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Monrovia -

ell broke loose again Thursday in the chambers of


the House of Representatives when some lawmakers
again chose to disrupt legislative session duplicating
what unfolded on Tuesday in protest a communication
written to plenary and asking Speaker Alex Tyler(Bomi County)
to recuse himself from proceedings until he submits himself to
the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission for investigation.
After session was called to order by the sergeant-at-arms of the
House of Representatives Brigadier General Martin Johnson, the
speaker proceeded with the session by instructing the chief clerk
to proceed with the communications that formed part of the days
agenda. However,
Representative Henry Fahnbulleh(Unity
Party, District No. 4, Montserrado County); Rep. Samuel
Korgar (NUDP, District No. 5 Nimba) and Rep. Roland Opee
Cooper(Liberty Party, District No. 1 Margibi County) took to
their heels to call the speaker to order.
According to the House rules if an order is call three times and
not recognized by the presiding officer that lawmaker who is
making the order should keep quiet.
In the case of Thursday when the chief clerk begin to read
the names of new committee members an order was called by
Rep. Fahnbulleh, after three calls his order was not recognized
which resulted him and his other colleagues in line with the
order to stand to their heels some attempted reaching the speaker
in angry mood but were prevented by the sergeant at arms and
other personal security to the speaker.
Rep. Korgar, former co-chair on the Defense and Security
Committee of the house now chair by Representatives Bhofal
Chambers of Maryland County walked to the speaker desk and
started smashing the desk of the speaker to draw his attention.
On the other hand Rep. Cooper who is one of the signatory to
the December 13 resolution calling in the speaker to recuse
himself from presiding until the Liberia Anti-Corruption
Commission25K indictment (LACC) against him is investigated,
got into a heated argument with his colleague, Rep. Adam Bill
Corneh(District No. 6, NPP, Bong County) one of those who
signed the resolution to support the speaker.
Prior to his election to the House, Representative Cooper was
among many accused of illegally selling land to people more
than one time and has a history of violence.
The argument got heated between the two lawmakers leading
to Representative Cooper smashing his colleague face with his
hand.
The incident created another incident as Corneh, who according
to some of his peers, suffers from high blood pressure, fell back
into his seat, drawing the attention of other lawmakers who took

papers to fan their colleague who lay helpless. Corneh later


recovered and left the chambers.
Unlike
Tuesday
Representative
Edwin
Melvin
Snowe(Independent, District 6, Montserrado County) played no
part in the activities as he was seen quietly sitting in his seat
while Rep. Cooper and others created the scene leading to the
premature adjournment of the days session.
Thursdays melee marked the second day in a roll that the
House of representatives has failed to hold session to discuss the
interests of Liberians.
Many political observers were baffled that the key issue of the
controversial reopening of schools in the midst of Ebola, which
was expected to be on the agenda for debate was not addressed.
Many parents facing the challenge of finding money to get their
kids back in school are scrambling for answers as lawmakers
continue their power struggles.
Despite the melee Thursday, Speaker Tyler went ahead and
released the names of newly-appointed members of the House
Standing committees, a sticking point to what many say is the
burning core of the unfolding saga in the lower house. Many
of those currently calling on the speaker to submit himself to a

probe were left off of committee membership.


Some of those appointed on statutory committees include; HON.
GEORGE WESSEH BLAMO chairman, HON. ZOE PENNUE
co-chairman on executive, HON. JAMES BINEY chairman
foreign Affairs, HON. S. GAYAH KARMO, .HON. SAYWAH
DUNAH chair and co-chair on judiciary, while lucrative
ways means and financed formerly chaired by Representative
Emmanuel Nuquay one of the ring leader in the struggle to
remove the speaker is being chaired and co-chaired HON.
MOSES Y. KOLLIE and HON. SEKOU KANNEH.
The Committee on Rules, Order and Administration was whisked
away from Tylers long-time friend and aide, Rep. Snowe and
given to Rep. Byron Jeh Brown(Liberty Party, District No. 4,
Grand Bassa County. Rep. MARIAMU FOFANA(Unity Party,
District 4, Lofa County).
Rep. Hans Barchue(Independent, District 1, Grand Bassa County
and Deputy speaker, slammed what he called a barbaric act
by lawmakers who disrupted session Thursday. Said Barchue:
This is not what honorable people should do their actions were
Barbaric and we will deal with it as plenary we will meet and
make decision.

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The Deputy Speaker said, the rules governing the House of


Representatives calls for the speaker to make appointment
every three year and some of the very people making the noise
Thursday had served on committees for more than eight years.
They are not super lawmakers; we must bring on board new
breed of people after we are all elected by our people.
Rep. Brown for his part said he was disappointed in the decision
by some of his colleagues who denied the people of Bassa from
having their voices heard for two days. This is unprecedented;
we are honorable men we must act at such. Our people did not
send us here to represent them on committees. So I dont see
what the whole issue of grumble is coming from our rules give
the speaker that exclusive right.
Lester Paye(Independent, District No. 4, Bong County) who was
named as a member of the Judiciary committee, said he did not
see what the noise was about. We are as equally qualified as
those who have been replaced so I dont see what the noise is
about. There is no super lawmaker here. Some of them who are
preaching the issue of integrity today are not clean of the very
act. There is a famous proverb that says he who comes to equity
must come with clean hands; some of the very frontiers here
today philibustering are being indicted in the General Auditing
Commission and some were caught on tape saying you eat I eat
so what the issue of integrity is about.
Rep. Acarous Gray(CDC, District No. 8, Montserrado County)
who is currently in the U.S. told FrontPageAfrica via email
Thursday that he was disappointed in Speaker Tyler. Gray

who maintained his position as


chair of the Good Governance
and Government Reform Committee, said he is rejecting the
appointment. Said Gray: As the struggle for legitimacy and
integrity hang over the head of Speaker J. Alex Tyler, and
the quest by some legislators to have the Speaker disentangle
his name from the LACC smoke of abused of public funds, I
hereby reject the position as Chairman on the Governance
Committee. Although I was not consulted or written prior to
such appointment.
The CDC lawmaker said it saddens him to know that Speaker
Tyler will hastily focus on appointing committee members at a
time the House is heavily divided over his legitimacy to lead.
The unity of the House matters more for me than a position
intended to mitigate the ongoing crisis. Upon my swift return
to work, I will not shy away from my undaunted quest to join
those who seek the path of social justice and legislative moral
standing.
PUL Welcomes Probe, But
Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) says it is concerned
about evolving situations in the House of Representatives,
relevant to calls for the Speaker to come clean about a
controversial arrangement involving the National Oil Company
of Liberia (NOCAL).
In a statement Thursday, the PUL notes that the drastic changes
in the membership of the Liberian Senate signals popular
discontent with the leadership being provided by our legislature,

and the going forward must reflect change.


On this basis, the PUL said it applauds development that
members of the House should be demanding greater probity

from its leaders.
While we welcome this demand, the lawmakers must be seen
acting and managing their discontent in a way and manner that
will represent stronger appreciation for discipline and as an
example for the younger generation, PUL President K. Abdullai
Kamara said in a statement issued in Monrovia.
The PUL notes that the fight against corruption and
misappropriation of state resources have been undermined in
significant ways, both by those in various state functionaries,
as well as civil actors, who are taking unfair defense of such
shortcomings.
The PUL notes that the way going forward in Liberia is more
about operating an administration that has the confidence of the
Liberian people, and this can happen only when government
functionaries take action to correct the wrongs in tour society.
The PUL welcomes the move to ensure integrity in public
agencies as one that will instill confidence in the activities of
the government and inspire the public into collaborating for
development and peace.

BELOW IS THE LIST OF LAWMAKERS


APPOINTED
TO
COMMITTEES
THURSDAY

STATUTORY/LEADERSHIP COMMITTEES
1. EXECUTIVE
1. CHAIRMAN..HON. GEORGE WESSEH BLAMO
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. ZOE PENNUE
3. MEMBER.HON. MARIAMU FOFANA
4. MEMBER.HON. MARY KAWOR
5. MEMBER.HON. GERTRUDE LAMIN
6. MEMBER HON. ROBERTSON SIAWAY
7. MEMBER HON. SAMUEL WOLEH
8. MEMBER.HON. JOSEPHINE FRANCIS
2. FOREIGN AFFAIRS
1. CHAIRMAN .HON. JAMES BINEY
2. CO-CHAIRMAN HON. LARRY YOUNQUOI

3.MEMBER HON. MUNA PELHAM YOUNGBLOOD


4. MEMBER HON. BHOFAL CHAMBERS
5. MEMBER.HON. JEFFERSON KARMO
6. MEMBER.HON. EDWIN SNOWE
7. MEMBER.HON. HENRY B. FAHNBULLEH
3. JUDICIARY
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. S. GAYAH KARMO
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. SAYWAH DUNAH
3. MEMBER .HON. GARRISON YEALUE
4. MEMBER..HON. LESTER PAYE
5. MEMBER..HON. MORAIS WILLIE
6. MEMBER..HON. RICKS TOWEH
7. MEMBER..HON. JEREMIAH McCAULEY

4. WAYS, MEANS AND FINANCE / DEVELOPMENT PLANNING


1. CHAIRMAN HON. MOSES Y. KOLLIE
2. CO-CHAIRMAN HON. SEKOU KANNEH
3. MEMBER HON. BHOFAL CHAMBERS
4. MEMBER HON. ADAM BILL CORNEH
5. MEMBER...HON. CHARLES BARDYL
6. MEMBERHON.GEORGE WESSEH BLAMO
7. MEMBERHON. ALFRED JUWEH
8. MEMBERHON. ZOE PENNUE
9. MEMBERHON. GABRIEL B. SMITH
10. MEMBERHON. HAJA FATA SIRYON
11. MEMBERHON. AARON VINCENT
12. MEMBERHON. LARRY YOUNQUOI

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13. MEMBERHON. ALFRED KOIWOOD
14. MEMBERHON. JEFFERSON KANMOH
15. MEMBER... HON. ROLAND OPEE COOPER
5. RULES, ORDER & ADMINISTRATION
1. CHAIRMAN HON. BYRON BROWN
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. MARIAMU FOFANA
3. MEMBERHON. EDWARD FORH
4. MEMBERHON. MALAI GBOGAR
5. MEMBERHON. RICHMOND ANDERSON
6. MEMBERHON. PRINCE TOGBA
7.MEMBERHON. MUNA PELHAM YOUNGBLOOD
8. MEMBERHON. WILLIAM DAKEL
6. PUBLIC ACCTS & EXPENDITURE
1.CHAIRMAN
HON. BEN FOFANA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. GARRETSON YEALU
3. MEMBERHON. ABRAHAM V. CORNEH
4. MEMBER..HON. LESTER PAYE
5. MEMBER......HON. JAMES BINEY
6.MEMBER..HON. MORIAS WAYLEE
7. MEMBER..HON. CLARENCE MASSAQUOI
8.MEMBER..HON. SEKOU KANNEH
7.GENDER EQUITY, CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL
SERVICES
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. CORPU BARCLAY
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. EMERSON KAMARA
3. MEMBER .HON. HAJA FATA SIRYON
4.MEMBER..HON. MUNA PELHAM YOUNGBLOOD
5. MEMBER..HON. JOHNSON CHEA
6. MEMBER..HON. MALAI GBOGAR
7. MEMBER..HON. SAMUEL WOLEH
8. NATIONAL SECURITY
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. ALFRED KOIWOOD
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. JEFFERSON KANMOH
3. MEMBER..HON. MARIAMU FOFANA
4. MEMBER .HON. LESTER PAYE
5. MEMBER..HON. TOKPAH MULBAH
6. MEMBER..HON. GEORGE MULBAH
7. MEMBER..HON. BHOFAL CHAMBERS
9. PEACE, RELIGIOUS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
1. CHAIRMAN .HON. RICKS TOWEH
2.
CO-CHAIRMAN.HON.
HAJA
SIRYON

FATA

3. MEMBER.HON. ISAAC ROLAND


4. MEMBER
..HON. BILL TWEHWAY
5. MEMBER ...HON. PRINCE MOYE
6. MEMBER.HON. MARY KARWOR
7. MEMBER.HON. MAMBU SONII
8. MEMBER..HON. ALEX GRANT
9. MEMBER HON. NUMENE BARTEKWA
10. MEMBER..HON. EUGENE FALLAH KPARKAR
11. MEMBER..HON. BALLAH ZAYZAY
12. MEMBER. HON. ALFRED JUWEH
13. MEMBER..HON. CHRISTIAN CHEA
14. MEMBER..HON. ALFRED KOIWOOD
15. MEMBER..HON. MATTHEW ZARZAR
10.LANDS
MINES,
ENVIRONMENT

NATURAL

RESOURCES

AND

1. CHAIRMAN HON. GABRIEL NYENKAN


2. CO-CHAIRMAN.............HON. GABRIEL B. SMITH
3. MEMBER .HON. ADOLPH LAWRENCE
4. MEMBER..HON. ALFRED JUWEH
5. MEMBER..HON. AARON VINCENT
6. MEMBER..HON. MARIAMU FOFANA
7. MEMBER..HON. STEPHEN KAFI
8. MEMBER..HON. HAJA FATA SIRYON
11. HYDRO-CARBON
1. CHAIRMANHON. ADOLPH LAWRENCE
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. WILLIAM DAKEL
3. MEMBER..HON. CORPU BARCLAY
4. MEMBER..HON. EUGENE FALLAH KPARKAR
5. MEMBER..HON. RICHMOND ANDERSON
6. MEMBER..HON. LESTER PAYE
7. MEMBER............HON. JEREMIAH KOUNG
8. MEMBER..HON. CLARENCE MASSAQUOI
12. HEALTH & SOCIAL WELFARE
1. CHAIRMAN .HON. JOHNSON CHEA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. SAAH JOSEPH
3. MEMBER HON. WILLIAM DAKEL
4. MEMBER.HON. CORPU BARCLAY
5. MEMBER.HON. THOMAS FALLAH
6. MEMBER.HON. EDWIN M. SNOWE
7. MEMBER.HON. MALAI GBOGAR
13.

