Fixed But Flooded: Monrovia’s Streets Still Impassable On Rainy Days

July 30, 2010

Source: FrontPage Africa

07/30/2010 – Nat Nyuan Bayjay,

SOAKY ROADS: While critics continue to blame the Chinese firm for poor drainage system resulting into such situations, both the Ministry of Public Works and their Chinese partner continually cite the issue of the rehab works being just the first phase with full rehab works expected to resume as soon as the rainy reason ends.

Commuters and probably pedestrians’ previous thoughts of having their worries of Monrovia’s streets that were in terrible and bad shapes being remedied seem far from over.

Despite the first phase of the rehabilitation works done on the principal streets of the capital by the Chinese Construction Company (CICO) after winning the bid to do so, every downfall of rain renders most of the city’s streets either heavily flooded or impassable, remaining so until after several minutes even after the rain stops.

The situation is increasingly becoming worrisome for the public for the busy and commercial streets in Central Monrovia that underwent CICO’s first phase of rehabilitation. The floods are mainly concentrated at the intersections of major streets, making most vehicles that are low and not built-up to most often dodge the affected areas which they do with little success due to the situations being the same almost in every location in the city center.

Among the regularly affected areas are the intersection of Broad and Lynch Streets which extends further to the DHL Office and the National Headquarters of the ruling Unity Party, the intersection of Randall and Broad Streets which results into the formation of deposited body of water at the corner of the two commercial streets as the water tries to force its way down Randall and Carey Streets, and the Carey Street portion where the famous Atai shop is located, among others.

While critics continue to blame the Chinese firm for poor drainage system resulting into such situations, both the Ministry of Public Works and their Chinese partner continually cite the issue of the rehab works being just the first phase with full rehab works expected to resume as soon as the rainy reason ends.

But critics have refused the excuse of the poor drainage being the result of the first phase as they say that the first phase of the rehab work in no way should mean the streets being flooded.

“Yes, thank you, man for taking the picture. Put it in the media so that they can know that they have not done a good job here and they should not continue to tell us that because there is a second phase of the work remaining that we should always be walking in water in the city whenever it rains”, said an angry pedestrian to the FrontPageAfrica’s reporter as he tip-toed in maneuvering his way of the flooded corner of Randall and Broad Streets while passing vehicles struggled to make their left and right-turns.

Rehabilitation of the pothole-ridden city streets of Monrovia is part of the World Bank’s 10-year infrastructure projects for the post-conflict economy as the country faces the enormous challenges of reconstructing and constructing roads.

CICO is undertaking the rehabilitation of the streets of Monrovia under an agreement signed between the Government of Liberia and the Bank, as part of the country’s Infrastructure Fund being managed by the Bank.

While President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s inspection tour in April of this year of then ongoing rehabilitation work of the streets made her to express satisfaction over the pace of the work, it remains challenging on the Chinese construction firm’s part which also won the contract to re-construct the collapsed Via Town Bridge to curb Monrovia’s flood-prone city-center streets.

President Sirleaf during the tour commended the Public Works Ministry and Chinese engineers for working together to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation works.

The Chinese firm has also been rocked with workers’ complaints of low wages which prompted Public Works Minister, Samuel Kofi Woods, to give them assurance that his ministry was going to work with the relevant government agencies including the Ministry of Labor and the National Police to address some of their concerns.

Rehab works on Monrovia’s streets have over the months been greeted with mixed public views of both condemnations and delays on one hand and commendations on the other hand.

The project came to a standstill earlier this year in which government cited the slow pace of cash flow to the contractors, CICO, and its competing Chinese firm, the China Henan International Company (CHICCO) while the delay was further heightened by the country’s downpour of heavy rain.

The intensive rehab works have seen the removal and replacement of old ‘kotas’ and repairing and construction of drainages but much still desires to be done as Monrovia’s 1.3 million inhabitants, like the rest of the country’s population, still have about four or more months of rainfall and probably beyond, given the change in the country’s climatic conditions.


