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POLITICS pg. 5
CDC LAWMAKER TERMS DOE-SHERIFF’S RESIGNATION; ACCUSES
HER OF CAPITULATING TO THE ROBERT SIRLEAF CAMP


DROPING EXCESS
BAGGAGE
“She was an ingrate to a party that made her. Technically she was just an excess baggage and
posturing like some political giant around here,” Lawmaker Acarous Gray
WILLIAMS HAILS PREZ
SIRLEAF FOR BRINGING
ELECTRICITY TO HARPER
LAW & ORDER
News Extra
House To Go on a Five-Day
Consultative Break; Liberia
Just Might Not See a New
Approved Budget Soon
73 MILLION
FIGHT
INTENSIFIES
CONTINENTAL INSURANCE
FALLS IN TROUBLE WITH
MONROVIA CITY COURT
As Bondsman Flees
A BROADER
ROADMAP TO ACTION
President Sirleaf Performs National
Launch of the CAP on the Post-2015
Development Agenda

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monrovia –
C
alls for the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister
Morris Dukuly took a decisive turn Monday when
parties involved in the controversy which followed
a recent attempt by football legend George Weah to
reconcile the people of Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties held
a close-door meeting with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The meeting which brought together members of the Grand
Gedeh Caucus in the national legislature and elders of the
county reportedly climaxed with two apologies, one from
President Sirleaf over the ill-advised choice of words of
her Internal Affairs Minister and one from Dukuly himself,
who, according to a source privy to the meeting, appeared
conciliatory to the people of Grand Gedeh. “He pretty much
said”, ‘I am sorry’, the source said.
Dukuly ‘very apologetic’ in meeting with Prez, Gedeans
Said the source: “He was very conciliatory and apologetic. The
president opened up with an assurance that her administration
has no intention to alienate or separate one individual from
opportunities and benefts, or to stereotype any group.”
The source added that elders in attendance expressed
disappointment and anger at Minister Dukuly but collectively
accepted his apology. The minister who served in separate
capacities and at different times as Minister of Information
and Director General of the Liberia Broadcasting Corporation
(ELBC) during the Samuel Kanyon Doe era, reportedly
recounted his relations with the people of Grand Gedeh and
pleaded that he considers himself a brother of the county.
In accepting Minister Dukuly’s apology, the elders reportedly
requested that Minister Dukuly make appearances on national
radio to restate his apology. It remains to be seen if Minister
Dukuly’s apology will save him from the wrath of dismissal
and suspension from President Sirleaf.
Boley: ‘Apology Not Enough
Despite the apology, some prominent residents of the county
insists that the president should go a step further and dismiss
Dukuly from his position. “Internal Affairs Minister Morris M.
Dukuly’s statement referring to Grand Gedeans as “chicken
rogues” is infammatory, mean spirited and confict-ridden.
Therefore, the Minister must be fred immediately to give
the peace and reconciliation process a chance,” says Dweh
Boley. “Grand Gedeans do not need this kind of demagoguery.
Minister Dukuly has proven that he lacks the requisite
credentials and responsibility to handle internal security
matters and relate to superintendents, commissioner and chiefs
of Grand Gedeh County in a fair and objective way. As a result,
we do not accept the apology. This brother has to be removed.”
Boley explained that Minister Dukuly’s statement is pure
hypocrisy considering how close he was to the late President
Samuel Doe. “Morris served the Doe Government in
several capacities including Advisor and Minister of Post
and Telecommunication; and was a close ally to the point
where President Doe sponsored his wedding and provided
his personal limousine for him and his bride to use. It is
sycophants like Mr. Dukuly who seek to gain political favor
at the expense of peace and security of the country by pitching
one group of people against the other. This is exactly the kind
of behavior which plunged this country into a civil war. What
did the likes of Dukuly do?. He fed into Nigeria and used
his proximity to President Doe to receive special favors of the
Nigerian President Ibrahim Babangida who lodged him and
sent his children to private school while Liberia was on fre.”
‘Chicken Rogue’ Label Spurs Controversy
The controversy erupted last when football legend Weah--led
peace initiative unraveled into a war-of-words between Dukuly
and Representative Zoe E. Pennue(Independent, District 1
Grand Gedeh County).
The initiative brought together scores of dignitaries from the
two counties including former warlords, George Boley and
Prince Y. Johnson with the two former rebel leaders embracing
at the conference. Suddenly all hell broke loose when Dukuly,
while making a point, constructed his comments in a way that
is said to have angered citizens from Grand Gedeh including
Representative Pennue, who immediately demanded a public
apology from the Minister.
Dukuly is purported to have said: “My late Mother used to say
that when a chicken rogue is in the village, and whenever a
chicken disappears, all fngers point to the chicken rogue”. The
comment has caused outrage from cross sections of citizens
from Grand Gedeh County and other Liberians.
Minister Dukuly was adamant on making an apology and
maintained that Representative Pennue took his comment
out of context. But within days after the conference, calls for
Dukuly’s to resign his post as Minister intensifed.
Weah’s political party the Congress for Democratic Change
(CDC) led the way in championing the calls for Minister
Dukuly’s resignation with the party Chairman George Solo
saying Dukuly has lost the fame to lead the reconciliation
efforts of the country as Minister of Internal Affairs.
Criticisms have been directed at Dukuly from several quarters
with Cllr. Darius Dillon of the Liberty Party (LP), and Samuel
Jackson, an economist all criticizing the process; with Jackson
calling for Dukuly to be fred by the President.
Dillon, a Senior Policy Advisor in the opposition LP condemned
Minister Dukuly’s statement.
Said Dillon “I vehemently condemn comments made by
Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly at the recent Peace
Initiative held between Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties
under the auspices of Amb. Weah, which he (Min. Dukuly)
made an insinuation to the effect that Grand Gedeans are noted
for being 'bad people'. I encourage Min. Dukuly to publicly
retract such insinuation because it is divisive and totally
absurd.”
For Jackson he sees Dukuly’s statement as simply due to
incompetence: “The peace process cannot be obstructed by
such incompetence. His choice of words tells me he is part
of an old Liberian mindset that has no place in our new
dispensation. Ultimately, he is a threat to peace. I hope Ellen
fres him if he does not resign”.
Weah should go, Sheik to Dukuly’s rescue?
As pressure mounts for Minister Dukuly to resign, in what
seems a show of support for religious affliation, a religious
Cleric prominent Liberian Muslim Cleric, Sheikh Kafumba
F. Konneh, believes the right person that needs to resign his
post should be Ambassador George Weah, whom he said is
unaware of complexities surrounding the attainment of peace
and reconciliation in Liberia.
“If Weah should come for advice, I will tell him that this is
complex situation and he is not able to handle it. One of the
realistic things one can do in life is to say ‘no, I am not able
to do this.’ I am saying he will not be able to do this work. So,
if he resigns, it will be an honorable thing for him to do,” the
Sheikh says.
Sheikh Konneh believes Amb. Weah does not have the requisite
credentials to foster Liberia’s peace because he lacks and is not
willing to understand complexities surrounding the country’s
peace, which he said is signifed by the recent peace meeting
between people of the counties.
According to the Sheikh, Weah is, whether deliberately or
unintentionally, playing blind, deaf and dumb with the real
issues that pose threats to Liberia’s peace, among them illegal
land grab and dispossession.
“This meeting signifes that Ambassador Weah is unaware
of the complexities of Liberia’s peace process. All conficts
analysts within and without Liberia agree the most potential
threat to peace and stability of this nation is land issue. Amb.
Weah of his position ought to know this fact; if not, it tends to
suggest that he is insensitive to Liberia‘s potential threat.
“I am saying this to say that every ‘worthwhile Liberian, every
stakeholder in this country is aware that there is deep rooted
confict between the Gios and Manos on one side and the
Mandingoes on the other side in Nimba County.’
“Government had spent about US$1.5m to resolve the issue
in Nimba. Yet, the matter is still not resolved. If Amb. Weah
was really sincere in resolving confict in this country, before
he could have called the people of Nimba and Grand Geddeh
to come to a reconciliation forum, the Nimbaians should have
been the frst (to reconcile), the Sheikh said in an exclusive
interview over the weekend at his residence.
Gedeans, Nimbaians Yet to Reconcile
According to the former First Vice Chairman of the National
Reconciliation and Reunifcation Commission, all indications
are that people of Grand Geddeh County are well prepared,
sincere and committed for peace and reconciliation than
people of Nimba.
“In the frst place, over 85% of the Nimba Mandingoes are
stranded either outside of Liberia or some parts of Liberia
because they are been deprived and disposed of their real
estate properties. That confict is still there. Besides, there is
also confict between the Gios and Manos. Those are issues
that need to be handled and resolved (frst) before you (Weah)
could even invite Nimba to go and sit with other counties for
reconciliation.
“For it is said that he who comes to inequity should do so in
good faith and with clean hands. How can the people of Nimba
sit with the people of Grand Geddeh when the Nimbaians
themselves have not reconciled their differences?
“I have traveled in all political divisions of Liberia. It may
interest the Liberian people to know that in Grand Geddeh, at
almost all of the front-view entrepreneur centers, you will fnd
Gios and Manos. There are some villages in Grand Geddeh
that you fnd no one but Gios and Mano. They are free to move
about. They are free to engage themselves in businesses of all
kinds. They are doing hunting and other things.
“So, the Grand Geddians are well prepared because they have
little or no problem with other tribes in Grand Geddeh. They
are more prepared for peace than the Nimbaians. The Grand
Geddians are sincere and committed to reconciliation. All tribes
in Grand Geddeh, including Gios, Manos, and Mandingoes
live in harmony with one another,” the Sheikh noted.
Not only did Sheikh Konneh question Weah peace-
ambassadorial credentials, he also questioned the sincerity
and commitment of the man appointed by President Ellen
Johnson-Sirleaf shortly after her friend and co-2011 Nobel
Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee, resigned the post citing lack
of commitment to peace from the presidency.
“Yes, I am questioning his credential as peace ambassador
because of his behavior. From the onset when he set up the
11-men committee, he did not include the youth, he did not
include the religious community from the Muslim end. His
attention was called to this fact but he did not care to correct
that mistake. He appears to be somebody who does not listen or
care about people. He seems to only care about people around
him. I believe that is not the way forward for reconciliation in
this country.
“There are three things that you do not underestimate. Do not
underestimate fre because no matter how small, it can cause
destruction.”
“From what I’ve seen, it will just be a cosmetic reconciliation.
It will not be a truthful reconciliation. That’s how I see. He
himself is not even prepared to go to that extent.”
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Jefferson T. Koijee- Chairman, Revolutionary National Youth League
EXPELLED AND NOW EXPOSED: AN X-RAY
OF THE TRAITOR GERALDINE DOE-SHERIF
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Commentary
EDITORIAL
IN 2005, DURING Liberia’s frst post war election there was
nothing unusual and worth grasping the attention of the entire
world than sudden rise to political prominence of soccer icon
George M. Weah who had a great deal of youthful followers.
WEAH’S SUCCESSFUL SOCCER career gave him the
reputation and popularity which nearly made him to sail to the
Presidency of Liberia to become the frst post war president
with the mandate to bring back to life a devastated nation.
THERE WAS NO other platform available to Weah and his
followers than a new wine in new bottle, forming a new
political party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)
which was founded on the basis of serving as the conduit for
pushing the agenda of the underprivileged segment of the
society popularly known as the masses.
THE CDC WAS dubbed the party of the masses, the grass root
political party and other names that made the party create an
impression that it was founded to bridge what has been seen
in Liberian politics as a gap between the elites and ordinary
Liberians population.
TRUE TO THE intent of the CDC, to gain the sympathy of
vast majority of the population because in many countries in
Africa and elsewhere, it is evident that there are more poorer
people than the rich therefore politicians who claim to be the
savior for the poor are considered the best choice.
UNDER THE NEWLY formed CDC arrangement, individuals
began emerging as the torchbearers to champion the cause
of the masses and ensure that when elected to state power,
ordinary Liberians are provided an opportunity to have a say
in the body politics of the country through decision making.
THE LIKES OF Alomiza Ennos, Hannah Brent, Joyce Musu
Freeman, Geraldine Doe Sheriff, Rufus Neufville, Edward
Forh, Kettehkumehn Murray, Titus Barclay, Victoria Lynch
amongst others all emerged as the so-called servants of the
Liberian people, begging for the mandate from electorates to
represent them at the Capitol in order to make ‘good laws’
that will alleviate poverty and improve the well-being of those
down the ladder.
THE LIBERIAN MASSES as they are called by politicians
heeded to the call of the self proclaimed saviors and
overwhelmingly elected them to power with the CDC winning
10 out of 14 Representatives seats in Montserrado County and
also claiming the two senatorial seats for the county.
ON THEIR WAY to power these individuals ridding on
the popularity of the CDC defeated individuals who were
considered elites including Clemenceau Urey, Nathaniel
Richardson, Rudolph Travers amongst others.
IN SIX YEARS, the gap between the ‘masses candidates’ and
the masses themselves widened with some of the so-called
