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LOSING INAKI?

Born in Spain to Liberian mother and Ghanaian Father, Inaki Williams has the potential to
become the next savior of Liberian football since the departure of George Weah but staring
down at the opportunity of playing for either for Spain or Ghana in a world Cup could rob
Liberia of a promising youngster with enough talent to help resurrect Liberian football

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Henry Karmo (0886522495) henrykarmo@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monrovia enator George Manneh (CDC, Montserrado County) on


whose back the bulk of representatives and legislators
were elected under the banner of the opposition
Congress for Democratic Change and some senior
executives of the party are said to be unhappy with Senator
Peter Coleman (CDC, Grand Kru County) chair of the Senate
Committee on Healths handling of the recent confirmation
hearing of Minister of Health designate Dr. Bernice Dahn.
Senator Coleman last week during the confirmation hearing of
Dr. Dahn told the Minister designate to focus on her plans for
the health ministry and not listen to everything in the media.
Said Senator Coleman: Madam Minister; I will encourage you
to go ahead with all these good plans you have earmarked for
the Ministry of Health and dont pay much attention to every
newspaper story of anything you hear on the radio.
ACT TO UNDERMINE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

The comments by Senator Coleman to the Health Minister


who was implicated in the General Auditing Commission of
Liberia Audit for financial and operational irregularities in the
stewardship of the Ministry in the 2006/2007 and 2007/2008
audits of the Ministry has not gone well with his political party.
A senior official of CDC has told FPA that the party is concerned
about the latest comments made by Senator Coleman
indicating that the party will invite the Senator to provide an
explanation.
In an interview with FrontPageAfrica CDC chairman,
Nathaniel McGill said, the party will not take lightly acts of
any party official to undermine the fight against corruption
because according to him the CDC supports calls for officials
nominated into public positions with credibility problems to
be investigated.
Said McGill: The CDC executive committee has met and we
will be inviting Senator Peter Coleman to executive meeting to
provide clarity about his comments. We do not want to guess
but after the meeting we will come out with a decision.
The CDC official continued: We will want him to tell us why
he should make such comments when the party has stressed

the need for individuals who have credibility issues to be


investigated. We are not indicting the health minister but the
fact that she has questions and he has gone ahead to clear her
without investigation there is a problem.
McGill said, as 2017 draws closer the CDC will not take lightly
any party official who will violate the party principles and
policies whether it is Senator Coleman but he failed to say
what the CDC will do if the party is not satisfied with the
senator response because according him it will be premature
to guess.
Two weeks ago in a communication to the Plenary of the
Liberian Senate, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence (Liberty
Party-Grand Bassa County) requested that august body to
ensure that all confirmations for people implicated in audits
reports are put on hold until the Public Accounts Committee
of the Senate conducts hearings and make recommendations
for action.
In her communication, the Grand Bassa County senator said:
Knowing that Liberia has been labeled as one of the most
corrupt countries in the world, and we have a huge challenge
to foster transparency and accountability, it is very important
that the Senate continues to be very supportive in the fight
of corruption by ensuring that all the confirmation for people
who are implicated in Audit Reports or Audit indictees are put
on hold until the PAC conducts public hearing and make final
recommendations for action.
COLEMAN VACILLATES

Senator Coleman was one of few senators who supported


the communication from Senator Lawrence for individuals
nominated to be properly screened and those implicated in
audit reports subjected to recommendation from the PAC.
Senator Coleman said: If the Executive is not giving credence
or giving good due diligence in their selection or during the
process of nomination of people to positions of trust or due
to the fact that they may be a little bit myopic and may take
into consideration the issue of friendship or nepotism we are
under obligations to correct that wrongs as Senate.
Senator Coleman at the time declared that the confirmation of

Dr. Dahn and Tolbert Nyenswah will be left with the PAC.
That will be left with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
That report is still being evaluated and they will make the
necessary recommendation and the legislature will act upon
that recommendation, Senator Coleman said.
Days after the comments by Senator Coleman, one of the
nominees, Dr. Dahn was spotted at the Capitol in what
legislative observers described as a last-ditch lobbying spree
by the minister of health designate.
Questions are being raised over Senator Colemans sudden
shift coming amid reports that some senators are expressing
reservations about giving an easy passage to Dahn who is
also facing scrutiny from health workers arguing against her
confirmation for the post.
During discussions on the letter Senators were heavily divided
with mainly those implicated in past audit reports of alleged
wrongdoings describing audit reports as mere allegations.
Senators including Albert Chie (Grand Kru County,
Independent), Milton Teahjay (Sinoe County and Unity
Party), Conmany Wesseh (Unity Party, River Gee County) all
expressing views against the communication.
Venom against audit reports is aged old with indictees
constantly rubbishing audit reports as political and an act of
witch-hunting.
Recently four senior officials of the team that managed the
Ebola funding including -Wede Elliott Brownell Deputy
Minister for Administration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Tolbert Nyenswah, Head Incident Management System/
Deputy Minister for Health Designate (indicted by GAC in
2006/2007and 2007/2008 audit of the Ministry of Health;
James Dorbor Jallah, Executive Director, Public Procurement
and Concessions Commission and Andre Pope, Head State
Owed Enterprises Reporting Unit, Ministry of Finance and
Development Planning, took exception to the GAC report
describing the report as unprofessional.
Before the outburst by the four, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
expressed that transactions carried out during the Ebola
outbreak were done under emergency and as such procedures
might not have been followed.

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ABANDONED
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COUNTY CHIMPS IN LIBERIA


DEVELOPMENT FUNDS THE NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER HAS NO HEART
NOT THE ANSWER TO
CONCESSION WOES

TWO OPPOSING VIEWS surfaced in the aftermath of


last weeks disturbance in Butaw, Sinoe County. The
government of Liberia on the one hand has threatened to
use the social or the county development fund of Sinoe to
pay for the properties damaged at the Golden Veroleum
site in Butaw. The relevant authorities have also been
directed to work with GVL in a full assessment of the
damage to the concession. Consistent with the practice of
this administration, when determined and agreed, the cost
of the assessed damage will be offset by the social and or
county development funds of Sinoe, the government of
Liberia declared in a statement issued Thursday.
IN CONTRAST, Golden Veroleum Liberia says that it has
not established the actual damage caused by the protest
and is still assessing but does not take the use of Sinoe
County Development Funds to pay for damages as an
option. Well that is something that is not on the table, the
county development fund is for the county, the government
has not offered that to us and we are not asking for that,
the likelihood of us accepting this is small, GVL Corporate
Communication Manager Virgil McGee told journalists in
Monrovia.
WE TEND to agree with the latter in that government
must first identify the crux of the problem before and find
solutions before laying the blame squarely on the residents
of the county.
WHILE WE AGREE WITH President Sirleaf that the country
cannot afford to allow a few people to undermine the
interest of this country and run investors out of the country,
the government must -at the same time understand the
plight of the villagers who have been struggling to get the
concessionaires to hear their complaints.
IN APRIL 2013, while visiting the county, President Sirleaf
acknowledged the problems and even admitted that
mistakes were made at signing in that the government
did not seek audience with residents before signing those
concessions.
THE PRESIDENTS intervention prompted a positive
response from residents who gave their assurances that
they will put aside their opposition to GVLs operations
following assurances from the GVL management and the
Government of Liberia that all efforts are being exhausted
to address the concerns being raised by residents.
THAT WAS TWO YEARS AGO.
Today, much of the problems continue to linger and Sirleaf
upon return to the country last week expressed displeasure
at the latest violent turn in Butaw as she promised that
government will respond in the most effective way.
THE PRESIDENT went on to say that her government cannot
continue to go out and attract investment to create jobs, and
others engage in violence that scare away investors. When
I returned the last time you may recall, I said to Liberians
that we cannot continue to go out and attract investment,
bring people to do business and create jobs and then when
you have these kinds of violence, it takes away from our
effort and people run away from the country, a visibly
concerned President Sirleaf said, cautioning, Money only
goes to the place where its safe. They [investors] dont go
where theyre frightened.
VICE PRESIDENT Boakai on the other hand believes that
some concessionaires in Liberia are not relating well to the
locals by informing them about their projects.
HE FIRMLY DECLARED that projects such as agriculture
should not have all foreigners as Liberians are capable of
doing most of the jobs for which foreigners are brought to
the country.
THE VICE PRESIDENT said When you come with a
concession in Agriculture, bring a manager who is there to
start up, they must have that skill. But most often they bring

Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, The Humane Society of the United States

he New York Blood Center has abandoned a colony


of 66 chimps in Liberia that its research teams
used in experiments for three decades, reports
James Gorman of the New York Times in a story
published last week but first reported by FrontPageAfrica.
The burden of their survival and care has now been foisted
on The HSUS and other caring groups and individuals who
are picking up the pieces in a distant and beleaguered
nation gripped in recent months by the Ebola crisis. It is
a story of past exploitation and present-day heartlessness
by a well-funded charity with ample resources to handle a
responsibility it created and cannot now abandon.
Since the Blood Center cut off funds on March 6, the HSUS
and the Arcus Foundation have been providing support to
keep the chimps alive. Dozens of volunteers in Liberia and
neighboring countries have answered the call, putting their
lives at risk to help the chimps.
The crisis began a few months ago when a former
chimpanzee caregiver sounded the alarm: The Blood Center
was terminating all funding for the care of the chimps
it used for decades in medical research for its financial
benefit. A team of U.S. researchers on the ground in Liberia
helping humans during the Ebola crisis stepped in to make
sure that the chimpanzees, including several infants, didn't
die from dehydration or starvation.
The HSUS was alerted in mid-March and has been working
since with a small group of dedicated individuals to respond.
The HSUS, along with Humane Society International, has
sent emergency funding to pay for food and water for the
animals who live on six islands and are entirely dependent
on human care.
There is a long history behind these individuals who have
endured so much. In the mid-1970s, the Blood Center
captured some of them from the wild, obtained others from
pet owners, and set out to use them for research involving
the hepatitis B vaccine and blood cleansing, among other
topics. These hapless creatures have also endured and
survived protracted civil war in the country -- going weeks
at a time without food or water. Many died from dehydration
and starvation or were killed by rogue militias. Time after
time caregivers risked their lives to go out to the islands
to feed the chimpanzees, at times attracting fire from the
v

plantations manager, plantations managers managed projects


that are up and running. If you do not know the social issues
of the country, you do now know how to relate to the people
on the ground. Many times I met with the people from Sime
Darby, if you really want a project to run, go to the village one
evening; our people are really easy to deal with. Sit down with
them; they will say the white man is here with us, those are
the ways. But you have to always know that for people to begin
to accept a new project especially without understanding it
becomes a problem but at the same time for me, agriculture
projects are not projects that should be all with foreigners.
THE VICE PRESIDENT puts it squarely when he said a lot of
people here have a lot of experience and these investments
should be creating jobs for Liberians as stated in the terms of
the agreements
SAID VICE PRESIDENT Boakai People dont know, there are
tractors operators here that we have trained over the years,
they are available, there a lot of people who know to use the
graders, so to bring a lot of foreigners to do those kinds of jobs.
When you go into concession agreement you say to provide
jobs for Liberians and that is the hope that people have that
jobs will be created, so all I did in Indonesia to tell the them
that look, we appreciate what you are doing but we promised
people jobs, you dont need to bring 15 people to train 5

militant bands.
So, this story is not just about the chimpanzees, but also
about the caregivers who have sacrificed so much and have
been volunteering to take care of the animals since the Blood
Center left them in peril. It is simply shocking that the Blood
Center chose to deliver this blow during the largest Ebola
outbreak in history, a calamity from which the government
of Liberia is reeling -- adding a burden to a nation strapped
with a human crisis of immense proportions.
The Blood Center previously committed itself to the lifetime
care of these chimpanzees, its officials publicly announcing
their ethical responsibility to do so and indicating the start
of an endowment for this purpose a decade ago. Officials
there are now repudiating this commitment, stating
heartlessly that the organization "never had any obligation
for care for the chimps, contractual or otherwise."
The HSUS hired Agnes Souchal, an expert from the SanagaYong chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon, to conduct an
assessment on the ground. Agnes worked with the caregivers
over two weeks, including to repair the water system for
five of the six islands. Prior to this repair, chimpanzees were
handed cups of water by the caregivers every other day. She
implemented changes in their diet, introducing the animals
to new foods for the first time, documented on this video.
There are plans underway to increase feedings to at least
once a day, including arrangements for purchase of a boat
engine to do so.
We are so thankful that the Arcus Foundation has committed
emergency funding to help -- Arcus has been a key player in
stepping in whenever and wherever great apes are in peril.
But we need everyone's help to make these changes. Please
let New York Blood Center officials know that they need
to make a financial obligation to secure the chimpanzees'
future. I will continue to update my readers as this realtime drama unfolds.
P. S. I'm delighted to announce that hundreds of
compassionate people like you have stepped up in the
last few hours to support our new crowdfunding effort to
provide for these chimps. Since the Times' article published
this morning, almost 200 people have already committed
over $10,000 to support the chimps' immediate needs.

people.
THE VICE PRESIDENT said while in Indonesia recently he
thwarted plans by the company to castrate trees that are not
producing.
VICE PRESIDENT Boakai said And again, also why I was there,
I know in their reporting they have said the palm products that
are not bearing, they should castrate them, I mean suppress
production until they set up a Mill. I said to the Chairman, did
I hear you talking about castrating the trees? He said yes and I
said have it not occurred to you that you could bring Mini mills
that you could use to process until that time. I tell you that
caught them and the Chairman said to his man who was here
yesterday, why didnt you think about this why is it the Vice
President that is coming to tell us? So they have decided that
they will introduce some small mills and they even decided
that the palm oil will be giving to the people as goodwill
gesture. It is unfortunate that they had just come with those
kinds of messages and the people went on the rampage.
WE CERTAINLY believe that it is better to prevent crisis than
looking for solution when damage has already taken place.
The Locals must be respected and the terms and conditions
of these concession agreements upheld-providing jobs and
concessionaires showing respect for the people.

