Wednesday 17 January 2018
(New Democrat 06/27/13)
Though Côte d’Ivoire has officially been at peace for over two years, many of the nearly 60,000 refugees who remain in Liberia are settling in for the long haul, citing continuing instability, violence and fear of political persecution in their home country. Indeed, two years after the end of the conflict, camps like PTP, near Zwedru in eastern Liberia, are still growing. At 3am on the 21 March 2011, rebel fighters affiliated with the current Ivoirian president, Alassane Ouattara, overran the town of Blolequin in western Côte d’Ivoire. Among the thousands who fled in the early hours of the morning, most with little more than the clothes they were wearing, was Gibao Jerome. His younger brother was killed during the...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/27/13)
Liberia's Minister of Commerce, Axel Addy said government cannot regulate prices due to many complicated economic variables that are difficult to apply in Liberia but can only monitor prices. Minister Addy was speaking during a panel discussion at a Food Enterprise Development (FED) workshop which is being held in Gbarnga, Bong County for community radio journalists. Said Minister Addy: "We (Liberia) import everything, we import most of our foods and because of this we are limited in terms of what we can do to control the price of food. We spend so much of our foreign exchange on buying food. So this is why the FED program is a unique program which is helping local farmers grow more food." "To...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/27/13)
On Wednesday, June 26, 2005, we published a story on the rejection by the Liberian Senate of a bill to adequately empower the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission or LACC to prosecute individuals in public service indicted for corruption. The bill had recently been passed by the House of Representatives and forwarded to the Liberian Senate for concurrence as required by law, but was thrown out by the Senate's Plenary to the disappointment of the House. The story, under the caption: LACC Prosecutorial Bill Rejected, Senate Pro-Tempore Milton Findley was quoted as justifying that since the Executive Branch, through the Ministry of Justice, was the prosecuting arm of the Liberian Government with which such power should rest, the Senate did not think...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/27/13)
As the debate for a dual citizenship for Liberians living abroad continues, members of the Lebanese Community here have also intensified their requests to be granted Liberian citizenship. The economy of Liberia is currently in the hands of Lebanese merchants whose investments here are in the tune of billions of United States Dollars, ranging from retail shops to real estates and hotels as well as industries. The President of the World Lebanese Culture Union, Mr. Ezzat N. Eid reinforcing the request Tuesday night told local journalists it was time that the Government of Liberia see reason to grant them (Lebanese) such status as naturalized citizens of Liberia. Mr. Eid with investments here worth over hundreds of millions across the country,...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/27/13)
The Managing Editor of the Front Page Africa news paper and the President of Press Union of Liberia have cited the failure of government to pay money its owes media institution as a key factor for the economic hardship the media is face with. At the program marking the closing of the Journalist for Human Rights, the Managing Editor of Front Page Africa Rodney Sieh said, that government inability to pay for their advertisement is hampering the media. Sieh said, despite the government refusal to pay media institution for their adverts, they [government] are demanding media outlets to pay taxes. Sieh said, president Sirleaf has created the impression that there is a press adding that if there were no peacekeeper...
(Bloomberg 06/27/13)
Soldiers of an African intervention force in Mali are deploying in the disputed northern town of Kidal before a presidential election next month. A company of almost 200 troops from Benin arrived over the weekend to secure the remote desert town previously held by ethnic Touareg rebels, Colonel Adoum Ramadane Baroua, chief of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, said in an interview in Gao, 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) north of the capital, Bamako. Mali, which vies with Tanzania as Africa’s third-biggest gold producer, has been riven with conflict for more than a year after Touareg insurgents with the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, known by its French acronym MNLA, joined forces with al-Qaeda-linked groups to gain...
(AFP (eng) 06/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is on life support in hospital, a family elder said, as South Africa's president cancelled a trip abroad following a visit to the revered anti-apartheid hero's bedside. "Yes, he is using machines to breathe," Napilisi Mandela told AFP late on Wednesday after he saw the 94-year-old in the Pretoria hospital where he has been treated for a recurrent lung infection for nearly three weeks. "It is bad, but what can we do," added the elder who usually presides over family rituals and meetings. President Jacob Zuma late Wednesday abruptly cancelled a trip to neighbouring Mozambique after he visited Mandela, who has been in critical condition for several days. It is the first...
