants to
earn this sum too.
There have also been rumors
from Spain that Messi is
unhappy with the attention that
Neymar has been receiving.
Messi has broken numerous
records while playing for
Barcelona, and in the last few
weeks alone he has become
the all-time leading goalscorer
in both La Liga and the
Champions League.
Whether the above is actually
true though is very much
up for debate. Neymar and
Messi have always maintained
a very cordial and healthy
relationship. There have been
rumblings that this friction
might have been created to

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ouis van Gaal has


praised Wayne Rooney
and says the England
international
will
always be assured of a place in
his side - but insists he can still
make the Manchester United
captain even better.
Rooney has scored 11 goals in 16
appearances for club and country
this season, playing a key role in
United's revival after a disastrous
start to the campaign.
Van Gaal believes the 29-yearold has benefited from the
responsibility of wearing the
armband for United and for
England, but is adamant that a
coach with his skills can improve
any player.

MOURINHO LAMENTS
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EXERTIONS

try and coerce Barcelona into


offering Messi a new deal.
But there are other reasons
why Lionel Messi might
be considering a move to
Chelsea. First of all, it is
thought that he would like to
play in the Premier League at
some point during his career.
Plus his close friend, Cesc
Fabregas, who Messi played
alongside at youth level, is
now at Chelsea too.
In fact, insiders have suggested
that Fabregas, who transferred

to Chelsea from Barcelona


this summer for close to $50
million, has already been
trying to convince Messi to
join him in London.
There is just one little issue
though; the gargantuan sum
of money that it would cost
Chelsea to pry Lionel Messi
away from Barcelona. Its
believed that they would need
to offer $300 million to land
him.
But they might be getting a
helping hand from one of their

sponsors. Adidas, who are


Chelseas club sponsors, are
willing to pay a substantial
amount of the transfer fee
because they know how much
money that the addition of
Messi to Chelseas roster
would bring in shirt sales
alone.
Messi himself exacerbated
rumors earlier this month
when he came out with a vague
quote that suggested his future
might not be at Barcelona.
Today I live in the present.

JOSE MOURINHO BELIES LIONEL


MESSI EXIT SPECULATIONS

helsea manager
Jose Mourinho
belied
speculations
stating that FC Barcelona
talismanLionel Messi could
be headed for the exit doors
at the Nou Camp.
The diminutive Argentine
has been the subject of
transfer rumours in the
past few weeks due to
a perceived thought of
unhappiness
with
the
Catalan outfit, brought
about by a lack of success.
"My reaction is that your
world changed so much
that our world also changed
so much. And I think,
in this moment, it's so
easy, so easy to have nontruths circulating," said
Mourinho.
"It's so easy that some
people put news without
confirming or speaks about
rumours. Obviously it's

I want to make a great year


and win titles with Barcelona.
Then well see, football takes
many turns. While I always
said that I would always
stay there, sometimes not
everything happens the way
you want.
It sounds like we may finally
have an answer to that age old
question, Can Lionel Messi
do it on a cold, wet night in
Stoke?

not true. Obviously it's not


true."
Meanwhile, he criticised
the concept of giving out
individual awards in a sport
that thrives on collective
effort by each member of
the team.
"This kind of trophy is not
good for football," he said
of the Ballon d'Or.
"This is why I don't care
about it. Sometimes it
looks like we are looking
for stars, we are looking
for some people to be more
important than others."
"And this is not the culture
we want in this club. I don't
care about it. But it's there.
It's there as a consequence
of the good work the team
is doing. And, if they feel
that, OK. It's good for
them."
"But the mentality here is
not to be worried about that.
Even less being obsessed
with that. When I see these
two names, Fabregas and
[Eden] Hazard, I think
clearly they don't think
about it. They think about
the team, about playing well
and trying to win matches."