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JOHN-LORD BAXTER TOP COMMENTER DAMANSARA, KUALA
LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
As a government, we cannot allow a few people to undermine the
interest of this country; to run investors away and to make sure that
we do not attract what we need to achieve our development goals,
the Liberian leader pointed out. She indicated that her government
cannot continue to go out and attract investment to create jobs, and
others engage in violence that scare away investors.
When I returned the last time you may recall, I said to Liberians that
we cannot continue to go out and attract investment, bring people
to do business and create jobs and then when you have these kinds
of violence, it takes away from our effort and people run away from
the country, a visibly concerned President Sirleaf said, cautioning,
Money only goes to the place where its safe. They [investors] dont
go where theyre frightened.
SIMON JOHN TOP COMMENTER GRANITE BAY, CALIFORNIA
This is very serious, I hope this story is untrue because there is no
one they can turn to. Everyone is in the company pocket. Just like
you said, only the president and the legislator can fix this situation.
NO one to cry for the poor. Where are the politicians , where are
the representative of the Butaw district? Where are the elected
officials of the county? Oh, I forgot, the newly elected senator is the
former superintendent of the county and is on the GAC audit list for
corruption.
LORENZO BERNARD TOP COMMENTER CLASSIFIED AT
CLASSIFIED
Madam Sirleaf, all
you have attracted in 11years is corruption. Your administration
encourages corruption and so citizens thinks it's okay and the
consequence is, it has become the norm in Liberia. Citizens who are
challenging those non profitable cheap concessions signed by your
corrupt administration are in no way undermining the interest of
Liberia. In essence they are simple undermining your selfish and
dubious campaign to steal and sent the country back into bankruptcy.
CHARLES E. KING TOP COMMENTER MONROVIA, LIBERIA
Greetings Mr. Weah: Not too long ago you wrote in FPA about Liberia
following the "..white man this and the white man that when you were
talking about Liberia following America in celebrating Valentine's
day. Now by your own admission you say you are applying for your
American citizenship. That means you will take an oath of allegiance
to the 'Flag and to the Republic of which it stands'. You know doubt
will be celebrating many of your new country's holidays and later
in life when you marry and have children who will be AmericoLiberians they will be celebrating their American holidays and more.
Now I see why you speak the way you do about Liberia. I sent you a
note some time ago as an older person speaking to a younger person
- try to "Temper" you speech-the words you use. Show that you have
more words in your vocabulary.
ANSU OPA DUALU TOP COMMENTER COALITION OF
CONCERNED LIBERIANS
This Gestapo -like enforcement measure being employed by this
administration is dangerous and unconstitutional. Perhaps they
should first try addressing what's causing the large majority of the
peoples in these concession areas to behave as they are. I guess this
is too common sense for our officials. There is something seriously
rotten in our vampiric state.
JOHN WEAH
I am so glad that i have my green card. I put in for citizenship.
Workers should Take GVL to court. The bush tactics of violence
helps nobody when this nation is experiencing 80% unemployment.
Ebola has not helped either. this is not the time. I LIKE Liberia but i
want my AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP. You bush Liberians dont get the
message.
SAMUEL JACKSON TOP COMMENTER DIRECTOR AT LIBERIAN
IRON
Working as serfs on a plantation may look good for the company,
but the model is not sustainable. I hope we punish the offenders, but
determine why this is happening so often. And so it goes.
SHANA IER TOP COMMENTER
Which "development goals" na Madam Pres???? Or you mean your
offshore accounts "development goals"?
ANSU OPA DUALU TOP COMMENTER COALITION OF
CONCERNED LIBERIANS
Lol Shana, 'offshore goals ' dis girl mouth bust.

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LIBERIAS BERMUDA TRIANGLE

ENTERING KEY STAGE

The Editor,

he confessed chief architect and financier of the 14-year Liberian genocidal holocaust ordered her battlefront
commander, General Charles McArthur Gangay Taylor of the notorious NPFL rebel group to "level Monrovia/the
Executive Mansion" and it would be rebuilt. An obedient General Taylor complied and executed the directives
of the NPFL Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshall and Supreme Commander Iron Lady Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

After the "victory" and campaigning for the presidency, candidate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf vowed to restore electricity and
safe drinking water if elected president in just six months on the job. Then as President during her inaugural speech in
the presence of wolrd dignatries, she promised to restore electricity and safe drinking water in just her first 150 days in
office.

Calculators out and it is back to the classroom for simple arithmetic, and I am the first to admit that unlike our president,
I never attended the world's most acclaimed and respected Harvard University from where she got awarded a degree in
economics.
President Ellen Johnson took office on January 16, 2006. From that time to the present (May 31, 2015), and if my math
is correct, she has been in office a total of 9 years, 4 months and 15 days. 9 years times 12 months is 108 months. Plus
4 months and 15 days will give us how many days she has been in office. We are now at 112 months total plus 15 days.
Let's time 112 months by 30 (days in each month and add 15 days). 112 x 30= 3360 +15= 3375 overall total days she has
been in office.
Another way to solve the problem is to multiply 365 days by 9 years= 3295 days. Then add the 4 months and 15 days:
3295 + 135 = 3430 days total. We are still trying to find out if she has not spent the 150-day target she set for restoring
light and water. If the numbers don't match, go with the most days, but does it matter unless either answer has not
exceeded 150 days. I didn't go to Harvard I told you.

So why try and turn the tables on lawmakers, many who perhaps never heard of Harvard University until after they got
elected? We say in Liberia the fish starts to rotten from the head, and the head of this rotten government is our corrupt
Harvard self-anointed "economist" President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Laureate. But the corrupt system they nurture
will self-destruct one day under its own weight. Everyone in all three branches of this kleptocratic regime is praying the
boat doesn't sink until after the 2017 presidential elections. Lucky if we get to that time.
But the signs are everywhere that we are entering our own Bermuda Traingle, the mythical dangerous ocean waters that
swallow up anything that sails through, under or above the sea near Bermuda. The storms of Liberia's Bermuda Triangle
are gathering but Captain Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and crew in government say they are invincible. Sheep and goat luck is
not the same.

The runaway corruption, the massive giveaway of tribal people's land and resources and branding them criminals for the
unjust treatment they continue to endure as we saw in Nimba, Cape Mount, Bomi, Maryland and now Sinoe Counties, the
poor handling of the Ebola crisis, the shooting of poor people in West Point, the constant rape of baby girls with hundreds
dying and the rich Lebanese rapists bribe their way out of prison only to take our girls to Beirut, Lebanon to become sex
slaves in Lebanon, a corrupt judiciary that has become a rubberstamp body in upholding the criminality of the regime
against our people, the overcrowded prisons where scores have died from the absence of medical care for detainees and
many who have not had a day in court, but yet you are blinded in your wicked ways until it is too late as it was with your
predecessors Tolbert, Doe and Taylor. All good reasons to sleep with one eye open. Da me again....and you know God
doesn't like ugly.
Jerry Wehtee Wion,
Journalist and Political Commentator,
Washington, DC,

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LOSING INAKI?

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SPANISH-BORN LIBERIAN LIKELY TO SNUB RED, WHITE & BLUE

Born in Spain to Liberian mother and Ghanaian Father, Inaki Williams has the potential to become the next savior of
Liberian football since the departure of George Weah but staring down at the opportunity of playing for either Spain or
Ghana in a world Cup could rob Liberia of a promising youngster with enough talent to help resurrect Liberian football

Monrovia naki Williams is a rising


star in the Spanish La Liga
who scored a consolation
goal
against
Lionel
Messis Barcelona in the Kings
Cup last weekend. New Lone
Star head coach James Salinsa
Debbah has named Inaki in
his provisional squad to face
Emmanuel Adebayors Togo on
Sunday, June 7 in Lome.
Despite Williams selection
it is becoming increasingly
clear that Inaki is unlikely to
honor the invitation to play for
the homeland of his mother
dealing a blow to Africas oldest
republic which produced the
only footballer to win both the
FIFA World Player of the Year
and the European Footballer of
the Year in 1995 but has never
reached the World Cup finals.
The country has only twice
qualified for the African Cup
of Nations finals in 1996 and
2002 although it came close
to reaching the World Cup in
1998.
Debbah recently named Inaki
in a team that is set to include
several foreign-based players.
Williams, 20, who is enjoying
a breakout season this year
is not even been associated
with Liberia by the Spanish
and Ghanaian media but is
described as an HispanoGhanaian forward.

His goal against Barcelona


last Saturday in the finals of
the Copa del Rey has no doubt
heightened interest in Williams
making increasingly unlikely
that he would ever don the red,
white and blue.
Williams, who has featured 19
times in La Liga this season as
Athletic registered a seventhplaced finish, was born in
Bilbao, Biscay to a Ghanaian

father and a Liberian mother


and has become a rising gem in
the city of his birth. He joined
Athletic Bilbaos Lezama youth
system in in 2012 at age 16 and
made his debuts as a senior,
playing for the farm team in
Tercera Division.
Inaki signed a new contract
with the Basque Club in June
2013, running until 2017 and
was subsequently promoted

to the reserves in the second


division. After suffering a
knee injury in August 2013,
he returned to active football
in October, and appeared in
14 matches during the season,
scoring eight goals.
On December 6, 2014, after
profiting from Aritz Adurizs
injury, Williams made his first
team and La Liga debut,
starting in a 01 home loss

against Cordoba CF. He netted


his first goal on February 19 of
the following year, starting and
contributing to a 2-2 draw at
Torino F.C. for the UEFA Europa
Leagues round of 32 becoming
in the process, becoming in the
process the first black player to
score for the club.
Williams on May 17, 2015
scored his first goal in the
main category of the Spanish

football, netting a last-minute


winner in a 32 away success
over Elche CF to help Athletic
come from behind 0-2.
The Spanish press are
going head over heels over
Williams performance against
Barcelona and hailing his play
as an outstanding performance
after he hit the woodwork
and scored a late consolation,
demonstrating his class against
the inform Barca.
Goal.com reported after the
match that the over 99,000
witnessed a thrilling final and
a glorious offensive display
from Lionel Messi who, for all
Williamss class, utterly stole
the show.
Although Williamss header, 11
minutes from the end, came as
Barca had the duel sealed, his
performance has heightened
interest and caught the eye of
many sports enthusiasts likely
forcing Liberia stand in line
and hope that the 20-year-old
gem on the rise have a change
of heart and settle to playing
for his mothers homeland. But
Musa Bility, head of the Liberia
Football
Association
told
FrontPageAfrica Monday that
all efforts are being exhausted
to lure Williams into the red,
white and blue. Bility however
acknowledged that the time is
too short for that to happen,
meaning Williams will not be
available for Sundays duel
against Togo. He was never
sent for him the game against
Togo, that list was only a
provisional list. We know we
have work to do and we are
in the process of arranging
for Senator Weah to travel to
Spain to negotiate and perhaps
convince Williams to play for
the land of his mothers birth.