(The Inquirer 06/26/13)
The Liberian Government, World Bank and development partners Monday launched the US$23.1m Small-holder Tree Crop Revitalization Support Project (STCRSP). This project will increase access to finance, inputs, technologies and markets for small-holder tree crop farmers in Liberia, and to develop a long term development program for the tree crops sector in six counties (Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Montserrado and Margibi), the country's main tree crop producing counties, a World Bank release issued here noted. Under the financing agreement, the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank is lending US$15m out of the overall US$23.1m project cost, which was approved by the Bank's Executive Board of Directors in June 2012. The Government of Liberia is contributing US$1.1m, while...
( 06/26/13)
Zwedru — Though Côte d'Ivoire has officially been at peace for over two years, many of the nearly 60,000 refugees who remain in Liberia are settling in for the long haul, citing continuing instability, violence and fear of political persecution in their home country. Indeed, two years after the end of the conflict, camps like PTP, near Zwedru in eastern Liberia, are still growing. At 3am on the 21 March 2011 rebel fighters affiliated with the current Ivoirian president, Alassane Ouattara, overran the town of Blolequin in western Côte d'Ivoire. Among the thousands who fled in the early hours of the morning, most with little more than the clothes they were wearing, was Gibao Jerome. His younger brother was killed...
(AFP (eng) 06/26/13)
It is over a week since Ruth Flomo was last able to walk, the bullet lodged in her leg an agonising reminder of the terror of being shot in crossfire during Liberia's bloody civil war 10 years ago. Flomo, then just a teenager, was caught in an exchange of fire between the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy and troops loyal to ex-president Charles Taylor as the conflict was nearing an end in 2003. "I am living with a bullet in me," the 28-year-old said, her voice gentle and supplicating, as she held the back of her scarred thigh while resting in an armchair at her home in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. "We were fleeing when a stray bullet...
(Bloomberg 06/26/13)
Peter Toe used to carry an assault rifle in one of convicted warlord Charles Taylor’s “small boy units” during Liberia’s civil war. Now he sleeps at a graveyard robbing the dead and selling their coffins to earn money. He’s one of tens of thousands of young people who’re missing out on a growing postwar economy that has received $16 billion in foreign investment in mining and large-scale plantations since former banker Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first elected female president in 2005. “To survive, I sell the valuables we find on the dead,” Toe, who doesn’t know his exact age but reckons he’s in his 20s, said last month in an interview at the Palm Grove Cemetery in downtown Monrovia,...
(Voice of America 06/26/13)
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has given the green light for the transition from an African-led support mission in Mali to a full-fledged U.N. peacekeeping force. In April, the Security Council authorized the transition from the 6,000-strong African force known as AFISMA, which deployed to Mali in January, to become a U.N. peacekeeping mission on July 1, as long as security conditions are conducive for the transfer of authority. On Tuesday, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who chairs the council this month, told reporters that members believe the country is ready for such a mission. “There was unanimous agreement by Security Council members that we should move to the next phase of Mali’s recovery with the deployment of...
(Front Page Africa Online 06/26/13)
There seems to be some level of tussle between the executive and the Legislative branches regarding whether to keep the Ministry of National Security opened or lock its doors and throw away the keys for good. FrontPageAfrica has learned that the National Security Agency(NSA) has been at loggerheads with the Ministry of National Security for quite some time with some suggestions among security circles that the NSA has been feeling jittery and suggesting to the presidency that the two agencies were duplicating functions. One source however informed FPA recently that the NSA's main beef with the MNS lies on the agency's unwillingness to have another security agency watch over its back and serve as a check and balance, ensuring that...