masses candidates taking bribe to ratify contracts that will not
beneft the Liberian people. CDC’s lawmaker Alominza is on
record for making receipt to receive a bribe from the National
Oil Company of Liberia for the ratifcation of oil agreements.
THE PERFORMANCES OF the masses lawmakers at the 52nd
National Legislature is history as the body was dominated by
lawmakers from the masses party, the CDC but yet dozens of
concessions contracts were signed that are today making no
signifcant impact in the life of the ordinary Liberian people.
AFTER A SWEET taste of power acquisition of wealth, the
masses candidates are now turning their backs away from the
people who elected them, shunning the CDC.
GERALDINE DOE SHERIFF who defeated prominent
individuals including Wilson Tarpeh, Alhaji G. V. Kromah,
Clemenceau Urey and other candidates on the platform of a
masses candidate, after more than six years in luxury now feels
the party, the CDC that propelled her to power can no longer
achieve its objectives
COMMENTARY
POLITICS OF
BETRAYAL
A few days ago some observers were left bewildered, when we
responded to Senator Doe-Sherif purported letter of resignation
from the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change by terming it
“laughable,” “shameless,” and “mere attention-seeking.” They might
have wondered if I was ignoring or overlooking anything. But the true
ideologues of our political institution were deeply aware that we had
only begun to reveal the nitty-gritty of the matters that led this party
with no option but to expel her immediately after the 2011 Elections
and have her replacement formalized TWO YEARS AGO by the
Convention of 2012, which brought the current Executive Committee
to offce.
To start with, Madam Sherif pretence that she was not expelled is
“shameless” because, if there is one person in Liberia who understands
what expelling somebody from a political party means, it is Madam
Sheriff. After all, Geraldine expelled more persons than practically
any other political party chairman in the history of Liberian politics.
After all, she was the person who expelled MacDonald Wentoe,
Milton Teahjay and played a key role in the expulsion of J. Cole
Bangalu. On another occasion, in 2010 one day after I had referred
to the Madam Sirleaf as outgoing President on a popular talk show,
I opened the newspaper to fnd that I had been suspended by Madam
Sheriff who saw this statement as an impediment to the business she
was doing with the regime.
Moreover, Chairman Doe Sheriff knows what to do if she disagrees
with her expulsion. In the landmark case Wentoe vs. Congress
for Democratic Change the Supreme Court ruled that Partisan
Macdonald Wentoe was still a member of the party and his expulsion
by Geraldine was illegal. This was no surprise. Nowhere else in
the world has anyone ever being expelled from a political party for
buying a vehicle for every District Coordinator of the party in a
county except the regime of Geraldine Doe-Sheriff who asked for the
money to be given directly to her as Chairman. Partisan Mulbah K.
Morlu was suspended on four different occasions and on every one of
these occasions submitted his case to the Executive Committee which
overturned her unilateral decisions.
We who have strenuously and tedious labored for our institution
cannot sit and allow anyone, no matter how elevated, to claim the
glory of the mighty CDC as theirs if in actuality, they have been a
parasite of the highest magnitude. It was this urgent realization that
led us to form the Popular People’s Movement which from its very
birth gathered grassroot
revolutionary compatriots to urge Geraldine to step down before she
does the party more harm. It is sad that said call was not endorsed
immediately. Geraldine’s claim of the party being led by “imperialist
tenants” can only lead us to ask the question, “was she asleep during
her leadership?”
But we were not asleep when Madam Sheriff forced Chairman emeritus
Joshua Sackie out of the party chairmanship using a spurious claim of
a letter. When Joshua Sackie was gaining momentum in his pursuit of
redress at the National Elections Commission and the Supreme Court,
she staged a hastily managed Convention under cover of darkness and
imposed herself as Chairman on white ballot, while denying other
partisans the chance to contest. When young intellectuals like us
asked her why she carried out such a scheme against Joshua Sackie,
she only told us he is “harmless and an opposition party should not be
led by a harmless person.” Former Chairman Joshua Sackie resigned
from coercion and disgust.
Only later did we get to know what she meant, but the lawmakers found
out much earlier. You may recall that in 2005 under the Chairmanship
of J. Cole Bangalu, the CDC won a total of 15 representative seats and
3 senatorial seats in the frst ever elections we contested. Upon taking
over, Geraldine promptly began to organize movements in CDC
lawmakers’ districts with the intention of unseating them. The frst
such movement organized was in the District of then Representative
Kettehkuhmuehn E. Murray. Insecure, at home Dr. Murray then
jumped ship to the welcoming embrace of the Unity Party. He was
followed by Elmond Tatius Barclay, Charles Bardyl and Jackson
Flindor. Yet Geraldine still had more harm to do.
Geraldine decided to be the instrument available to the regime to
destroy those giants of the CDC that the regime could not entrap. In
2010, the then Chair of the CDC’s Legislative Caucus, Hon. D. Rufus
Nuefville made a revolutionary proposal for the increase in civil
servants salary to US$150.00 an amount they have still not obtained.
Immediately, Geraldine staged a press conference accused him of
preaching “politics.” When he requested an explanation, she instituted
disciplinary proceedings against him. Even after the Grievance and
Ethics Committee dismissed the charges against him, she placed
him under indefnite suspension, which the party fnds diffcult to lift
at this moment, due to uncertainty over how he will respond. But
Geraldine was not fnished yet. Having successfully executed this
contract for the regime, she undertook to be their ally in ensuring that
all CDC female representatives, namely Hon. Alomiza Ennos, Hon.
Regina Sokan-Teah and Hon. Victoria A. Lynch should never get the
chance to contest for the second term on the party’s ticket.
The regime at that time was deeply inconvenienced with the fact that
while President Sirleaf was being widely hailed around the world for
female leadership, the CDC had by far the largest number of female
lawmakers. It was only due to the gracious nature of Hon. Alomiza
M. Ennos, who refused to contest against the party she helped built
that we did not lose the West Point seat as we lost the seats occupied
by the other females. Hon. Ennos action was even more gracious as
Geraldine announced a winner for that District’s primary who not
only did not contest the district seat but was not even a member of the
party. Her instrumentality made our party lose historic strongholds,
including Clara Town, Logan Town, Putu District and more.
In the three years since we kicked Geraldine out of our party, there
have been good tidings. We have tried to forget some of the worst
memories of the Geraldine regime and its missed opportunities due to
her deviousness. But some memories and uncertainties just cannot be
erased. We are still wondering why some individuals have become
physically or otherwise unavailable when they stand in the way of
Geraldine and her desires. We still mourn Partisan Harry C Gbessie,
Chairman emeritus of CDC-USA whose demised coincided with
his desire to contest the 2009 Convention for Chairmanship against
Geraldine. This illustrious partisan popularity skyrocketed with his
drive to work on the physical appearance of our headquarters, a ground
made sacred by the blood of matyrs and sweat of compatriots. Unlike
others who have been given last respect at the party headquarters,
Gbessie was prevented from lying in state there, to keep him far
away from guilty consciences. We still mourn Partisan Hannah G.
Brent, whose death conveniently coincided with the beginning of
the Senatorial ambition of Geraldine. We are fortunate to still have
the presence of partisan Isaac Vah Tukpah, who was involved in an
accident just at the time that he announced his intention to contest for
that same Senatorial seat of Montserrado County.
We still remember that even though Senator Sherif says she has
problem with “imperialistic tenets”, every seat she ever held in this
party was hijacked by her rather than contested. We challenge Madam
Sheriff to show one person she ever contested against within the CDC
for any of the post that she held since the Grand Bassa Convention
of 2005.
The CDC lives on. The challenges ahead and the characters to meet
them are more sophisticated than ever before. John S. Morlu Jr. is
now a partisan. Prof. Ansu Sonni, Prof. Wilso K. Tarpeh, Dr. Folley
Kromah, Cllr. Tiplah Reeves and many others including form outside
our traditional power bases have made themselves at home in our
movement. And best of all, the young boys and girls who were in the
streets, being denied bread and helter by parents because they chose
CDC have become men and woen, breadwinners and opinion leaders,
scholars and practical individuals who are ready to stand together and
make Liberia free.
Chinua Achebe, in his book Things Fall Apart remarked that “the
sun shines on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel.”
Geraldine Doe Sheriff, Traitor has done neither of these. What she
needs to do is keep silent.
Munyan, munyan, CDC munyan.
Is Masses Politics Worth
Preaching?
THE FORMER MASSES candidate said “The party will never
achieve its initial goal of forming an institution with the sole
purpose to emancipate our people, the downtrodden included,
from the dungeon of poverty to the celestial heights of a decent
life through participatory democracy with the imperialistic
tenets currently entrenched in the party”.
MURRAY IS GONE, same as Neufville, Alominza, Titus
Barclay and several other masses candidates who have now
acquired little wealth to live an appreciable level of life in
Liberia but they cannot point to what difference they made in the
lives of the masses during their tenure at the Capitol Building.
WHAT MORE CAN Liberian electorates say about candidates
who preach the politics of massescracy during political
campaigns but upon getting their votes abandon the masses and
become the elites.
THE CDC HAS certainly become the platform for individuals to
claim that they are candidates for the masses in order to ascend
to state power but later abandon the masses to become elites.
THIS BRINGS TO bear whether the politics of masses is worth
preaching in Liberia.
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CHRIS JOHNSON · WORKS AT HUMANITARIAN
I hope you've saved enough money cause you are also on your way
out of the Senate when your current expires!
SYLVESTER MOSES
Regardless of any spirited attempt to save face the resignation of
Hon. Geraldine Doe Sheriff, a sitting senator from the capital, and
a former chairperson, would undoubtedly hurt the main opposition,
CDC. And using derogatory remarks to dismiss the signifcance of
her departure would only accentuate the immaturity of her detractors
at the helm of the party.
Every political organization has its own problems: rifts and rivalries.
But they should be fxed to not fester, and lead to defections of core
members together with their followers. Such internal hemorrhage
occurred during the last presidential elections. Geraldine’s election
to the senate was a great moment for the CDC brand; let’s hope her
exit isn’t momentous to the fortunes of the party.
Pluralistic democracy affrms regular transfers of power from one
party to another; that’s why Liberia isn’t a one - party state. And the
necessity for stability dictates that another party other than UP wins
in 2017. Is CDC ready? It is sad that a once alert party which gave
hope to our young and restless population is sleep - walking: they
ought to wake up or lose again.
JOSEPH MULBAH · CUTTINGTON UNIVERSITY
This has been said again and again that CDC is a party of number
not ideas, people come there to get the numbers and work their way
out on the political steeps . Many are call but few chosen , there are
so many leaders in the CCD ,the mighty party in line for one of the
world loved people(GEORGE WEAH) ,who just want to win their
seat or post of which they are wishing for. when will the MIGHTY
CDC learn. 2017 is here again what are we doing, what is the game
plan ? There seen to be more problem come 2017 power take over .
will CDC stand the heat from the Liberian people ? now that every
Liberian are politicians .Let wait and ccccc
VICTOR FAYIA · SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO MD AT TOTAL
LIBERIA INC.
this too is Liberia many fools and less educated people outcome of
less education and know how in the society will Liberia continues
like this after 155 or 56 yrs of independence? sorry CDC for when
u were fghting to put her into position with pride and honor we all
fght to put the old mother into position and now we all seen what is
happening in our land and the same goes to the cdcians on a woman
leadership and leaders many will pass through CDC for their ways
out and success cause that is the only easy to go through guys we all
coming very soon as time goes on hail CDC hail ALL
BOIMA PASSAWE · WORKS AT MITSUBISHI
CATERPILLAR FORKLIFT AMERICA
I don't see CDC to do anything better comes 2017. Another party
will show strength in 2017, but not CDC.
Let think about different party.
The Editor,
I
t is unfortunate to state that we as a body, the Liberian
Community in Italy, as well as individual Liberians
Italy continue to forward complaints about the situation
we face at the hand of Mr. Mohammed S. Sheriff,
Liberia's Ambassador in Rome, with no solution in view.
Forwarding these complains has become the
only alternative, after numerous efforts to meet with the
Ambassador as a community to discuss these issues has yielded
no result.
Every time we forward a complaint to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Liberia, Ambassador Sheriff respond with even more
severe measures, often saying, ‘’ I enjoys the confdence of the
President and I have full powers as Ambassador, if anyone has a
complain, let him go where ever he wants. After all the Liberian
people noise is short-lived.’’ A recent case being to cancelled
all services Liberians stand in need of at the Embassy (Passport
renewal, Endorsement Nulla-Osta, Certifcate, Declearation
etc.). He has declared that the Embassy in Rome will no more
render these above mentioned services, and any Liberian in
Italy in need of any of the above listed should teavel to one
of the Liberian Embassies in France, Germany or the United
Kingdom. This latest development comes on the back of the
high fees (250 Euro) we have been paying for each of these
services.

