-Hunted For Alleged Economic Sabotage
-But Judge Reserves Ruling In Severance Motion
Although the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regime is being criticized for doing little or absolutely nothing to contain corruption in Liberia, there are indications that those accused of corruption under this administration would meet the full weight of the law, no matter your status in society and how long it takes.
As The Public Agenda Reports, perhaps, it appears the process has begun at The Criminal Court “C” sitting at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia where some government officials accused of dishonesty in their service to the Nation are being put on trial.
The Court has reserved ruling for Monday, March 30, in the severance motion filed by Senator Albert Chie, one of nine defendants in an economic sabotage, bribery, and criminal conspiracy case.
Presiding Judge, Peter W. Gbenewelleh, announced the decision following arguments presented by the prosecution and defense lawyers Wednesday.
-Two Guilty for Criminal Conspiracy And Murder
The 13th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Mardea Tarr- Chenoweth, has endorsed a unanimous “guilty” verdict, handed down by a 12-man Jury in Kakata, Margibi County. The verdict has sentenced defendants, Gayflor Beyan and Mark Varney to 25 and 50 years imprisonment respectively, for what the Court referred to as “Criminal Conspiracy and Murder”.
Judge Chenoweth, in her final ruling Tuesday said, the decision was in keeping with a unanimous guilty verdict brought down by the 12-man jury and the evidence adduced by prosecutors during the trial.
-As Management, DOWUL Pen Pact Today
-M.D. Parker Lauded For Exemplary Leadership
The current Management of the National Ports Authority, headed by widely celebrated Liberian female administer, Madam Matilda Wokie Parker, continues to serve as a pace setter in efforts to restore hope to the country’s population, especially in the areas of social and economic empowerment, through the high infusement of international investments, which are in turn contributing to overall national development.
But as our staff reports, the NPA’s Management, it is said, would not have been so remarkably successful in its various drives, had the entity not have the character of workforce, which is considered a jealously guarded asset not only to it, but the Liberian nation on the overall.
Now, as part of its commitment to improving the lot of its workforce, as well as enhancing industrial harmony based on peace and mutual cordiality, which is intended to yield internationally standardized productivity in its operations on its facilities, a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), is expected to be officially signed today between the NPA and the leadership of the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL).
-Accuses Pres. Sirleaf of Playing Blind Eyes
By A. Omaska Mark
The Chairman of the Joint Legislative Public Account Committee (PAC), Bong County’s Senator Henry Yallah, is accusing Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of not demonstrating administrative interest in prosecuting public officials discovered to be involved in acts of corruption, as recommended by his Committee.
According to Sen. Yallah, after conducting investigation into five audit reports submitted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC), the PAC had forwarded its findings containing recommendations for prosecution of those accused to the President for her approval and action in line with the laws.
“But the challenge is, to our disappointment, the Executive has not responded to us as it relates to those recommendations, he lamented, adding that the Executive needs to acknowledge us that those reports have been received and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) for prosecution.
Calls For Equal Protection Of Women And Children
By Charles P. Dennis
As the Constitution Review process takes center stage, Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell says she wants a new Liberian constitution that will reflect a complete gender balance.
Addressing journalists at the Information Ministry on yesterday, the Liberian Gender Minister urged all contributors to the review process to strongly consider making the case of women and children paramount and make their voices heard through the constitution.
Madam Duncan-Cassell said that a gender sensitive constitution will pave the way for a most prosperous Liberia, adding that if the constitution, which is the highest law of the state guarantees equal right to all, active participation of every citizen will be promoted.
-1st Phase Erosion Project Ends
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia have concluded the first phase of a 100-meter costal defense project in New Kru Town, near Monrovia.
The low cost and low technology innovation was implemented by the Center for Environment and Development in Africa (CEDA), a local non-governmental organization in Liberia, with funding of US$50,000 dollars from the Global Environment Fund (GEF) Small Grants Program, utilizing gabion groins and revetment that villagers as well as community people can learn, accept and use with little or no side support.
According to the General Manager of CEDA Samuel Wesley, the project also build the capacity of over 10 local community members through training, to help mobilize materials and man power.
With reports of the significant decline in number of Ebola cases in Liberia, international medical organization Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has closed its 250 beds ELWA-3 Ebola Management Center in Monrovia. The facility is now being prepared for the handover to the Liberian Ministry of Health. The facility was constructed during the peak of the outbreak in September-October 2014.
The cessation of activities will allow MSF to prepare the structure for the handover to the Liberian Ministry of Health, which will run the centre as a temporary treatment unit, a release issued said.
In the wake of last Friday’s report by the Liberian Government that a new case of confirmed Ebola had been recorded in the country, despite the forty days evaluation period, the Incident Management System (IMS), says it has isolated an individual said to have come into ‘active contact’ with the infected person.
Deputy Incident Manager Dr. Francis Kateh, said the contact, who had begun showing signs and symptoms of the virus, was isolated and taken to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia for further observation.
Addressing newsmen at yesterday’s daily Ebola press briefing at the Ministry of Information in Monrovia, Dr. Kateh said specimen from the contact patient has been taken and the resultant lab information will be publicized.
-Citizens’ Active Role Craved
As preparations take shape for the observance of the 40th annual celebrations of the founding of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on May 8, 2015, members citizens of the sub-regional body are being urged to actively participate in the planned festivities.
The head of the Community’s Liberia Office, Benedict D. Roberts, told newsmen from various Liberian media houses, including the state owned Liberia News Agency (LINA) Wednesday, that as ECOWAS turns 40-years-old on May 28, member states have been mandated by the Secretariat to organize programs befitting the occasion.
Roberts noted that the National Office will mobilize citizens from several communities across the country to share ideas about programs and integration projects of ECOWAS institutions to increase public knowledge of the institution.
-2 Youths Electrocuted To Death
Two youths were Tuesday night electrocuted to death on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, while they were reportedly in the process of connecting a television antenna to a tree situated directly under a Liberia Electricity Corporation’s (LEC) high-voltage wire near their residence.
News about the sudden deaths of Clarence Kamara and Rosetta Massaquoi, who were residents of a house adjacent the headquarters of the Liberia National Police, attracted scores of community residents to the scene, many of whom were seen in tears.