INVESTMENT & CONCESSIONS

1. CHAIRMAN .HON. EUGENE FALLAH KPARKAR


2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. JEREMIAH KOUNG
3. MEMBER HON. ADOLPH LAWRENCE
4. MEMBER.HON. EMERSON KAMARA
5. MEMBER.HON. MOSES Y. KOLLIE
6. MEMBER.HON. G. WISSEH BLAMO
7.MEMBER.HON.WORLEA SAYWAH DUNAH

14. YOUTH & SPORT


1. CHAIRMAN HON. LESTER PAYE
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. SOLOMON GEORGE
3. MEMBER ..HON. ISAAC ROLAND
4. MEMBERHON. ACARIOUS GRAY
5. MEMBERHON. MUNAH PELHAM
6. MEMBERHON. EDWARD KARFIAH
7. MEMBERHON. ADOLPH LAWRENCE
STANDING COMMITTEES

15. COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES
1. CHAIRMANHON. CHARLES BARDYL
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. ADAM BILL CORNEH
3. MEMBER..HON. JEREMIAH KOUNG
4. MEMBER..HON. HAJA FATA SIRYON
5. MEMBER..HON. NUMENE BARTEKWA
6. MEMBER .HON. SAAH JOSEPH
7. MEMBER .HON. JEREMIAH McCAULEY
16. TRANSPORT
1. CHAIRMAN.HON. EMERSON KAMARA
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. STEPHEN KAFI
3. MEMBERHON. MARY KARWOR
4. MEMBERHON. BILL TWEHWAY
5. MEMBERHON. JULIUS BERRIAN
6. MEMBER ..HON. THOMAS FALLAH
7. MEMBER ..HON. GERTRUDE LAMIN
17. EDUCATION & PUBLIC ADM.
1. CHAIRMAN..HON. MATTHEW ZARZAR
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. C. ALEX GRANT
3. MEMBER.HON. BEN FOFANA
4. MEMBER.HON. EDWARD FORH
5. MEMBER.HON. FOFI SAHR BIAMBA
6. MEMBER HON. MARIAMU FOFANA
7. MEMBER HON. CHRISTIAN CHEA
18. MARITIME AFFAIRS
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. THOMAS FALLAH
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. LARRY YOUNQUOI
3. MEMBER .HON. S. GARYAH KARMO
4. MEMBER..HON. CHRISTAIN CHEA
5. MEMBER..HON. EDWIN SNOWE
6. MEMBER..HON. RICHMOND ANDERSON
7. MEMBER..HON. SOLOMON GEORGE
19. BANKING AND CURRENCY
1. CHAIRMAN .HON. JULIUS BERRIAN
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. SAAH JOSEPH
3. MEMBER HON. GARRETSON YEALU
4. MEMBER.HON. MUNA PELHAM YOUNGBLOOD
5. MEMBER.HON. BEN FOFANA
6. MEMBER.HON. A. VARMUYAH CORNEH
7. MEMBER.HON. MATTHEW ZARZAR
20. CLAIMS AND PETITIONS
1. CHAIRMAN..HON. BALLAH ZAYZAY
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. RICHARD M. TINGBA
3. MEMBER.HON. JEREMIAH McCAULEY
4. MEMBER.HON. ROLAND OPEE COOPER
5. MEMBER.HON. ALFRED KOIWOOD
6. MEMBER HON. ROBERTSON SIAWAY
7. MEMBER HON. JOSEPHINE FRANCIS
21. AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY & FISHERY
1. CHAIRMANHON. FOFI SAAH BAIMBA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. ALEX GRANT
3. MEMBER..HON. BALLAH ZAYZAY
4. MEMBER..HON. THOMAS FALLAH
5. MEMBER..HON. AARON VICENT
6. MEMBER .HON. JOSEPHINE FRANCIS
7. MEMBER .HON. MAMBU SONII
22. INTERNAL AFFAIRS
1. CHAIRMANHON. PRINCE TOKPA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. MAMBU SONII
3. MEMBER..HON. MATTHEW ZARZAR
4. MEMBER..HON. FOFI SAAH BAIMBA
5. MEMBER..HON. MORIAS WAYLEE
6. MEMBER .HON. ABRAHAM V. CORNEH
7. MEMBER .HON. BALLAH ZAYZAY
23. POST & TELECOM
1. CHAIRMANHON. NUMENE BARTEKWA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. AARON VINCENT
3. MEMBER .HON. JULIUS BERRIAN
4. MEMBER..HON. ADAM BILL CORNEH
5. MEMBER..HON. EMMANUEL J. NUQUAY
6. MEMBER..HON. EDWARD KARFIAH
7. MEMBER..HON. EMERSON KAMARA
24. INFORMATION, BROADASTING, CULTURE & TOURISM
1.CHAIRMAN HON. RICHMOND ANDERSON
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. MALAI GBOGAR
3. MEMBER ..HON. SAMUEL WOLEH
4. MEMBERHON. SAMUEL KOGAR

5. MEMBERHON. WINNER FROM RIVERCESS


6. MEMBERHON. HENRY FAHNBULLEH
7. MEMBERHON. THOMAS P. FALLAH
25. LABOR
1. CHAIRMAN HON. CHRISTIAN CHEA
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. RICKS TOWEH
3. MEMBER ..HON. SOLOMON GEORGE
4. MEMBERHON. ROLLAND O. COOPER
5. MEMBERHON. GEORGE MULBAH
6. MEMBERHON. PRINCE MOYE
7. MEMBERHON. AARON VINCENT
26. PUBLIC WORKS & RURAL DEVELOPMENT
1. CHAIRMAN.HON. EDWARD FORH
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. ABRAHAM V. CORNEH
3. MEMBER ..HON. WINNER FROM RIVERCESS
4. MEMBERHON. JAMES BINEY
5. MEMBERHON. GABRIEL NYENKAN
6. MEMBERHON. CHARLES BARDYL
7. MEMBERHON. CLARENCE MASSAQUOI
8. MEMBERHON. JOHNSON CHEA
27.RESETTLEMENT, REPATRIATION, RELIEF & READJUSTMENT
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. RICHARD M. TINGBA
2. CO-CHAIRMAN .HON. ROBERTSON SIAWAY
3.MEMBER .HON.EMMANUEL J. NUQUAY
4. MEMBER .HON. WINNER FROM RIVERCESS
5. MEMBER .HON. SAMUEL KOGAR
6. MEMBER .HON. BILL TWEHWAY
7. MEMBERHON. ISAAC B. ROLLAND
28. STATE ENTERPRISES,
COMISSION & AGENCIES

PUBLIC

AUTONOMOUS

1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. ZOE PENNUE


2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. ALFRED JUWEH
3. MEMBER..HON. SAYWAH DUNAH
4. MEMBER .HON. HAJA FATA SIRYON
5. MEMBER .HON. STEPHEN KAFI
6. MEMBER .HON. GARRISON YEALU
7. MEMBER .HON. EUGENE F. KPAKAR
29. ELECTIONS & INAUGURATION
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. GABRIEL B. SMITH
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. TOKPAH MULBAH
3. MEMBER..HON. MAMBU SONII
4. MEMBER .HON. RICHARD M. TINGBA
5. MEMBER .HON. GABRIEL NYENKAN
6. MEMBER .HON. PRINCE MOYE
7.MEMBER..HON. JOSEPHINE FRANCIS
30. NATIONAL DEFENSE
1. CHAIRMAN ..HON. BHOFAL CHAMBERS
2. CO-CHAIRMAN..HON. LESTER PAYE
3. MEMBER..HON. GEORGE MULBAH
4. MEMBER .HON. PRINCE TOKPA
5. MEMBER .HON. JEFFERSON KANMOH
6. MEMBER .HON. SOLOMON GEORGE
7. MEMBER..HON. WINNER FROM RIVERCESS
31. GOOD GOVERNANCE & GOVERNMENT REFORM
1. CHAIRMAN HON. ACARIOUS GRAY
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. BILL TWEHWAY
3. MEMBER ..HON. BHOFAL CHAMBDERS
4. MEMBERHON. HENRY B. FAHNBULLEH
5. MEMBERHON. EDWARD FORH
6. MEMBERHON. EMMANUEL NUQUAY
7. MEMBERHON.TOKPAH MULBAH
32. CONTRACT, MONOPOLIES, PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
& CONCESSION
1. CHAIRMAN HON. CLARENCE MASSAQUOI
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. MUNAH PELHAM YOUNGBLOOD
3. MEMBER ..HON. GARRETSON YEALU
4.MEMBERHON. S GAYAH KARMO
5. MEMBERHON, BYRON BROWNE
6.MEMBERHON. JEREMIAH KOUNG
7. MEMBER.HON. NUMENE BARTEKWA
33. PUBLIC UTILITIES
1. CHIRMAN HON. ADAM BILL CORNEH
2. CO-CHAIRMANHON. JEREMIAH McCAULEY
3. MEMBERHON. HENRY B. FAHNBULLEH
4. MEMBERHON. BILL TWEHWAY
5. MEMBERHON. THOMAS FALLAH
6. MEMBERHON. ACARIOUS GRAY
7. MEMBERHON. RICKS TOWEH
34. HUMAN & CIVIL RIGHTS
1. CHAIRMAN .HON. SAYWAH DUNAH
2. CO-CHAIRMAN.HON. MORAIS WAYLEE
3. MEMBER ...HON.OPEE COOPER
4. MEMBER.HON. RICHARD M. TINGBA
5. MEMBER.HON. S. GAYAH KARMO
6. MEMBER.HON. EMMANUEL NUQUAY
7. MEMBER.HON. SAMUEL KOGAR

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FrontPage COMMENTARY
EDITORIAL RETHINKING LIBERIAS
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Commentary

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Fish Gets Rotten from the head;


Speaker of the House of Representatives
Must set an example that can lead to a
possible overhaul and investigation of
secret wheeling and dealing, massive
corruption in the national legislature
THE LEADER of the lower house of Liberias National
Legislature, Mr. Alex Tyler finds himself caught in the
middle of a fight, one that could see his reign as Speaker
come under massive scrutiny amid calls from some of his
peers that he should submit himself to an investigation to the
Liberia Anti Corruption Commission.
ON TUESDAY, the renegade lawmakers cited the Speakers
alleged involvement in the controversial $US25,000 cheque
from the National Oil of Liberia (NOCAL) to a local lawyer
as payment for legal services.
ACCORDING TO THE contending lawmakers, Tylers
involvement exposed the lower house to public scrutiny
especially given the fact that the entire nationwide
consultation was financed by NOCAL in the tune of $ 1.2
Million United States Dollars from which the Liberian
Senate was given $ 200,000 USD and $ 1.0 Million was left
exclusively for the House of Representatives. Our records
also indicate that all services regarding the nationwide
consultation were fully financed from this amount. It is also
common cause that legal fees were paid of this amount as
the payment from NOCAL was based on a budget from this
body and accordingly, it is totally strange to have gone back
to NOCAL for new payments on behalf of this body, the
lawmakers argued.
WHILE THE LACC is still in the process of formulating
a finding on the allegations, we agree with the contending
lawmakers that the Speaker owes it to himself, his integrity
and the integrity of the August Body to submit himself to
probe and erase perceived notions held by many that the
legislature has been compromised.
TRUE TO FORM, the last eight years have been marred
by numerous reports of corruption in the corridors of the
legislative branch leading many Liberians to lose faith in the
system and faith in those the invested the trust and votes.
SPEAKER TYLER can help to erase many of those
perceptions by taking the lead and working to exonerate
himself from the charges stemming from a US$25,000
scandal which has no doubt brought his integrity into
question and possibly the integrity of the body as a whole, as
his peers rightly summed up in their letter to him on Tuesday:
There is no question as to our integrity being challenged by
the action of the Speaker as the head of this body. The image
of this institution has been gravely compromised, dragged
into a saga that undermines both the Speakers authority and
the integrity of this Legislature.
A LEADER must always set example and Tyler can do so on
this issue not just for himself but for lower house as a whole,
a house swimming in allegations and a sea of distrust from
constituents in a nation lingering in a state of uncertainty and
struggling to cope with a complicated transition from war to
peace amid a still somewhat fragile democracy.