PROTEST CUTOFF IREDD, KOFI ANNAN INSTITUTE SIGN


MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
Henry Karmo (0886522495)
henry.karmo@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviahe Government of
Liberia through the
Ministry of Finance
and
Development
Planning (MFDP) Monday
began the disbursement of
five months salary arrears to
Reclaiming Liberia beaches
and water- ways project
workers.
According to an MFDP
release, the amount of twenty
five thousand two hundred
Liberian dollars (LD25, 200)
is being disbursed to each
beach worker and forty
four thousand one hundred
Liberian dollars (LD44, 100) to
each supervisor.
The salary arrears payment
for the beach and water
ways workers is a result
of
a
memorandum
of
understanding
between
authorities of the Ministry

of Finance and Development


Planning and the leadership
of the beach and waterways
project
workers
during
Monday, May 25, 2015, protest.
According to the memorandum
of understanding, the beach
and water ways workers
agreed to be paid a settlement
equivalent to five months for
the period January 2015 to May
2015 for services rendered in
the cleaning and maintenance
of portions of the beaches and
waterways in Montserrado
County.
The release also noted that the
beach and waterways projects
leadership agreed to terminate
any existing relationship with
the government of Liberia,
until such time and under such
conditions that government
of Liberia can initiate a
contractual agreement.

Monrovian
agreement
to
ensure the nurturing
of bright Liberians
pursuing programs
in the field of Conflict
Transformation, Democracy,
Governance and rule of law
and creating a learning space
and opportunities for them
to put what theyve learnt
at the University in practice
has been signed between
the International Institute
for research and Democratic
Development (IREDD) and the

Kofi Annan Graduate School at


the University of Liberia.
In the agreement between
IREDD and the Kofi Annan
School of Conflict Resolution
(KAICT) the both parties
agreed that the role of CSOs is
often made difficult by the lack
of human resource capacity to
fill specialized positions which
is rapidly changing context
with the need for skill in
areas such as natural resource
and economic governance;
transitional Justice and Human
resources.

That the accomplishment


of providing a platform for
University graduates to put
their skills and knowledge
gained into practice on one
hand and needed capacities
to support the capacity drain
within CSOs on the other hand,
the memorandum stated.
The parties also among many
things agreed that the parties
subscribe to the terms of the
present memorandum of
understanding thus showing
their
determination
to
contribute to the development
of professional and vibrant
CSOs.
The agreement is to layout
the operational framework
to direct the partnership and
clearly articulate the roles
and responsibilities of the
parties. The MOU also calls for
IREDD to provide a working
environment for seconded
students from the KAICT to
undertake at least 6 months
internship with IREDD working
on projects and initiatives that
are being implemented by the
organization.
The Kofi Annan School will
also second 10 of its brightest
graduating
students
or
graduated students with good
moral and ethical standing
looking for opportunities to

put into practice what they


have learnt within the walls of
the University and as well gain
fields and working experience
annually.
Harold Aido Executive Director
IREDD said: This MOU has a
life term of three years subject
to renewal depending on how
it has work and we are grateful
that we could collaborate with
you for this and we are looking
for a good partnership with
the Kofi Annan Institute for
Conflict Transformation.
In response to the MOU,
professor Debey Sayndee
descried the signing as a reality
of a long dream, something
he said will help students
of the Kofi Annan School to
actualize what they have learnt
by coming face to face with
the communities members
themselves to actualize what
they have learnt.
According to the University of
Liberia (UL) professor, UL is
the only university in the world
that is offering the lowest fees
for credit hour compare to the
$ 28 dollars charged by other
universities in other countries
and it will not require too
much for students who have
benefited from such to give
back to their country.

Tuesday, June 2, 3015

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ONE DAY DOWNPOUR OF RAIN LEAVES COMMUTERS STRUGGLING


TO OVERCOME WATER; VEHICLES UNABLE TO MOVE

MONROVIA FLOODGATE
We dont have drainage here; the people just came and dug gutter here no way for the water to go, so
when it rains this whole place can be like river- Princess Yeanay, resident, Freeport of Monrovia
Massa F. Kanneh masskanneh@yahoo.com or 0886848625 and Edwin G. Genoway, Jr (231886458910)-genowayedwin@gmail.com

Monroviaiberia is Africas oldest


independent republic
but the countrys
capital, Monrovia lacks
basic infrastructure including
a well layout drainage system.
On a yearly basis, during the
rainy season which runs from
April to September Monrovia
is faced with huge drainage
problem resulting to flooding.
Main streets are blocked
making movement difficult
with vehicles and commuters
unable to move from one part
of the city to another for long
hours.
The Ministry of Public Works
has promised over the years to
make interventions in solving
the flooding problem but the
situation has been the same
every year.
Once again residents and
commuters in and around the
Freeport area, where the main
seaport is located have started
facing the wrath of the rainy
season with just few hours
rainfall in the morning hours
of Monday.
The Freeport community
gets flooded each time there
is a heavy rainfall thereby
disrupting normal business
activities and flooding homes.
Princess Yeanay a resident
who usually sells roasted fish
around the Freeport says she
faces difficulty each time there
is rainfall.
According to Yeanay she and
her mother had seasoned
the meat as usual, to be sold
at their regular spot at the
Freeport but caught tough time
on Monday to get her utensils
to her business center due to

the flood.
Yeanay was spotted quietly
standing and watching the
flood when FrontPageAfrica
approached her as she
highlighted how the house she
usually keeps her utensils and
her business spot have all been
flooded and she is wondering
how her meat will be sold.
Said Yeanay, When it gets
flooded or when water comes
here we cant do business, even
the place we can keep our coal
pot water has entered there.
We dont have drainage here;
the people just came and dug
gutter here no way for the
water to go, so when it rains
this whole place can be like
river she added.
Also students and pedestrians
had no choice but to remove
their shoes and sneakers to
be able to walk through the
water to get to their respective
homes.
The water not good that dirty
water one student murmured
as she walked through the
flood.
Yeanay said with the lack of

BACK TO PRISON
-COURT RECOMMITS CONVICTED KIDNAPPER
Bettie Johnson/ betty.johnson@frontoageafricaonline.com

Monroviaespite his release from


the Monrovia Central
Prison by Chief Justice
Francis Korkpor, eighty
year old Mohammed Seedee

Faale has failed to live up to the


condition that prompted his
release from further detention
and has been recommited to
prison by the Supreme Court of
Liberia.

proper drainage system the


community will continue to
experience flood.
If the government dont do
something about this drainage
thing, when it rains more than
this plenty people homes and
properties will get damaged
she noted.
Residents of Clara Town
another nearby community are
also demanding the Ministry
of Public Works to redo the
drainages it has completed in
the community.
PUBLIC WORKS
MORE PROBLEMS

CAUSING

Speaking to Journalists at a
special event in Clara town
a week ago, Valai Dorley a
resident of the area said Public
Works Ministry has in fact
created more problems for the
residents of the community
than they usually encounter.
Where the community did
not experience flood, since
they came in and put those socalled drainage, there has been
serious flood in those areas, so

Defendant Faale was sentenced


to 10 years imprisonment
following a trial and a guilty
verdict against him by the grand
jury but was ordered relased by
the Chief Justice after he agreed
to his children from Mauritania.
The defendnat bond was also
set aside by lower court Judge
Roosevelt Wilie on grounds that
the charge is a first degree felony
and the defendnat should not
have been granted bond.
Faales release from prison
was condemned by some
Liberians who accused the
Chief Justice of trampling on
justice but his recommitment,
a copy in the possession of this
FrontPageAfrica states that
defendant Faale was committed
Monday by the sherrif of
Criminal Court A.
Defendant Faale was indicted for
kidnapping his three children
namely
Asata
Mohammed,
Sodomy
Mohammed,
and
Abraham Mohammed based on
complaints filed by the mother
of the children.
Madam Jamiela Sylla said the
defendant took the children
from Monrovia to an unknown
destination without her consent
in 2011.
During argument, Cllr. Cooper
Kruah, the defense lawyer in
the motion of acquittal said the

it is really causing trouble for


us, Dorley said.
We are going to demand the
Ministry of Public Works to
redo this drainage project,
Dorley added
CENTRAL
MONROVIA
DRAINAGE CRISIS

Most residents downtown


Monrovia were locked up
indoor waiting for the rain to
stop to continue their daily
hustles.
Many complained that the rain
was serving as obstacle to their
daily hustle, while some were
complaining that water was
entering their homes from the
rain.
Kelvin Jackson of Carey
street described the flood in
Monrovia as poor planning of
the city.
We
are
backward
in
everything in the world, can
you imagine we cannot sit in
our own houses when it is
raining, just walk on the road
and see something for yourself
how the water is pouring
defendant should be acquitted
on ground that there is no basis
for the indictment drawn against
him.
He said his client was wrongfully
indicted and he should be
released by the court because
the mother of the children
consented to the children leaving
the country.
The indictment drawn against
this man must not be given
credence because, the children
mother who is present in court
is aware and she knows where
the children are your honor, and
my client is coerced to make a
statement promising to return
the children but the children are
safe your honor, he added.
However,
in
resistance,
Prosecution lawyer, Atty. Swaliho
Sesay prayed the court to deny,
dismiss the defense motion of
acquittal in its entirety.
In a six count motion, the
prosecution stated that the
motion of acquittal lacks
foundation and legal basis in
law and or facts citing that the
prosecution affirmed that it
witness corroborated of the
crime charge and the evidence
produced in according of the
crime kidnapping stated in
section 14.50 of the penal code.
The prosecution said as in count
2 of the defense motion, the

from the ground, the entire


city is filled with human feces
water. Government needs to
do something real serious my
dear, he noted.
The residents told the FPA
that they are tire sleeping in
the rain, saying there is no
difference between sleeping
outside and in their houses.
Come in my son and see
something for yourself how we
living in the Monrovia people
can be boosting of, when it
rains the water can come from
underground this is happening
because there is no drainage
system in place and we the
poor people are the ones
suffering from this nonsense,
mother Yassah Kromah noted
in ager.
Mother
Kromah
who
refused for her home to be
photographed out of shame
said she is angry with the way
government allow the Fulas,
Lebanese and other investors
to construct their stores
without drainage system.
See the entire Gurley Street,
what do you see when it rains,

same as an admission on the


part of the defendant when he
interpreted in his own word that
the principle witness testified
that one of her sons fingers
was cut while they were in
Mauritania by the machine and
this averment can be understood
as bodily injuries inflicted on her.
Atty. Sesay added that it is the
burden of the defendant to take
the witness stand or produce
the living body of the kidnapped
children to disprove the fact that
one of the fingers were not cut.
Speaking to FPA, Chief Justcie
Korkpor disclosed that the
recommitment of the defendant
at the priosn was due to his
failure to bring the children to
the country as promsied.
The time passed and that is why
the judge sent him back to jail, he
made the commitment before
the judge and the time passed
that is why he was recommitted
to the prison.the Court gave him
the period of one month and
he did not comply. We wanted
to give him shorter time but he
said one month, the court gave
him the benefit of the doubt and
he could not bring the children,
said Chief , he states.
The Chief Justice standing with
the children mother and her
lawyers at the Temple of Justice
said women we have sent him

nothing but human feces water


from manholes and septic-tank
entering our homes. We have
kids that normally play on the
floor when the water dry how
can we keep living like this in
our own country, she asked.
For me I selling down
waterside but I couldnt go
sell today due to this ugly rain,
the hustle is hard bro and we
the hustlers are afraid of rain.
We know that rain is natural,
but what is not natural is the
way the city is covered with
water, that alone can stop our
operations, at least when it
is raining and the place is not
flooded we can walk with our
rain coats and sell our market
but the water on the floor
cannot permit us to hustle
and we are hungry, Alfred
Bestman noted.
Last year the House of
Representative mandated the
Ministry of Public Works to
work with House Committee
on Public Works in order to
develop a comprehensive
Zoning, Drainages and Road
plan for the country.
The action to have the Ministry
Officials to cooperate with
the Legislature comes after
oversight hearing on the state
of the nation's infra-structural
program and the performance
of the Ministry.
Also last year the both
Clara town and Freeport
experienced
worst
flood
that caught president Sirleaf
attention and urged that all
buildings that are in the allies
in the area be removed to pave
ways to drainages, since then
Public works started do some
works but have yet stopped,
the action which could cause
another
catastrophic
for
residents of the area and
beyond.
The Ministry has always said it
would remove structures that
are in the alley ways to facility
drainage work in communities
but the impact is yet to be felt
as most community such as
Clara town and Freeport had
already started experiencing
floods.

to jail and all we want you do


now is to pray for the children
we have played our part we tried
to uphold the constitution by
giving him the chnace to be free
but he failed to comply.
Plantiff lawyer in an argument
Monday wondered why the
lawyer of defendant Faale was
not in prison, but Liberias Chief
Justice said the lawyer stood
for him to be able to comply
and once he did not comply the
lawyer is the surety he is not the
person to be attached once the
defendant is available.
He continued:The problem
is not with the lawyer, the
lawyers said well, I am sure he
will do that and if he doesnt do
that I will bring him and if the
defendnat was not avilable or
on the run the lawyer could have
been held in his stead.
Meanwhile the mother of the
Children Jamiela in a tearful
voice said she is confused and
dont know what to do about her
children.
Rightnow my sister, I am
distress I cant say if I will see
my children anymore because
the man my pa give me have
destroyed my life, she lamented.
Burst in tears, Madam Sillah
pleaded with the Government to
help her in bringing the children
home.