Even though we have limited minds as it relates to the functions
of the Embassy, but is it not obvious that some of the duties of
the Embassy is to protect the interest and welfare of Liberian
citizens in the Country in which the Embassy is located?
Common sense tells us that the Ambassador and his staff should
ensure that all Liberians are accorded courteous treatment and
consideration in keeping with the nature of their visits at the
Embassy. Is it not fair that we be given cordial reception and if
requested, reasonable assistance from our Ambassador?
Regrettably, these are far from what we experience at the
Embassy in Rome. Instead, the Ambassador initiates altercations
with Liberians visiting the Embassy for services especially if
they are unable to recharge his two mobile phones. His use of
language is profusely abusive and insulting. A recent case was
the use of libelous expressions toward a young Liberian girl
who is studying at one of the
Universities in Rome. She had gone to renew her passport so as
to extend the validity of her student residence permit, but was
refused renewal and thrown out of the building.

For those of us who have been in Italy, especially Rome since
the early 80s, and have known Ambassador Sheriff or as we
referred to him then 'Stan', are only surprise that his current
status as
Ambassador and Representative of the Government and People
of Liberia has had no positive effect on his character.

This is the same Mohammed S. Sheriff who fought and wounded
a Steve Amaokor, a fellow member of the African student union
in Rome, at the home of Father Berlingo, during a union meeting
after Sheriff
boastfully disclosed that he had been sleeping with Steve's wife.
The fght left Steve with several knives wounds and the living
room of the Father mostly damaged. Father Berlingo intervened
ans resolved the matter the Adrica way.

This is the same Mohammed S. Sheriff who solicited assistance
from the Rome city Council ''Commune di Roma'' using the
name of the Liberian Community under the guise of sending
those items, which
included urban transport buses, medical supplies among others,
to the much needed in Liberia. However, Sheriff shipped those
items to Sierra Leone and had them sold.

He is the same Mohammed Sheriff who stabbed a Liberian
Diplomat, Bokar Wreh, First Secretary at the Liberian Embassy
in Rome in 1987 during his farewell party in the Rome district
of Cassia. Sheriff fed the scene before police could arrive. Mr.
Wreh never pressed charges and left the Country few weeks
later after he had mostly recovered from his knife wounds.

He is the same Mohammed S. Sheriff who came to Italy on a
scholarship to study medicine but was later expelled from the
medical Faculty of the ''Universita Cattolica di Scaro Cuore
Roma'' (Catholic University of the Secret Heart in Rome),
after he beat up a Professor and a fellow course mate from the
Philippines. The African Students Union led efforts to secure his
reinstatement but to no avail, after it was disclosed
that Sheriff had previously committed other serious violations
and was not ft to continue study in the University. He later
found employment with the Laboratory Department at the
Rome Gemelli Hospital as a Lab Assistant.
Even at Gemelli, he always came in trouble with the department
head as well as the Hospital administration for such things as
assault of fellow workmates and violence.

When we heard news that Stan had come back to Rome as
Liberia's Ambassador, we welcome the news with much
gladness harboring the thought that he was now a changed man,
given his advanced age ( 59 years, September 23, 1955) and
latest responsibilities as Representative of the Government and
People of Liberia.
Disappointingly, and to our greatest surprise, Sheriff is still the
same person we knew some 30 years ago.

Meanwhile, it is disheartening to note that the relevant authorities
in Monrovia has failed to look into all the complaints we have
forwarded, even though the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have
acknowledge receipt of some of those communications sent. We
will however continue to bring to the attention of the Authorities
in Liberia what is obtaining at the Embassy in Rome until a
solution is realized.


Festus B. Nagbe
Rome, Italy
festus.nagbe@yahoo.com
GERALDINE DOE SHERIFF
QUITS CDC, SAYS PARTY
CANNOT ACHIEVE
JUST ANOTHER LIE’: ROB
SIRLEAF DEBUNKS RAID OF
US HOME BY FBI
• SYLVESTER MOSES · TOP COMMENTER
Robert Sirleaf was a Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank in
Charlotte, NC; a city which is evolving into the banking Mecca of
the US. So we agree that if there was an FBI raid at his residence, it
would make not only the “Charlotte Observer” newspaper, but the
rumor mill of a bustling Liberian community which makes Peyton’s
Place seems like a convent.
And if “the truth shall come out”, let us wait rather than attempting
at preempting it through a pinch of peppered prevarications. Should
politics be the motive for this new smear campaign, Weah, Robert
and Neyor would each make a great senator.They are professionals,
patriots, compassionate, and business - minded; criteria necessary
for an effective senator in Liberia.
Instead of discouraging some of the brightest and best, we should
be welcoming them to take on the diffcult task of running one of
the poorest and most backward real estates in the world. Avoiding
political instability in the next fve years would need skills, courage,
and charisma; therefore, we protect Liberia by giving a chance to
those who can bring these attributes along.
Frontpage
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 5
Monrovia-
T
he resignation of former
Congress for Democratic
Change Chairman
Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff
of Montserrado County seems
to be drawing ire from the ranks
and fles of her former political
institution.
Stalwarts of the party who once
worked with Doe-Sheriff are
calling her a traitor and an ingrate
who resigned to engage in covert
operations for the President’s
son Robert Sirleaf in his quest
to become Montserrado County
Senator, challenging the likes
of the CDC strongman soccer
legend George M. Weah.
“I have concrete, verifed
information that Madam Doe-
Sheriff has decided to lead the
senatorial campaign management
in Montserrado County for Mr.
Robert Sirleaf,” Rep. Acarous
Gray told FrontPAgeAfrica in an
exclusive interview on Monday.
“Mr. Sirleaf has the right to
contest, let us make no mistake.
I have no problem absolutely,
about Senator Doe-Sheriff being
the Campaign manager for any
individual. The problem that I
have is that, to begin to castigate
the institution that made her; the
institution that stood for her;
CDCians that put their integrity
on the line.”
Rep. Gray and other members
of the CDC say the Montserrado
County lawmaker’s action was
a sign of ingratitude to the party
after the party along with other
members and its political leader
help push her to get elected
making her the most popular
lawmaker in the country in
terms of the number of votes
she accrued in two successive
elections.
“She betrayed the party. The
called meeting for CDC to
protest was presided over by
Geraldine Doe-Sheriff. She
advanced the idea of protesting
DROPING AN EXCESS BAGGAGE
73 MILLION FIGHT INTENSIFIES
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POLITICS
CDC LAWMAKER TERMS DOE-SHERIFF’S RESIGNATION; ACCUSES
HER OF CAPITULATING TO THE ROBERT SIRLEAF CAMP
“She was an ingrate to a party that made her. Technically she was just an excess baggage and
posturing like some political giant around here,” Lawmaker Acarous Gray
House To Go on a Five-Day Consultative Break; Liberia Just Might Not See a New Approved Budget Soon
when the frst round was rigged,”
said Gray as he expressed his
disappointment over the attitude
of Doe-Sheriff adding that she
has lost the essence of being a
politician.
“When we were being
certifcated, Geraldine was being
fully guarded by the PSU and
ERU. Those are the very people
who shot the boys who voted for
Geraldine.
Where will she campaign, in New
Kru Town, in West Point? Who
will listen to her? Who wants to
see Madam Doe-Sheriff, who
cares about her? She has lost her
true relevance and essence in the
body politics of Liberia.”
“Geraldine was expelled long
since. Granted, the results
of 2009 and 2011, it was not
because her name is Geraldine
Doe-Sheriff, it is because of a
congress for democratic change.
In 2011 could Geraldine Doe-
Sheriff as a Geraldine Doe-
Sheriff beat a Lewis Brown, a
Wilson Tarpeh, a Clemenceau
Urey or a Darius Dillon? We
pulled the numbers as a party;
she was frantically campaigned
for by Ambassador Weah.”
Gray described the exit of
Doe-Sherriff as something that
has been long overdue of an
unrepentant member who was
once granted executive clemency
by the party but could not take
advantage of it but chose to
resign.
“She was an ingrate to a party
that made her. Technically she
was just an excess baggage and
posturing like some political
giant around here,” he said.
“The clemency says that all
those who defected from the
CDC, expelled or suspended can
come back but you must reaffrm
your membership to the CDC.
Madam Doe –Sheriff did not do
that; so we presuppose that she
remained an expelled member
of the CDC. To issue a statement
and say you’re resigning from the
CDC, then my question is; what
are you resigning from when you
are not a member of the party?
I think it is mere posturing and
a mere public relations stunt on
her part.”
Gray contends that for the last
Wade C. L. Williams, wade.williams@frontpageafricaonline.com


three years, the Senator has
done nothing in her capacity as
a senator to push bills that are
in the interest of the people she
represents.
“The Geraldine I knew in the
CDC when we go out people turn
out in their numbers, today she
is seen as any ordinary citizen
passing around,” he said.
Continued Gray:“She said the
party was organized to help
emancipate the downtrodden; I
agree that one of the philosophies
of the CDC is to help emancipate
the disadvantaged. But the
question is this, since you believe
in that philosophy has she
presented one bill to emancipate
the Liberian people? Where is
the economic bill she presented
to emancipate the people. Where
is the political bill she presented
to amend some of the draconian
laws we have on the books?”
In her resignation letter Madam
Doe-Sheriff cited reason for her
decision to quit the party, and
primary among them was that the
party has lost its true meaning as
a grassroot political institution.
All efforts to get the senator
to comment on the allegations
levied by Rep. Gray that she
quit the CDC to run Mr. Sirleaf’s
campaign did not materialize as
the senator’s mobile phone was
switched off and all effort to
get her at the legislature proved
futile as she was not in offce.
Monrovia -
M
embers of
the House of
Representative
are determined to
launch a full scale offensive on
the Senate and the Executive
in an effort to ensure that the
US$73Million they proposed to
be used for the development of
the communities they represent
be realized.
Legislative sources told
FrontPageAfrica that the House
would on Tuesday recoil into
fve-day emergency break to
launch a fve-day nation wide
consultancy with their various
constituencies in an effort to
educate their people on the
reasons why they insist on
allotting the US73Million in the
FYI 2014/2015 national budget.
It can be recalled that House
Speaker Alex Tyler on Thursday
told members of the House that
the budget presented to that
august body was a symbolic one
and as far as he was concerned
there was no budget before the
legislature.
Tyler and other members of
the House were angry over the
decision of the Senate to trash
out the US$73 Million with
the Speaker accusing hidden
hands of infuencing the senate’s
decision to throw the bill out.
“I think it is appropriate to stop
playing politics and sit around
the table where all of us can
reason,” said Tyler (Bomi-UP).
“The budget we talk about today
is the budget of the Liberian
people; nobody can be prioritized
over the Liberian people and as
a government and responsible
and intelligent as some of us
are, if we have an issue to be
discussed.”
The legislature is determined to
see theUS$73Million included
in the budget desperately
and sources are hinting
FrontPageAfrica that any attempt
by the executive to force the
hand of members of the Senate
to stife the proposal, there are
going to be dire consequences.
“I don’t care what happens this
money has to be included in
the budget. If we have not been
united before as lawmakers of the
lower house on anything; we are
united on this one. Any attempt
to force it will lead to a complete
shutdown of the government,”
our one legislative source that
chose to remain anonymous said.
During Thursday’s session
shows that the House is united
in its quest to see the US$73M
included in the budget and
hardline lawmakers including
Rep. Edwin M. Snowe (INDP-
District$6-Montserrado County)
thinks the amount is just a
minute portion of what should be
allotted for development of the
counties.
“Mr. Speaker, we have the
authority to appropriate the six
hundred million dollars in the
entire budget if the Liberian
people can trust us with the
entire budget, why question us
for giving back 73 to our people
for development,” he said during
Thursday’s debate on the issue.
Continued Snowe: “We have an
obligation to our people, let’s
not be deterred if it will mean
we stay here until October when
they are having elections before
we pass that so be it but the
Liberian people must beneft.
We are not asking for salary
increase, new vehicles or for
us to go implement projects we
are saying put the money in the
budget the executive Branch will
implement the projects through
their respective agencies and
Ministries”.
Rep. Gabriel Smith of Grand
Bassa (INDP-District #2) thinks
the executive is pulling some
strings with the senate, which is
counterproductive to the growth
and development of the people
who elected them.
“What the Senate is doing is
calculated and it is a calculated
attempt to perpetuate that
philosophy that puts others in a
state of nobodiness,” he said.
“There are places in this country
Mr. Speaker our brothers and
sisters will never have an
opportunity to sit in a classroom
if we do not take this stand so in
conclusion the House is on the
right trajectory.”
Last Wednesday President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf submitted the
draft national budget in the
amount of US$557m to the
legislature.
The new austerity budget
cuts wastes in government
and channels more funds to
infrastructure development
as set out in the Agenda for
Transformation, according to the
Ministry of Finance.
The President submitted the
budget consistent with the
Section 11.1 of the Public
Financial Management Act of
2009 and it is the last cycle
of spending under austere
conditions in the three year
Medium Term Expenditure
Framework (MTEF) introduced
in 2012.
“This draft Budget calls for a
period of national sacrifce – a
sacrifce that calls for better
effciency in the allocation
of available resources – as
government combines aggressive
revenue generation with careful
debt management and scaled up
spending in security, energy and
the road network,” said President
Johnson Sirleaf in her budget
statement issued last Wednesday.
Since the submission of the
budget there has been wrangling
between the two branches of the
legislature.
If the Senate and the House do
not fnd a common ground on
this US$73M issue legislative
sources that begged not to be
named are predicting a standoff
that would lead the government
up a fscal cliff that would lead to
a total shutdown.