he Ebola outbreak showed how vulnerable Liberias


Healthcare Delivery System is. It proved how the health
of the vast majority of Liberians remains in jeopardy, with
many still suffering from diseases that are relatively simple
to prevent or treat. The virus also proved the urgent need for a modern
healthcare delivery system. It confirmed the challenges face by the
Healthcare System, which makes it near impossible to impact the
lives of ordinary Liberians in a meaningful way.
The aim of this author is to begin a serious conversation about repairing;
revamping and overhauling Liberias Healthcare System in the wake
of the Ebola virus outbreak. In spite of this failing, the outbreak can
and should provide an outstanding opportunity to improve the system
in order to acquire better health outcome for Liberia. Furthermore, the
virus outbreak can provide the Sirleaf administration with the ideal
platform from which to spring into action and develop strategies to
put measures in place to avoid another epidemic.
By now, every Liberian recognizes that the challenges affecting
Liberias Healthcare System are gigantic and bountiful. Most will
also agree that stringent and sweeping reform measures need to be
put in place to fix the system. Liberias Healthcare System needs
vision, direction and a roadmap to bring it in line with 21st century
practices and thinking in order to achieve results. Liberias healthcare
sector has been neglected, mismanaged and disorganized in the face
of substantial contributions from donors and partners. Policies to
combat serious health challenges have on the one hand not rendered
noticeable improvements in the lives of ordinary Liberians. While on
the other hand, barriers dealing with management and organization
prevent progress in meeting basic standards of care by lowering living
standards and in the process fermenting inequality.
What is needed in Liberia at this critical junction, when so many
Liberians have lost their lives to this virus, is a comprehensive approach
to delivering healthcare. It is mandatory that Liberia overcome barriers
to accessing affordable, standardized and sustainable quality care for
all 4.3 million Liberians. First, there is the need to prioritize access to
affordable care, and bring to bear tolerable resource management upon
the system with adequate policy formulation and strategic thinking to
realize and attain verifiable results. Second, the system needs to be
endowed with skilled caregivers, along with equipment and supplies
so as to not hold development hostage. Overall, the system needs
to be modernized, using our limited resources, so that it doesnt
prevent those with health issues from moving up the social ladder
and prevent them from participating in making Liberia a dynamic and
transformative society. For example, impartial access to healthcare in
Liberia has not been attained by many because of class, social status
and geography. Many times, Liberians have to travel long distances
or pay huge amounts of money to receive the most basic healthcare.
In the absence of accessibility, Liberians use pharmacies as clinics
and many times they have to forego treatment because of cost, quality
and location.
Additionally, there are several other challenges that need to be
mentioned. First, over the past 10 years, Liberia has not produced
sufficient health workers at the rate that the country requires. These
challenges can be surmounted by maximizing our resources at
our medical and nursing schools. According to the World Health
Organization (WHO), Liberia has one physician for every 71,000
people compare to one physician for every 10,000 persons in the
sub region. Second, the majority of healthcare workers in Liberia
are located in the Monrovia Metropolitan Area where one half of the
population resides; thereby, leaving the rest of the country unattended
to and vulnerable. This author believes that Liberia will not
develop technically, economically and socially without substantial
improvements in its healthcare sector.
At this point in time, the Sirleaf administration needs to initiate a
number of reforms to address the pressing problem of modernizing
the countrys healthcare delivery system. First and foremost, the
administration should focus on upgrading the entire healthcare
infrastructure. This includes a thoughtful and unbiased look at the
Ministry of Health, local medical and nursing schools, and County
Hospitals and regional clinics, where the rubber meets the road. Who
is to say, as Liberians, we will not see improvements in our healthcare
system if modest investments were made by the Sirleaf administration
in the institutions mentioned above in two years? The aim here is the
fact the the Sirleaf administration needs to alleviate the health burden
on the Liberian people. This can be done in two years. And so, this
author will urge the government of President Sirleaf to begin thinking
about providing all Liberians with universal healthcare coverage.
This national health coverage can be paid for by imposing a 1% tax

on income or on high-end consumer goods. In addition, this author is


of the opinion that intensive training for additional healthcare workers
in nursing and ambulatory care and hospital administration is needed
in the next two years to insure all Liberians get access to quality care,
affordable service and improved health outcome.
A moral argument needs to be made by President Sirleaf calling
upon all healthcare workers who are currently underemployed or
unemployed to return to the profession to help develop Liberia. The
President can also promise and insist that our national health policy
will tackle emerging and re-emerging priorities in the sector with
the primary aim of improving health outcomes and wellness for all.
To make it attractive, the President must maintain that such a policy
will be accomplished first and foremost by prioritizing safe drinking
water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene to impact rural, periurban and urban communities. She must insist that a realistic strategy
be developed to deal with communicable disease transmission among
all segments of the population. And finally, she must demand specific
strategies from the Ministry of Health to strengthen national research
systems in order to shape the national health agenda, while asking
health workers to make sacrifice in the national interest.
As a final point, our educational system must join the fight. We must
begin teaching health again at elementary school level where children
learned about personal health and hygiene. Parents too can play a
role. They can help their children learn about wellness, and do the
simple things like personal hygiene that we are currently being forced
to practice today because of the Ebola virus (like hand washing and
proper hygiene practices). Liberias Healthcare Delivery System
needs to be drastically improved if health outcomes are to be
improved to impact the daily lives of all Liberians. To significantly
reform Liberias Healthcare Delivery System, this author believes
that an office of standards and compliance be created. Such an office
should be 100% independent, and should include an inspectorate,
an ombudsman and early warning systems. This office should set
standards for Liberias healthcare sector. It should be a regulator
with legal status, and should report directly to the President and not
the Minister of Health. The Minister of Health should not be able to
intervene with this office on any level, because, potentially, he or she
could protect or insulate people that are a problem and that would
indeed be tantamount to conflict of interest. This office will not have
any impact on our healthcare delivery system if it becomes politically
compromised.
Our Healthcare Delivery System functions badly because of poor
service, mismanagement, lack of adequate supplies and equipment
and the discouraging supervision of staff. Another important area is
public health expenditure, which almost always result in bad outcomes
due to the lack of accountability and mismanagement of funds and
facilities. Another important area which must be highlighted is the
lack of autonomy in Liberias Healthcare Delivery System, especially
with regard to requesting needed equipment, supplies and staff. If
Liberias Healthcare Delivery System is to run efficiently and become
modernized, than authorities at facilities should have the ultimate
power to make real decisions over critical management issues such as
hiring and firing of staff or the purchasing of equipment and supplies,
and not the centralized system, which is the foundation of the current
system.
Above all, the office of standards and compliance needs to be
established with international best practice regime to deal with
health outcomes of Liberians vis--vis geography, gender and
age. Independent boards needs to be established to have oversight
responsibilities over facilities and institutions instead of the Ministry
of Health. Politically connected individuals need to be excluded from
the sector, because they would comprise the autonomy of such a
board by paying lip-service to critical issue in exchange for favor and
remuneration. Today, all over the world, Healthcare Delivery Systems
are created with board of directors that consists of members of the
public. And these boards hold institutions and their administrators
accountable for effective service delivery. It makes a huge difference
in the efficiency of facilities management. Therefore, Liberia can
be no exception to such international best practice if reform is to
come. The Sirleaf administration should commit itself to addressing
incompetence, mismanagement and lackadaisical behavior in our
healthcare delivery system. Liberia can do better and develop a firstrate 21st century Healthcare Delivery System to improve the lives of
every Liberian so that each person gets equal opportunity to move up
the national social ladder and actively participate and contribute to
making Liberia a vibrant, transformed and modern society.

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LIBERIA'S SPEAKER
COMPROMISED: LEGISLATIVE
BLOC DEMANDS PROBE

DAVISNY2005 (SIGNED IN USING YAHOO)


Noise ? What noise ? Sometime ago , the President nominated someone
to head a ministry . But it took one Senator to question or so to speak
( make noise in the Senate ) concerning the integrity of the nominee ,
who was named in the audit report of the GAC about some corrupt deals
, and his nomination was put on hold by the Liberian Senate waiting
clarification from him about those deals . A few good men still exist in
the unrighteous political house of the Liberian Legislature . The Speaker
still maintained that his corrupt actions was in the best interest of the
country and the people . Calling for the Speaker to account for his corrupt
deal by few good men , joined by strange political bed fellows as Rep.
Snowe and other political voices , should not be ssen as noise making ,
but rather , all should join in support against this kind of corruption where
one sees himself well above the law ! Sometimes some do get away with
their corrupt deals , but that should not deter the rest of the people from
pushing forward against corruption . With 2017 just around the corner ,
support the few good men standing up in the unrighteous house of the
Liberian Legislature .
TARNUE MOLUBAH GBELEWALA TOP COMMENTER
Why are these crocks making noise, when were they informed about
Speaker Tyler's situation and why such action was not taken against Hon.
Edward Ford? If these seven representatives are really serious about the
integrity and the image of the Hon. House, I suggest they should call for
a complete audit of the Hon. House of Representative. The integrity and
the image of Senate and House of Representative, was long compromised
before Speaker Tyler's incident came to light. Most Liberian, know about
the all powerful brown envelopes going around in the senate and in the
house of representative. So why are these seven representatives pulling
rope, when they clearly know that rope will pull bush?
JESSE FAHNGON TOP COMMENTER METROPOLITAN
STATE UNIVERSITY
Noise for attraction; you guess what is unfolding behind the scene tonight.
Lib!
ROGER G. SLAWON IRR REP AT THE HERTZ CORPORATION
Why are these crocks making unnecessary noise now? Is it because 2017
approaching? Well, let me remind you Honorable Crocks that it is very
late now to change our hearts. We (voters) have cleaned up the House of
Senate and we strongly believed that the clean up process will continue
in the Lower House in 2017. It is very late for some of you so-called
lawmakers to make it right with us now. The "Die Is Cast " crocks! If you
like you can sit over the roof of the Capitol Building and shout, we the
voters will make our decisions on who stays or leaves the House come
2017. We will clean up the Lower House like we did in the Upper House
few weeks ago.
JSPHDIGGS (SIGNED IN USING YAHOO)
Let the Members sign and resolve the matter before the Silent majority
takes it under control for the people. In the main time, the speaker could
not possibly preside until the public hears the outcome.
Tell the Liberian people. I am gone in silence.
ELIJAH BARNARD TOP COMMENTER UNIVERSITY OF
LIBERIA
These so called legislators are demanding a probe of Tyler only because
they did not get their share of the bribes.
LIGORI MUSIOH SEKAJIPO TOP COMMENTER WORKS
AT FIRESTONE - LIBERIA
The louder the noise, the thicker the "brown" envelop....Like we say in
Liberia "so so technique"
EMMANUEL WRAGBOE GRAND BASSA COMMUNITY
COLLEGE
Tyler owner wahala begin

LIBERIA'S CULTURE CLASH: SANDE &


PORO SOCIETY VS MASONIC CRAFT
DAVISNY2005 (SIGNED IN USING YAHOO)
One should welcome the statements made by the ..... Gender Ministry,
we are not kicking against the practice of FGM; our approach is to
modernize it. We know that our traditional people have come a long way
with our culture and there is no way you can just wipe it off. But creating
skills training that the women can get involved in, will gradually take
them away from the practice of FGM. And I think it is the best way to
give them an alternative rather than take everything away from them,
Pointed out Rosaline Browne. " The key to ending this old aged pratice
is through education and training , which is the much better approach .
Through education , those involved in the old practice will come to see
and understand the reasons why the new way is not only better , but is
helping to improve their old culture .

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HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES OF INSECURITY IN AFRICA: THE NIGERIAN CASE

The Editor,

evelopment is what every visionary nation strives for


and it must be the foundation of any government. In a
society where the leadership lacks vision for sustainable
development, the people perish.
The world worries so much about the growing number of terrorist
movements, rebellions and popular uprisings in most parts of the
world, especially in Africa. Why? It is impossible for peace to be
established on this earth without fundamentally havent installed
sustainable development that is largely felt by the poorest in the
society.
Some school of thought argues that all cannot be economically,
politicallyequal in the society. Agreed! However, majority of the
people if not all must be free from economic tyranny, political slavery
and intellectual dependency: this is without contest one of Africas
headaches.
What development means to Africans
Fifty five years after independence, most African nations continue
to struggle to attain some heights of (economic) freedom despite
having in their possession some of the worlds most valuable natural
resources to mention among others crude oil, gold, timber, diamonds
and other agricultural produces namely cocoa and coffee and so on.
In a human context, development is a process that brings about
progress and ameliorates the living conditions in a persons life. More
importantly, it must be felt in the economic aspect of the persons life
that is economic development. The changes caused by this process
must without deviation add value and significance to ones life as time
passes by.
Several people confound economic growth and economic
development; this is to say that once a country undergoes some
change in terms of her economy that generates growth, the impact
is automatically felt by the larger populace. No, it is completely
erroneous, economic growth does not generate popular wealth.
What peace means to Africans
Indeed, peace is not the absence of war, conflicts or any other form of
social insecurity as many people think, especially in Africa. It is from
within the heart of humans that war begins and it is also from within
the same heart that peace reigns. This is a fact that many including
politicians ignore when addressing issues in relation with insecurity
or security. It is yet again palpable that humans are not born and
baptised terrorists, rebellious on the contrary they become threats
to the society depending on what they see happen around them.
Insecurity in Africa
There is a number of issues that trigger insecurity in Africa, susceptible
to degenerate into civil wars, endemic conflicts and rebellions: among
others are bad governance, political robbery otherwise known as
corruption (I chose to call it thievery), foreign interference in internal
African affairs, economic crimes, imposition of incompatible foreign
(western) culture, tribalism and regionalism, unjustifiable social and
economic inequality, injustice, cronyism and favouritism, racism,
xenophobia and homophobia.
The Nigerian case
Nigeria, just like many other African countries suffers from serious
security issues resulting in thousands of deaths and incalculable
social damages. In fact, the state of insecurity in Nigeria has become
seemingly permanent as attacks perpetrated by BokoHaram, a radical
Islamic group are gaining more grounds and are becoming overly
alarming.
Boko Haram and History ?
It will be hypocritical and indeed naive for anyone to deny the fact that
the main causes of the Islamic uprising in Nigeria are as results of the
non-implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) and the wide imbalance
between the South and the South. This issue must be perceived in a
more historical way as it has its root back to colonialism (and cuts
across many African countries in a diverse way, more especially West
African countries).
During the colonial period, virtually all colonial masters settled at the