RECOUNT IN LOFA
Tuesday, June 2, 3015

Frontpage

High Court Orders NEC Over Ballots in 2 Districts

Al-Varney Rogers/ alvarney.frontpageafricaonline.com 0886304498 & Bettie Johnson/ betty.johnson@frontpageafricaonline.com 0886971922

Monroviahe
2014
special
senatorial
election
went well with the
National
Elections
Commission getting praises for
conducting a peaceful poll but
the drama that characterized
the procress still lingers.
The senatorial election was
halted after the Supreme Court
acted on a writ of prohibition
filed by some Liberians against
the holding of the election
which led to delayed in polling
and immediately following the
election several candidates ran
to the court complaining of
foul play.
Some of the complaints have
been at the high court for the
last six months but it seems
the court has not yet disposed
of the complaints.
Like the case involving Hon.
Gbleh-bo Brown and Dr. Bhofal
Chambers both of Maryland,
similar case in Lofa has
received a big ruling from the
Superme Court.
The court on Monday ruled
that the National Elections
Commission recount ballots
in two of the districts in Lofa
County.
The case at the high court
was filed by Cllr. Joseph
K. Jallah of the Alliance
for Peace and Democracy
against the National Elections
Commission, all poll workers,
Stephen Zargo and Eugene F.
Kpakar.
The high court in its judgment
under the signature of four
justices stated that they have
heard the legal arguments and
contentions advanced by the
parties, reviewed the facts and
circumstances presented by
the records and examined the
laws controlling in the case.

The court is satisfied that


irregularities occurred during
the tallying of votes inconsitent
with the elections law which
impugn the intergrity of the
vote counting process, all of
which presented a sufficient
legal basis for recount of
ballots in the votes cast in
districts 1 & 4 of Lofa County in
the special Senatorial Elections
is hereby adjudged, stated the
Supreme Court.
The high court added: That
the ruling of the senior dispute
hearing officer denying the
appellant request to recount
the ballots in district 1 & 4
and the decision of the board
of commisisoners of the NEC
confirming the ruling are
hereby reversed and a recount
of the ballotsof the votes
cast in the district is heredby
ordered.
The court continued: The clerk
of this court is hereby ordered
to send a mandate to the
National Elections Commission
to resume jurisdiction over the
case and to proceed with the

enforcement of the judgment


, ensuring that all parties
and their representatives are
informed of the recount and
to be represented threat and
costs are disallowed.
Cllr. Jallah, argued that the
result announced was not
the reality of the day adding
that two districts results were
fraudulent.
Some past petitioners against
senatorial election results
including Dr. Fodee Kromah
withdrew his petition from
the court, while the Supreme
Court has validated previous
decision made by NEC.
Speaking to FrontPageAfrica
after the judgment by the
Supreme Court the lawyer
representing APD Cllr. Jallah,
Cllr. Sam Cooper, said, he is
happy that the Supreme Court
has finally adjudged the case in
favor of his client.
Im feeling very much happy
because my client went from
firm to firm and he was told
that he had no case from a legal
point of view; for me, I saw that

he had a case and I could pick


it up, today, we are victorious
and there is nothing in the
practice of law that says there
is no case, it is left with the
lawyer to do research to have
better case, Cllr. Cooper said.
The
pronouncement
by
Eugene Fallah Kpakar that they
[LP] have won over 25,000
votes in district one and four
while the votes has not been
counted, the denial of APD
partisans complain form by the
hearing officer, the magistrates

ARCHIVE TAKES CUSTODY OF MAJOR

DOCUMENTS AFTER 38 YEARS


Massa F, Kanneh masskanneh@yahoo.com or 0886848625

Monroviafter more than thirty


eight
years,
the
Center for National
Documents
and
Record Agency (CNDRA), has

for the first time taken delivery


of land deeds from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Addressing the commissioning
ceremony held Friday at MOFA,
CNDRA Director General Bloh

Sayeh said since 1977 when the


new archives was established
by law CNDRA has waited
patiently for a day when the
land records and deeds will be
turned over.

The amended executive law


created CNDRA and provided
for the function of MOFA as the
keeper of national documents
to be turned over to the
CNDRA.
Almost forty years and after
ten foreign ministers it is the
first time CNDRA is assuming
its role and function that
was enshrined in the act that
created the agency.
Said Director Sayeh, Almost
forty years and ten foreign
ministers later CNDRA is
totally taking over a function
that was enshrined in the act
which created it.
Director Sayeh noted that
Minister Augustine Kpehe
Ngafuan will be remembered
for being the first Minister to
put the nation interest first
in making sure that all land
records were brought together.
She said the act will improve
land tenure security in Liberia
and will also help to enhance
the performance in line with

was not present for the final


tally and the result was not
stamped by NEC, these are
some of our counts, the lawyer
explained.
Cllr. Cooper said, that the five
counts were denied by NEC
hearing Officer adding that
they forwarded the complaint
to the Board of Commissioners.
An appeal was taken to the
Board of Commissioners and
the board confirmed the ruling
of the Hearing Officer on
grounds that it was a harmless

the Millennium Challenge


Corporation (MCC).
Not only concerned about
land records management,
Director Sayeh said she also
wants improvement in records
management in total so as to
enhance transparency and
at the same strengthening
democracy by making access
to information easier.
With these land and deeds
record secured under one roof,
we are ready to work with the
Lands and Mines Ministry to
lay the foundation for us to
work together as all Lands,
Mines and Energy ministry
and agencies and stakeholders
prepare for the new land
Agency, she said.
Presenting the documents,
Deputy and Acting Minster
Foreign
Minister,
Elias
Shoniyin said that the day
is such a historic day for the
country for the founding
fathers who structured the
country instructed institution
and highlighted MOFA to be
the custodian of all national
records and documents.
Mr. Shoniyin said the Ministry
feels no perplexity in turning
over the documents to CNDRA
for he knows that they will be in

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error; we excerpted and filed


an appeal to the Supreme
Court, Cllr. Cooper told FPA.
The result announced by NEC
shows Liberty Party Stephen
Zargo had 12,797 which
constituted 26.2% of the total
votes followed by APD Joseph
Jallah
8,554
constituting
17.5%, Alhaji G.V Kromah (ind)
7,127 which is 14% follow by
PUP Sumo Kupee 6,288 12%.
The total number of votes cast
was 48,812.
Meanwhile NEC announced
that on Friday, June 5, 2015, it
will commence the recount of
votes cast between candidates
of the Alliance for Peace and
Democracy and the Liberty
Party in the 2014 Special
Senatorial Election in two
districts in Lofa County.
In a release under the
signature of Joey Kennedy NEC
said that The Districts include
Electoral District Number
One in Kolahun District and
Electoral District Number Four
in Voinjama District.
The decision is in compliance
with a Supreme Court Ruling
handed
down
Monday,
June 1, 2015 in the Election
Irregularities Case between
the Alliance for Peace and
Democracy (APD) on one hand
and the National Elections
Commission (NEC), all Poll
workers, the Liberty Party
Candidate in the 2014 Special
Senatorial Election, Stephen
Zargo and Representative
Eugene Fallah Kpakar on the
other, The release states.
The Supreme Courts Ruling
mandates the Commission to
complete the recount within
the period of fifteen days.
The release further added:
The
National
Elections
Commission (NEC) is inviting
representatives of political
parties, Press Union of Liberia,
Elections
Coordinating
Committee, Liberia National
Bar
Association,
media
institutions and the religious
community, among others,
to attend the reading of the
Supreme Courts Mandate on
Tuesday at its headquarters in
Monrovia.

safe hands and at responsible


place,
Said Shoniyin, Today is a
very historic day we would
have done this turnover in
silence but we thought that
it should go out to the public,
we thought that we will not
be doing justice to the people
of Liberia and not just that
but to the founding fathers of
this country who structured
the country in a way that it
instructed that the importance
of records keeping be given to
MOFA then Ministry of state.
The Acting Minister furthered
When our society involved
the needs for establishing a
new institution to resume
the mandate for keeping and
reserving our history and
our national records, in that
direction the government
established CNDRA.
He said the turning over of
the important documents and
records will be at the benefit of
future generation.
We are not in any way
perplex to turn over these
documents because we know
that we are turning them over
to responsible people, the
Minister indicated.

Tuesday, June 2, 3015

Page 8 | Frontpage
Bettie Johnson/
betty.johnson@
frontpageafricaonline.com

S
Bomi-

everal
groupings
gather Saturday in
the western part of
Liberia to welcome
the Executive Governor of the
Central Bank Liberia Dr. J. Mills
Jones.
There were numerous bike
riders women dressed in
in white with the red head
tie, children in uniforms,
handicaps, while there were
shirts on people reading,
welcome to Bomi chief Driver
J. Mills Jones.
However, several politicians
have
complained
on
triumphant entries of the Bank
Governor in counties but it
seems that it is for nothing talk.
In Bomi, Governor Jones and
his accompanies went to
dedicate the last of the four
credit union building.
Liberias Bank Governor said
that he will not be deter by the
baseless criticisms that will
distract him from working for
the Liberian people.
Speaking at the Program, he
added, We will not be deter
yes, there will be criticism but
more of it are baseless and
where there is not we will
listen but baseless criticism
will not deter us.
Dr. Jones continued: We have
come back home to build and
we this is where we belong and
our heart has always been in
Liberia and we will continue to
work harder and let the trees
planted by river we shall not
be moved.