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A BROADER ROADMAP TO ACTION
Monrovia –
P
resident Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf says the
National Launch of
the Common African
Position (CAP) on the Post-2015
Development Agenda is intended
to inform policy makers and all
stakeholders of the development
agenda that will succeed the
Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) in 2015 and enable
Liberians take full ownership of
the next process of the agenda.
She termed the CAP as unique
and a historic development
because it is the frst time that
all of Africa has agreed with
one voice on a common agenda,
although in the formulation of
national priorities there will be
recognition of local specifcities.
According to an Executive
Mansion release, President
Sirleaf, performing the National
Launch of the CAP on the Post-
2015 Development Agenda at
the Foreign Ministry’s C. Cecil
Dennis Auditorium on Monday,
May 26, said the intent is to move
Liberians away from externally-
driven initiatives towards
domestically-inspired action.
“I call on all Liberians, those in
decision making positions, be it
in government, private sector,
academia, civil society and other
organizations to take a serious
look at the content of the CAP
and see how national policies
and strategies are similar or
different and how we can view
this document as the roadmap to
development,” she urged.
The Liberian leader reiterated
that the CAP will provide a
broad roadmap towards action
that Liberia and the rest of
the region must undertake to
transform their societies as they
embark on the longer journey of
the African Union’s Vision 2063.
“The success in Africa’s growth
must ensure that this growth
is translated into dividends for
our people,” President Sirleaf
pointed out, adding, “In order to
realize that vision, we must go
through a true transformational
process, a new agenda for
development, a new approach
that rejects and restructures the
old models.”
She emphasized that Africa has
a unique opportunity to take
a lead role in setting the next
development agenda, contrasting
with what pertained when the
MDGs were launched nearly 15
years ago.
President Sirleaf reiterated
that as Liberians engage in
dialogue amongst themselves,
it is important that they talk to
stakeholders in other parts of the
world, mindful that no matter
how beautiful a document is
written, it is the responsibility
of Liberians to turn it into
action and priorities. “We ask
you to all focus our attention
on the opportunities provided
by this roadmap so we end the
dichotomy in which Africa is
always called a rich continent,
with poor people,” she noted.
The CAP defnes six pillars that
are essential to the development
of Africa, Structural Economic
Transformation and Inclusive
Growth; Science Technology
and Innovation (STI); People
Centered Development;
Environmental Sustainability,
Natural Resources and Natural
Disaster Management; Peace
and Security and Financing and
Partnership for Implementation.
Each pillar is committed to
good governance and serves
as a foundation for ending
poverty, promoting prosperity
and achieving sustainable and
equitable development.
Put simply by the Liberian
leader: “We want a peaceful,
stable and secured environment.
We want our natural resources
conserved, managed and used for
the beneft of all of our people.
We want to be competitive
and achieve the same level of
development as other regions
of the world. We want a full
partnership, a global partnership
that ensures mutual respect and
mutual responsibility.”
Earlier, in remarks, His Honor
Chief Justice Francis Korkpor
said the launch of the CAP is an
important event which provides
a unique opportunity for all 54
countries on the continent to
speak with one voice and ensure
that their development priorities
are included in the Post-2015
Development Agenda. “As I see
it, CAP is an excellent initiative
in addressing our common
problems and aspirations.”
Touching on Pillar 5 (Peace and
Security), Chief Justice Korkpor
stressed out that the work at the
Judiciary is most impacted by this
Pillar. “Just as there are intricate
links between development and
peace, security and stability
are recognized by the Heads
of State and Government of
AU. We hold that there can be
no genuine peace and security
without justice,” noting further
that the links between them
is unbreakable. He said the
Judiciary is committed to the
fair application of the rule of law
in pursuit of liberty and justice
for all. The Chief Justice hoped
that African leaders will muster
the political will, hold together
and support the priorities of the
continent on the world stage.
Finance Minister Amara
Konneh, providing a brief
perspective on Pillar Six
(Financing and Partnership for
Implementation of Post-2015
Development Agenda) which
is aligned to the Agenda for
Transformation, said the need
to fnance critical infrastructures
and other development priorities
will require changes in the global
fnancial system and support to
developed to developed countries
commitment to the Johannesburg
Plan of Implementation, the
Monetary Consensus on the
International Conference for
Development Finance, and the
Doha Declaration on Financing
for Development.
In addition to domestic resource
mobilization which can be greatly
supported by trade, Minister
Konneh called upon developed
nations to support fair and
equitable trading systems that
encourage value additions for
exports from African countries.
He said, as noted in the CAP,
fulfllment of these commitment
are indispensible for achieving
the full and effective translation
of partners commitment into
tangible sustainable development
outcome.
He said national ownership
of any development agenda
is indispensible to success.
Financing development through
a national plan of action is also
a desirable method that can
ensure success. He promised
that as Liberia moves ahead in
its development agenda, they
will continue to seek guidance
and support from development
partners and also adhere to the
tenets of fscal responsibility and
sound macro-economic policies
both of which are not easy to
implement.
The Special Representative of
the African Union to Liberia,
His Excellency Ambassador
Harrison Oluwatatoyin Solaja,
termed the CAP on the Post-
2015 Development Agenda a
critical milestone towards the
Agenda 2063 and provides a
good opportunity for Africa
to complete the unfnished
business of the MDGs. “The
Common African Position on
the Post-2015 Development
Agenda is based on premise
that the realization that the
Vision Agenda 2063 requires
transformation and critical pan-
African priority areas,” he said.
African Union embarked on a
consultative process to develop
a vision for the next 50 years,
otherwise known as Agenda
2063, which is a long term
roadmap for a continent that
is peaceful, integrated, people
oriented, people centered, and
prosperous with milestones to
achieve this vision in the shortest
possible time.
Ambassador Solaja stressed that
in order for the efforts of the
six pillars to be successful, an
enabling domestic, continental
and global environment is
imperative. He identifed the
enablers as good governance,
transparency, fghting
corruption, human rights for
all, macro-economic policy,
private sector development,
credible participatory process,
monitoring and evaluation,
traditional knowledge and
capacity development.
Foreign Minister Augustine
Kpehe Ngafuan, who also made
remarks, said the crafting of
the CAP enhances the fght
against poverty and economic
deprivation. He said African
nations need to applaud
themselves for agreeing on a
common position on the Post-
2015 Development Agenda that
was to a large extent responsive
to the peculiar concerns and
interest of the region’s 54
States and at the same time to
the collective interests of the
continent. “By collectivizing
our approach to the Post-2015
Development Agenda, instead
of having 54 States pursuing
their individual interest in a
global feld, we have positioned
ourselves as a signifcant
continental block who’s views
cannot be discounted if there
should be global progress,” he
said.
Meanwhile, beginning at 9:00
a.m. at the Bella Casa Hotel, there
will be a full day of presentations
and discussions with members of
the private sector, civil society,
academia, the media, and other
stakeholders to encourage their
involvement and support of
events concerning the CAP.
The High Level Committee
(HLC) chaired by President
Sirleaf was set up by the
African Union during its May
2013 Summit to draft a CAP
on the Post-2015 Development
Agenda by identifying areas
of priority to Africa. The
Committee completed its work
and the African Union adopted
the CAP on January 31, 2014
and subsequently launched it
in March 2014 in N’djamena,
Chad.
The HLC, which comprises 10
Heads of State and Government
from the fve regions of Africa,
has held several consultative and
technical meetings to look at the
list of priorities developed by
institutions around the continent
to reach a consensus on the
development framework that
should succeed the MDGs in
September 2015.
In the next phase of its work,
the HLC will begin negotiations
with other regions of the world
as well as development partners
to ensure that Africa’s vision is
included in the United Nations
Post-2015 Global Development
Agenda.
President Sirleaf Performs National Launch of the CAP on the Post-2015 Development Agenda;
Intended to Move Liberians from Externally-Driven Initiatives towards Domestically-Inspired Action





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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 7