Sunderland (United Kingdom)


(AFP) ose Mourinho admitted
Chelsea suffered from
a Champions League
hangover as they were
forced to settle for a point at
Sunderland.
The Premier League leaders
stretched their advantage at the
top to seven points thanks to an
uncompromising 0-0 draw at the
Stadium of light, a 20th game
unbeaten to start the season.
Mourinho sent out an unchanged
line-up less than four days
after the 5-0 romp at German
side Schalke guaranteed their
place in the knockout stages
of European football's top club
competition.

FRANK LAMPARD'S SALUTED

anchester City
boss Manuel
Pellegrini
saluted
Frank Lampard's telling
contribution during the 3-0
win
atSouthampton
but
insists he won't rush to secure
the midfielder's future.
The former Chelsea talisman
was introduced midway
through the second half as
City led 1-0 and, in trademark
fashion, scored from range to
double his side's lead at St.
Mary's.
However, the City chief
insists that he will wait until
December before speaking
with the player on extending
his loan deal from New York
City FC, whom Lampard
agreed to join after parting
company with Chelsea last
summer.

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t was a fast and frantic match at St. Mary's as second-placed


Southampton played host to Manchester City, with plenty of
chances at both ends for either side to state their intent on a
top-four finish.
The first half grew into a fiery tussle for both midfields as Yaya Toure
and Steven Davis provided the best outlets for their respective sides
to make things tick, however it was the Ivorian's class during the early
stages of the second period that helped Manuel Pellegrini's side to all
three points.
Frank Lampard and Gael Clichy notched goals of their own, with the
former Chelsea man anchoring midfield well and getting forward to
score in trademark fashion. A fair result after a lost-at-sea second half
from Saints' defenceHowever, City were left sweating over a potential
injury problem suffered by Vincent Kompany, with the club captain
limping off in the final minutes.
Southampton went into Sunday's game flying high after a stunning
start to the season, but were given a reality check in a comprehensive
performance from Manuel Pellegrini's side.
In-form striker Sergio Aguero was denied what appeared to be a clear

penalty early on when he was fouled in the box by Jose Fonte, only
for referee Mike Jones to caution him for simulation - much to the
Argentinian's bemusement.
Southampton almost caught City on the counter in the 21st minute
but an unmarked Graziano Pelle failed to get a significant touch on
Morgan Schneiderlins cross, before Joe Hart saved well from Steven
Davis - making his return from a hamstring injury - on the rebound.
A sweeping City move then ended with Stevan Jovetic, one of four
changes from the midweek win over Bayern Munich, squeezing a shot
past Fraser Forster shortly before the break, but Toby Alderweireld
did well to get back and clear off the line.
Koeman was forced into a change at half-time, with Maya Yoshida
replacing Schneiderlin due to a thigh injury, but they began the second
period on the front foot, with long-range strikes from Alderweireld
and Dusan Tadic far away.
However, City went in front six minutes after the restart when Toure
was teed up by Aguero on the edge of the area, and his powerful
low shot took a slight deflection off Alderweireld and ended up in the
bottom corner.

Koeman attempted to inject more of an attacking threat as Shane


Long came on for Sadio Mane in the 67th minute, but it was City who
almost struck again soon after when captain Vincent Kompany - who
was forced off late on with an apparent injury - flicked on a corner and
Aguero fired over from close range on the volley.
Long's pace came into play soon after, though, as he was brought
down by Mangala while racing towards Hart's goal. The Frenchman,
who has endured a tough start to life in the Premier League, received
a second yellow to hand Southampton an apparent route back into
the game.
But as the hosts chased the game, Aguero was again involved in a fine
City break before substitute Lampard raced onto James Milner's pass
and fired past Forster from 20 yards.
The Southampton goalkeeper did well to deny Aguero as he raced
clean through on another devastating counter, but the forward turned
provider once more in the closing stages to set up Clichy for a third,
though Kompany's late injury gave City something of a headache
ahead of their clash with Sunderland on Wednesday.

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