Huge Crowd welcoming Dr. Jones entourage

CBL GOVERNOR JONES DEDICATES NEW


CREDIT UNION BUILDING IN BOMI

TRIBALISM

He urged Liberians to say no; to


what he called the destructive
politics of tribalism, something
he said will destroy the
country.
According to him, the only
message for the future of
Liberia is about national unity
and not tribalism.
The CBL boss said, We have
a common destiny. In other
words, the 15 counties, we
are all joined together, and no
matter what anybody say or
do, that cant be changed, said
Dr. Jones.
He pointed out that tribalism
is the last stronghold for those
who dont have any idea for
their people, and those who
want to lead, but dont know
their way out.
Dr. Jones said that the
dedication of the building
demonstrate the bank firm in
improving the development
agenda of the country this
demonstrate our firm, we
believe that as we move along
the path of development, we
must see our country Liberia
as one nation, moving along
together step by step i know
that Sinoe will go nowhere
without the rest of Liberia,
nor with any other county, no
tribes or ethnic group will get
far if the rest of the country
is not going along, and this is
why I am consistent in saying
that tribalism has no place in
modern day Liberia, he states.
Dr. Jones continued: And those
who seek refuge in tribalism
should know that they are
already in the dustbin of
history because the economy
future of Liberia is indeed
peace, stability and the

Dr. Jones with Chief of office staff Crayton Duncan (in green) with others

A partial front view of the credit union building in Bomi County

democratic ethic that we all share rest on the concern of one nation one people
and one destiny.
The CBL boss added Tribalism is about division and it is about us than them but I
say to you that the PRS is about unity, a share division and a common political will
that is what Liberia is all about.
MESSAGE OF HOPE

Governor Jones said the Message to you this afternoon is a message of hope we
can create a brighter economy future and we can draw all of our inner strength to
lift up ourselves from poverty.
Yes we have come to dedicate the building but that if that is the reason we will say
we are people of limited vision and we are not; the importance point is this, we
are here to show our commitment to build a strong Liberian economy where the
benefits of development will include all Liberians, he states

Bomi County traditional mask dancers with citizens

Dr. Jones in Blue Shirt with Chief of office staff Crayton Duncan in Green

Dr. Jones continued: We are here to show that we are foot soldiers against poverty
and winning that war require the collective will of all Liberian, we are here to say
that we support policies and financial inclusion; because it is good for the Liberian
people; the majority of us have little or no access to financial access and credits
and we are here to say that we support policies aimed at economy empowerment
of Liberians because that is the surest way to lift the people out of poverty and if we
are to add then Liberians must be empower economically .
Much have been accomplished and more have to be done and we must work
collaboratively on village saving and loan association throughout the country, this
is the challenge not just to the LCUNA but to all credit unions in the Liberia, He
states.
ALWAYS A PARTNER

Dr. Jones said the Central Bank of Liberia remains a partner of growth and

Tuesday, June 2, 3015

Dr. Jones Cutting the ribbon for the official opening of the credit union

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Governor Jones making remarks at the Bomi College in Bomi County

A partial view of the inside of the credit union building

Governor Jones and entourage escorted by Motorcyclists

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Dr. Jones and others inspecting the newly-built credit union building

A Cross section of guests at the Program

Youths of Bomi County welcoming Dr. Jones

Some members of the credit union along the road side in Bomi County

Students from a local school along the roadside

development pledging that the union should always count on the bank.

The CBL always remain a partner that you can count on , we dont waste time that we will have
to ask for time tomorrow based on promises. We say poverty is not our destiny and we must do
something now to change the course of our economy history. He added.
CBL boss said For me personally I am grateful to serve as Executive Governor of Liberia and its the
Liberian people I will serve and I believe that building a vibrant inclusive economy is possible if we
have vision and the will to be bold in moving the lives of our people and moving us forward to be
active, we must stand together and support each other in our agenda.
Speaking earlier, the board chair of the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) Saye Biyie
said the dedication is very important to them on grounds that it comes at the time the citizens are
still living in abject poverty and want to be empowered through access to finance and to participate
in the economy.
He disclosed that under the World coalition of Credit union (WOCCU) project 2.4 million United States
dollars to be spent in four years to fully revitalize the LCUNA through construction of four regional

credit unions building in Liberia completing renovation and modernization of the headquarter,
training and capacity building for the union and primary credit union across the country in three
years among others.
Today we are here to dedicate the last of the 4 modern credit union building under the WOCCU
project, we must give credit to the board of the CBL and the entire bank staff this has added value to
LCUNA and restored its dignity, He states.
Mr. Biyie added that the issue of poverty must be consider a human right issue and poverty reduction
fight must be holistic fight by all Government functionaries and not segmented.
He said the Legislators must join the fight and enact laws that put businesses, jobs and the economy
of Liberia in the hands of Liberians and not foreigners, the Executive through the Ministry of
Commerce and Labor must vigorously enforced the Liberalization policy and refusing to grant work
permit to aliens.
Mr. Biyie continued: we must try as hard as possible to meet our obligations to our partners in
terms of paying back our loans on time this will create more opportunities for others to benefit.

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ECOWAS DIPLOMAT TOWAH COMMENDS


LIBERIANS FOR DEFEATING EBOLA

A GOOD PERSON TO WORK


WITH: SALALA RESIDENTS
EMBRACE BOAKAI

Monrovia twelve
man
delegation
from
Salala District in
Bong County over
the weekend called on Vice
President Joseph N. Boakai at
his Paynesville residence and
extended to him an invitation
to the District.
The
delegation
which
included the commissioner
of the District, the Paramount
Chief, the General Cultural
Inspector of Bong County,
two clan Chiefs, the District
Youth Leadership, the head
of the Cross Border Women
of Salala and the President of
the Lutheran Parish Women
in Salala among others hailed
the Vice President for his
past contribution towards the
development of the District.
The delegation informed Vice
President Boakai that they have
been following developments
in the Country especially his
recent visit to Lofa , where he

was petitioned by the people of


that County to compete in the
race for the presidency come
2017.
We heard the news from the
Lofa, the delegation speaking
through the Paramount Chief
told the Vice President and we
are therefore inviting you to
Salala District.
In his response, Vice President
Boakai said, he was pleased
to be invited by the people of
the District of Salala, a release
from the Office of the Vice
President Said.
It can be recalled that Vice
President
Boakai
served
as Minister of Agriculture
at which time he worked
in Bong, Lofa and Nimba
Counties, overseeing a massive
agricultural
development
program sponsored by the
World Bank in the early
eighties and is familiar, well
known and respected in all
of the Districts in the three
Counties.

eeks after the World Health


Organization (WHO) has declared
Liberia to be free from the deadly
Ebola virus, a top Liberian
diplomat at ECOWAS, Mr.William Deiyan Towah
has commended the President and the people
of Liberia for their steadfastness and collective
commitment which have resulted in the defeat
the deadly Ebola virus. As health experts declare
Liberia free from Ebola, my congratulations to
the President and the people of Liberia for this
unique achievement of extraordinary sacrifices.
As a proud Liberian, nothing is much fulfilling

than when the heritage and dignity of our nation
is defended and safeguarded. Unreserved credit
must be given to the President, Her Excellency
Mme Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Government
and the Liberian people for their extraordinary
resolve and unwavering spirit in fighting this
unprecedented humanitarian crisis Hon.
Towah stated.
The diplomat who was speaking from his duty
station in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso revealed
that Liberias case of determination, resilience
and persistence in the fight against the deadly
virus is an indication and inspirational story for
other affected countries still battling the virus
in the sub-region in overcoming this previously
seemingly insurmountable disease.
According to Excellency Towah, Liberias
triumph over the deadly Ebola virus serves
as a reminder to the world and the remaining
affected countries that the greatest challenges
can be overcome with the combine effort, hard
work, political commitment, and the support
of the people and that of the international
community.
Mr. William D. Towah expressed his deepest
gratitude to President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf
and the Liberian Government and its people
for the extraordinary political commitment
and will, which helped turned the tables on the
previously indiscriminate epidemic which has

emphasized.
There has been significant
disruption to development
programmes, in education,
agriculture commerce and the
socio-economic segments of
the Liberian economy which
needs urgent attention by
the international community.
It is therefore vital that
new chapters are opened in
changing the overall story of
Liberia. Issues of food security,
low investment and set-back
infrastructural development
in health and education are
looming threats to Liberias
recovery from the crisis Mr.
Towah asserted.
Mr. Towah further emphasized
the growing need for the
international community to
use the lessons learned from
the unprecedented Ebola
eventually been conquered. He also paid glowing outbreak to maximize global
tribute to the heroism of the health workers and efforts in building the capacity
many others who lost their lives in the selfless to prevent, detect, and to
attempts at saving lives of affected people and rapidly respond to infectious
those battling the diseases. They remain the diseases.
true heroes and heroines of our existence as a The statement urged Liberians
and other sister countries
sovereign nation he stressed.
The ECOWAS Diplomat commended the to remain in remarkable
extraordinary resilience of the people of Liberia solidarity and fraternity with
whose courage he stressed should be matched countries still battling the fight
by the continued commitment of the entire against the virus in order to
international community to help in rejuvenating wipe it out of the sub-region
the battled economy and development of the noting that, it still poses
a threat as Liberia shares
country.
The
statement
further
thanked
the borders with neighboring
international community, donor partners and Guinea and Sierra Leone.
all nongovernmental organizations for their Excellency William Deiyan
who
until
his
relentless and effective response to the crisis Towah
appointment
at
ECOWAS
in Liberia in the provision of medical supplies,
technical assistance and working with local was Adviser to Minister of
Finance on Donor Aid to
communities to control the virus.
According to Mr. Towah, the perseverance and Liberia, is amongst prominent
invaluable courage demonstrated by the people Liberians who led the call on
of Liberia in fighting the crisis should inform the international communitys
humanity particularly Liberians on the need assistance to Liberia during
for collective spirit and high sense of patriotism the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
in our productive lives as a country, and as one He is fondly remembered for
pleading for global response
people with a common destiny.
The statement also urged the international and assistance to Liberia during
community and donor partners not to hold at the height of the Crisis.
back support to the government and people of He also served the Liberian
Liberia now that Liberia has overcome the crisis Government as Managing
but to further support the country rebuild its Director of the National
dysfunctional health care delivery system and Housing Authority and was
also to provide Liberia with the needed cushion a lecturer and Coordinator
from the socioeconomic consequences of the of Strategic Management at
the University of Liberia. The
crisis.
The international community needs to Liberian Diplomat is a PhD
stand shoulder to shoulder with the Liberian Fellow in Public Policy and
Government and people in the crucial and Administration at the Walden
necessary work of rebuilding health delivery University, USA.
infrastructure and the hugely disrupted
development
programmes
Mr.
Towah

LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT DOING NOTHING TO STOP VIOLENCE, RESIDENT ALARMS

Massa F, Kanneh masskanneh@yahoo.com or 0886848625

Monroviahe act of violence that


leads to destruction
of
properties
in
Liberia appears to

be a regular practice as many


Liberians in most instances the
youths see it as the only way to
solve their problems or get the
attention of government.

One of the sectors badly


affected by violence in recent
time is the concession sector.
This sector has witnessed the
highest incidences of violence
in recent years due to land and
labor related issues.
Many believe that most of
these situations derive from
the crafting of agreements
between Liberia and investors.
It is also believed that most
often the Legislature that
ratifies these agreements
pay less attention to what
would benefit the population
by receiving gifts under the
canopy of lobbying fees to
ratify bad agreements that
dont take into account the
interest of the ordinary people.
An audit by international
audit firm, Moore Stephens
indicated that only two of

the 66 agreements signed by


the Liberian government met
international standards.
Mr. Tibelrousa Tarponweh is a
local business man; he believes
that the government of Liberia
is doing little to stop violence
blaming the government for
the increases was of violence
in concession areas.
Mr. Tarponweh who is also
a prominent resident of
District #1 Margibi County
said, government is too slow
in addressing concerns of it
citizens which sometimes
result into chaos.
He frowned on people who use
violence in seeking redress
to problems but warned that
government needs to give
attention to the people when
they raise issues especially
legitimate concerns by making

quick intervention that will


produce results.
Tarponweh said: Over time we
have heard of violence all over
the place there is no excuse
for violence anywhere in this
world and I think the law shall
take its course for people who
carry out violence but what
has been the cause is what we
also need to talk about.
Sometimes
people
give
complaints
to
National
government or state actors
but nothing is done about it.
We have intervened in some
of these complaints and
we noticed that officials on
these cases exhibit dont care
attitude in addressing some of
these complaints, he added.
Tarponweh said, the attitudes
of dont care by some of these
officials of government in

finding quick redress to issues


of legitimate concerns from
Liberians make the citizens
feel rejected and lead them
into violence that result
into destruction of lives and
properties.
He referenced the situation
at the crematorium in the
Marshall area where Ebola
bodies were burned.
According to him from the
onset residents in the area
engaged
the
government
about the health hazard
effect of burning bodies but
government paid no attention
to them.
We can be proactive as a
government as a people before
people to stop these things
before they ever happen, he
said.