Frankie Taggart
A man sits, in a room of the headquarters of Novafone, a GSM company in Liberia, on
May 8, 2014 in Monrovia (AFP Photo/Seyllou)
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LAW & ORDER
‘A DIFFICULT
SITUATION’
Liberians doing business in a country where nothing works
Monrovia (AFP) -
P
lagued by power
shortages, an erratic
water supply and
spiralling infation,
many entrepreneurs in Liberia's
capital are fnding their efforts to
prosper in their newfound peace
impossible.
The poor but mineral-rich west
African state is seeing rapid
economic growth led by huge
foreign investment in mining but
Monrovia's shops, restaurants
and bars are struggling to cash in
on the boom.
"It's a diffcult situation to keep
a business afoat here. At times
you make money and other
times... you just have to keep
the business going," said Kona
Lovely McBorrouah, 38, who
has been running the Ngomah
Technology cybercafe for fve
years.
Liberia's annual per capita gross
domestic product of about $700
is the seventh-lowest of 229
countries ranked by the CIA
World Factbook, one place ahead
of the Central African Republic.
The economy is expected to
expand six percent this year
after an estimated 8.7 percent
growth in 2013, according to the
International Monetary Fund.
But a decade after ruinous back-
to-back civil wars that killed
250,000 people over 14 years,
the country still doesn’t have
functioning sewers, drinking
water or a land-line phone
system.
Garbage collection is non-
existent and electricity is
scarce, with the state-run
Liberia Electricity Corporation
supplying just 19,000 paying
customers.
McBorrouah, who, like most of
Liberia's four million people,
is not connected to the national
grid, runs a generator from 8 am
to 10 pm and has to make long
trips to a communal water tank.
"It's not an easy thing to run a
business six days a week on a
generator. It's very challenging
especially at this time of the year
where there is huge infation. The
price of diesel fuel has increased
on the market."
- Hydro plant bombed -
Rebels bombed the Mount
Coffee hydro-electric plant 30
kilometres (19 miles) northeast
of Monrovia in 1990 and, by the
end of the confict in 2003, the
national electricity provider had
shut down.
Euphoria swept the country in
2006 after Liberians elected
Africa's frst female president
-- and the arrival of foreign-
sponsored electricity generators
shortly after Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf took offce.
By 2010, the Liberian Electricity
Corporation (LEC) was up and
running again, but using huge
generators that run on expensive
diesel fuel.
But progress has been
frustratingly slow and today
just 9.2 percent of Monrovia's
households are connected and
about three percent nationwide
are connected to the grid,
according to the LEC.
Mount Coffee is expected
to reopen in 2016 and the
government has vowed that
it will expand coverage to 70
percent of the population in
Monrovia -- but not until 2030.
Electricity tariffs are among the
highest in the world and a lack
of money for new connections is
part of the reason it has been so
diffcult for people to access the
grid.
Adding to the problems of small
business owners, the exchange
rate has tanked from 60 Liberian
dollars (LRD) for a US dollar
barely a year ago to upwards of
86, causing alarm over spiralling
costs.
A man surfs at the beach in Robertsport on May 7,
2014 (AFP Photo/Seyllou )
This picture taken on February 27, 2014 shows a partial
view of the port of Monrovia, on March 3, 20 …
Rajesh Lalwani, 30, came
from Gujurat in India in 2002
looking for work, and has been
the manager of Raj Enterprise
for ten years, selling electronic
goods imported from China and
the Middle East.
He is generally happy with
the business environment in
Monrovia and speaks highly
of the hospitality of the locals
but also points to the unreliable
electricity supply and the
weakening of the LRD.
"The infation right now is very
high. The exchange rate hit 90
LRD to the US dollar the day
before yesterday," he said.
- Skills gap -
As with smaller businesses,
larger corporations -- especially
those in the service industry
-- identify electricity and the
fuctuating currency as big
problems.
Novafone Liberia launched its
frst services in September last
year, employing 150 people and
targeting a 40 percent market
share by 2018.
"Defnitely we are facing the
same problems that other
companies -- medium, small
or large -- are facing," said
the company's Lebanese CEO
Bechir Khoury.
In addition, he pointed to a skills
gap, arguing that locals didn't
always have the expertise the
business required.
"Add on top of this the non-
availability of very specialised
companies with technical skills
to respond to your technical
needs, or just work with you in
order to achieve your targets in a
timely manner." he said.
Small and medium-sized
businessmen concurred that
Liberia was a market where a lot
of money could be made, if only
the infrastructure could be fxed.
"The stability of the country is
good, which is one of the main
factors for a big investor to
come and install and make a big
investment in Liberia," Khoury
told AFP.
Monrovia-
T
he fght against the rise
in drug traffcking in
the country which state
security are fnding it
very diffcult to contain tends
to leave no stone unturned with
a presidential bodyguard Peter
Dolo and four others expected
to go on trial for unlawful
possession of narcotics.
The Grand Jury of Grand Cape
Mount County sitting in its
November 2013 Term of Court,
indicted presidential bodyguard
Perry T. Dolo, Sekou Rogers,
Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion
and Mohammed Bah on charges
of unlawful possession of a
narcotic drug with the intent to
sell and criminal facilitation.
“The Grand jurors for Grand
Cape Mount County Republic
of Liberia upon oath do hereby
DRUG FIGHT
PRESIDENTIAL BODYGUARD OTHERS GO
ON TRIAL FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
Kennedy L. Yangian kennedylyangian@frontpageafricaonline.com
077296781
fnd more probably than not, that
the defendants Perry T. Dolo,
Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah,
Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed
committed the crime of unlawful
possession of narcotic drug with
the intent to sell and criminal
facilitation “ stated the grand
jury indictment.
Court record in the possession
of FrontPageAfrica state that
on Saturday, November 9, 2013
the defendants including Perry
T. Dolo the Police Commander
assigned at the Executive
Mansion, were arrested with a
huge quantity of compressed
cannabis drugs commonly called
marijuana in their possession in a
police Nissan Patrol jeep marked
(Police Escort-LNP-01-41)
assigned at the Mansion.
The court record furthered
that the vehicle in which the
defendants were riding had
passed at the checkpoint in Tieni
on two different occasions with
high speed using sirens as if
the president was traveling or a
government offcial was en-route
but the security observed that no
vehicle ever accompanied the
police escort car.
The court record indicated
that because of the attitude
of the operator of the police
jeep, which became constant,
the joint security detail kept
surveillance on the vehicle. It
states that the patrol ordered
the vehicle inspected and it was
during that inspection that the
joint security to discovered 10
bags of marijuana weighing 315
kilograms with a street value of
L$330, 750.00.
The joint security in the court
record stated that initially Perry
Dolo escaped from the police
jeep with his uniform on him,
but was later arrested by the
town people and turned over to
the joint security in Teini, while
defendant Augustine Saah and
Sekou Rogers were arrested on
the spot.
Co-defendants Cyrus Slewion
and Mohammed Bah were
two friends according to the
indictment to Perry Dolo and
Perry instructed Slewion to
get Bah on Gurley Street in
Monrovia to come to Cape
Mount to try to help him release
the police jeep from the station
and why both men were trying to
negotiate the release of the police
jeep they were both arrested by
the joint security.
According to the grand jury
indictment endorsed by the
County Attorney Of Grand Cape
Mount Atty. Zakama Harris the
act on the part of the defendants
went contrary to 5LCLR section
10.3 of the statutory laws of the
country and peace and dignity of
the Republic of Liberia.
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Announcement
In keeping with the vehicle and Traffc Law; Title 38,
approved May 9, 1972, and published in 1978, the
Government of Liberia is pleased to announce the approved
rates for Third Party Compulsory Motor Insurance Policy
in Liberia. These rates take effect January 2, 1996.
Approved Rates Sticker Price
No. Category of Vehicles Price
1 Taxi US$300.00 $ 15.00
2 Transport Pick-Up
S/Size-1/2 Ton 400.00 15.00
M/Size- 1 Ton 425.00 15.00
B/Size 1 ½ Ton 450.00 15.00
3 Transport Buses
S/S-Max 18 Persons 550.00 15.00
M/S-30 Persons 600.00 15.00
B/S-30 Over Persons 650.00 15.00
4. Transport Truck
10 Tons (10 Tires) 720.00 15.00
12 Tons (12 Tires) 750.00 15.00
14-18 Tons (18 Tires) 800.00 15.00
Trailer-22 Tires 1,000.00 15.00
5 Private Car (PC + Personal Plate
Sedan 150.00 15.00
Jeep 225.00 15.00
6 Business Car (BC)
Sudan 175.00 15.00
Jeep 225.00 15.00
7 Pick Up
PP 250.00 15.00
BP 300.00 15.00
8 Business Truck (BT)
10-Tons (10 Tires) 575.00 15.00
12-Tons (10 Tires) 600.00 15.00
14-18 Tons (18 Tires) 640.00 15.00
Trailer (22 Tires) 800.00 15.00
9 Business Bus (BB)
S/S-Min 6-8 Persons 250.00 15.00
S/S-Max 18 Persons 440.00 15.00
M/S- 30 Persons 480.00 15.00
B/S-30 Over Persons 520.00 15.00
10 Private Bus (PB)
S/S-Max 18 Persons 335.00 15.00
M/S-30 Persons 385.00 15.00
B/S-30 Over Persons 420.00 15.00
11 Private Truck (PT) 575.00 15.00
12 Private Motorbike 150.00 15.00
13 Business Motorbike 125.00 15.00
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Liberia Civil Aviation Authority is accepting applications from qualified and experienced professionals
with background in Mathematics or Physics to serve as Air Traffic Controller within the Air Traffic
Management Department of the CAA.
Job Title: Air Traffic Controller
Place of Work: Liberia Civil Aviation Authority / Robertsfield, Liberia
Reports to: Manager (ATMD), Liberia Civil Aviation Authority


Position Summary:
The Air Traffic Controller shall under the supervision of Senior Air Traffic Controller be responsible to
ensure the safe, orderly and expeditious movement of Air Traffic in the lower airspace of the skies of
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orderly and expeditious movement of Air Traffic in the lower airspace of Liberia. The Air Traffic
Controller shall report to the Manager Air Traffic Management Department.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
 Prevent collision between aircraft arriving at or departing from Roberts/Spriggs and aircraft
transiting the Roberts’ Terminal Control Area/Control Zone (TMA/CTR) below 10,000
feet/Flight Level 100;
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 Expedite and maintain safe and orderly flow of air traffic.
 Prepare on-shift duty report prior to turnover.
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P.O. Box 68, Harbel Margibi County, Republic of Liberia
Tel: 231-76998848/49 eFax: +1(404) 506-9617
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- English grammar fluency and composition;
- Communicate fluently and distinctly to airmen within Liberia’s territorial airspace; and
- Must have knowledge in Microsoft word-processing, Excel and Power-point.

Skills
The Air Traffic Controller must be able to demonstrate the following skills:
- Team building;
- Professional competence and independent judgment;
- Use of analytical discretion problem-solving;
- Firm in decision-making;
- Articulate and proficient oral communications skills;
- Computer literacy in Microsoft - word-processing;
- Possess stress and time management skills.
- Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure.
- Be self-disciplined

Personal Attributes
- The Air Traffic Controller must maintain strict confidentiality in performing duties assigned.
- Be honest, respectful and trustworthy.
- Be culturally aware and sensitivity.
- Must be flexible and demonstrate sound work ethics.
Employment Opportunity
Liberia Civil Aviation Authority is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the
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How to Apply
Please send your applications, along with your Resume and references attached to:

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Robertsfield, Liberia.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 9
DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT
REMOVAL: Samuel A. Striker Funeral Home: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM
UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA AUDITORIUM: Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. ~ 5:00
p.m.
WAKE KEEPING: A service of songs, praise and tributes will be held at St. Thomas
Episcopal Church on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 pm ~ 9:00 p.m. All tributes will be
made during this period. If you wish to be listed to make a tribute during the wake, please
email or text Rufus Berry at rufus_berry@yahoo.com or @ 0886-362332.
SERVICE FOR THE CELEBRATION OF FATU’S LIFE: The Service for the Celebration
of her Life and Eucharist of the Resurrection for the peaceful repose of her soul will be said
on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Camp Johnson.
As a tradition in the Episcopal Church, tributes during the service are limited only to Fatu’s
family, the church and government. There are no exceptions.
INTERMENT: Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery – Brewerville
In lieu of fowers, the families ask that anyone who so desires may contribute to the Fatu
G. White Educational Fund (The aim is to provide full scholarship to bright but fnancially
needy students at the University of Liberia and the J. Dwalu Kimber School in Brewerville).
You may contact Vida Mensah, vmsquare12@aol.com (+231-770-770760), Yatta Sherif
yessherif@aol.com (001-773-577-9957) or Rufus Berry @ rufus_berry@yahoo.com (+231-
886-362332 or +231-555-206065) for more information regarding the fund.

Fatu Gittens-White
July 13, 1954 ~ May 2, 2014
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
‘IT USED TO MAKE ME BRAVE’
Monrovia – (AFP)
A
bdul Sesay used to
carry an AK-47 in
jailed Liberian warlord
Charles Taylor's
notorious “Demon Forces” militia,
which tortured, killed and raped its
way through the country's second
civil war.
Now he sleeps rough, with no
steady job and little chance of ever
fnding one, scraping together what
money he can to buy the drugs that
help him forget.
Sesay was one of thousands of
children conscripted as fghters,
ammunition carriers, cooks and
sex slaves during two ruinous
back-to-back civil wars which
pulverised the West African state
between 1989 and 2003 and killed
250 000 people.
Brutalised by confict, the
youngsters were both victims and
perpetrators of the most sickening
abuses, but as adults they fnd
themselves fghting a new battle,
against poverty and drug addiction.
Sesay says he was 15 when
Taylor's men came for him as
he was heading for school in the
northern county of Nimba.
“They abducted me on the street
and bundled me into their car and
later gave me a weapon to start
fghting,” he told AFP.
He was placed among the ranks
of the feared paramilitary anti-
terrorist unit, commonly known
as the “Demon Forces”, led by
Taylor's son Chuckie.
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NEWS EXTRA
LEGISLATIVE DUE
DILIGENCE IMPERATIVE
Liberia’s child soldiers come of age
Monrovia -
A
n economist believes
lawmakers are
the wheelers and
the best group of
individuals that can decide the
path of the country through the
kind of legislations they make,
indicating that legislative due
diligence is imperative for the
growth of Liberia.
“I say to you the lawmakers are
the wheelers, they can decide
whether this country goes
forward or background through
the kind of legislations they
enact therefore due diligence
is imperative as without due
diligence, they will enact laws
that will not beneft the people”,
Samuel Tweh, an economist
stated.
Tweh believes failure by the
Legislature to exercise due
diligence has led Liberia into
some mess over the years.
Amongst the crisis affecting the
country as a consequence of lack
of due diligence by lawmakers,
Tweh named the Public
Use Permits (PUP) debacle,
which led to the placement of
moratorium on the forestry
sector, land conficts involving
Oil Palm Concessions, which
have affected the investment
timeline of concessions, with
implications for jobs and GoL
revenue and the Moore-Stephen-
LEITI post award audit fnds
35 of 68 contract awards non-
compliant with applicable
legislation( 21 were partially
compliant and 5 compliant).
According to Tweh, in order
to lawmakers to conduct
proper due diligence, they
must review the Economic
logic of proposed investments,
Conduct background profling
of Investors, develop a risk
assessment memo backed by
data from the two previous steps,
use Risk assessment memo
to approve licenses, draft and
award contracts or concessions,
Monitor and Evaluate After
Licensing and Contract Award
Speaking at a one day training
session for staffer of the
Legislative committees on
Banking and Finance and
Concessions organized by
the Center Against Money
Laundering and Terrorist
Financing Liberia (CAMTEFIL)
Tweh said the lawmakers have
the power to make the country
better.
“When I hear lawmakers arguing
that they need to a lot US$73
million for district development
fund, I sat and say what is
happening around here, that
money will go in a hole because
they have not closed the hole
through which the County
development goes”, said Tweh.
Tweh contends that there is
no need to have additional
budgetary allotment for districts
when the lawmakers have
already allotted the entire more
than 50o million for the country.
According to Tweh with the
issues of money laundering, high
exchange rate all affecting the
country, it is in the power of the
lawmakers to enact legislations
that will change things for the
better.
Also presenting on basic skills
and knowledge in Anti Money
Laundering and Countering
Terrorist Financing, Edwin W.
Harris, Jr. National Executive
Director of CAMTEFIL said the
twin crimes of money launder
and terrorist fnancing are taking
place in Liberia.
Harris said economic
consequences of ML and TF
which includes increased Crime
and Corruption, undermining
the Legitimate Private Sector,
weakening Financial Institutions
and others are visible in Liberia.
Director Harris indicated that
prevalence of ML and TF leads
to loss of control of, or mistakes
in, decisions regarding economic
policy, economic Distortion and
Instability, loss of tax revenue,
risks to Privatization Efforts and
reputation risk for the Country.
“Successful money laundering
helps enhance the proftable
aspects of criminal activity.
when a country is seen as a
haven for money laundering, it
will attract people who commit
crime”, Harris stated.
He continued “If money
laundering is prevalent, there
is likely to be more corruption.
Criminals may try to bribe
government offcials, lawyers
and employees of fnancial or
non-fnancial institutions so that
they can continue to run their
criminal businesses”.
CAMTEFIL is currently
implementing a project
sponsored by the Open Society
Initiative for West Africa
intended to raise awareness on
issues of money laundering
and terrorist fnancing and
build capacity of legislative
committees.