coastal end, the southern part of many African countries. One reason
which may account for this is the means of transport at the time. They
came mainly by water (sea, lakes etc.). Consequently, the southern
regions and states hosted [most] colonial administrations. This
allowed for the construction of (government) edifices, (missionary)
schools, hospitals, and other infrastructures in cities located at the
south. Obviously, only southerners benefited and continue to benefit
from these amenities. The result is the socio-economic and educational
imbalance between the North and the South.
However, in the case of Nigeria, the northern states resisted the
creation of missionary schools and the construction of some western
style infrastructures owing to religious and ideological differences.
Northern Nigerian states are primarily made up of Muslims who are
radically opposed to western culture, teachings and civilisation.
What this means in the context of empirical analysis is that majority
of northern populace in Nigeria are illiterate; limiting their chances of
getting hold of gainful employments that could improve their living
conditions. Eighty percent (80%) of women in southern Nigeria are
literate as against between five and ten percent (20%) [1]in the north.
Even after gaining independence, the trend and tendencies did not
change. But this is not an attempt to reject the fact that education based
on western concepts is the answer to Africas greatest challenges.
Nigeria, Boko Haram and Sharia
Sharia is the law that governs a Muslims lifestyle. It sets out rigorous
rules, regulations and norms that must be adhered to as a legal
Muslim and it cuts across all aspects of human life including economic,
political, social and spiritual. Any deviation or disobedience to the
law may attract terrible punishments such as death, imprisonment,
amputation, stoning, flogging, banishment and counting. Some
great Islamic scholars (including politicians) however disagree with
the above interpretation of the law. A practical example is Muammar
Gaddafi who strongly opposed its implementation.
In Nigeria, the catalyst progression of the law took place when the
then governor of Zamfara state in north-west of Nigeria, Ahmed
Yeriama introduced and consequently passed the Sharia law in 2000.
In the same light, other eight northern states also adopted the law
and put it into force. The consequential aspect of the evolution was
that the then Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf expected the
law to be equally fully implemented in his hometown, Borno state.
He together with his followers became disgruntled as the law was
only partially implemented. The implication was the foundation of
Boko Haram in 2002 in the city of Maiduguri by Mohammed Yusuf
with the aim of establishing a Sharia government in Borno sate and
eventually northern Nigeria. During this period, they became more
dangerous and hostile to the government and undertook a number of
attacks leading to the loss of hundreds of lives and the government
did nothing.
Political weakness and Insecurity in Africa
Sad it is to note that, in Africa, politicking has become increasingly
business-oriented which only benefits few in the society as the
larger populace suffers from hunger, malnutrition, and preventable
diseases poverty in short. It is as a result of the weak and
incompatible nature of the sate inherited from colonialism and current
institutional and structural adjustments driven by neo-colonialism.
The Boko Haram phenomenon could be cited as a practical example.
Successive Nigerian governments failed to act to protect the larger
interest of the population when the sect began to show signs of
hostility even towards innocent citizens. The government politicians
are partially responsible for the current permanent state of insecurity
in the country.
Because the state in Africa is naturally incompatible, inadaptable
and alien to African indigenous practices and institutions, the
immediate end product is bad governance which fosters for example
corruption, socio-economic inequality, and injustice all hindrances
to sustainable development and threats to social stability.
Isidore Kpotufe, isidorekpotufe@yahoo.com

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Friday, January 16, 2015


Kebba Road, Somalia Drive,
Monrovia ld
man,
Joseph
Gissie, father of
seven children, has
been living on the
Kebbah road for the last five
years, but he never thought
he was ever going to see his
community road in Kebbah,
located on the Somalia Drive
rehabilitated up to present, when
The Engineering Company of
the Armed Forces of Liberia
((AFL) took on the project a few
days ago.
I feel happy to see my road
opening to my community
because I never thought this
could happen to see this ugly and
muddy to get fixed, and I even
want them to put quota on the
road, because we are tire with
the dust.
The Engineering Company of the
AFL that has been involved in
roads and bridges rehabilitation
in the Country, but company
has now started on community
roads, to make movement easy
for the citizens.
Miatta Dennis, 23, sells a table
market along the dusty road, that
covers her entire market with
dust on a daily basis, but she
expressed happiness over the
fixing of the road.
This road was very bad before
and it used to make my market
dusty, so I feel very fine from the
way the Army people are fixing
the road today, I even want them
to put quota on the road. I am
happy for this road because the
Army is making development in
the country, Says Miatta.
According to the AFL Chief
of Staff, Brig. General Daniel
Ziankhan, the is road is just one
of such that they are going to be
fixing, without any intervention
from the Ministry of Public
Works, even though they have
plans to collaborate in the future.
This road is an 8-9 kilo meters
road, and this is just done to
wet the appetite of the people
of Montserrado, but we will try
to go to other communities that
the roads are bad. Everything,
we are doing is to beef up the
Ministry of Public Works efforts.
We have rehabilitated the Bong
County road and other roads that
leads to many ETU around the
country. And this project will
take approximately 14-28 days
to conclude.
When asked as to whether the
AFL Engineering Company
was
rehabilitating
Kebbah
road because the Minister of
Defense is living on the road, he
answered:

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I feel happy to see my road opening to my community because I never thought this could happen to see this ugly and
muddy road to get fixed, and I even want them to put coal tar on the road, because we are tire with the dust. - Old
man, Joseph Gissie, father of seven children, has been living on the Kebbah road for the last five years
Mae Azango maeazango@frontpageafricaonline.com

That is out of the question, that


because the Minister of Defense
is living on this road so the AFL
is fixing the roads. Whats about
the other roads we rehabilitated

in Bong and other places is the


Minister also living in these
places, Says Chief of Staff
Ziankhan.
We pick where we want to work

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McGill elected CDC Chairman, as Party ends 6th Congress


Henry Karmo (08886522495) henrykarmo@frontpageafricaonline.com

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WE ARE TIRED WITH THE DUST


AFL REHABILITATES KEBBAH ROAD
WITHOUT A PENNY FROM GOVERNMENT

WHITE BALLOT
Monroviahe opposition Congress
for Democratic Change
(CDC) has elected
Mr. Nathaniel McGill

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MILITARY NEWS

former Secretary-General as
its national chairman. Mcgill
replaces long embattled former
Chairman George Solo, who was
expelled by the party last year.

and it is just a coincident that he


lives here, but it is not because
he is living here. But I think he is
just one person, but what about
the thousands of people living

POLITICS

Mr. McGill served as acting


chairman after the expulsion of
Solo and ran unopposed for the
coveted seat, during the Partys
National Congress held in
Bentol, Montserrado County.
McGill ran unopposed because
according to sources in the CDC,
the other contender Professor
Wilson Tarpeh withdrew from
the process.
The CDC former secretarygeneral was elected along with
other officials of the party to
fill positions including vice
chairman for political affairs,
won by Rev. Edward Wawoe,
Mr. C. Mike Doyen for vice chair
for international Affairs and
Cllr. Syrenius Cephas who also
contested unopposed won as vice
chair for legal and governmental
Affairs.
The newly elected officials will

be ending the four-year tenure of


officials elected in 2012.
Mr. Archievego Doe, Spokesman
for the CDC said the newly
elected officials tenure would
end by June 2016. This he said
would then pave the way for a
new election at its 6th National
congress.
In
an
interview
with
FrontPageAfrica via mobile
phone Mr. Doe said that Mr.
Jangai Cloe was also elected to
fill in the osition of SecretaryGeneral as a result of vacancy
created by McGills election as
chairman of the Party.
The Process was peaceful and
open. Delegates were allowed to
cast their votes for the candidate
of their choice, said Doe. The
CDC is a party that believes
in the practice of Democracy
and the just held Congress is

here, who are going to benefit as


well,
The AFL Chief of Staff said
if cost is to be attached to the
road rehabilitation; it is worth

Approximately 100,000 worth of


US Dollars.
The Engineering Company
of the AFL is working for the
government of Liberia, so we are

a clear demonstration of that


commitment.
Election activities according to
Mr. Mulbah Morlu organizing
chairman of the Partys Congress
brought together delegates from
the fifteen political subdivisions
of the party.
The Bentol Congress was a twoday event where delegates also
reviewed and drafted new laws
for the party as they prepare for
2017 election said Morlu.
The CDC in 2014 was embroiled
in confusion with the Executive
Committee declaring that it has
suspended Solo while on the
other hand; Solo was claiming
that he remains the party
Chairman and also suspended
three members of the party in
person of Mulbah Morlu and
Jefferson Koijee.
The rigmarole prompted the
Grievance and Ethics Committee
to probe the confusion and the

Committee headed by Samuel D.


Tweah, Jr., Chairman; Professor
Ansu Sonii, Cllr. Sayma
Cyrenius Cephus in a final report
released September 5 found the
embattled Chairman Solo guilty
on three counts.
In its final report, the committee
stated Considering that the
National Chairman is guilty
on three of the four charges
brought against him by the
National Executive Committee
of the Congress for Democratic
Change, the Grievance and
Ethics Committee upholds the
suspension of the CDC National
Chairman George Solo. The
Grievance and Ethics Committee
concludes that the National
Executive Committees action
meets the CAUSE requirement
imposed by Article 5 Section 46
of the CDC constitution, as has
been severally established and
demonstrated in this report.

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REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
MINISTRY OF LANDS, MINES AND ENERGY
P.O. BOX 10-9024
1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA
TEL: (231) 226-858, FAX: (231) 226-281

Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP)


Credit No. IDA 5252-LR
Request for Expressions of Interest
Project Coordinator at the Ministry Of Lands Mines and Energy (MLME)
Reference No. MLME/LACEEP/PC/07/01/2015
Issue Date: 7th January, 2015
Deadline: 23rd January, 2015
The Government of Liberia has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP), and it intends to apply part of the
proceeds toward payments for the services of a Project Coordinator.
The objectives of this assignment are to ensure an efficient and timely preparation and implementation of the components of the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP) that
are under the direct responsibility of the MLME, and ensure a smooth coordination with LEC on these components and on the component of LACEEP that is under the responsibility of LEC. Thus,
the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), The Employer, now requires the services of a Project Coordinator to coordinate all activities of LACEEP.
Reporting to the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME),the Project Coordinator will bear the overall and executive responsibility for the implementation within time, scope and budget of
the components of the LACEEP Project that are under the responsibility of MLME. The Project Coordinator will coordinate and follow-up all project activities.
As the executive head of the Project Management Team (PMT), the Project Coordinator will also have to provide leadership to the unit and be a motivating factor for the unit staff. In the initial
stage the Project Coordinator will be responsible for setting up operational guidelines for the Project Management Team in close coordination with the World Bank team.
The Project Coordinator will be assigned the following:
1) Lead the PMT to ensure timely and efficient implementation of the project in conformity with the approved design and specifications, in close collaboration with the Liberia electricity
Corporation (LEC), other involved government agencies and the participating funding agencies.
2) Coordinate all pre-award and preparatory activities, and also expedite the actions of all project sponsors/stakeholders for the effectiveness and availability of the funding for the project.
3) Coordinate the work of the PMT in the Ministry with the work of the LEC team implementing the Transmission and Distribution component of the LACEEP.
4) Work closely with the Procurement Departments at both MLME and LEC in all aspects related to the tendering, evaluation, negotiation, award and execution of the various contracts.
5) Work closely with the Financial Management Department at MLME in all aspects related to the financial management and disbursement of funds from the LACEEP to ensure timely
disbursement and reporting of activities under the project.
6) Coordinate and follow-up all project activities in interaction with the Owner's Engineer to be appointed for the implementation of the components of the project under the responsibility of the
MLME, using appropriate management tools and skills to ensure achievement of the project outputs.
7) Conceptualize and prepare the overall project plan & execution strategies for review and approval and manage the approved plan to achieve project deliverables and objectives.
8) Provide technical and administrative direction during the implementation of the project.
9) Engage, procure, deploy and effectively manage all human and material resources of the PMT.
10)Manage the interface between the project and project affected persons.
11)Liaise with LEC, China Union, funding partners and other stakeholders on project related matters.
12)Facilitate the realization of periodical preparation and subsequently supervision missions by the World Bank and actively participate during the duration of these missions.
13)Monitor and report regularly on the status/progress of work, cost, schedule, anticipated challenges and risk facing the project as well as the evolution of any contractual issues.
14)Develop a cost report per month that details costs and expenditure for the period, forecast for completion of the project with an aim of minimising the variance.
15)Promote team work and a spirit of cooperation among PMT employees and guide, drive and motivate the team to achieve project goals.
16)Ensure implementation of the approved Environmental and Social Management Plan and the Resettlement Action Plan.
17) Ensure strict compliance to the Project Implementation Manual.
This contract is time based contract for a period of one year. The LACEEP Project is a five year project, therefore will be an option of extending this one year contract subject to satisfactory
performance.
TheMinistry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), now invites eligible individual consultants to indicate their interest in providing the required services as described above and to provide
information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services, including CVs, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, etc.
The attention of interested Consultants is drawn to paragraph 1.9 of the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants [under IBRD Loans and IDA Credits & Grants] by
World Bank Borrowers dated January 2011 ("Consultant Guidelines"), setting forth the World Bank's policy on conflict of interest.
The short listing criteria are:
i.
University degree in Engineering, Project Management or related fields;
ii.
Ten years of work experience, with at least a year managing energy project(s) in Liberia is required;
iii.
Experience in working with GoL entities and international organizations (particularly MLME, LEC, MoF, World Bank, AfDB, EU, etc.) is required
iv.
Proven record of successfully coordinating activities on energy related projects is required;
v.
Advanced degree in Project Management is an added advantage
vi.
Contract administration and different forms of standard contract provisions related to energy projects
vii.
Procurement and corporate procedures and governance
A consultant will be selected for the position in accordance with the Individual Consultants selection procedures set out in the World Bank's Guidelines: Selection and Employment of Consultants
by World Bank Borrowers (2011).
Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours from Monday to Friday between 0900 hrs and 1700 hrs during working days.
Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by mail, or by e-mail) by 5PM GMT on 23rd January, 2015.Only short listed candidates will be
contacted.
The address referred to above is:
The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy
Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP)
Capitol Hill
Monrovia, Liberia
Tel. (231) 0886534774, 0880641948
E-Mail: siehsyl1971@yahoo.com, and copy to jlayteh@yahoo.com

Friday, January 16, 2015

Agriculture Column

with Bisi Klah; 0886 587 547

Vegetable Farming (Part 1)


Locating the Garden

here are several procedures one needs to follow to


cultivate a successful vegetable farming and they
include as listed below.
Vegetables grow best in a level area with loose,
well-drained soil, and at least 6 hour of sun (8 to 10 hours is
ideal).
Use contour rows or terraces on sloped or hillside sites to avoid
erosion. South-facing slopes are warmer and less subject to
damaging frost.
Avoid windy locations; if you must plant in a windy spot, build
or grow a windbreak
Locate near a good and easily accessible supply of water if
possible.
Choose a spot near your home so it is convenient to work in the
garden when you have a few minutes.
Avoid planting near trees and shrubs; they compete for nutrients
and water, and may cause excessive shading.
Sites too near buildings may result in plants not receiving
enough sunlight.
Observe shading patterns through the growing season; if
possible, before starting the garden.
If you have a shaded area you wish to use anyway, plant shadetolerant crops. Increase effective light, if needed, by providing
reflective surfaces around plants.
Try not to plant vegetables from the same family in exactly the
same location in the garden more often than once in 3 years.
Rotation prevents the build-up of insects and disease.
Avoid locations near busy roads. Airborne lead from vehicle
exhaust can contaminate vegetables, especially leafy types. If
you must plant in a lead-prone area, try planting a hedge to trap
lead in the air.
The ideal vegetable garden soil is deep, friable, well drained,
and has high organic matter content. Proper soil preparation
provides the basis for good seed germination and subsequent
growth of garden crops. Careful use of various soil amendments
can improve garden soil and provide the best possible starting
ground for your crops.