Report: Legislator Digs In County Funds; Firm Fails To Implement Project

July 30, 2010

07/30/2010 – Moses Varfee Kowo

Source: FrontPage Africa

Monrovia -

Ballah Zayzay, Representative of Margibi
New reports available to FrontPageAfrica show that some members of the Legislature are deeply involved with the administration of County Development Fund and in some instances organize their own corporate institutions with the hope of taking over a project in the county for implementation.

Reports say a Representative of Margibi County, Ballah Zayzay, has been found to have established his own Company, the Ballah Zayzay Construction Company, to implement a project on behalf of the County but failed to go ahead with the implementation of these projects in his home County.

Ballah Zayzay, Representative of Margibi County

There are reports that Representative Zayzay, a member of the County Legislative Caucus, failed to implement the project given to his company and also did not follow the Public Procurement and Concession Commission mandate.

Zayzay of district # 4 is said to have received more than US$50,000 to implement a project in Zauwein Town, Margibi County but failed to do so and the project was still standing incomplete as of May this year.

Also, according to an official of Margibi County, the Margibi County Lawmaker also appear to be caught in the audit report of the General Auditing Commission of Liberia and that entity might be recommending strong punishment for Representative Zayzay if he fails to provide expenditure and other supporting documentation in support of current audit examination.

According to the senior official of Margibi County, the audit might be asking the Ministry of Justice to take stronger actions against the Representative Ballah Zayzay for conflict of interest by using his position as a lawmaker to secure a contract from the county development fund in which he is part of those who are carrying out over sight of the project.

The lawmaker is said to have violated section 31(c) of the act creating the country public procurement commission enacted by the Legislature in 2005.

There are also reports that the Superintendent is being held responsible for violating sections of the PPCC act and the 2007/2008 budget law and the Ministry of Internal Affairs in awarding Liberia land contract to a company. Though the superintendent had said he will desist from awarding contracts to members of the Legislature.

Since the County Development Fund came into effect more than four years ago, the government of Liberia has spent close to US$15,000,000 to support locally driven projects in various counties in the country; but the government has largely not been able to attain the necessary force to ensure that those projects are implemented in these counties with persistent haul and poll between the county authorities and their lawmakers.

The Montserrado County Legislative caucus is currently calling on the General Auditing Commission to audit the former Superintendent of the County for allegedly using the County Development Fund.

No one County has got a successful implementation of the County Development Projects.

More than year ago the Superintendent of Bong Count y Rennie Jackson went back to his post after he agreed to restitute about US$10,000 following reports that the funds had been misappropriated.


PLAYING GAMES WITH LIBERIA’S FUTURE? Tyler, Wotorson Must Step Aside

July 30, 2010

07/30/2010 – FPA EDITORIAL

Source:  FrontPage Africa

ALEX TYLER AND CLETUS WOTORSON have two things in common these days: They both head bodies in the National legislature in post-war Liberia and both happen to be presiding over what is probably the most controversial piece of legislation in post-war Liberia, Threshold Bill viewed by many as a key component to the holding of the much-anticipated elections in 2011.

AFTER MONTHS wrangling over the legislation, House Speaker Alex Tyler recently called on the National Elections Commission to go ahead in making preparations for the holding of Legislative and Presidential elections later next year as members of both the Senate and the House moved to adopt a joint resolution to pass the controversial Threshold Bill with no county losing a seat while deciding that an additional nine seats will be awarded to five counties(Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Bassa).

THE SETTLEMENT yet to be set in stone leaves many unanswered questions and appears far from solving the Threshold dilemma.

TYLER’S VERDICT is already turning heads and is not sitting well with many of his peers in the House of Representatives. At least twenty senators signed the resolution and twenty-two Representatives voted to adopt the resolution which may lead to another try of signature from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who had previously vetoed the bill.