New York-based Human Rights
Watch accused the brigade in
2006 of “torture, including various
violent assaults, beating people to
death, rape and burning civilians
alive” from about 1997 through
2002.
Sesay, now 33, denies committing
any rights abuses or killing anyone,
saying his war involved supporting
roles behind the frontline, but he
admits regular drug abuse.
“It used to make me brave to keep
carrying my weapon,” he says.
Now Sesay gets his money
where he can, doing odd jobs
and operating as a “car loader”,
one of a legion of young men in
central Monrovia who yell out
destinations and load bags into the
back of taxis.
“I am still taking drugs... I always
hustle and save money to buy
my drugs,” he says, scratching
nervously at a baggy maroon
T-shirt.
Like many former child soldiers,
Sesay feels abandoned by a
government he says left him with
nothing after he handed in his
weapon as part of a demobilisation
process which disarmed 103 000
rebels and government militia in
2004.
In the years since the confict
ended sympathy has been in short
supply for ex-child soldiers, many
of whom committed the most
depraved abuses, and thousands
of young men and women remain
traumatised and often jobless.
Two charities, Plan and Family
Health International, interviewed
98 former child soldiers for a
2009 study which found that 90
percent showed symptoms of post-
traumatic stress disorder and 65
percent had a major depressive
disorder.
Three in fve of the girls had
suffered sexual violence and a ffth
of girls and boys had attempted
suicide.
“The children formerly involved
with the fghting forces are more
aggressive and more severely
affected... And we noticed that they
are often blamed and stigmatised
by other community members,
which makes them become hostile
and fght and abuse drugs,” the
study said.
One young man described seeing
his mother skinned alive when he
was 15 while many of the girls
described being taken as “bush
wives” by rebels when they were
as young as nine.
The Disarmament, Demobilisation,
Rehabilitation and Reintegration
programme (DDRR) offered $300
and training schemes to child
soldiers in exchange for weapons.
But those who could not hand in a
gun or ammunition were excluded,
so children who had been recruited
for domestic or sexual services
received no help.
Michael Wilson, a social worker
for Don Bosco Homes, a Catholic
group which worked with child
soldiers in Liberia, says many are
now suffering severe trauma which
manifests itself in aggression and
sometimes drug-fuelled delusion.
“If you take a walk around the
streets of Monrovia you will see
one or two of them still portraying
armed confict, with dyed hair and
a stick, running around,” he told
AFP.
Both the government and the main
rebel groups denied the existence
of child soldiers but various
estimates put the total number
between 15 000 and 38 000.
Augustine Tregbee fed to
neighbouring Sierra Leone aged 15
as anti-Taylor guerrillas pounded
the coastal town of Robertsport
with heavy artillery.
When he returned rebels had
overrun the town, moved into local
homes, taken villagers as their
“wives” and made children carry
equipment and weapons.
“I came back and found that my
grandfather had been killed. There
were no civilians here - the town
was occupied by fghters,” he told
AFP.
He was given a Soviet-era PKM
machine gun, trained in guerrilla
warfare and told he would be
executed if he tried to escape.
“I saw lots of friends die in battle
during an attack on Charles
Taylor's soldiers but I was saved
by God,” he said.
Now 29, Tregbee is reticent to
talk about how many combatants
he killed, but recalls vividly the
2003 siege of Monrovia, which
resulted in the deaths of about 1
000 civilians in heavy shelling.
“I did not look people in the face
to kill them while I was fghting.
If I killed people, maybe it was
through stray bullets. We did
not target civilians in our unit,”
Tregbee says.
Back in Robertsport he is now a
fsherman whose dream of buying
a boat looks unlikely to be realised
with earnings of as little as $15 a
month.
Tregbee, along with his wife and
two children, rent one squalid room
of a building with no windows,
running water or electricity.
One bed takes up most of the space
and puddles form on the hard foor
when the roof gives way in the
rainy season.
He says he looks to the future
with optimism despite having no
money, but his dark past is never
far away.
“I still refect on my days as a
child fghter. Often I think about
the moments of jogging with my
friends, moving together,” he says.
- Sapa-AFP
Frontpage
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 11
Selma Lomax, selma.lomax@frontpageafricaonline.com
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HINDERING TRADE,
COMMUTE


Monrovia -
G
barnga Highway The hellish experience
businessmen and other commuters plying the
ever-busy Monrovia-Gbarnga highway on daily
basis cannot be blamed on the deathtrap nature of
the highway alone.
The numerous road blocks mounted by security agents on the
road, ostensibly to nab those who smuggle goods into Liberia, has
been fngered as the major reason why there is near traffc crisis
on that axis.
Although the Liberia National Police (LNP) has banned mounting
road blocks on the nation's highways, investigations by FrontPage
Africa show that the ban is being observed more in breach by the
police.
A drive from Red Light market to Careysburg shows that contrary
to the orders of the Chief of Traffc banning roadblocks in the
country, roadblocks mounted by the police and other security
agencies adorn that stretch of the highway.
Between Careysburg to Salala, one could count over seven check
points manned by different security agents.
The security agencies present along that route include the LNP,
Immigration Offcers, personnel of Road Safety Union, Drugs
Enforcement Agency and others.
But the most visible among these law enforcement agencies on
that axis is the Liberia police.
It is a common sight to see these uniformed security personnel
at checkpoints extorting money from hapless drivers plying the
dilapidated highway.
Apart from those traveling on the highway, the practice is also
meted out to commercial motorists plying some roads off the
highway.
For instance, passengers and drivers going to Bong Mines via
Kakata, Margibi County are daily being subjected to undue delay
as a result of illegal checkpoints on the road.
The major victims of these illegal roadblocks on that highway are
traders travelling to Bong Mines.
Some aggrieved traders told FrontPage Africa, that this illicit act
hinders trade. According to them, it makes goods produced within
the region more expensive, especially on the Liberian side.
Apart from the harm it is causing road users, FrontPage Africa
learnt that the practice is against the protocol of free movement of
goods and services in the Economic Community of West African
States ECOWAS to which Liberia is a signatory.
Those involved in the roadblock on Monrovia-Gbarnga highway
are mainly members of the LNP.
Speaking to FrontPage Africa on the issue, a stakeholder in the
transportation sector in Bong County, who is also into haulage,
James Janteh, lamented that the police have taken over the
Careysburg to Salala route. Fuming with anger, Janteh called on
the Chief of Traffc of the LNP to call his men to order.
Janteh regretted that despite the police chief’s warning that police
offcers should limit checkpoints on the road in order to facilitate
trade and easy movement of goods, the highway is still populated
by the police.
"Despite the police chief’s warning that police offcers should limit
checkpoints on the highway, the police has taken over the road
from Careysburg to Gbartala and it is affecting free movement
of goods and people on the road. From Salala to Gbartala in
Yellequelleh district, we have about six checkpoints.
“They stop every vehicle carrying goods, thereby causing heavy
vehicular and human traffc on the road. At nights, the checkpoints
are up to 10 and it cripples movement. All the vehicles can stay on
one spot for almost fvehours for a journey that is supposed to last
three hours and thirty minutes," he fumed.
According to him, "the Customs have only four checkpoints that
were approved for them but the police have remained adamant to
the instruction."
The Customs checkpoints are located at Salala and Gbarnga.
FrontPage Africa was told that the Customs offce in Salala has
two checkpoints which are supported by three roving teams
tactically designed to checkmate any attempt at smuggling
through the bushes.
"These two checkpoints are located at Salala and Gbarnga
respectively. They are supported by three roving teams tactically
designed to checkmate any attempt at smuggling through the
bushes. So they are there to perform customs statutory anti-
smuggling functions and not the derogatory remark of extortion.
Any other checkpoint or patrol team other than these two is not
from the command", a police offcer told FrontPage Africa.
Similarly, the Bong County chapter of the LNP dismissed the
claims of extortion and illegal road blocks. The Commander,
Anthony Weah, debunked the allegations in a telephone chat with
FrontPage Africa and insisted that the police have obeyed the
government's directive on the issue.
"Our men are no longer on that highway. It is not true that the
police are still there. The government gave a directive and we
have obeyed. Even recently the Bong County police detachment
also emphasized on that directive. So, we don't have our men on
that road," he stated.
Commuters Groan over Multiple Checkpoints
along Monrovia-Gbarnga Highway
MONROVIA -
A
youth association has announced that it will soon
begin renovation of a public school in Gbondio
Town, lower Montserrado County to cater for youth
of school going age in that part of the county.
A two men delegation of the Gbondoi Youth
Association (GYA) visited the offce of the FrontPage Newspaper
yesterday after reading an article in the May 26, 2014 edition
of yesterday paper highlighting the deplorable condition of the
Gbondoi Public School and expressed that renovation of the
school will begin soon.
Speaking for the delegation, the president of (GYA) Mr. Lamin L.
Sarnor, Jr. stated that renovating the school is a priority of (GYA),
disclosing that a little under ($3,000.00 USD) is needed for the
complete upliftment of the infrastructure.
Mr. Sarnor revealed that vigorous campaign is underway to
generate funds.
He said GYA has written several prominent persons in whose
honor classrooms will be named upon their support of the project.
The Gbondoi Public School was frst constructed in the 1980s as
a self help project by the citizens of Gbondoi and offce of the
superintendent of Montserrado County.
It has twice been renovated and extended by Mr. George Haddah
and the Government of Liberia.
The school currently runs from Nursery to Seven (7th Grade. It
has a total students population of about two hundred (200).
Mr. Sarnor stated that (GYA) plans to complete the renovation
of the school latest December 2014. He is appealing to leading
citizens and general public to support this worthy project.
He indicated that the commissioner of the Township of Virginia
Hon. Musu Marshall and member of the house of representative,
Hon. William V. Dakel have already expressed support for the
project.
The other member of the delegation was Mr. Varfee Siryon
Secretary of the (GYA).
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GBONDOI YOUTH
ASSOCIATION VOWS TO
BEGIN RENOVATION OF
DILAPIDATED SCHOOL

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A
mid President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf’s
government
determination to
utilize the West Africa Power
Pool initiative to electrify mainly
rural Liberia; a senior citizen of
Maryland County, Mr. Richelieu
A. Williams has commended the
administration for switching the
lights on after more than 15 years
of darkness.
In a special message to Her
Excellency, the President, Mr.
Williams said it is worth-noting
that while the construction of
roads remains a priority to the
government, the decision to
equally prioritize the provision
of electricity to rural folks by
the Sirleaf-led government is
a major milestone aimed at
fulflling promises made to the
people. He then called on the
government to ensure that with
electricity becomes available to
in homes to enable the people
feel the presence of their elected
government.
Mr. Williams however said
Marylanders surely have
something to graciously smile
about as electricity is gradually
being restored while at the same
time plans are being fnalized for
the pavement of the Fish Town
–to Harper highway that will
connect River Gee and Maryland
counties respectively.
The frst sets of streets lights
that came were those lined from
Cape Palmas along Baltimore
Street through Maryland Avenue
towards the Tubman University
in East Harper Engineers and
technicians working on the West
Africa Power Pool project are
furiously continuing the erection
of aluminum poles, which are
concomitantly being lighted up
along the various streets and
neighborhoods of Harper city.
Engineers are aggressively seen
working adjoining communities
erecting poles for the lighting up
of those areas.
Jubilant citizens and residents
of Harper, Maryland County
were seen celebrating when the
lights came on in series along
the principal streets of Harper.
Earlier, the presence of West
Africa Power Pool came alive in
Nimba County where electricity
is available on a 24 hour basis.
According to Mr. Williams this
is a small step towards progress
and development for Maryland
and a giant step for Marylanders
from darkness to light.

