-Political Parties Petition High Court
-Detect Two Foreigners In The Race
With exactly 20-days to the controversial mid-term Senatorial Elections, it is still uncertain in some quarters whether the elections would go ahead as mandated by the Legislature as contained its joint resolution, setting December 16, 2014 as the date for the poll.
Although political campaign has commenced and some candidates are all over place propagating their platforms in an effort to woo the electorate to their camps, other candidates see it otherwise detecting “cloud of fraud” which looms over the entire electoral process and have made appeal to the Supreme Court to halt the process, citing some critical constitutional issues, which according to the petitioners are germane to the peace and stability of Liberia, The Public Agenda Reports.
While other parties and independent candidates are ignoring threatening irregularities that characterize the ongoing electoral process, and are perhaps waiting to weep foul when results of the elections turn against them, the opposition National Democratic Coalition (NDC) and the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) refuse to go that way.
-Pres Sirleaf Describes Chinese Built 100-bed ETU
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, has extended heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for the partnership and friendship and looks forward to the service that will be rendered by the team at the newly opened 100-bed Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).
“All of this could not have been done except with the endorsement and support of the Chinese Government led by the President, H.E. Xi Jinping who gave full endorsement through the Ambassador and his staff,” the Liberian leader emphasized. She requested Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, to convey to President Xi Jinping and the Premier Li Kequiang, thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Liberian people.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement when she participated in a program marking the official opening of a 100-bed ETU built and will be operated by a medical contingent of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The ETU is situated at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.
-BIN Chief Alarms
By Charles P. Dennis
The Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Col. Lemuel Reaves, has alarmed that due to the porosity and vulnerability of Liberia’s borders with neighboring countries, illegal goods, as well as thousands of single barrel guns and ammunitions are being smuggled into the country.
According to Col. Reaves, several cantons of these guns and ammunitions have been intercepted and arrested border patrol officers in Nimba and Bong.
Speaking during yesterday’s Information Ministry’s daily press briefing in Monrovia, the BIN Boss asserted the Bureau has over the period of time, identified about 176 border points in the country and only 45 of those posts are presently being manned by Immigration officers, a situation according to him, “is very worrisome.”
He added that due to the permeable state of the border points, the country, in most cases, fall prey to penetration by smugglers, who bring in several illegal products, including drugs.
-Speaker Tyler, Others Go Campaigning With Varney Sherman
By A. Omaska Mark
As political campaign heats up across the country, normal working Session at the House of Representatives was, yesterday, November 25, 2014, disrupted as the result of several members becoming campaign managers for Senatorial Candidates, and Speaker J. Alex Tyler and others abandoning their respective officers to join Unity Party’s National Chair and Grand Cape Mount County’s contender, Cllr. Varney G. Sherman on the road.
It can be recalled that the Executive Branch of the Liberian Government, recently dished out a staggering US$ 1 million to the lawmakers as sitting fees, as a means of enticing them to suspend their annual vacation to December 12, due to the prevailing health crisis in the country.
Residents of Kpan Town community in Bardnesville Township, Montserrado County, are crying for development. According to them their community has been without development for a long time, while its population is growing on a daily basis.
The community with a current population of over 200, lacks a market building, schools, latrine, hand-pumps, drainages, and bad road condition is posing serious mobility problems, especially for women, children and the elderly. The Kpan Town community is connected to the Township of Caldwell by a nearly impassable road. Speaking during a community meeting, the head of a women’s social group, Women United For Success (WUSU), Mary Ferley, disclosed that though the youth leadership has been working to bring development to the community, the self help efforts have not yielded results, due to lack of support and funding, which her newly established leadership is now ready to provide.
By, Chris F. Pewu
A local non-governmental organization operating in the country, “Community Hope,” over the weekend donated a consignment of assorted anti-Ebola materials to several towns in Bomi County.
The items, valued at USD$1,500, included Chorox, chlorine, buckets, and hand sanitizers.
Among towns that received the donation were Demehn in Dewon District, Golodee Gayla and Vanjah Diaweay, in Klay District.
Presenting the items at a well attended program over the weekend, Chope’s Executive Director, Peter Fahn Kollie, said the donation was his organization’s own way of helping to fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
-Hours Old Baby Humiliated By Lnp
-Gender Ministry, LNP Authorities Vow Probe
Concerned citizens, mostly parents and religious leaders of Brewerville, outside Monrovia, on Monday, November 24, 2014, described as an “unacceptable and insensitive behavior,” the action on the part of officers of the Liberia National Police assigned at the forces’ Zone-6 Detachment, regarding how a barely one day old baby boy was treated.
The situation came about when a lady who identified herself as Gertrude Kanneh, a resident of the Wilson Corner community of Brewerville, escorted by her community chairman and several others, took the infant to the Police Station and reported that she had safely delivered the boy in the early hours of Sunday morning, but that the teenage mother ran away a short time later.
According to Madam Kanneh, who admitted that she is not a mid-wife, but had done the delivery because the pregnant girl had come to her residence at about 3-4 o’clock during the early morning of Sunday in “very serious pain,” after noticing that the girl had perhaps abandoned the new born child, she decided to report the matter to the police.
U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah R. Malac, has hailed the international community for working together to combat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa. According to a Liberia News Agency’s dispatch, the United States envoy made the commendation during an inspection tour of an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), being built in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, in south-eastern Liberia.
“I think what you see here on the ground in Zwedru is a great example of the partnership that is going on in this Ebola crisis,” Ambassador Malac observed.
According to her, “we are all working together, the U.S. government, through USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, is funding Welthungerhilfe to head the construction at this Ebola Treatment Unit here in Zwedru, and in addition, we are working very closely with the local Liberians.”
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has admitted that for too long, power has been concentrated in Monrovia, the seat of government, adding, but now, it is time to give power to the people. However, she cautioned that power must be received with a high degree of responsibility.
An Executive Mansion release said, the Liberian leader made the remarks in Zordee Town, at the presentation ceremony of the Act creating the Tehr Statutory District in Bomi County.
President Sirleaf called on authorities in the newly-created local administrative district to take charge of the process of serving their people.
She wants the people of the district to seize the opportunity to get involved in the governance process as only with responsibility will the development of the new district become a reality.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Hans Docter, has extolled Liberia for its achievement in the quest to eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.
Ambassador Docter said the world is impressed with the level of success made by Liberia in responding swiftly to the health crisis, and stressed the need for other nations to help Liberia and other Ebola-stricken nations to eradicate the virus rather than isolating them.
He made the statement Monday at the Free Port of Monrovia when the Dutch Government and other European Union countries delivered a consignment of medical equipment and ambulances valued at 3.6 million Euros to Liberia.