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MORE CHINESE GOODWILL


China Eases Liberian Army Logistical Constraints with $3.3 Million Grant
Mae Azangomaeazango@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviahe
restructured
Liberian army was
trained with the help of
international partners
including the China, United
States of America, Nigeria and
others but the force still faces
constraints including logisticsthe countrys meager budget of
less than 500 million is unable to

Peoples Republic of China


and the Ministry of National
Defense of Liberia, because
this agreement is the most
meaningful gift from the Chinese
people to the Armed Forces of
Liberia during this period of
fighting Ebola.
Chinese Ambassador Yue further
said China appreciates the
achievements by the Liberian

of Liberia and the Ministry


of Defense, Deputy Defense
Minister
Joseph
Johnson
awarded a medal to Chinese
Senior Colonel Zhao Xizhan in
appreciation of the support by
the Chinese to the Liberian army.
On behalf of the Chief of Staff
of the AFL, Brigadier General
Daniel Ziankhan and the men
and women of the Armed Forces

Equipment
The type of equipment used to prepare your garden will
depend on the size of the garden, your physical ability, time,
and budget. Cutlasses, hoes, water can, rope, wheelbarrow,
sprayer, basket, buckets are the elementary equipment needed
for appropriate gardening.
Direct Planting
Many seeds like corn, beans, water green, palaver sauce, okra
and pumpkins may be sown directly in the garden. If garden
soil is quite sandy, or is mellow with high content of organic
matter, seeds may be planted deeper. Young seedlings can
emerge quite easily from a sandy or organic soil.
If garden soil is heavy with a high silt and/or clay content,
however, the seeds should be covered only 2 to 3 time their
diameter. In such soils, it may be helpful to apply a band of
sand, fine compost along the row after seeds are planted. This
will help retain soil moisture and reduce crushing, making it
easier for seedlings to push through the soil surface.
Nursery
The seeds are first and foremost, planted on nursery beds which
are constructed under relatively shaded area to avoid over heat.
The beds that serve as the nursery are made and well tilled and
smoothed out. Before the seeds are spread evenly on it, it is
watered. After watering it, the seeds are very carefully spread
all over it.
Then, some stones are placed on the edges of the bed and by the
sides. These will serve as support to the rectangular board with
net on top of it, which is used to cover the bed. In the absence of
this kind of cover, ordinary leaves can be used. These are also
not to be placed directly on the plants. The reason for this is
that the weight of either the board or the leaves might obstruct
the germination of the plant. Therefore, the blocks that are
deposited at the edge of the beds help to raise these up. These
covers are removed after four days. Songhai Benin/Liberia.

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equip the national army.


Currently,
the
Engineering
battalion of army is actively
involved with the construction
of Ebola Treatment Units in
several counties; an indication
that the Liberian army has the
capability to perform but the
lack of logistics and other forms
of support is making the army
inactive, principally based in the
military barracks.
In an effort to boost the army
capacity as the country fights
the outbreak of the deadly Ebola
virus, the Peoples Republic
of China has signed a grant of
3.3 Million dollars to provide
Military assistance to the Armed
Forces of Liberia (AFL).
The grant aims to improve the
logistical strength of the army.
At the official signing ceremony
in Monrovia Tuesday, Chinese
Ambassador Zhang Yue, who
signed on behalf of his country,
described the grant as the most
meaningful gift to the Liberian
army.
Said the Chinese envoy On
behalf of the Peoples Republic
of China, I have the honor to
sign the agreement between
the Ministry of Defense of the

Government in developing the


national economy, speeding up
infrastructural development and
bringing reliefs to the Liberian
people.
According to this agreement,
to be signed between China and
Liberia, the Chinese government
will provide the Liberian side
with military assistance to the
value of $3.3 Million to enhance
the AFL to contribute to Liberias
social and economic security,
the Chinese diplomat said.
On behalf of the Government

of Liberia, I present to you this


gift for your work in bringing
the Armed Forces of Liberia
to where it is today, so that
whenever you look at it you will
reflect on what you did for the
AFL.
Another senior official of the
Liberian Army, Deputy Chief
of Staff Eric Dennis also
gave a wooden tablet with an
illustration of the map of Liberia
to the Chinese military official
in recognition of his work with
Liberian army.

Accepting the awards, Senior


Col. Xizhan said he felt so
honored for the awards and said
for the past three years, he has
witnessed, a great change in the
AFL engineer company.
He specifically mentioned their
hard work in repairing roads and
bridges.
I am pleased to say that now
the AFL has a real trained
engineering company with first
class Chinese equipment. The
AFL engineer company has
played an important role in the
countrys recovery process in
roads and bridges construction
and even the fight against Ebola,
and I feel so proud of them, the
Chinese army official said.
After the signing ceremony, an
award of Distinguished Service
Medal was bestowed upon
Senior Colonel Zhao Xizhan, by
the Ministry of Defense, for his

meaningful
contributions to the
Liberian Army.
About 2,100 personnel were
trained
after
a
vigorous
restricting process of the Liberian
army but with desertions the
army currently has around 1,800
personnel.
Its budget is one of the least in
the security sector of Liberia. In
the 2013-2014 National budget
the army was allotted US$12.9
million about 0.74% of Liberias
Gross Domestic product (GDP).

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OBITUARY

IN MEMORY OF HIS EXCELLENCY CHARLES GYUDE BRYANT


AS WE CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH ANNIVERSARY, JANUARY 17, 2015

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT
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MR. GEORGE N. SEKE
JULY 15, 1932- JANUARY 8, 2015

God knew you were prepared for the journey. It was time and he did
not want your life contaminated. We had talked just 10 minutes after
which I received a call that you had passed out and "we were losing
you." It wasjust too quick and unbelievable. In a flash, the angles
had come to take you home.
As I watched, whilst praying and wishing for your recovery, YOU grew
silent and suddenly peaceful with a smile of internal rest on your face.
I was standing by your bed side and saw your life fade away.
How I wish you were here with me to celebrate your Birthday on
tomorrow, January 17, 2015. But the cold hands of death tookyou away
from me on April 16, 2014, robbing me of your calm elegance and grit,
but more so, your love and care. Oh, how I miss you... how I long...
Nevertheless, I can never let you go from my heart because of the
contented relationship we shared.Many days I sit alone and cry silent
tears. My heart is broken into a trillion pieces. Each day it seems like
I have only just lost you. The pain is hard to bear, knowing that I now
have to go through life certain that you are not there and will no more
be there. A logical explanation eludes me each time I try to make
sense of all this and get a hold of myself.
But, because I know your place is assured in Heaven, I stare at the
little dots in the sky wondering you are somewhere among the stars,
and thus muster the courage to accept that I tendered a temporary
goodbye as we sent you off till we meet again. Sleep on my friend, sleep
on my hero,sleep on my darling, till we meet again.
With all my love,
Sia Ella Sammy, Fianc

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Mama, tomorrow January 17, 2015 would have been your 77th
birthday; alas, the cold hands of death snatched you away Monday
December 8, 2014. The pain is still so very fresh in all our minds.
It still is like a dream. It was just like you to tell us, Pick me up
tomorrow; we go there and you are gone. Maybe you were not even
talking to us. You simply went to bed and never woke up. Friends
say it is a peaceful death; we should be grateful for the way you lived
and died. True words.
Grateful we are, but I cant help recalling the last family meeting
we had together, when we were planning for tomorrow, January 17,
2015. The whole time we were making our plans in the palaver hut
on November 23, 2014, you simply had your head bowed. Now I
understand why you could not stare us in the face. You were on your
way home. I also remember you saying, When I die, they will drink
all the liquorover me, so let me drink my own. We all laughed; little
did we know you had never been more serious.
We are sad you are gone, but happily remember the good times and
discipline you instilled in us. We are what we are today because you
brought us up well.
Thank you Mama!
Mama, Mamie, SV, as you are affectionately called by us your
children, we love you, but your Creator loves you best! Your memory
remains forever green in our hearts. Sleep on, Mama!
Till we meet again!
Your daughter, granddaughter, Ade Wede Wee-Wee Kekuleh, for the
Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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BUSINESS

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COMMITTED TO LIBERIAS DEVELOPMENT BALLON D'OR STARTS NOW, ANCELOTTI SAYS

iberias
first
commercial
gold
mine, located in Grand
Cape Mount County,
has commenced pre- mining
operation in the West African
nation.
This laudable effort comes
at a time when the country is
being plagued by the deadly
Ebola effort that is not only
claiming the lives of several
of its citizens, but ravaging an
already challenged economy.
Aureus Liberian subsidiary, Bea
Mountain Mining Corporation,
has remained in country
demonstrating its commitment to
providing jobs and maintaining
its schedule.
This delivers a major confidence
boost to the Nation as it strives to
rebuild its economy and reduce
poverty.
Recently,
Aureus
Mining
Company signed an agreement
with MonuRent, Inc., a major
equipment rental and fleet
management company currently
operating
throughout West
Africa.
In fulfillment of this agreement,
on Friday, December 12, 2014,
MonuRent, officially made its
first delivery of several mining
equipment, at a ceremony held at
the mines.
The ceremony was attended by
Madam Ciata Bishop, Director
General of the National Bureau
of Concession, Republic of
Liberia.
The presentation was made
by the Country Manager of
MonuRent, Mr. Chris Goodwin
and received by the General/
Country Manager of Aureus
Mining, Mr. Debar Allen and his
colleague, Mr. Thinus Strydom,
General Manager for Mines and
Construction.
In a brief chat on the site of the
company in Kinjor, Madam
Bishop expressed happiness
over commencement of mining
activities in Liberias first hard
rock commercial gold mine, the
New Liberty Gold Project.
We want to thank AMC and
MonuRent
for
remaining
committed to investing in Liberia
amidst the Ebola outbreak.
We also thank the companies
for
providing
employment
opportunities for many Liberians
especially the youths, the NBC
boss noted.
She used the occasion to
commend the two companies
for the level of work performed
and livingup to the project. She
later boarded one of the trucks to
get a close glance and see how it

AUREUS, MONURENT BUILDING


LIBERIAS FIRST GOLD MINE
-As Aureus Begins Full Mining Operations

NBC-DG Ciatta Bishop, Aureus GM, Mr. Debar Allen and others posed for photo on one the trucks in Kinjor

Partial view of some of the equipments handover to Aureus by MonuRent

Another view of some of the equipments

Another view of some of the equipments

functions.
For his part, the GM of AMC,
Mr. Debar Allen, assured that
government of the companys
fullest commitment to the project
over the period of its operation.
He added that AMC is dedicated
to all aspects of its Mineral

Development
Agreement
including the full implementation
of its Resettlement Action Plan
(RAP).
The New Liberty gold project
is set to produce 120,000 ounces
of gold a year for the first six
years. We are also concluding

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pic

Aureus Mining and MonuRent employees at the handover ceremony

NBC-DG Ciatta Bishop and Aureus GM, Mr. Debar Allen sitting in one the trucks in a happy mood

NBC-DG Ciatta Bishop, Aureus GM, Mr. Debar Allen and others posed for photo on one the equipments

Another view of some of the equipments

the construction of modern


homes and health center for the
community. We have already
completed the construction of
a school, mosque, church, hand
pumps and latrines across the
RAP Village, as a means of
providing basic human needs for

the community, said Mr. Allen.


MonuRent is the leading heavy
equipment solutions and service
provider located right across
West Africa. The company has
enormous depth of experience,
capabilities, skills and resources
in the mining sector and provides
its clients with integrated
equipment and service solutions.
MonuRent plays a pivotal role
in building vital infrastructure,
promoting
West
Africas
resources sector while providing
essential services, employment
and training to the local
communities they are involved
in.
The company has a solid track
record in assisting international
mining companies achieving
their goals. MonuRentprovides
an optimum fleet solution for
mining operations, meeting
all equipment needs from
excavators, trucks and dozers
through to pumps, generators
and air compressors.
MonuRent specializes in turn key
projects with life of equipment
support and has been committed
to Liberia since 2012.