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Monrovia, Liberia –
T
he Liberian Council
of Churches thanks
Almighty God
and commends
the churches, para-church
organizations, ordinary citizens,
foreign partners and the
Government of Liberia for their
support and full participation in
the April 6-11, 2014 National
Fast and Prayer against hunger,
poverty and the deadly Ebola
virus, amongst others, which
was climaxed by an intercessory
and thanksgiving service at the
Providence Baptist Church on
April 11. That period of humility,
prayer, devotion and repentance
based on II Chronicles 7:14
reminded Liberians that the God
of the nation is still in tune with,
and answers the prayers of, His
people. As the fast begun on April
6, NO NEW CASE OF EBOLA
HAS BEEN REPORTED
SINCE THEN and the month
of April passed without any
injury to the national peace and
stability of the country. The
Council calls on all Liberians
to remain grateful to God for
our recent deliverance and to
continue to pray that He will
continue to shower our country
with His peace and blessings as
we navigate our way through the
serious challenges of national
recovery and development.
In keeping with its tradition of
speaking to issues of concern
to the nation and its people, the
Liberian Council of Churches
(LCC) is pleased to make the
following observations and
recommendations as we move
forward:
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: That
Liberians publicly acknowledge
the intervention of the Great
Arbiter of human events and
recommit themselves to giving
Him precedence in our decision-
making, programs and activities
in a nation where the national
anthem requires that it is
governed “by God’s command”
INCLUSIVE
DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT
T
his is to announce with deep sorrow the
death of Samuel Benedict Cooper Jr.
This sad event took place in the ambulance
en route to St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital,
on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm.
This is a tremendous loss for the Cooper family and
for countless others that affectionately referred to
him as Ben Cooper, Papa Zulu, Jolly Pappy, or JP.
Funeral arrangements will be as follows:
Removal of Ben’s body from the Stryker Funeral
Home:
Friday, June 6, 2014 at 4 PM
With the wake keeping to follow at Trinity Cathedral,
Broad Street.
Funeral Service will be held at Trinity Cathedral,
Broad Street:
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM
This announcement was brought in by the Cooper
Family.


Samuel Benedict Cooper, Jr
June 22, 1944—May 15, 2014
RECONCILIATION PROCESS
MUST BE INCLUSIVE
RECONCILIATION: That the
Council commends diverse
efforts at reconciling the
country; however, the process
must be inclusive. Liberia
cannot be reconciled without the
Church in a country where 86%
of the population is reported
to be Christian according to
the 2008 National Population
Census; Muslim and Traditional
communities.
ANTI-HUNGER CAMPAIGN:
That the Council is committed
to helping the government and
people of Liberia fght hunger
and poverty because the recovery
and development of the country
is everyone’s responsibility. The
World Bank reports that 9 out
of every 10 Liberian is without
a salary-paying-job. To fght
hunger and overcome poverty
stirring us in the face, every
Liberian citizen must get engage
in efforts to achieve individual,
household and eventually
national food security. The
Council is committed to
mobilizing and engaging the
church from Cape Mount to
Cape Palmas to complement
national efforts at bolstering food
production and reducing poverty
through a 4-prong program of
advocacy/sensitization, and
support to agriculture SMEs,
small vegetable gardens and
micro-enterprise development
PRICES OF BASIC
COMMODITIES: That
the hiking prices of basic
commodities, increasing
transport fare, etc. are of grave
concern to the Council because
these challenges overshadow
genuine efforts at economic
recovery and development and
earnest attempts must be made
to address these issues in order
to reduce the “hard time” in the
country. The Council calls on the
government of Liberia through
the Ministry of Commerce,
Trade and Industry to call an
open summit of both public and
private actors to fnd a remedy to
these crucial national issues to
the ordinary people.
STRENGTHENING
DEMOCRACY: That as the
national budget is debated the
Council prays that compromise
and not un-necessary
confrontation and blame-shifting
will be the hallmark of the
process with the ultimate interest
of the people being the guiding
rod. For two to work together,
they must agree and “a house
divided against it-self cannot
stand”. We therefore call for a
civil discussion that builds on the
gains made thus far.
JULY 26 CELEBRATION: That
the Council calls on all Liberians
to recommit themselves to
forging peace, forgiveness,
healing and reconciliation
as we approach the 167th
Independence Anniversary of
our great nation. We call on
national government to as early
as possible release the theme and
program for the occasion to help
drive the spirit and discussion of
this year’s anniversary
RESTATED POSITIONS:
That the Council reiterates
her previous position on the
following national issues:
NO TO SAME-SEX-
MARRIAGE- Based on the
culture and faith of the nation
NO TO DUAL CITIZENSHIP
– Based on the majority views
of ordinary Liberians and the
economic consequences of such
venture
NO TO EVERY FORM
OF VIOLENCE AND
VANDALISM as a means of
resolving issues of national
concern.
WILLIAMS HAILS PREZ SIRLEAF FOR
BRINGING ELECTRICITY TO HARPER
BIRTHDAY GREETINGS
Happy birthday to you Miss Sharon
Scotland of old Road, Devine Town,
todays marks your natal day I can not
sit idly and allow this joyous day pass
by. Have a special Birthday Message
from me, Alexander S. Nimley. I wish
you thousand more years to come.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 13
REGULATOR STILL IN LACC DRAGNET
Commission on Higher Education Director General long Corruption tale
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LIFE STYLE

ROBERTSPORT, Liberia -
S
am Brown Jr allows
himself a grin
and even a quick
thumbs-up as he
snaps onto his longboard,
taming the monstrous wave
rearing up behind him like an
unleashed, frothing beast.
The 21-year-old Liberian has
joined a growing number of
surfng devotees in the west
African nation of Liberia,
attracted by the perfect waves
in what is being touted as one
of the world's last genuinely
unspoilt paradises for the
sport.
"What makes surfng in
Liberia so good is the waves,"
Brown says as he settles
back on the beach, evidently
pleased with expressing an
obvious insight, but one that
bears repeating to send a
message to surfers worldwide.
Liberia is still known around
the globe for back-to-back
civil wars between 1989
and 2003 that left more than
200,000 people dead and the
country in ruins, with images
of drugged-up child soldiers
brandishing machine guns
beamed across the world.
But surf tourism is slowly
picking up and the country
is gaining a reputation for
its faultless left-hand point
breaks -- locations where
waves break offshore -- its
spectacular beaches and water
as warm as the welcome from
the friendly locals.
Legend has it that the frst
surfers appeared in Liberia in
the 1970s, but it wasn't until
a flm about the nascent sport
began winning awards at
festivals in 2008 that a steady
stream of tourists began.
RELATED STORIES
US student flmmakers
Nicholai Lidow and Britton
Caillouette had come in 2006
to shoot "Sliding Liberia",
which tells the story of Alfred
Lomax, who became the
country's frst surfer after
fnding a bodyboard in a
Monrovia rubbish bin while
feeing rebels.
The flm began pulling in
surfers from America and
Europe as well as expats
living in Monrovia, who
in turn encouraged locals
like Brown, who lives with
his parents and little sister
in Robertsport, a poor
northwestern fshing village.
"We didn't know anything
about surfng in Liberia
during the war. It was tourists
who introduced the game to
Liberia. When they come, we
sit with them and they talk
to us about the game and we
listen," Brown said.
Liberia's best waves are found
around Brown's village,
walking distance from Sierra
Leone on the Cape Mount
MODEST SPORT
peninsula and just up the coast
from Lake Piso, a sparkling
40-square-mile (100-square-
kilometre), oblong lake that
dominates western Liberia.
Reaching Robertsport
involves a three-hour, 70-
mile drive northwest from
Monrovia, mainly along a
dirt track that snakes through
cassava felds, palm oil
plantations and dense forest
which eventually give way to
a stunning coastline.
Decrepit plantation-style
houses, many abandoned
during the war, line wide
boulevards that buffer the
hills on the edge of town.
A deep underwater trench off
a short stretch of southwest-
facing coast creates fve
perfect point breaks within
walking distance of each
other, described by those in
the know as the best quality
lefthanders in Africa, perhaps
the world.
Claudius Bright, a 20-year-
old high school student
from Robertsport, has been
surfng for three years and
has ambitions -- if not the
money -- to study agriculture
at university.
"When I started surfng it was
really tough because it makes
the muscles tired. When we
don't have food at home to
eat, we come to the water
and don't surf, because after
surfng, you can be hungry,"
he said.
Brown and Bright are part
of a 30-strong community
that surf at Shipwreck's, one
of Africa's longest left-hand
breaks across from the historic
cotton tree where Liberia's
frst president, Joseph Jenkins
Roberts, carved his name
after arriving by ship from
Virgina in 1829 to what was
then a colony for free African-
Americans.
The Atlantic here swells up
from the southern hemisphere,
heaving itself onto the coast
in a perfect peel, forming a
wave surfers call a "pipeline",
which they can ride for 200
yards (metres) or more.
Moritz Fahsig, 38, and his
girlfriend Susi Brandt, 31,
have taken time away from
jobs in online marketing in
Munich to surf at Robertsport,
lured by stories of wide open
expanses of coastline a world
away from the crowded
beaches of Australia or South
Africa.
"In other places, when you
are alone you are lucky.
Here, when you have even
one person to share your
good wave with then you are
lucky," Moritz said.
Surfers used to have to
camp on the beach but the
accommodation has been
rather more civilized since
Sean Brody and Daniel
Hopkins, both 29, opened
Kwepunha Retreat, Liberia's
frst surf school with rooms,
fve years ago.
"I can't say the sport of surfng
is single-handedly keeping
the peace but I believe there
is a strong correlation," said
Brody, the brother of US actor
Adam Brody of "The O.C."
fame.
"When you have a large
population of youth with
nothing to do, there's the
temptation to get involved
with drugs, to get involved
with guns."
Kwepunha runs a sharing
system allowing local
youngsters to borrow
surfboards on condition that
they are attending school,
taking part in beach clean-
ups, and being generally
responsible citizens.
"The kids in this community,
I can't say they are perfect
angels -- they are arguing
with each other and bickering.
But they are fghting over
who caught the best wave,
not going back to civil war,"
Brody said.
While some Westerners may
want to keep the coastline a
secret, locals in Robertsport
hope the surge in surfng can
help alleviate the economic
and social problems of a
war-ravaged community that
survives on the meagre spoils
of artisanal fshing.
Brody, who has a masters
degree focusing on
sustainable tourism, believes
a tourist infux is inevitable,
but is determined to ensure
that new visitors, surf schools
and hotels preserve Liberia's
culture and environment and
beneft the local economy.
"Tourism will come. It's just
important to us to be here
early on to try to set up a
sustainable model," he said.
Surfng passion beginning to swell as Liberia rides new wave
When I started surfng it was really tough because it makes the muscles tired.
When we don't have food at home to eat, we come to the water and don't surf,
because after surfng, you can be hungry.
Liberian surfer Sam Brown Jr poses next to a surfboard, on May 7, 2014 in Robertsport. After a decade of peace,
Liberia is becoming known among surfers for Africa's best waves. Picture: AFP PHOTO / SEYLLOU
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
NEW UKRAINE LEADER VOWS TO RESTORE
CONTROL IN EAST, MOSCOW OFFERS DIALOGUE
KIEV (Reuters) -
U
kraine's next
president pledged
on Monday to
restore control
over the separatist
east with a more effective
military operation, and said he
would meet Russian offcials in
a matter of weeks to secure their
help in resolving the crisis.
Moscow said it was ready for
dialogue with Petro Poroshenko
but he should scale back his
armed forces' campaign in the
east, where pro-Moscow gunmen
have declared independence in
two provinces.
Ukrainians rallied
overwhelmingly in Sunday's
election behind Poroshenko, a
billionaire owner of chocolate
factories and political veteran,
hoping the burly 48-year-old can
rescue the nation from the brink
of bankruptcy, civil war and
dismemberment by their former
Soviet masters in the Kremlin.
Preliminary results with about
half of votes counted gave
Poroshenko 53.7 percent of
the vote - towering over a feld
of 21 candidates with enough
IN BRIEF
THAI COUP LEADER
THREATENS CRACKDOWN
IF PROTESTS RESUME
ZIMBABWE TO
TONE DOWN BLACK
OWNERSHIP LAWS
SOUTH AFRICA NAMES
FIRST BLACK FINANCE
MINISTER
BANGKOK (Reuters) -
T
hai coup leader
General Prayuth
Chan-ocha said on
Monday he had been
formally endorsed by the king
as head of a military council that
will run the country, and warned
he would use force if political
protests fared up again.
Prayuth seized power on May
22, saying the army would
restore order after nearly seven
months of sometimes deadly
street demonstrations. The
military has since taken into
custody of scores of politicians,
activists, academics and others.
"Will we go back to where we
were before? If you want to do
that, I will need to use force and
impose the law strictly," Prayuth
said in a statement he read on
television. "You will have to
forgive any tough measures as
they are necessary."
Johannesburg (AFP) -
S
outh African President
Jacob Zuma on Sunday
tapped former junior
minister Nhlanhla Nene
to become the country's frst black
African fnance minister.
Zuma made the announcement
after being sworn in for a second
term, and promising radical social
and economic transformation in
the next fve years.
In the 20 years since South
Africa struggled free from the
fetters of racist apartheid rule, the
economy remains predominantly
in white hands, despite a raft of
empowerment programmes.
Nene had served as an understudy
to internationally respected
fnance chief Pravin Gordhan.
Harare (AFP) -
Z
imbabwe is planning
to tone down a
controversial equity law
which forces foreign
companies to cede a majority
shareholding to local investors, a
cabinet minister said Sunday.
Zimbabwe's controversial 2007
indigenisation law states that
foreign frms must hand a 51
percent shareholding to local
partners.
The law spooked investors and
was a source of confict between
President Robert Mugabe's allies,
with some maintaining a hardline
stance while others opposed the
measures.
Information Minister Jonathan
Moyo said it would be adapted for
different sectors.
"We are reviewing and
tightening the indigenisation and
empowerment policy by being
pragmatic without being dogmatic
about it," he told the state-owned
Sunday Mail.
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WORLD NEWS
NIGERIA ARMY 'KNOWS WHERE
BOKO HARAM ARE HOLDING GIRLS'
T
he abducted
schoolgirls are
believed to been
taken to a remote
part of Borno state