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PROMINENT BLACK JINAH IS

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DEAD!- POLITICIANS PAY TRIBUTE

Monroviahe death of Mr. Daouda Konneh otherwise known as


Black Jinah has attracted the attention of many Liberians
especially politicians and government officials.
Several government officials and politicians have started
pulling into the Black Jinah compound in Jacob Town Paynesville
to pay tribute to the falling Muslim hero who has brought great
relevance to that community and in whom honor the entire
neighborhood is named.
The Black Jinah community is mix with both Muslims and
Christians with Muslims in dominance especially Mandingo
Muslims.
Daouda Konneh died on Thursday afternoon may 28, 2015 at
age 72, and was buried on Friday may 29, 2015, as the Muslims
religion depicts, it is for bidden to keep the dead for more than
three days.
Mr. Konneh was born in Zolowo Town Salayeh District Lofa
County on July 10, 1942, he had five wives and 25 living children
many of whom are in the United States, Guinea and Sierra Leone
respectively.
The death of oldman Black Jinah has turned the Black Jinah
community into a political hustle ground with politicians now
going there making political speeches apparently to win the votes
of Muslims in that part of the country as 2017 general elections
draw closer.
CDC Montserrado County District # 5 lawmaker, Thomas Fallah
paying tribute to the bereaved family extended greetings on
behalf of his political leader George Weah.
Representative Thomas Fallah said the CDC regrets the death of
Mr. Konneh, saying, "we from the CDC are sorry for the death of
Old-man Black Jinah, it is our commitment as a party to come and
identify with in your bereavement, as a former representative of
this District who is being transferred to District #5, I am pleased
to say to you have my sympathy for the loss of the old-man," he
stated.
Bong County Lawmaker Samuel Korka was also present to pay his
tribute to the bereaved family. Unity party District #2 lawmaker
of Montserrado County, Sekou Kanneh also expressed his party
regret for the death of the Mr. Konneh.
Representative Kanneh during the 2011 elections got majority
of his votes from the Black Jinah Community that is rich with
Muslims voters.
Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai who has also declared his
intention to contest the 2017 presidency urged the Muslims in
Black Jinah to remember him as 2017 draws closer, saying, he had
worked with lot of them when he (VP Boakai) was working at the
Liberia Produce and Marketing Corporation (LPMC).
"Please remember me in the future as you know I have worked
with most of your during my stay at the LPMC and I also expressed
my condolence to all the family of Mr. Konneh or Black Jinah," he
noted.
The Political leader of the Movement for Progressive Change
(MPC), Simeon Freeman called on the residents of the Black Jinah
community to not be carried away by politicians who go to pay
tribute and have different things under their sleeves.
Freeman described the Muslims as united people that do not
segregate when voting, saying continue your style of voting
He applauded the Muslims for the manner in which they treat
their dead, saying, you people have value for each other when
alive, I mean you value the living more than the dead," he stressed.
Freeman who is an SDA Christian quoted the Bible as say, "naked
we come naked we shall go, I like your star of treating the dead
unlike for we Christians, we dress our dead in coat-suits that
will rotten at last but when our brothers and sisters are sick and
need help we cannot give them that help until they die before we
start to buy expensive caskets and give them befitting burial," he
continued.
The MPC political leader however said he remains committed in
his advocacy for Liberia to remain a circular state and not to turn
the country into Christian state.
One of the sons of Black Jinah, Varlee A. Konneh (Pisto) described
his father death as complete setback for his family. Varlee said
his father was a successful businessman who was always there
for his family. "Our father was good man, he was transporter or
businessman who changed the lives of most people around him,
his death is a big blow to our family," he noted.
The Black Jinah Yard or community is widely known in Monrovia
of hosting huge Muslims residents with the biggest mosque being
constructed there.

LIBERIANS NEGLECTED IN POVERTY :


UN REPORT GOVT. ABANDONMENT

Living conditions of Liberians continued to decline due to neglect by the government. The health system is poor, the food is inadequate,
the education system is below minimum standards and housing is absent, United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group

Monroviaiberia and Africas first


democratically elected
female President, Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf dubbed
the savior in 2005 has gone
almost ten years in office with
two more left to go.
During the 2005 general and
presidential elections, Liberia,
a country plagued by years of
civil unrest was looking out for
solutions to the many problems
confronting the country and
candidate Sirleaf promised
just what the people wanted to
hear-restoration of basic social
services, water, electricity,
improved health and education
systems and many more.
Jobs creation to reduce poverty
was another major promise
to the huge unemployed
population but six years in
power, concessions were signed
and existing contracts amended
but the Liberian leader again
told Liberians that her first
term was too short to achieve
all that she had promised.
President Sirleaf was given
another term as she was reelected in 2011. Four years in
her second term summing her
time in office to ten years, a
report by the United Nations
Human Rights Council states
that the living conditions of
Liberians is worsening.
GOVERNMENT NEGLECT
The United Nations has placed

the blame on the worsening


conditions of Liberians on what
it described as neglect by the
government.
Living conditions of Liberians
continued to decline due to
neglect by the government. The
health system is poor, the food
is inadequate, the education
system is below minimum
standards and housing is
absent, stated the United
Nations Human Rights Council.
In the wake of the worsening
conditions of Liberians, the
United Nations working group
is recommending the equal
distribution of the countrys
wealth.
JS4 recommended that Liberia
re-distribute the countrys
wealth generated by natural
resources and have citizens
to participate in the decisionmaking of the resources, the
HRC recommended.
In the report, the HRC quoting
another report of 2013
indicated that 63.8 percent
of Liberians lived below the
poverty line, with 47.9 percent
living in extreme poverty.
The UN said it remained
seriously concerned that many
communities still lacked access
to basic health-care services,
in particular in rural areas,
and that there were persistent
inequalities
and
regional
disparities in the distribution of
health personnel and in access
to essential health services.

HRC recommends It is
recommended that Liberia,
inter alia, improve access
to basic health care and
implement a strong primary
health care system to cover the
whole country.

No
clear
regulatory
framework
The report further states that
multi-national companies are
operating in the absence of
clear regulatory framework
to ensure adherence to
international human rights.
CRC
regretted
that
multinational companies were
operating in the absence of
clear regulatory frameworks
to ensure adherence to
international human rights,
labour, environment and other
standards and was concerned
that issues relating to relocation
that affected families and
communities in mining areas
were not discussed with or
communicated to the persons
concerned, nor to the public,
the report continued.
The report is recommending
that
Liberia
require
assessments,
consultations
and disclosure by companies
on human rights impact of
measures such as relocation of
communities or establishment
of production quotas.
HRC also wants Liberia
to
provide
safe
spaces
for
meaningful
civil

society
participation
in
the
development
and
implementation of relevant
laws and policies, in particular
guaranteeing the free, prior
and informed consultation
of communities affected by
economic and development
projects.
With two more years left
for President Sirleaf to wave
goodbye to the presidency,
it will be an uphill task to
change the living standards
of the Liberian people in
the remaining period of her
tenure especially with many of
the investors complaining of
decline in business prompting
slowdown in the operations.
Arcelor
Mittal
announced
recently that as a consequence
of decline in the price of iron
ore on the world market it
was slowing down operations
with a plan to redundant some
workers.
China Union which promised
over $1.5 billion investment is
slow to start and has really not
done much on the ground with
its workers recently staging
a protest in demand of better
incentives.
In Sinoe County, the locals
staged a protest recently after
they were prevented from
meeting a visiting member
of Golden Veroleum, the oil
palm company involved in
the planting of palm in their
community.

scores and rankings across


eight categories: Constraints
on
Government
Powers,
Absence of Corruption, Open
Government,
Fundamental
Rights, Order and Security,
Regulatory Enforcement, Civil
Justice, and Criminal Justice.
Please let me know if I should
send this information to
another colleague.
This year, the top three overall
performers in the WJP Rule
of Law Index 2015 out of 102
countries are Denmark (1),
Norway (2), and Sweden (3);
the bottom three are Zimbabwe
(100),
Afghanistan
(101),
and Venezuela (102).More
information can be found in our
press release below.
The Index relies on over
100,000 household and 2,400
expert surveys to measure how
the rule of law is experienced in
practical, everyday situations
by ordinary people around
the world. Performance is
assessed using 47 indicators
across eight categories, each
of which is scored and ranked
globally and against regional
and income peers: Constraints
on
Government
Powers,

Absence of Corruption, Open


Government,
Fundamental
Rights, Order and Security,
Regulatory Enforcement, Civil
Justice, and Criminal Justice.
Effective rule of law helps
reduce corruption, alleviate
poverty, improve public health
and education, and protect
people from injustices and
dangers large and small,
said William H. Neukom, WJP
Founder and CEO. Wherever
we come from, the rule of law
can always be strengthened.
The WJP Rule of Law Index
is the most comprehensive
index of its kind and the only
to rely solely on primary data.
The Indexs scores are built
from the assessments of local
residents (1,000 respondents
per country) and local legal
experts, which ensure that the
findings reflect the conditions
experienced by the population,
including marginalized sectors
of society. Features of the 2015
Index include:
Countries measured in the
Sub-Saharan Africa region:
Botswana,
Burkina
Faso,
Cameroon,
Cote
dIvoire,
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia,

Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria,


Senegal, Sierra Leone, South
Africa,
Tanzania,
Uganda,
Zambia, Zimbabwe
The World Justice Project
(WJP) is an independent,
multidisciplinary organization
working to advance the rule of
law around the world. Effective
rule of law reduces corruption,
combats poverty and disease,
and protects people from
injustices large and small. It is
the foundation for communities
of peace, opportunity, and
equityunderpinning
development,
accountable
government, and respect for
fundamental rights.
The World Justice Project
engages citizens and leaders
from across the globe and from
multiple work disciplines to
advance the rule of law. Through
our
mutually-reinforcing
programs of Research and
Scholarship, the WJP Rule of
Law Index, and Engagement,
WJP
seeks
to
increase
public awareness about the
foundational importance of
the rule of law, stimulate policy
reforms, and develop practical,
on-the-ground programs.

LIBERIA RANKED 83 OUT OF 102 NATIONS IN RULE OF LAW PERFORMANCE

WASHINGTON, DC
he
World
Justice
Project (WJP) today
released the WJP
Rule of Law Index
2015, an annual report that
measures how the rule of
law is experienced by the
general public in 102 countries
worldwide. According to the
Index, Liberias overall rule of
law performance places it at
11th out of 18 countries in the
Sub-Saharan Africa region, 6th
out of 15 among low income
countries, and 83th out of 102
countries worldwide.
The top overall performer in
the WJP Rule of Law Index
2015 was Denmark; the bottom
performer was Venezuela. In the
Sub-Saharan Africa region, the
top performer was Botswana;
the bottom performer was
Zimbabwe.
Liberias WJP Rule of Law
Index 2015 rankings (1 is
best):
OVERALL GLOBAL RANK:
83/102
The Index measures how the
rule of law is experienced
in everyday life for 102
countries worldwide, with

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Category of Vehicles

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Tuesday, June 2, 3015

Freetown, Sierra Leoneierra


Leone
and
Guinea are working
hard to be free of
Ebola when they meet
the World Health Organization
required time frame of 42 days
without reporting any new
transmission of the deadly
virus like Liberia.
There were 12 confirmed
cases of Ebola virus disease
(EVD) reported in the week to
24 May: 9 from Guinea and 3
from Sierra Leone.
Five districts (3 in Guinea, 2 in
Sierra Leone) reported at least
one confirmed case, compared
with 6 districts the previous
week.
Former Information Minister
of Sierra Leone Dr. Julius
Spencer has attributed the
increase of cases in his
country to traditional belief
of citizens and Government
ineffectiveness to coordinate.
He added that change and lack
of communication in the fight
is hindering the numerous
cases the country experience.
Traditional practice
has
been more difficult perhaps
the effectiveness of the
coordination response is not
good like in Liberia and we
have to change the structure
and it was later it was done
right but that it have affected
the response of Sierra Leone,
Dr. Spencer said.
He continued: The lack of

Frontpage

TRADITIONAL PRACTICE HAMPERS


EBOLA FIGHT IN SIERRA LEONE
Traditional practice has been more difficult perhaps the effectiveness of the coordination response is
not good like in Liberia and we have to change the structure and it was later it was done right but that
have affected the response of Sierra Leone fight- Dr. Julius Spencer, former Information Minister

Bettie Johnson/ betty.johnson@frontpageafricaonline.com

communication is hindering
the fight of Ebola in Sierra
Leone. Liberia contacted the
virus before Sierra Leone
and they are free and we will
someday be free.
The
former
Information
boss disclosed that though
he was not disappointed in
the Government it was the
citizens and the World Health

Organization who has got it


wrong.
The international community
has helped and it is not the
Government who has caused it
to spread but the citizens, it is
not the Government who got it
wrong but the WHO too must
be wrong, Ebola has wreck our
health system, he said.
He spoke when journalists