BESIDES the possibility of Sirleaf not signing the bill in its current state, some members of the House of Representatives have threatened to go to court on the Threshold Subject claiming that Speaker and some members of the Legislature were attempting to provide seats for constituencies where there should be no seats at the expense of the constitution of the Republic of Liberia.

TWO OF THOSE Representatives, Eugene Fallah Kparkar of Lofa County and Gabriel Smith of Grand Bassa County and Chairman of the House Elections Committee said they will move to the Supreme Court to seek redress on what they say is a deliberate attempt by their colleagues to circumvent the law.

IRONICALLY, the Senate resolution is suggesting that members of the Legislature among other things: “that the 64 electoral districts set-up and used by the National Elections Commission (NEC) for the conduct of 2005 presidential and Legislative elections shall remain constant. But for the purpose of the 2011 presidential and Legislative elections, each county shall retain the existing number of seats it has in the House of Representatives, except the counties of Bassa, Bong, Margibi, Montserrado and Nimba. Accordingly, nine (9) additional constituencies are hereby prescribed and established. The National Elections Commission shall reapportion such constituencies herein prescribed to the Counties specifically named in the resolution based on the fraction of a percentage contribution of the current seats each of the county herein named above to their total number of seats in the Legislature.”

SO WHERE do we go from here? It appears the bill is still in neutral gear with both Wotorson and Tyler apparently unable to break the ice and show leadership on the issue.

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS has been pledged by the United States of America to ensure that the 2011 elections is held in a peaceful and non-violent atmosphere. United States of America Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton during a recent visit to Liberia as part of a five African nation tour announced the US$17.5 million support from the United States of America to Liberia to strengthen the democracy of the post war country. Ironically, the most tension so far has come from elected lawmakers who should be responsible and show leadership by bringing this controversial legislation to a swift conclusion. So far, both Wotorson and Tyler have been toying with their peers.

JAMES FROMOYAN, Chairman of the National Elections Commission has persistently described the delay in the passage of the electoral threshold bill currently stalled at the National Legislature as one of the major hurdles to elections in 2011. “The fact that the National Legislature has not yet acted on this critical threshold bill is a major setback for the NEC work and we are of the conviction that the lawmakers will see wisdom in passing this bill without further delay”, the NEC Chairman appealed recently.

THE ELECTIONS Commission boss could not have been more right as he said, “We are already behind time, so it is important for them to pass this bill for us to begin doing the delineation of constituencies”.

THE BALL has been in the court of the Senate and House for sometime now. Passage of this bill is long overdue. Mr. Wotorson and Mr. Tyler must muster the courage to convince their peers about the urgency of the bill and end the playing game over an important piece of legislation now swirling in debates and uncertainty. If both leaders failed to deliver as they have done so far, they owe it to their constituents and the people of Liberia to step aside and give way to someone who can deliver. The looming 2011 elections will be much different from 2005 and those with seats on the line better watch out. Liberians will not be repeating the mistakes of 2005. It is about time that lawmakers recognize, take notice and pay heed to the cries of their people.


Mission Complete? TRC’s Verdier: “Ignore Recommendations & Perish”

July 30, 2010

07/30/2010 – Nat Bayjay
Source: FrontPage Africa

UNCEREMONIAL CLIMAX: While some of them, such as the South African TRC, have yielded positive results, the impacts of others were never felt with a fear that Liberia might be heading in similar directions. In the case of Liberia’s, the jury is still out over whether the Truth Commission’s work has been clouded in controversy or the victim of a post-war government unwilling or perhaps still struggling to accept the findings of a body of work detailing the horrors of a brutal civil war.

Monrovia –
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with the responsibility of promoting national peace, security, unity and reconciliation” by investigating more than 20 years of civil conflict in Liberia and to report on gross human rights violations that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and 14 October 2003 closed shop Thursday, officially climaxing a body of work still swirling in a state of uncertainty.