Even during the outbreak of the


deadly Ebola virus, MonuRent
assisted the private sector and
the community through this very
difficult period.
At the New Liberty Mine project
MonuRent is installing a state
of the art training facilities
which will house the computer
generated machine simulators
for all of its major equipment.
These simulators give a major
advantage to new employees who
have never seen large equipment
such as 200 tonne hydraulic
excavators and 100 tonne rear
dump trucks and will improve
the safety effort on the mine site
whilst delivering training and
development opportunities to the
Liberians.
This is a significant investment
that will assist in developing our
human resource to delivering
long term opportunities for the
Liberian people.
At the equipment hand over,
MonuRent Chief Operating
Officer Dan Hoppe paid tribute
to Aureus Mining for their
commitment to the project
and commended them on the
quality of the construction so far,
indicating that the mine and the
facilities are truly world class.
He also paid tribute to the efforts
of MonuRent employees who
have been pivotal in assisting
Aureus Mining achieve this
fantastic major milestone and
confirmed MonuRents long
term commitment to Liberia.
The New Liberty Gold Mines
project, owned by Aureus Mining
Company has an estimated
proven and probable reserve of
924,000 ounces of gold grading
3.4 g/t. When fully operational,
this project will provide much
needed revenue and employment
for Liberians while developing
human capacity and business
opportunities for Liberian owned
SMEs.
MonuRent is a model company
that should be emulated by
other players on the Liberian
investment
landscape. The
company has spent millions
of dollars to procure and bring
into the country state of the art
simulator technology for the
purpose of training Liberians
in the operation of top of the
line excavators, heavy duty
trucks, and other earth moving
equipment.
The company believes that it
is mutually beneficial to train
and hire local people rather
than importing expatriates.
The standard of the training is
compared to that of Australia's
level. MonuRent will certificate
the trainees and utilize most of
them, while the others can fetch
better employment opportunities
having acquired such skills and
knowledge which are rarely
available locally.
In order to expose its employees
to further skill and knowledge
transfer opportunities, MonuRent
runs an employee exchange
program wherein employees are
transferred to other countries
where MonuRent operates.

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MONROVIA BREWERIES INC


PRESS RELEASE

Monrovia, 14 January 2015


A trio of guest journalists together with the host of the Radio Veritas Good Morning Liberia
program aired on Monday, 12 January 2015, with the sole intent to harm the reputation of Monrovia
Breweries Inc. and undermine its product positioning and its business in general, misinformed
the public on that program about the recent water shortage at the brewery. Not only did they
manufacture lies about the water situation, but Charles Yates, Rufus Paul, Otabin Williams and
Fayiah Rudolphson also lied about the quality of our products and were so mischievous, malicious
and unprofessional in their language; and anyone who listened to them would draw the conclusion
that they were not only lying but had something against the company and its General Manager.
Here is the whole truth: In late November 2014 we experienced water shortage for one week
resulting from technical problems that the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) had
for which it could not pump and distribute water to Bushrod Island where our plant is situated.
Because of this problem we did not produce for one week, therefore our stock became low and
we could not fully supply the market. As a responsible business entity, we duly informed our
customers and the public about the product shortage and the reason therefor in a Press Release
issued by our Marketing Manager.
While this information was already in the public domain, Charles Yates, Rufus Paul and Otabin
Williams came to us asking to do PR on this issue. We told them the information we put out was
sufficient and that we did not need to do anything further. The three Journalists are well known to
us as they are known to other members of the public and even the press corps for their unethical
conduct: they come to us every time begging for help or try to extort money from us through
blackmail. The latest blackmail was when they called the GM last week informing him they
had evidence that he was selling water to the company, and in order to sell his water, he stopped
LWSC from supplying the company water for two weeks. Disappointed at the GMs downplay
of their blackmail, they called him again that they had more damaging information on him that
they would divulge to the public if he did not see them. Clearly, this is an organized scheme by
a group of hustlers, calling themselves Journalists, to manipulate and blackmail us to surrender to
their greedy desire to make cheap money.
Their assertion that it is the GM who supplies the company water is incorrect and grossly
misleading. Rather, it is LWSC that supplies our water. To disprove their lies, we are publishing
along with this Press Release a Public Statement from LWSCs Management. However, because
of the lies they told about our products and the potential harm to our business, this Press Release
and the Public Statement will not bring closure to this matter; our legal team is considering the
legal option.
Monrovia Breweries Inc. is a company built on the pillar of strong business ethics, integrity and
transparency driven by its mission to produce the best quality products for the Liberian market.
That is why we have been the market leader for close to 54 years.
Signed:_______________________________
Cllr. Augustine S. Chea
Corporate Legal Counsel

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

SEVERAL LAWYERS AND ATTORNEYS


SUSPENDED OVER BAR DUE PAYMENT

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LIBERIA PETROLEUM REFINING COMPANY

REGULATOR STILL IN LACC DRAGNET

If you cant pay your dues, you will not be allowed to practice law in
the bailiwick of Liberia. Cllr. Theophilus Gould, LNBA president

INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION


(PROCUREMENT OF WORKS)

P.O. Box 10-0090


1000 Monrovia 10
Liberia, West Africa
Tel: 077-859-002
www.lprclib.com

Commission on Higher Education Director General long Corruption tale

Bettie Johnson/ betty.johnson@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviaeveral senior and


junior lawyers have
been suspended from
practicing law in
the country, for not paying
their annual dues as required
by the Liberia National Bar
Association (LNBA).
In a memorandum posted at the
Temple of justices billboard,
the annual fee for Counselors
(senior lawyer) is US$380.00
and Attorneys are required to
pay US$180.00
The memo named lawyers
that are required to pay dues
as Associate Justices of the
Supreme Court, Judges of
Records, Counselors and
Attorneys-At-Law.
It is not clear whether Associate
Justices or Judges were among
those suspended.
The list does not include
lawyers who were suspended
for disciplinary violations.
Some
legal
practitioners
believe that the Bars decision
is in the right direction.
The action sources say was
triggered on the attitude of
indifference to their obligations
being exhibited by some
lawyers.
Currently the entry and judge
dock of the civil law court
at the Temple of Justice has
a memorandum ordering all
practicing lawyers to be in

FOR THE
PRODUCT STORAGE TERMINAL (PST) EXPANSION PROJECT
(IFB No. LPRC/ICB/001/2015)
The Government of Liberia through the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) intends to
apply funds allocated in its 2015 Fiscal Budget to finance the Expansion of the Product Storage
Terminal Project.
LPRC intends to prequalify interested Engineering, Procurement, Construction Management
(EPCM) companies that will participate in the subsequent bidding process for the execution of all
work components outlined in the Scope of Works.
LPRC now invites interested companies to participate in the prequalification proceeding, for the
short listing of competent firms that will be issued the bidding document for the actual procurement.
Bidding will be conducted through the prequalification procedures enshrined in the Public
Procurement and Concessions Act (PPCA) of the Republic of Liberia.
The contractor will among other requirements be responsible to implement the following in line with
project Scope of Work (SOW):

Install new Supply Pipeline from the main Oil Jetty to the existing Tank Farms

good standing with the bar. A


notice has been posted in all
courtrooms at the Temple of
Justice which states: Pay your
Bar due before hearing/trial
and present your certificate of
good standing before you will
be allowed to practice in this
courtroom.
Good standing, according to
the Bar, refers to those lawyers
who have paid their annual
dues and have been issued a

certificate confirming their


compliance.
A document also posted at
the Temple of Justice, quotes
the LNBAs president Cllr.
Theophilus Gould, warning
lawyers that: If you cant pay
your annual due, you will not be
allowed to practice in the legal
system. Cllr. Gould also did
not give the number of lawyers
who have been suspended.

Construct new Storage Tanks in the existing Tanks farm

Install all new Piping Network within the Tanks Farm

Construct new Tank Truck Loading Racks and Pumping facilities

Construct Environmental Protection Facilities for the Tanks farm

Install all new Fire Protection System

Install new Power Generation System and lighting facilities

Install new Security System

Complete construction of newly installed Tanks

Completion of the Tank farms Dikes

In addition to other requirements, interested companies must show proof of the following in order
to be considered:

Past Performance Records of implementing similar projects for atleast 10 years

Listing of key personnel and their qualification in Project Manager/Supervisor & Project
Engineers with Minimum Masters Degree in Mechanical or Civil Engineering

Legal Capacity including article of incorporation

Financial Capacity to implement the project including audited financial statements for the
last two years & indicate minimum annual turnover for the last five year

Provide proof of engineering and professional standards association certification and
license

Current history of litigation

Current work commitments
Companies that meet the prequalification requirements will be shortlisted to participate in the bidding
process for the project.
Interested companies are requested to submit their prequalification information in a sealed envelope
in the prescribed format to the address below no later than February 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon GMT.
Prequalification envelopes will be opened in the presence of companies representatives who choose
to attend on February 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon in the LPRC Training Hall located at the Product
Storage Terminal on the Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Liberia. Prequalification information must be
submitted in six (6) sets. One original and five sets.
Any prequalification information submitted after the above date and time WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The detailed prequalification document is herewith attached to this invitation or interested companies
may obtain the detailed document from the below address beginning January 12, 2015 from 10:00
am to 2:30 pm daily.
Mr. Prince W. Kieh
Procurement Manager
Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC)
Product Storage Terminal (PST)
Bushrod Island
Monrovia, Liberia
Mobile number: +231886523397
E-mail: pkieh@lprclib.com
Web: www.lprclib.com
The prequalification document may also be found and downloaded from the following websites:
www.lprclib.com
www.dgmarket.com
www.ppcc.gov.lr
www.liberianobserver.com
www.allafrica.com
www.monroviainquirer.com
www.tlcafrica.com
www.emansion.gov.lr
For inquiries, please contact Mr. Prince W. Kieh, Procurement Manager on mobile +23186523397;
email: pkieh@lprclib.com or Mr. James Johnson, Engineer on mobile +231886437480; email:
jjohnson@cjconstructioninc.com
Signed:

________________________________________________
Managing Director/Chairman Procurement Committee

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IN BRIEF

ONE STEP CLOSER TO REPLACING OUT OF DATE POLICIES

POPE ON CHARLIE HEBDO:


THERE ARE LIMITS TO
FREE EXPRESSION

US LOOSENS EMBARGO ON CUBA,


MAKING TRADE AND TRAVEL EASIER

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE



(AP)
ope
Francis
said
Thursday there are
limits to freedom of
expression, especially
when it insults or ridicules
someone's faith. Francis spoke
about the Paris terror attacks
while en route to the Philippines,
defending free speech as not
only a fundamental human right
but a duty to speak one's mind
for the sake of the common
good.
But he said there were limits.

TEEN WHO WAS SHAKEN AS A BABY


DIES; FATHER LIKELY TO BE CHARGED

SEATTLE (Reuters)
Washington
state
teenager who suffered
life-long injuries when
she
was
violently
shaken as an infant has died, and
a Seattle-area prosecutor said on
Wednesday he would likely charge
her biological father in her death.
Baylee Duggins, 15, of Tacoma,
died on Sunday from respiratory
failure linked to pneumonia,
according to her mother and the
Pierce County Medical Examiner's
Office.
Her death was ruled a homicide,
a result of being "shaken as an
infant," the coroner's office said.
Duggins'
biological
father,
Christopher
Schwanz,
was
convicted in 2000 of second-degree
child abuse for shaking the girl
as an infant, leaving her severely
physically and mentally impaired,
according to Pierce County court
records.

BURKINA MUST PROBE ARMY


KILLINGS OF DEMONSTRATORS
SAYS AMNESTY

Ouagadougou (AFP) mnesty International


on
Thursday
demanded a full
inquiry
into
a
bloody military crackdown
on protestors whose uprising
toppled Burkina Faso president
Blaise Compaore.
Troops killed at least 10 people
and wounded hundreds of
others, according to the findings
of an Amnesty report.
The official toll is of 24 dead
-- including five prison inmates
killed by their guards. At least
625 were injured, according to
figures released by a panel set up
by interim Prime Minister Isaac
Zida.
The
presidential
guard,
paramilitary police and the
army all engaged in "excessive
and often lethal use of force"
in a bid to put down mass street
protests between October 30 and
November 2 last year, Amnesty
said.