The Nigerian military say
they know where the girls
kidnapped by Boko Haram
are but they will not attempt
a rescue.
Nigeria's Chief of Defence
Staff said it was "good news
for the parents," although he
admitted the military would
not risk "going there with
force."
More than 200 girls were
abducted by Boko Haram
gunmen from their school in
northern Nigeria in April.
Earlier, the BBC learned that
a deal to release some of the
girls was close but was called
off by the government.
The BBC's Will Ross in
Abuja says an intermediary
met leaders of the Islamist
group and visited the place
where they were being held.
He says agreement was
almost reached to release
50 of the girls in exchange
for the release of 100 Boko
Haram prisoners.
But the Nigerian government
pulled out of the deal after
President Goodluck Jonathan
attended a conference on the
crisis in Paris. The reasons for
the withdrawal are unclear.
Nigeria's government is under
pressure to do more to tackle
the group and bring about the
girls' release.
Thousands of people have
died since Boko Haram began
a violent campaign against
the Nigerian government in
2009 and in the subsequent
security crackdown.
to avert a run-off. His closest
challenger, former premier
Yulia Tymoshenko, secured just
13.1 percent and made clear she
would concede.
In a news conference on Monday,
Poroshenko made clear his most
urgent task is fnding a modus
vivendi with the giant neighbor
that has seemed poised to carve
Ukraine up since a pro-Russian
president was ousted in a popular
revolt in February.
"I hope Russia will support
efforts to tackle the situation in
the east," Poroshenko said. He
said he planned to meet Russian
offcials in the frst half of June.
Poroshenko said he was ready to
talk to pro-Moscow separatists
who lay down their arms, but
would not meet with "terrorists"
who threaten the security of the
state.
Ukraine's "anti-terrorist" military
operation against rebels in the
east would press on but must be
more effective, he said. So far,
Ukraine's military forces have
had little success against rebels
who have declared independent
"people's republics" in the
eastern industrial heartland.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov repeated a weekend
promise by President Vladimir
Putin that Moscow would respect
the will of Ukrainians. Moscow
was ready for dialogue with
Poroshenko but Kiev should not
step up its military campaign,
Lavrov said.
Poroshenko's robust margin
gives him a frm mandate, even
though millions of Ukrainians
were unable to vote in eastern
regions prowled by armed pro-
Moscow separatists.
VETERAN SURVIVOR
TAKES "HEAVY BURDEN"
Many Ukrainians clearly rallied
behind the frontrunner as a way
to demonstrate national unity,
three months after a pro-Russian
president was ousted in a popular
revolt and Moscow responded
by seizing the Crimea peninsula,
massing troops on the frontier
and expressing sympathy with
armed separatists.
A veteran survivor of Ukraine's
feuding political class,
Poroshenko served in cabinets
drawn from governments on
both sides of Ukraine's pro- and
anti-Russian divide, but threw
his weight and money behind
the revolt that brought down his
Moscow-backed predecessor in
February.
"He has taken a heavy burden
on his shoulders," said Larisa, a
schoolteacher who was among
crowds watching the results on
Independence Square, where
pro-Western "EuroMaidan"
protests ended in bloodshed
in February that prompted
'Good news'
Chief of Defence Staff Air
Marshal Alex Badeh said on
Monday that "the good news
for the parents of the girls is
that we know where they are"
but said he couldn't reveal the
location.
"But where they are held, can
we go there with force? We
can't kill our girls in the name
of trying to get them back,"
he added.
Mr Badeh was addressing
demonstrators who had
marched to the Ministry of
Defence in Abuja to protest
against the government's
response.
"Nobody should come and
say the Nigerian military does
not know what it's doing," he
told the crowd. "We know
what we are doing."
"The president is solidly
behind us. The president
has empowered us to do the
work," Mr Badeh said.
The girls, who were mainly
Christian, are thought to be
held in a remote forested area
of the north-eastern Borno
state, close to the border with
Chad and Cameroon.
Nigeria previously insisted
it would not agree to free
Boko Haram members in
return for their release but the
information ministry insisted
that all options were on the
table.
The UK, the US, China and
France are among those
countries to have sent teams
of experts and equipment to
help to locate the girls.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Page 15
Liberia Football Hero Weah Eyes New Goal As
Liberia's Political Saviour
Sports
SPORT BRIEF
LAKERS PLAN TO INTERVIEW
LIONEL HOLLINS FOR
COACHING JOB
L
ionel Hollins has
emerged as a candidate
for the Los Angeles
Lakers' coaching job,
league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Lakers management plans to
interview Hollins later this week,
league sources said.
After meeting with two
candidates with Lakers ties
– Mike Dunleavy and Byron
Scott – Hollins is an intriguing
inclusion in the process. He's the
frst candidate who doesn't have
a history with the organization,
but, of the three, he has the most
recent track record of success in
the league.
In his fnal three years as head
coach of the Memphis Grizzlies,
Hollins reached the playoffs
three times – including a trip to
the Western Conference fnals
and conference semifnals.
As a player, Hollins won a
championship with the Blazers in
1977 and was named an All-Star
in 1978.
T
.I. was reportedly
involved in a brawl
early Sunday morning
with professional boxer
Floyd Mayweather. According
to TMZ, the Atlanta rapper took
a swing at Mayweather at a Las
Vegas Fatburger and a grand
chair-throwing melee erupted.
The cause of the brawl is unclear,
but TMZ reports that T.I. had
been upset by an Instagram photo
his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris,
posted earlier that day of herself
with Mayweather's teenage
daughter. Mayweather reportedly
told T.I. to "control your bitch"
during the confrontation.
Las Vegas Police say that a
Fatburger employee was slashed
during the fght, but he refused
medical treatment and would
not cooperate with investigating
offcers. T.I. had already left the
scene before police arrived, and
Mayweather was on his way
out. A representative for T.I. was
not immediately available for
comment.
MATA OF TIME? BARCELONA
LINE UP $67 MILLION DEAL FOR
MANCHESTER UNITED STAR
T.I. ALLEGEDLY BRAWLS WITH
FLOYD MAYWEATHER AT LAS
VEGAS FATBURGER
J
uan Mata has spent less
than six months at Old
Trafford but rumors
suggest the diminutive
playmaker could be heading to
Barcelona.
Mata, 26, initially struggled to
settle at United after his monster
$65 million move from Chelsea
during the January transfer
window. However in his last
eight games of the season Mata’s
spark returned and his scored six
goals for the Red Devils.

Monrovia (AFP) -
A
sk George Weah
about his ambitions
to lead Liberia and
he will deliver an
impassioned speech about his
nation's potential -- but turn the
subject to football and his eyes
really light up.
Possibly Africa's greatest-ever
player, Weah, who parlayed
outstanding spells at Monaco,
Milan and Chelsea into a career
in politics, has agreed to a rare
media interview to discuss his
west African homeland's fragile
peace process.
It is not long, however, before
he is reliving what is widely
regarded as one of the greatest
goals ever scored and enthusing
about an old mentor, Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger.
"In my old age I'm scoring
beautiful goals that I've never
scored before. I don't know if
it's because of the people I play
with, but I'm still stronger and
faster than them," says Weah,
who plays each weekend for a
team called The Legends.
Eleven years have past since the
47-year-old hung up his boots
as an international star. Having
conquered the world of football
with a string of awards, he has
set his eyes on a bigger prize.
"There is no doubt that our
supporters ... want me to be
president of this country because
they believe I can change
their lives," he told AFP at his
Monrovia party headquarters,
confrming for the frst time that
he will stand in 2017 presidential
elections.
A member of the Kru ethnic
group mired in poverty, raised by
his grandmother on a reclaimed
swamp in one of the worst slums
of the capital Monrovia, Weah
has come a long way.
His initial breakthrough came
when he was plucked from the
backwater of Cameroonian
football aged 22 and signed by
Wenger, who then managed AS
Monaco.
Over 14 years Weah played
for some of the world's most
celebrated European clubs,
amassing a considerable fortune.
- 'Wenger, my father fgure' -
Adapting quickly to the
sophistication of European
football, Weah became a
towering fgure in the 1990s
as a quick, rangy and versatile
forward who was deadly from
long range and devastating in
front of the goal.
His annus mirabilis came in
1994/95 when he was named both
African and European player
of the year after top scoring in
Europe's prime tournament, the
Champions League, with eight
goals.
Weah decamped to AC Milan
and scooped FIFA World Player
of the Year, the only African to
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do so to this day. More recently,
he was named his continent's
player of the century.
The most unforgettable of his 46
goals wearing the Italian club's
famed red-and-black was an
incredible solo effort which saw
him pick the ball up in his own
penalty box before slaloming
his way through seven Verona
players before scoring.
Weah has been asked about this
goal countless times but still
describes it as if he were talking
straight after the match.
"To beat those seven strong
defenders... I assure you it was
tough," he says, chest puffed out
under traditional African robes
dyed the same sky-blue as the
Manchester City kit he wore
toward the end of his career.
"But I'm happy that at least
Africa is in history and Liberia
is in history, because when you
talk about one of the best goals
ever shown on television, it is
a Liberian's -- George Manneh
Weah."
He moved from Milan to
Chelsea, City, Marseille and
fnally Al Jazirah before calling
it a day in 2003.
When Weah recalls that career
it is Wenger, now at Arsenal,
that he remembers as his most
profound infuence.
"My coach, my mentor, my
father fgure, Mr Arsene Wenger,
is still one of the best coaches
in the world. There's no doubt
about it," he said.
Weah and his wife Clar, an
ardent Arsenal fan who grew
up in a Jamaican family in New
York, make a point of travelling
to London to watch the Gunners'
frst game of every season.
He rejects the growing clamour
for Wenger's dismissal following
another disappointing Premier
League season and just one
trophy in nine years at Highbury
and The Emirates.
"I don't want him to quit. He still
has the technical know-how, the
intellect to transform the team,"
Weah says.
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A glamorous fgure at home, the
rags-to-riches story of the man
his compatriots call King George
provides a rare beacon of hope
for impoverished people who
treat him as an icon.
Liberia still bears deep
psychological and physical
wounds from two back-to-back
civil wars that raged from 1989
to 2003 and left a quarter of a
million people dead.
Ten years after the rebels and
government militia disarmed,
Monrovia remains the only
capital in the world with no
public water supply or reliable
electricity and its residents seek
a saviour.
Weah's interest in politics was
piqued by a meeting with Nelson
Mandela in the mid-1990s,
when he was inspired to speak
out for peace in Liberia, urging
the United Nations to rescue his
country.
Weeks later, rebels exacted
revenge by burning down his
house and raping two of his
cousins, a traumatic episode
which only strengthened his
resolve.
Weah unsuccessfully contested
the presidential poll of
2005, when Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf became Africa's frst
democratically elected woman
head of state.
Sirleaf was re-elected in 2011
with Weah again on the opposing
ticket, this time running for vice-
president. She acknowledged
the popularity of her adversary
and made him Liberia's peace
ambassador.
Weah will stand in October
elections for a place in the
Senate, a step on his way to
another bid for the presidency
and the next phase of one of
the most remarkable odysseys
undertaken by a footballer.
Asked if he has what it takes,
Weah sounds as self-assured as
he was on that sunny afternoon
in the San Siro against Verona.
"I think what we need to know
as Liberians is what we want.
We have been helped by the
international community since
the war," he says.
"After the war, we need to take a
stance, we need to step forward
and convince the world that if
they leave us we can make sure
that our country is stable and
peaceful."
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T
he people of Electoral
District #17 continue to
face hardship and it is
as though they do not have a
representative in the national
legislature.
The situation in several
communities in the District
is shocking and in some
communities people walk for
more than one hour to get
to other parts of the county
because there are no roads
linking their communities
thereby preventing cars from
reaching other parts.
This picture is a depiction of
the deplorable road condition
in the district and someone
asked: “do the lawmakers
really care? They simply want
to get elected to offce and
soon they forget the people
who elected them.
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