LIBERIAN GOVT. TRAINS STAFF FOR


FIRST COUNTY SERVICE CENTER

Monrovia Seven-day training


workshop
to
prepare personnel
of
Ministries,
Agencies and Commissions
(MACs) to provide services
in Buchanan, Grand Bassa
County, starts this Monday,
June 1, 2015 at the Corina
Hotel in Sinkor. The workshop
comes against the backdrop
of Government's on-going
Deconcentration Platform that
seeks to deliver services to
citizens and residents in their
counties of residence instead of
coming to Monrovia to access
those services, as has always
been the case.
The training sessions are
preparatory to the opening
of the first County Service
Center in Buchanan, shortly.
It will provide a platform for
personnel of the MACs that

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currently roll out services in


Grand Bassa County, to review
existing working practices
with the aim of identifying
priorities, weaknesses and
strengths, especially so that
they will now work from a
central point.
The workshop targets sixty (60)
personnel from the Ministries
of Internal Affairs, Commerce,
Public Works, Education and
Transport. Other Ministries
involved are Labor, Health
& Finance and Development
Planning (MFPD).
The training sessions will
also
provide
the
basis
for
establishing
followup processes to ensure
sustainability of the Service
Center and training received.
Out of this process will
evolve the development of
methods and strategies for
the introduction of on-the-job

trainings.
Initial services to be provided
at the Grand Bassa County
Service
Center
include
Business registration, issuance
of birth certificates, issuance
of marriage and divorce
certificates,
provision
of
ECOWAS
Work
Permit,
among others.
Experience of the Grand Bassa
County Service Center will be
replicated in additional seven
counties between now and
December, 2015.
Already, renovation works
are nearing completion on the
proposed Service Center.
The Liberian Government,
through a European Union
Grant
contribution,
is
facilitating the actualization of
the County Service Centers in
the initial eight counties.

from Sierra Leone and Liberia


were trained on cross border
and crisis reporting in Sierra
Leone.
He added: I believe that the
journalists have had more
knowledge on crisis and
conflict situation. I think lots
of the time most journalists
practice their profession in a
straightjacket way that they

just report but what we did


is to allow the participants
understand that there are
several crisis and they must
know how to report.
Also speaking, the Press
Director at the US embassy in
Sierra Leone Madam Hollyn
Green said that it was time
for attention to be given to the
two countries because they
two have passed through a lot
simultaneously.
We are happy to be in
collaboration with the US
Embassy in Liberia; I do
believe that the Ebola got
everyone off guard not just the
journalists but professional of
every level and I think there
can be a lot of reflection on
what we can do better and the
purpose of this workshop is to
identify the skills we share in
common so that when the next
crises come upon us we will
be better prepared, Madam
Green said.
On the Lesson learnt, Madam
Green added: One thing I find

very thrilling is to view the


region as one and taking a step
further; we are participating the
Global world certainly Ebola
has taught us all that problem
in one part is share by all. So
I think the lesson learnt is the
responsibilities to solve these
problems collectively.
Meanwhile Stephen Douglas
one of the facilitators said
I think journalism is the
powerful tool that can help give
information and it also do a lot
of harm when it is done badly;
so as journalists are trained, I
expect that they do better on
crisis reporting.
On the similarity of the two
governments in the fight against
the Ebola virus, Mr. Douglas
added that he was impressed
with the level of jobs done
actively and accessibly by the
Liberian Government.
In Liberia, I was very
impressed with the way the
Government handled things
and I think Sierra Leone
thought they have work very
hard; they have different
approach but ultimately I think
they will be Ebola free.

FISCAL YEAR
2015/2016 BUDGET IN
LEGISLATORS HANDS

Monrovia er
Excellency,
President
Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf on
Monday submitted
the FY 15/16 Draft National
Budget to the National
Legislature through the office
of the Honorable Speaker of
the House of Representatives
following an endorsement by
Cabinet.
The FY15/16 budget is the
first year estimate of Liberias
second
Medium
Term
Expenditure
Framework
(MTEF) budget program
which supports the Agenda
for Transformation (AfT),
the post-Ebola Economic
Stabilization and Recovery
Plan (ESRP), as well as,
the
UNMIL
Transition
program.
The Cabinet, in its meeting
of
Saturday,
May
30,
2015, approved the Draft
Budget based on a total
projected resource envelop
of US$604.04 million. This
amount represents Domestic
Revenue
of
US$465.61;
Grants/Budget Support of
US$66.23 million; Borrowing
of US$58.61; and Carryforward
(surplus
from
FY2014/15) of US$13.58
million.
Along with the approval
of the projected resource
envelop, the Cabinet also
agreed that key areas of
expenditure will include debt

repayment (US$32.5 million);


payment of salaries across
the government (US$252.1
million); Social Development
Fund and other pass through
(US$23.2 million); Health
Sector
Strengthening
(US$73.0 million); Education
Sector Support (US$79.4
million) and Security & Rule
of Law (US$90.1 million,
including (US$15 for UNMIL
Transition), as First Claims on
the resource envelop.
Other key areas of funding
agreed by the Cabinet
includes the Government of
Liberias (GoL) contribution
(Counterpart Funding) to
ongoing
donor
financed
public investment projects
through loans and grants
(US$24.5 million), as well as,
GoLs Grants and Transfers
to various institutions and
entities (US$85.7 million) that
contribute to Liberias socioeconomic reconstruction.
In support of major Public
Sector Investments intended
to advance Liberias postEbola
recovery,
growth,
and
development,
the
Cabinet agreed to fund
road
construction
and
maintenance
(US$44.3
million, including US$17.3
million as GoLs contribution
to donor funded projects),
renovation of public buildings
(US$9 million); expansion of
electricity (US$2.4 million);
district development projects

throughout
the
country
through the National
Legislature (US$10.9 million);
water & sanitation (US$2.3
million); Beach & Waterways
cleaning (US$1 million);
human capacity building
(US$2
million);
private
sector development (US$1.5
million); National Low Cost
Housing Project ($US$1.5
million); LWSC Water Project
(US$1.0 million); renovation
works at BWI (US$1 million);
renovation works at Tubman
University (US$1 million);
and a host of other key
interventions critical for the
delivery of social services and
economic transformation.
Consistent with its Open
Budget Initiative of the
Ministry of Finance and
Development Planning, the
Draft National Budget, after
submission to the National
Legislative on Monday, June 1,
2015, will be available on its
website (www.mfdp.gov.lr)
for public access.
Citizens are encouraged
to fully participate in
these budget discussions
by engaging with their
representatives to ensure
that the Final National
Budget is representative
of the countrys needs and
aspirations,
particularly
considering
the
socioeconomic impact caused by
the Ebola Virus Disease.

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RONT

IN BRIEF

IRAN MILITARY ADVISER


KILLED NEAR IRAQ'S
IS-HELD RAMADI

Tehran (AFP) n Iranian officer has


been killed near the
Iraqi city of Ramadi
while advising Iraqi
forces on how to recapture
it from the Islamic State
group, state media reported
Monday.
Jassem Nouri, who had also
served as a military adviser
in Syria, was killed on
Thursday, Iran's official IRNA
news agency reported.
Political and military leaders
joined family members for a
memorial service in Ahvaz
in southwestern Iran on
Sunday ahead of his burial
on Monday.
"A
seasoned
(1980-88)
Iran-Iraq war commander,
Jassem Nouri was there as
a military adviser to share
his experience with the
resistance fighters in Iraq,"
the city's Friday prayer
leader Qassem Khaziravi told
mourners.

MAURITIUS DESIGNATES

FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT

EICHMANN WIFE VISITED HIM IN


ISRAEL BEFORE HANGING: ARCHIVE

Jerusalem (AFP) ewly-released


official documents
on Monday shed
light on a secret
visit to Israel by the wife
of Nazi war criminal Adolf
Eichmann a month before his
execution in 1962.
Details of Vera Eichmann's
visit to Ramle prison near
Tel Aviv were revealed by
Israel's state archives which
published a visitor's log
showing she went to see her
husband on April 30, 1962,
spending 90 minutes with
him inside the jail.

WORLD NEWS

Port Louis (Mauritius) (AFP) he government of


Mauritius on Monday
designated Ameenah
Gurib-Fakim as the
Indian Ocean island nation's
new president, making her
the first woman to hold the
ceremonial position.
The appointment of GuribFakim, an internationallyrenowned
scientist
and
biologist,
is
subject
to
parliament approval, due to
take place on Thursday.
The opposition has said it will
support her appointment,
making the vote a mere
formality.
Her inauguration is expected
to take place on Friday, officials
said.
Gurib-Fakim, 56, will be
the first female president
of the island, which gained
independence from Britain in
1968 and replaced Britain's
Queen Elizabeth II as its head
of state in 1992.
Former president Kailash
Purryag, who had been put
in place by the previous
government, stepped down
as the island's figurehead on
Friday.

He had served as president


since July 2012, when he was
appointed by the island's
previous
Labour
party
government of former premier
Navin Ramgoolam.
Labour's winning campaign
was based on a platform of
delivering
constitutional
reform -- notably with a
divisive proposal to strengthen
presidential powers.
Ramgoolam himself had hoped

to eventually run for the new,


strengthened position. Since

his election defeat Purryag
has been seen as an unwanted
figurehead, while Ramgoolam
has been embroiled in
corruption allegations that
have shocked the country.
Mauritius is one of the richest
-- and least corrupt -- countries
in Africa, a middle-income
country of some 1.3 million
people with a per capita GDP of

just over $9,000 (7,200 euros).


Once dependent on sugar
exports, the island has built
up a strong outsourcing and
financial services sector, and
an important tourism industry.
Gurib-Fakim
is
currently
director of the Mauritiusheadquartered Centre for
Phytotherapy
Research
(CEPHYR), which carries out
research on plants for use
in cosmetics, nutrition and


therapy.
An alumni of the universities
of Exeter and Surrey in
Britain, she is also the chair of
organic chemistry at Mauritius
University, and has worked
with the World Bank and other
international institutions.
"I will continue to work in
science but in a different way,"
she told reporters following
her nomination by the
government.

economyNigerias
fate
has an enormous bearing on
practically everyone at the
WEF event.
The question they will be
asking is, can Buhari solve
Nigerias
many
chronic
problems?
The
former
military dictator has barely
returned to powerthis time,
with a popular mandate
but neither his country nor
his continent can afford to
give him much time to settle
in. Hisswearing-in last week
was attended by a palpable
sense of expectation, mixed
in with a driving urgency,
across Africa.
As an economic forum, it is
inevitable that much of the
conversation among the
WEF delegates will be about
Nigerias economic woes
demonstrated just last week
by a fuel crisis that nearly
overshadowed
Buharis
investitureand its huge
opportunities. (One early test
for Buhari: paying salaries to
government employees.)
The departure of the his
do-nothing
predecessor,
Goodluck Johnathan, has

automatically given rise to
a sense of optimism about
Nigerias economy. Cape
Town will be an opportunity
to parse Buharis policy
pronouncements
and
his appointments to key
government positions.
But no discussion about
Nigeria can long evade the
topic of Boko Haram, the
terrorist group that has
bedeviled the country
and
its
neighborsfor
much of the past year. Here

too, Buhari has aroused


optimism by reorganizing
the command structure of his
security forces, and pledging
to step up the campaign
against the terrorists. (Boko
Haram has welcomed the
new president with fresh
violence in Maiduguri.)
But it will take more than
military
operations
to
subdue the terrorists. There
are thousands of fighters
in Boko Harams ranks, and
Buhari will need to find a
way to amnesty many of
them, as well as find a way
to reintegrate them into the
very Nigerian society they
have long traumatized.
How to achieve that will be
the subject of a WEF panel I
will be moderating, entitled,
Silencing the Gun. Among
my panelists is Hafsat
Abiola-Costello, a Nigerian
human-rights activist, and
scion of a prominent political
family. I am looking forward
to her thoughts on how
Buhari should deal with the
challenge of militancy.
Along with Abiola-Costello,
all the Nigerians attending
WEF should brace themselves
for lots and lots of questions
about their new president,
and his government. In his
absence, they will be his
proxies.
As for Zuma, he will not
go entirely unheard. South
Africas president is expected
to participate in two WEF
sessions: on how to fix the
continents
infrastructure,
and how to engage its youth.