(Voice of America 06/26/13)
More than 300 albinos in Liberia have received free treatment for skin cancer prevention as part of a new government initiative. The U.S.-based National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation says that albinos living in tropical regions, such as West Africa, are at increased risk of developing skin cancer. Albinos in West Africa have long faced severe discrimination and rejection in their communities. A lack of pigmentation in their skin not only makes them look different, but also puts them at an increased risk for skin cancer and blindness. The president of the Liberia Albino Society (LAS), Patricia Logan, says the number of Liberian albinos who die from cancer has been on the rise. "Skin cancer is killing all our people...
(The Informer Online 06/26/13)
Deplorable sanitary condition in Samukai Camp, a former displaced camp in Upper Caldwell Township, has left one person dead and two others affected. The deceased identified as Philip Karim, believed to be in his forties, is said to have died recently from a serious 'running stomach' while being rushed to a nearby clinic. Residents of the area told WASH Reporters & Editors Network of Liberia that two others including a 7-year old child have suffered severe running stomach for a week now, but were rescued by the nearby clinic, where they got treatment. It is not clear whether the latest cases are the result of diarrhea or cholera, but residents said the developments have been triggered by fresh outbreak of...
(Dw-World 06/25/13)
It’s been ten years since the end of the civil war in Liberia. The country is still fragile, struggling with economic difficulties. Now a reconciliation plan has been launched, fronted by soccer star George Weah. Liberia suffered a brutal civil war but has been relatively peaceful for nearly ten years now since the end of military hostilities in 2003. However, the West African nation remains polarized, struggling to achieve reconciliation, sustain peace and improve the economic condition of its citizens. A new process intended to ensure genuine peace and reconciliation was kick-started on Thursday 20 June 2013, in the capital Monrovia, dubbed the Liberia Peace Initiatives. This national roadmap for reconciliation in Liberia was drawn up by the government and...
(The Newdawn Liberia 06/25/13)
Finance Minister, Amara Konneh says the Government of Liberia has failed in its revenue contingent or revenue for this fiscal year. Minister Konneh told members of the Ways, Means and Finance Committee of the House of Representatives Monday in the Richard Tolbert Joint Chamber of the Capitol Building that the government did little in meeting its fiscal projection for the budget 2012/13 national budget, noting that as a result of the shortfall, the government has no option to borrow monies from foreign partners. Narrating further, the Finance Minister indicated that borrowing from friendly organizations was not the problem, but the rightful channel should be followed. “We did not do well on the contingency of this budget; so the option was...
(AFP (eng) 06/25/13)
Liberian football great George Weah has been joined by legends of the game from across Africa to promote reconciliation in his homeland more than a decade after civil wars which killed 250,000 people. Weah, who was recently chosen to be Liberia's Peace Ambassador, invited Cameroonians Roger Milla and Patrick Mboma, JJ Okocha of Nigeria and Cyril Domoraud of Ivory Coast for a glittering exhibition match in the capital Monrovia on Saturday. "I know my job is very difficult but I want you all... to join me in sending the message of peace to our people. My appeal to you all is to help me achieve peace," Weah said as he launched a campaign for post-war reconcilation. Thousands of Liberians enjoyed...
(Voice of America 06/25/13)
Liberia's national police force (LNP) has begun an intensive recruitment program across the country aimed at women. The effort is part of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, which calls for women to make up 20 percent of the police, the army, and other security forces by the end of 2013. Gender-based violence, including sexual assault, has long been a problem in Liberia. The police have been criticized in the past for poor management of the cases. The LNP says it now hopes to improve its response to gender-based violence by recruiting more women to work in their Women and Children Protection Unit, where officers are specifically trained to handle cases related to sexual abuse and domestic violence. LNP spokesperson Sam...
(Ventures-Africa 06/25/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Ghana’s oldest and biggest bank by profitability, the Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB), will in the next few months expand its operations into three other West African countries. The bank which recently rebranded from Ghana Commercial Bank to GCB says it will leverage on this new brand to start operations in other markets. This was disclosed by the Board Chairman of the bank, Dr Fritz Gockel, at a dinner and awards night to celebrate the bank’s 60th Anniversary in Accra over the weekend. GCB, which has the most number of branches in Ghana, 158 in total, registered an impressive profit growth last year of GH¢192.8 million ($96 million) for the year 2012. This represents a profit before tax...

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