WORLD NEWS

Friday, January 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -he


Obama
administration
is putting a large
dent in the U.S.
embargo against Cuba as of
Friday, significantly loosening
restrictions on American trade
and investment.
The new rules also open up the
communist island to greater
American travel and allow U.S.
citizens to start bringing home
small amounts of Cuban cigars
after more than a half-century
ban.
Thursday's announcement of
new Treasury and Commerce
Department regulations are the
next step in President Barack
Obama's plan to re-establish
diplomatic relations with Cuba.
They come three days after U.S.
officials confirmed the release of
53 political prisoners Cuba had
promised to free.
Only Congress can end the
five-decade embargo. But the
measures give permission for
Americans to use credit cards
in Cuba and U.S. companies
to export telephone, computer
and
Internet
technologies.
Investments in some small
business are permitted. General
tourist travel is still prohibited,
but Americans authorized to visit
Cuba need no longer apply for
special licenses.
Obama announced last month
that he would soften the embargo
and begin restoring diplomatic
ties with Havana, saying "these
50 years have shown that
isolation has not worked." The
deal was the product of 18 months
of secret talks that culminated in
the exchange of imprisoned spies
and release of Alan Gross, a U.S.
government contractor who had

been imprisoned in Cuba for five


years.
The few U.S. companies
facilitating travel to Cuba say
inquiries have exploded since
December. American visits
could triple this year, from about
90,000 annually. "We're hiring
more people, we've secured more
hotel rooms and assets in Cuba to
provide additional travel," said
Tom Popper, president of New
York-based insightCuba.
With the new regulations
public, the focus shifts to
American businesses and the
Cuban
government.
Some
changes could take months as
U.S. firms analyze the risks
and benefits of moving into a
complicated new market. And
the Cuban government has
said nothing publicly about
how it will regulate new trade
with the United States. Foreign

to open up a new export market in


a country 90 miles from Florida.
Thomas Donohue, the head of
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
for example, said Wednesday
it was better for the U.S. to sell
computers, smartphones and
cars to Cuba than to cede such
business to countries like Russia
and China. Still, the embargo as
a whole appears unlikely to fall
anytime soon.
Starting Friday, U.S. companies
will be able to export mobile
phones, televisions, memory
devices, recording devices,
computers and software to a
country with notoriously poor
Internet and telecommunications
infrastructure.
Internet-based
communications will fall under
a general license. The new
rules "immediately enable the
American people to provide
more resources to empower the

sick," Sacra said from his home


in Holden, Massachusetts.
The third American to contract
Ebola, Sacra remembers the
"spartan" Liberian hospital
with the uncomfortably thin
mattress and the ever-present
strong smell of bleach. Because
doctors and nurses had to suit
up in protective care, they only
came around to see patients

every three hours, so if he


needed something he had to
wait.
"You spend a lot of time alone
and lonely," he said.
Sacra said he hopes this makes
him a better doctor.
"I think it makes me more
sensitive to where people are
coming from and how they
might be feeling and why they
might be discouraged," he said.
Sacra was evacuated from
Liberia to Nebraska Medical
Center in Omaha, one of four
hospitals in the United States
with a biocontainment unit,
where he received a blood
transfusion from Dr. Kent
Brantly, another American
Ebola survivor, and the
experimental drug TKM-Ebola.
"I never felt like I was not going
to make it," he said when he
was released from the hospital
on September 25.
This upcoming trip will be
easier than his August trip in
one big way: He won't have to
worry about contracting Ebola,
because he's now immune to the
strain of the disease responsible
for the current epidemic. But it
will be more difficult in another
way: He knows many of his
friends in Liberia lost family
members and colleagues to

AMERICAN
DOCTOR
WHO
SURVIVED
EBOLA
RETURNS TO
LIBERIA

he last time Dr. Rick


Sacra went to Liberia,
he returned home to
the United States in
a medevac airplane, not sure if
he would die of the Ebola he'd
contracted while taking care of
patients.
But Sacra recovered from the
virus he contracted in August
and Thursday he is headed back

to Liberia.
He calls the West African
nation his "second home." He
lived there from 1995 to 2010
and has made about a dozen
trips since then. But he said
this time he'll have a different
perspective.
"Having spent three days in
the treatment unit in Liberia,
I really feel for those who are

companies currently deal almost


entirely
with
state-owned
firms that are notoriously slow,
inefficient and short on cash.
Also casting a shadow on
potential deals is the possibility
of
litigation
by
CubanAmericans and U.S. firms whose
property was confiscated in Fidel
Castro's 1959 revolution and may
try to sue companies entering
into business with the Cuban
government. In Washington,
Congress may also seek to erect
barriers to new investment.
The sudden rapprochement
between Cold War foes has
divided
U.S.
lawmakers.
Republican Marco Rubio of
Florida and Democrat Bob
Menendez of New Jersey, both
Cuban-Americans, have been
particularly opposed.
But some pro-business types
have welcomed the opportunity

Cuban population to become


less dependent upon the statedriven economy," White House
spokesman Josh Earnest said
Thursday.
With hundreds of thousands of
Cuban-Americans visiting family
each year, Cuba is already awash
in American products brought
in people's luggage, including
iPhones and flat-screen TVs. The
main barriers to Internet access
are high prices and restrictions
imposed by a government
desperate for hard currency and
worried about allowing citizens
unrestricted
communications
among themselves and with the
outside world.
Americans permitted to travel to
Cuba for family visits, official
U.S. government business,
journalism, research, education,
religious activity and other
reasons now fall under a U.S.
general license and don't need
to apply for a separate license. A
limit on remittance payments to
family members in Cuba will be
raised to $8,000 per year, from
$2,000. Americans visiting Cuba
will be allowed to bring home
$100 in alcohol and tobacco
products, and $400 in total
goods.
The U.S. is now "one step closer
to replacing out of date policies,"
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew
said Thursday.
Other changes include:
The elimination of limits on
how much money Americans
spend in Cuba each day or what
they spend it on.
Permissible use of U.S. credit
and debit cards.
Travel agents and airlines can
fly to Cuba without a special
license.
Insurance companies can
provide coverage for health, life
and travel insurance policies for
individuals residing in or visiting
Cuba.
Financial institutions may
open accounts at Cuban banks to
facilitate authorized transactions.

Ebola this fall, and he won't


be able to comfort them with a
hug, because hugging, or even
shaking hands, is forbidden in
order to cut down on the spread
of the disease.
He said now that the number
of Ebola patients in Liberia has
gone down dramatically, he's
not needed to work in the Ebola
ward. Instead, he'll be involved
in evaluating and triaging
patients who come into the
ELWA Hospital, run by SIM, a
Christian missionary group.
He hopes to return to his regular
schedule of working four weeks
in Liberia every three months.
He said he misses the food -potato greens, palm butter and
peanut soup -- and he misses
his friends and colleagues. He
also hopes his trip reminds the
rest of the world that Ebola, and
many other diseases, are still a
huge threat in West Africa.
"The needs in Liberia are still
tremendous," he said. "Even
before Ebola the health care
system was very weak and
barely functioning. I just feel
that God has opened the door
for me to make a difference. I
was to continue doing that if I
can."

Friday, January 16, 2015

winners to top spot.


Far from the force they were
when they won the 2012 edition
of the competition, national
coach Honour Janza seems
to already have one eye on
Chipolopolo's future with three
under-20 rookies in his squad for
the tournament.
DR Congo's passage to this year's
finals was through the back door
as the best third-placed finisher
in qualification.
A victory over tournament
favourites Cote d'Ivoire in
qualifying is proof of their
ability to stun any team on their
day though.
Star Player - Heldon (Cape
Verde)
The
26-year-old
attacking
midfielder probably holds the
key to Cape Verde's progression
to the next round.
He was a revelation at the 2013
edition and has the knack of
popping up with key goals when
needed, crucial strikes coming in
qualifiers against Mozambique
and Niger to push Cape Verde
over the line.
Crunch match - Tunisia v Cape
Verde
As this is both sides' first match
of the tournament they will
be keen not to slip up and put
themselves under pressure to
qualify for the quarter-finals.
The historical record suggests
Tunisia should walk this game
but Cape Verde have a habit of
"giant-killing" and have enough
fire power to trouble a side who
may find it tough up front.
Matches
January 18, 2015 - Zambia v
DR Congo, Ebebiyin / Tunisia v
Cape Verde Islands, Ebebiyin
January 22, 2015 - Zambia v
Tunisia, Ebebiyin / Cape Verde
Islands v DR Congo, Ebebiyin
January 26, 2015 - Cape Verde
Islands v Zambia, Ebebiyin / DR
Congo v Tunisia, Bata

Sports
even pool in the competition
It was clear from the moment the
draw was completed in Malabo
on December 3 that Group C
would hog much of the attention
during the opening stages in the
2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
With Algeria having reached
the World Cup knockouts, many
are tipping them to top the
group. However, they will not
have things all their own way
given the wealth of competition
provided by Ghana, Senegal and
1996 champions South Africa.
The favourites - Algeria, Ghana
Under
Vahid
Halilhodzic,
Algeria were one of the star
turns of the World Cup in Brazil
in 2014. Their 4-2 win over
South Korea and courageous
draw in the high-stakes decider
with Russia led the north African
nation to the knockout rounds for
the first time.
A narrow extra-time defeat
to eventual winners Germany
saw them leave South America
with their heads held high, and
a similar performance level in
Equatorial Guinea for Christian
Gourcuff's side - who are
currently Caf's top-ranked team
according to Fifa - could well see
them take home the trophy.
With the likes of Valencia's
Sofiane Feghouli and Sporting
Lisbon's explosive striker Islam
Slimani to call upon, the French
coach has the kind of firepower
much of the continent craves.
And with plenty of experience at
the back in the likes of skipper
Madjid Bougherra and former
AC Milan full-back Djamel
Mesbah, their quality is by
no means limited to forward
departments.
Ghana were actually the
number one seeds in the draw,
and will look to the likes of
Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew
and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
to lead them out of the tough
opening stage.
The Black Stars struggled at
times in Brazil last year and were
not entirely convincing in Afcon
qualifying, but Avram Grant will
be hoping their recent form in
this competition, which has seen
them reach at least the semifinals in the last four editions,
will provide a platform for them
to go deep once more.

However, Shakes Mashaba has


turned around the fortunes of the
Bafana Bafana, who topped their
qualifying group, and prevented
Nigeria from defending their
title.
Star Player - Asamoah Gyan
While much is expected of
Algeria's Slimani in front of goal,
Asamoah Gyan's form could
well hold the key to Ghana's
entire campaign. It is highly
likely that a good tournament for
Ghana will be dependent on the
Al-Ain front man.
The 29-year-old captain has
netted six goals in four previous
visits to the finals, with his three
strikes in 2010 including the
winners in the quarter-final and
semi-final. He has a similarly
lofty level of club experience
gained during spells in the top
divisions of Italy, France and
England, which makes him the
Black Stars' go-to man.
Crunch match - Ghana v Senegal
There will be no time for teams
to get comfortable in this group,
with every point key given
the competitive nature of the
competition. And the opening
game of the pool on January
19 could well prove to be the
decider as the group pans out.
While losing the first fixture
is not always fatal, the team
coming out second best in
Mongomo will be playing catchup with Algeria still to play - an
inenviable position in anyone's
book. As a result, defeat is not an
option for either side.
Matches
19 January 2015 - Ghana v
Senegal (Match 5), Mongomo /
Algeria v South Africa (Match
6), Mongomo
23 January 2015 - Ghana v
Algeria (Match 13), Mongomo
/ South Africa v Senegal (Match
14), Mongomo
27 January 2015 - South Africa
v Ghana (Match 21), Mongomo
/ Senegal v Algeria (Match 22),
Malabo

GROUP C
AFCON
GROUP
C
PREVIEW: ALGERIA HEAD
COMPETITIVE GROUP
The Fennecs line up with Ghana,
South Africa and Senegal in
what is undoubtedly the most

RONALDO CONSIDERING
COMEBACK IN USA

F
Group D boasts the bookmakers'
favourites to win this year's
Africa Cup of Nations, Cote
d'Ivoire, but has plenty of other
fantastic storylines to offer too.
Cameroon and Mali will both
fancy their chances to go deep in
the tournament, while outsiders
Guinea will be hoping to pick up
a scalp or two along the way.
The favourites - Cote d'Ivoire,
Cameroon
To many people, the lack of
silverware for Cote d'Ivoire
over the past decade remains
one of football's great mysteries.
Despite boasting some of the
greatest African players of the
modern era, the Elephants have
significantly underachieved in
both the World Cup and the
Afcon.
While the draw has not been
their friend in the World Cup
overall, their failures in this
tournament are more stark. They
were finalists in 2006 and 2012,
and reached the semi-finals in
2008, but given the talent at
their disposal their fans naturally
expected them to go all the way
at least once.
This time around they have as
good a chance as ever. They have
some of the greatest firepower
available on the continent in the
likes of Wilfried Bony, Gervinho,
Salomon Kalou and Yaya Toure,
who was recently named African
Footballer of the Year for 2014.
Add to that a midfield filled with
both power and panache and a
hugely experienced defensive
department, and it is clear to
see why so many back them to
finally break their 23-year duck
in the continental competition.
Cameroon may not be stocked
with the wealth of talent they
enjoyed in the 1980s and at
the turn of the century, but
coach Volker Finke will still
be confident of taking the
Indomitable Lions into the
knockout phase at the very least.
Without Samuel Eto'o, Sevilla
midfielder
Stephane
Mbia
dons the armband for his
country these days. He will
find himself carrying much of
the responsibility for his side's
progression, while they will look
to strikers Eric Maxim ChoupoMoting and Vincent Aboubakar
for goals.

GROUP D
AFCON
GROUP
D
PREVIEW: COTE D'IVOIRE
TARGET
OVERDUE
SUCCESS

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focus placed on home-based


players. Compared to recent
competitions, there is far less
expectation surrounding Bafana
Bafana this time around, while
the tragedy of goalkeeper Senzo
Meyiwa's October 2014 murder
lives in the memory.