AFRICAS MOST IMPORTANT GATHERING WILL BE DOMINATED BY

A MAN WHO WONT

EVEN BE THERE

BANGLADESH FILES
MURDER CHARGES IN
2013 BUILDING COLLAPSE

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP)


uthorities
in
Bangladesh
filed
murder
charges
Monday
against
dozens of people for their
roles in the 2013 collapse of
a garment factory building
that killed more than 1,100
people.
The charges were filed
against 41 people, including
the building's owner, Sohel
Rana, and his parents
and more than a dozen
government officials, for
their direct role in the
deaths of 1,137 people in the
collapse of Rana Plaza, said
the lead investigator, Bijoy
Krishna Kar of the Criminal
Investigation Department.

Tuesday, June 2, 3015

hen the World


Economic
Forums Africa
summit opens
in Cape Town on Wednesday,
the center of attention will not
be Jacob Zuma, president of
the host nation, or any of the
politicians, philanthropists,
or business leaders among
the 1,250 delegatesfrom
75 countriesattending the
continents biggest business
and economics gathering

of the great and the good.


The man on everyones
mind will not even be there:
Muhammadu Buhari, the
newly sworn-in president of
Nigeria.
Sure, there will be much
discussion on the continents
challenges and opportunities.
There will also be much dealmaking on the sidelines:
business leaders say the
regional WEF gatherings are
more conducive to clinching

deals than the annual


conclave in Davos, which
is better suited to higheraltitude deliberations on
global issues.
But its a fair bet that the
majority of those gathered in
the Cape Town International
Convention Center will have
their eyes turned toward
Aso Rock, the presidential
palace in Abuja. As Africas
biggest
countryand,
as of last year, its largest

Tuesday, June 2, 3015

Frontpage

Sports

BARROLLE IS STILL A SECOND DIVISION

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SPORTS

S. AFRICA DENIES
$10 MN PAYMENT
WAS FIFA BRIBE

TEAM-SECRETARY GENERAL

A. Macaulay Sombai,
sombai121@gmai.com

Monroviahe Secretary General


of
the
Mighty
Barrolle
Sports
Association (BSA)
has told FrontPageAfrica
that his association football
team Mighty Barrolle is still a
second division team and that
they are ready for the 2015
Liberia Football Association
(LFA) national league season.
Mr. Ivan G. Brown disclosed
that they as officials of his
association has no plan to
make Barrolle a first division
team
without
passing
through the proper channel
set by the football house and
that they are not joking with
their team future.
Let me make it clear here
that at no time my association
and the LFA have agreed for
Barrolle to be promoted to
the nation football house
first division stage without
meeting all of the necessary
requirements that a club
needs to possess before been
given the green light to play
as first division club and that
we are still a second division
team.
Mr. Brown agreed that his
team morale both on the local
and international scenes is
down but they are together
as a team and they are all
working hard to bring back
the Rollers among the best
playing teams not only in
Liberian football but also in
the confederation of African
Football (CAF).
He stated that Barrolle is
working hard to put together
a strong team for the newly
LFA national league so that
they could finish either first
or second position at the end
of the season.
Our target in the 2015 LFA
national league season is to
finish among the first two
teams and straightly return to
the first division in Liberian
football so that we can once
more again represent our
beloved country Liberia in
CAF champions league, he
said.

S
Mr. Brown emphasized that
the club current Head Coach
and former player Benjamin
Saydee was never suspended
from the team but was
punished for negligent on
his part to honor the team
opening match in the ongoing
Presidents Cup tournament
against Invincible Eleven
(IE) which he said led to the
team elimination from the
tournament.
The BSA never suspended
Coach Saydee but as I said we
punished him for negligence
on his part and that
negligence was his failure to
honor the match against IE
and that he is going to lost
his two months salaries as a
serious warning to him and
members of his technical
staff because he did not give
us any concrete reason that
led to his failure to honor
the match against IE, Brown
furthered.
He described his association
current squad as a team with
youthful players and that he
could see the future in them
but he is worried because
the majority of their players
were confident of playing

in the first division level of


the newly opened LFA 2015
national league season but
it all turn the other way and
that some of the players are
contemplating to leave for
any first division team that
will need their services.
The association Secretary
General agreed that his team
moral both on the local and
international scenes is down
completely but nevertheless
they are together as an
association and they are
doing everything possible to
bring back the Rollers among
the best plying teams not
only in Liberian football but
also in the confederation of
African Football (CAF).
On the cause of the downfall
of Barrolle, he answered
that he just came on board
and that he cant really tell
what led to the downfall of
the Rollers but he knows in
everyone life there is a time
of difficulties and he thinks it
is what happened in the case
of his team.
Mr.
Brown
continued
that personally for him,
he believes Barrolle is
struggling today due to the

lack of financial support


simply because in the past
the team depended upon an
individual pocket in terms
of support but now they are
trying to build a structure in
way that the team will stand
as an institution.
We are going to rally around
our patron and supporters
so that we can build an
institution where our team
will not be relied on the
pocket of one person and that
we will be able to go through
the proper financial means
and to monitor it and create
transparency for those that
are going to be stakeholders
of the club so that we all will
be able to take the team to
where it was before or even
beyond brown promised.
The Barrolle SG said through
such process with concrete
structure and transparency,
he is convinced that they as
officials and stakeholders
they will be able to take the
team to the level where they
can come up with their own
stadium just as the Barrack
Young Controllers (BYC), and
Nimba United have done.
Mr. Brown paid tribute to the

association former players


and officials in the diaspora
especially in the United
States of America (USA) for
what he described as their
endless support to the team
a support he said has helped
the team immensely in her
preparation for the national
league.
We are pleased to say thank
to our association members
in the USA especially former
goalkeeper Zeogar Wilson
who has been the conduit
between we in Liberia and
all of the supporters and
sympathizers in that part of
the world for their tireless
support and we hope they
will continue such support.
Mr. Brown promised their
fans in the diaspora and in
Liberia that they as officials
of the Rollers will always
make sure to use whatever
fund or materials received
from their supporters in the
USA for intended purpose.
He called on Coach Saydee,
members of his technical
staff and players to really
focus their minds on the
game as they all struggle to
reawake the team.

appointment as Carlo
Ancelottis successor
at the Bernabeu.
Benitez flew to Madrid
via a private jet sent
by the club and is set
to sign his contract on
Monday before being
officially
presented
to the media on
Wednesday.
I am ready, Benitez

told AS as he left for


Spain. "I can't wait to
be there."
Upon arrival in Madrid
Benitez said he was
"excited and happy",
before answering in
the affirmative when
asked whether the
"dream starts now."

BENITEZ: I CAN'T WAIT TO GET TO MADRID

afa Benitez
has broken
his silence on
his imminent
move to Real Madrid,
revealing he cant
wait to be there".
The 55-year-old left
Napoli this morning
and headed to the
Spanish
capital
to
finalise
his

Geneva (AFP) outh Africa denied


that a $10 million
payment it made in
2008 was in any way
a bribe to FIFA for the 2010
World Cup, in the latest twist
to the massive corruption
scandal engulfing world
football's governing body.
Two separate investigations
are being carried out
by American and Swiss
authorities
for
alleged
rampant and long-running
corruption within FIFA,
with several top officials
arrested and accused by US
investigators of taking tens of
millions of dollars in bribes.
Several top football officials
have been questioned by
Swiss investigators, and
FIFA's president Sepp Blatter
too could be quizzed "in the
future if needed", according
to Swiss prosecutors.

VAN BASTEN:
BARCELONA WOULD
WIN THE WORLD CUP

The
worlds
best
players are all coming
to Europe, says Marco
Van Basten. Look at the
great names in the semi-finals
of the Champions League this
season.
For quality and excitement
the Champions League is
better than the World Cup. If
Barcelona could enter, they
would win. It has been this
way for many years.
Van Basten should know.
He won the Ballon dOr
three times at the height of
his career, and is regarded
as one of the all-time great
goalscorers.
In successive seasons, Van
Basten was a Euro 88 winner
with Holland and a European
Cup winner with the great
AC Milan team of Gullit,
Rijkaard, Baresi, Donadoni
and Maldini in 1989 and
1990 the last time any club
were champions of Europe
two seasons running.
The
football
in
the
Champions League has been
very nice for a long time a lot
of goals, a lot of teams trying
to attack, some spectacular
games. It started about 10
years ago with Barcelona, and
its a very good development
for football.

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Monrovia
iberias Lone Star faces its
first post-Ebola international
duel when it takes on the
Emmanuel
Adebayor-led
Togolese side in the first of two legs
in hopes of qualifying for the 2017
African Cup of Nations.
The World Health Organization
recently
declared
Liberia
free
to
host
international
football
matches at home after the World
Health Organization (WHO), in an
exchange of correspondence with the
Confederation Africaine de Football
(CAF), declared the country Ebola
Free on May 9, 2015.
Head Coach James Salinsa Debbah has
turned to a number of foreign-based
players many of whom has question
marks lingering over either their
availability or their fitness level.
Among those Alex Nimely of Port Vale,
Spain-based Anaki Williams of Athletic
Bilbao who scored the consolation
goal against Lionel Messis Barcelonal
in the finals of the Kings Cup last
weekend and Portugal-based William
Jerbo of Rio Ave. Norway-based Abel
Gebor of FC Honka and former captain
Anthony Snothi Laffor of Mamelodi
Sundowns in South Africa are also in
Debbahs selection for Togo.
Newly-appointed Belgian head coach
Tom Saintfiet has turned to the
31-year-old Adebayor who has of
late been involved in a public family
squabble. The Tottenham striker
recently lamented acts of ingratitude
from his family, including mother and
brother.
Liberia is placed in Group A alongside
Tunisia, Djibouti and Togo which will
play a preparatory friendly match
against neighbors Ghana on June 7 in
Accra while Liberia has not named a
date for any preparatory match ahead
of the encounter.
Besides Adebayor, Togo has also turned
to a number of foreign-based players
including midfielders Floyd Ayit
(Bastia), Dove Wome (SuperSport),
Alaixys Romao (Marseille), Prince
Segbefia (Zorya), Matthieu Dossevi

Dirkir Glay, Liberias Kenya-based defender for Gor Mahia Only Obtained His Work Permit In April But
Is Called For Liberias Afcon Duel Against Togo; Is He Up To The Task Against Adebayor-Led squad

(Olympiakos), Komlan Amewou (Al Shaab),


Lalawele
Atakora
(Helsingborgs).
Joining
Adebayor in the Togo attack line is Jonathan Ayit
(Alanyaspor), Camaldine Abraw (Free State Stars)
Serge Gakpe (Nantes) and Backer Aloenouvor (Al
Kharkh).
But it is Debbahs selection that is drawing some
scrutiny.
Defender Dirkir Glay has very little match fitness
since joining Kenyan premiere league champion
Gor Mahia because he has been unable to play due
to lack of a work permit.
Glay, who played for Watanga FC before embarking
on a semi-pro career with Thika United in the
Kenyan Premiere League, was finally granted a
temporary work permit in April and has made a
number of appearances. We managed to get the
document and he is now available for selection. We
are grateful that all went well. a club official was
quoted by goal.com
According to the report, the team has been
struggling over why it is taking so long for Glay
to get a permint. Glay had earlier expressed
disappointment with club officials for not working

on his work permit early enough. I am very


disappointed that KOgalo management is yet to
renew my work permit. Since I signed for Gor
Mahia I am still using Thika United permit. I cannot
use the same to play for Gor Mahia. Rules states
clearly that I must renew my permit and this must
be done by Gor Mahia he said.
Glay who joined Gor Mahia from Thika United but

despite his lack of match fitness he is regarded as


one of the emerging young defenders in African
club football. He had previously had an unsuccessful
professional spell in Albania.
Glay missed a few months of competitive football
in 2013 while playing for Thika United after
sustaining an ankle injury in the Top 8 Cup semi
final against Chemelil Sugar on May 1 2013.
Back from injury Glay had to fight to regain his
starting position to beat out the talented Vincent
Otieno slotted in well and impressed in his absence,
according to the teams coach at the time.
With very little match fitness under his belt,
Debbah will be hoping that the defenders presence
will keep Adebayor in check.
Glay is expected to join the team in Ghana and make
the three points hunt against Togo. The match will
mark Glays first for the national team since he
started playing his professional football with Thika
United before he signed with Kenyan champion
Gor Mahia FC. He is expected to replace Solomon
Grimes in the right-back position or partner with
Jordan base Teah Dennis.

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