The outsiders - Senegal, South


Africa
There was a good reason for
Senegal being the Pot 4 team
that nobody wanted to draw, with
their status as Africa's fourthhighest ranked nation ignored
by CAF administrators because
they finished runners-up in a
tough qualifying group that saw
Egypt miss out.
They promise to give Algeria and
Ghana a real run for their money,
with many of their players
enjoying successful seasons
with impressive European clubs.
Much may depend on the fitness
of Southampton's in-form Sadio
Mane in the final reckoning,
though.
Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba's
South Africa have nothing
like the cosmopolitan feel
of the Senegalese, with the

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The outsiders - Mali, Guinea


Seydou Keita may well still be
turning it on when called upon
for Roma in Serie A, but aside
from the veteran skipper there
are few men in the Mali from

whom a whirlwind tournament


is expected. Giant target man
Cheick Diabate misses out after
suffering a knee injury so Metz
striker Modibo Maiga, on loan
from West Ham, will be crucial
if Henryk Kasperczak's side are
to progress into the quarter-finals
and beyond.
Guinea, meanwhile, are clear
outsiders in Group D, having
failed to qualify for two of the
previous three editions. With
no Ismael Bangoura in their
final 23-man squad, Sheffield
Wednesday's Kamil Zayatte is
their most capped player with
just 46 to his name. Michel
Dussuyer has also picked more
teenagers than thirty-somethings
in a relatively inexperience
selection.
Star Player - Yaya Toure
Having recently been named
as the best player in Africa for
a fourth successive year, much
is expected of Yaya Toure
in Equatorial Guinea. The
Manchester City man has been
a driving force for both club
and country in recent years,
and a strong tournament for the
midfielder could well go much of
the way to securing the crown for
the Elephants.
After a career-best goalscoring
campaign in 2013-14, Toure is
again in the goals domestically.
Add in the fact he has scored
nine of his 17 career international
goals in the Africa Cup of
Nations, including four in the
finals tournament, and a healthy
contribution in the final third can
also be expected.
Crunch match - Mali v Cameroon
While Cote d'Ivoire should have
enough to come out on top of
the group with a little to spare,
it will be crucial for the hopes
of the rest to take points off one
another. As such, neither Mali
nor Cameroon will want to get
off to a bad start in Malabo on
January 20, with a loser being
left with an uphill battle to
progress to the quarter-finals.
Both teams will be looking to
get off to a good start in order to
make their clash with the group
favourites a bonus rather than a
win-or-bust contest.
Matches
20 January 2015 - Cote d'Ivoire v
Guinea (Match 7), Malabo / Mali
v Cameroon (Match 8), Malabo
24 January 2015 - Cote d'Ivoire
v Mali (Match 15), Malabo /
Cameroon v Guinea (Match 16),
Malabo
28 January 2015 - Cameroon
v Cote d'Ivoire (Match 23),
Malabo / Guinea v Mali (Match
24), Mongomo

ormer Brazil star


Ronaldo could make
a comeback with Fort
Lauderdale Strikers,
four years after hanging up his
boots.
Ronaldo was unveiled as a
new member of the Strikers'
ownership group on Wednesday,
with reports in Brazil claiming
he has purchased 10 per cent of
the club that plays in the United
States' second-tier National
American Soccer League.
While the 38-year-old has not
played professionally since
2011, the two-time World Cup
winner has revealed he wants to
start training again in the hope
he might be able to pull on Fort
Lauderdale's red-and-yellow
shirt in the 2015 season.
TENSIONS MOUNT FOR LUIS
ENRIQUE AHEAD OF COPA CLASH

uardiola,
Klopp,
Koeman,
De
Boer, Pellegrini?
Speculation over
who will be Barcelona's coach
next season continues with new
names in the frame seemingly
every day. One thing, however,
is almost certain - it won't be
Luis Enrique.
With elections to take place
in the summer, only a win
for current chief Josep Maria
Bartomeu could conceivably
keep the Asturian coach in a
job. That is, of course, if the
44-year-old can complete the
season at the Catalan club.
And even that is not a foregone
conclusion following a recent
bust-up with Lionel Messi and
a deteriorating relationship
with the local media.
MANCHESTER UNITED SACK SCOUT
OVER ALLEGED RACIAL SLURS

anchester United
have
sacked
European scout
Torben Aakjaer
following an investigation into
alleged racial slurs made on
social media.
The 32-year-old was suspended
from duties on Wednesday
before having his contract
terminated by chief executive
Ed Woodward after receiving
evidence from The Guardian.
Aakjaer's Facebook account
contained a number of antiimmigration
messages,
including
comments
on
Denmark closing its borders
and the recent Charlie Hebdo
attack in Paris.

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Buchanan,
Grand
Bassa
County he rationale behind
a local content act
continues to justify
the
increasing
importance for small domestic
and medium size enterprises
(SMEs) to ensure Liberians
control
their
countrys
economy. With the performance
of several Liberian Businesses
across the country in recent
years, it is becoming more
demanding for the National
Investment Commission (NIC)
to intensify its local content
policy initiative.
The policy which was launched
in 2014 by the NIC is expected
to provide more opportunities
for SMEs like the Fair Play
Construction and Business
Services based in the port city
of Buchanan.
Started2006 as a cement
retailer and later entered into
block making, Fair Play has
established its integrity as one
of the leading local construction
firms in Grand Bassa County,
thanks to several successful
contracts it has implemented
for steel giant, ArcelolMittal
Liberia.
Operating as a 100% Liberian
business, the CEO of the firm
said the decision to transform
the business into a construction
firm generated from the number
of customers they had and the
commitment they showed in
rendering services to clients.
Over the time when we saw
that there were need to establish
a
construction
company
because at that time we stated
having a lot of potency, so
we decided to get our article
of incorporation and since then
weve come this far, Matthew
Joe, CEO of the Fair Play
Construction and Business
Services told FrontPage Africa
in a recent interview.
Despite
the
challenges,
Liberian
businesses
face
in acquiring contracts and
sustaining efficiency while
providing services, Fair Play
says progress has come by often
due to the level of comment it
shows to clients in executing
contracts. Mr. Joe is confident
that Liberian business do not
need massive international
shareholders before making a
breakthrough.
Business
is
all
about
commitment and determination
if you want your business
to progress and serve as an
example for many other grass
root Liberian business, he
advised.
NICs local content policy is
intended to address the market
for Liberian products and
services, which are presumed
to be the missing element in
the countrys national policy
for domestic businesses and
with the reputation of Liberian
business like Fair Play and the
progress they have made over
the last couple of years, the
policy may make more impact
on the entire Liberian business
sector.
But with contention often
raised about Liberian business
capability of acquiring huge
loans from commercial banks
in other to pre-finance big
contracts, Mr. Joe argues that

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the poor performances of


Liberian businesses in the past
in paying back loans is hurting
current businesses who are

from several loan schemes


introduced by the Central Bank
of Liberia (CBL).
He
advised
Liberian

now committed and prepared


to change the perception. He
said to win a bid now means
your firm has to be able to prefinance a project, something he
said his firm can boastful of.
These days when you received
contracts, clients request that
you pre-finance, so these days
when clients give you the
contract they request that you
either pre-finance the contract
50% or 100% and your firm
must be efficient, he said.
It is true Liberian businesses
in the past time had not been
fair base on that we (firms)
that are in the business now are
suffering, he added.
Also aware of the challenges
SMEs face in acquiring
loans from the bank, the Fair
Play boss who is also the
Coordinator of the Liberia
Business Association (LIBA),
Grand Bassa Chapter, revealed
that his business has benefited

entrepreneurs to always have


a plan before applying for
loan which according to him
motivates LIBA to help acquire
the loan for the business.
Both LIBA and the CBL have
over the past couple of years
praised Liberian businesses
including SMEs for paying
loans on time.
But with evidence that the
future of many of these local
business heavily depends on
the effective implementation of
the Liberalization policy which
also relates to the local content
policy, firms like Fair Play are
modeling a system that many
other SMEs can replicate.
Since 2010, the company has
employed over 50 persons
and currently awards contracts
to 150 persons both in
Buchanan and Yekepa, Nimba
County where they are also
implementing several projects
for ArcelolMittal Liberia.

ArcelolMittal remains the


firms main client but it has
also implemented for foreign
companies like UMARCO,
CHICO,
AFCONS
and
Mahathai Liberia, Inc. amongst
several
other
companies
operating in Grand Bassa
County.
Fair Play has since 2010
implement several projects
for Mittal, putting projects
like pedestrians walkway,
warehouse and the fencing
of the concession area in
Buchanan, as its successes.
Based upon our commitment,
Mittal steel has interest in us so
much that whenever they have
contract we are always allow to
be one of the bidders and when
we bid we often bid within the
confine of their budget, the
Fair Play boss disclosed.
With 2014 already gone,
Fair Play Construction and

Business Services is gearing
up to showcase its appreciation
for its clients, workers
and others in the business
sector. Fair Play announced
during the week that it will
appreciate mainly its clients

for maintaining confidence in


Liberian businesses.
This is intended to appreciate
our clients for being willing
over the time for empowering
Liberian local contractor. They
have been Suring commitment
to the Liberalization law,
the firm said in a statement
released recently.
The local content policy
initiative is expected to
facilitate the formation of links,
extend and expand present
programs between foreign
and domestic enterprises in
the country, which is expected
to make the SMEs more
sustainable.
With the level of progress Fair
Play and several other Liberian
businesses
have
shown
especially in paying back loan
and effectively implementing
projects,
many
Liberians
supporting the local content
policy or act are demanding
more implementation from the
government.
Last year during the nationwide
consultation organized by the
House of Representatives on
the draft petroleum law, many

Liberians in Grand Bassa


highlighted local content as
their main concern with many
calling for local businesses to
completely provide technical
of hospitality services.
With international oil company
like Chevron seem prepare to
carryout massive activities in
Buchanan due to the presence
of a lay-down yard close
the Buchanan sea port, the
expectation is now high for
Liberian businesses to be given
priority.
The five main areas of the
policy includes oil and gas,
mining, agriculture, forestry
and infrastructure and NIC
has assured that with the local
content policy effective, small
businesses in the country will
be given priority.
Liberias
Investment
commission sees the aspiration
of the local content policy as
the beginning of enacting a
local content law, which will
require concessionaires and
foreign companies, to develop
domestic production and local
human capital and to promote
comprehensive growth.

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YOUR GUIDE TO AFCON 2015

The stars, the expectations and all the build up leading to Africas Premiere Event in Equatorial Guinea
GROUP A
AFCON GROUP A PREVIEW: HOSTS
EQUATORIAL GUINEA FACE TOUGH TEST
TO PROGRESS
Friday,

aving agreed to stage the tournament


after Morocco withdrew, the squad
has been left with the need to adapt to
a new head coach just days before the

finals begin
Equatorial Guinea saved the day by stepping in
as hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations, but their
preparations have been far from ideal.

Having agreed to stage this year's Afcon after


Morocco pulled out due to Ebola fears, they
changed head coach with the competition just
days away: Andoni Goikoetxea was fired without
explanation and replaced by the women's national
team coach Esteban Becker.
The favourites Congo and Gabon
Congo have Frenchman Claude Le Roy at the helm
and will be hoping his impressive record in seven
previous Afcon competitions will provide them
with the experience they need to go deep into the
tournament.

will be confident of at least progressing from a


relatively weak Group A after impressing in a tough
qualifying pool that also included South Africa,
Sudan and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Gabon qualified from a difficult group
including Burkina Faso, Angola and Lesotho, and
will hope to at least match their run to the quarterfinals in 2012.
The outsiders - Equatorial Guinea and Burkina
Faso
Equatorial Guinea's coaching disarray makes their
task even harder, despite the fact they will enjoy
home advantage.
Burkina Faso enjoyed a fairytale run to the final in
the 2013 Afcon where they were finally beaten by
Nigeria.
But they find themselves in a pool that contains
their qualifying group conquerors Gabon and a
Congo side under the stewardship of the wily
Afcon fox Le Roy.
Despite almost qualifying for the World Cup
Finals in Brazil and their 2013 Afcon heroics, this
tournament may prove a bridge too far for Burkina.

Le Roy has only failed to take his team to the last


eight once.

Star Player - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


(Gabon)

Congo last won the tournament in 1972 but

Lightning-quick forward Aubameyang, of Borussia

Dortmund, is the undoubted star of Gabon's team.


Aubameyang scored both of his nation's goals in
their 2-0 win over Burkina Faso during qualifying
and will undoubtedly be a handful for defenders
throughout the tournament.
Crunch match - Gabon vs Congo
January 21's clash between the favourites to
progress from Group A is likely to decide who wins
the pool and therefore takes on the runners-up from
Group B.
Matches
January 17, 2015 - Equatorial Guinea vs Congo,
Bata / Burkina Faso vs Gabon, Bata
January 21, 2015 - Equatorial Guinea vs Burkina
Faso, Bata / Gabon vs Congo, Bata
January 25, 2015 - Gabon vs Equatorial Guinea,
Bata / Congo vs Burkina Faso, Ebebiyin
GROUP B
AFCON GROUP B PREVIEW: TUNISIA
FACE STRIKER CRISIS
Champions 11 years ago, Tunisia's Africa Cup of
Nations 2015 preparations have been hit by a lastminute striker shortage.

Edam Rjaibi and Ahmed Akaichi have been called


up as replacements for the injured Fakhreddine
Ben Youssef and Saber Khalifa, who both suffered
muscle injuries during their side's warm-up friendly
against Algeria on Sunday.
The loss of both of their favoured strikers is a huge
blow to the North Africans who were one of the
tournament favourites.
Akaichi has been rebuilding his reputation back
home in recent years after a tough spell with
German second-tier side Ingolstadt, while Rjaibi's
only previous international experience is as an
unused substitute in friendlies last season, meaning
national coach Georges Leekens has a tough choice
ahead of him.
The favourites - Tunisia and Cape Verde
Despite the loss of the strikers that fired them to a
place in Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia should have too
much quality in their squad for the rest of Group B.
They came through qualification unbeaten in a
group that included fellow finalists Senegal and
continental powerhouses Egypt.
Cape Verde were a surprise package of the 2013
Afcon where they made it to the quarter-finals.
But nobody should be surprised if the tiny island
nation make it at least that far this time too, with
young striker Ryan Mendes, who participated in
the Europa League with Lille this season, a major
threat.
The outsiders - Zambia and Democratic Republic
of Congo
Zambia traded blows with Cape Verde in Afcon
2015 qualification, with both winning their home
matches, as the island nation pipped the 2012

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