Although a vetting committee is currently interviewing members for the Independent Human Rights Commission, tasked with the the responsibility under the TRC Mandate, Article X, to ensure the full implementation of the commendations contain in the TRC’s final report, the commission’s work has been eclipsed in controversy since it recommended a ban from political activities of at least fifty former and current Liberian government officials, including President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Alarming declaration: ‘Do so at your own peril’

OBLIGATION TO LIBERIA

“This obligation to report to the Liberian people quarterly on the implementation of all recommendations of the TRC is imperative and vital to our continued drive for lasting peace and reconciliation. We urge her not to renege, but be strong in faith and do what is right so that this glorious land of liberty will continue to exist under God’s command”.

Jerome Verdier, Chairman, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, RL

On Thursday, Jerome Verdier, Chair of the under-fire commission held a news conference without any of his fellow Commissioners in sight, in an office that was once busy and active but now stands dejected, the Chairman of Liberia’s erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) did not only formally declare an end to the Commission’s work, but was cautious with this warning to Liberians: “Therefore, if we ignore the TRC Recommendations, we do so at our own peril”.

After a year and one month of the TRC’s submission of its Report to the National Legislature in accordance with the Act that created it, Verdier, whose chairmanship was characterized by both internal wrangling and accusations of being biased, told a delayed news conference in the capital Thursday that it is important for Liberia to take the TRC’s Findings and Recommendations as the way forward to seeing the country’s return to stability.

Verdier added: “For generations to come, we will be haunted by the ghosts of the past.”

The TRC was chosen over a war crime tribunal as the means of dealing with the country’s ugly and unforgettable 14 years of civil war following its end seven years ago; but the Commission’s more than four years of operations which were twice extended by the National Legislature, faced serious challenges including allegations of impartiality, non-payment of staffs and worst of all, dissenting opinions on the submitted Final Report from two of its commissioners.

A brainchild of the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) in 2003, the Commission was tasked to ensure the promotion of national peace, security, unity and reconciliation as its objectives and purpose by

means of investigating gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law as well as abuses that occurred. These included the Commission’s investigation of massacres, sexual

violations, murders, extra-judicial killings and economic crimes, such as the exploitation of natural or public resources to perpetuate armed conflicts, all which happened during the period January 1979 to

October 14, 2003.

Coordinating Committee Takes Over

While the TRC is officially closed, the Chairman of the erstwhile Commission disclosed the constitution of what he termed as the ‘TRC Coordinating Committee’ being established with two main objectives:

ensuring that Government pays the Commission’s outstanding liabilities and providing supervision leading to the establishing of the archive center.

Responding to whether the constitution of such an interim committee is not outside of the Act, Verdier replied: “Are you implying that all we have worked for such as the documentations of the entire process

should be left here to rot or eaten up by rats? Are you also suggesting that all those who entrusted us with their money should not be repaid?”

However, Section 47 of the Act states: “The archives of the TRC shall remain in the public domain except those records or documents classified by the TRC as “confidential” which shall remain classified for 20 years following the retirement of the TRC. This restriction extends to commissioners, staff and persons privy to such confidential and closed information by virtue of employment, assignment or their involvement with the TRC or otherwise”.

The composition of the ‘Coordinating Committee’ obviously consists of no ‘Anti-Verdier’ Commissioners in a committee that sees his close former workmates of Massa Washington, John Stewart, and Reverend

Gerald Coleman as Commissioners, leaving no room for his once-opposing former workmates in the persons of Councilor Pearl Brown-Bull and Sheikh Kafumba Konneh. Both former commissioners dissented on the Final Report.

Again chaired by Verdier, Nathaniel Kwabo, Elwood Netty, Felix Yallah, Millicent Garli and Thomas Demamu make up the rest of the ‘Coordinating Committee’ as Executive Secretary, Finance Coordinator, Finance Officer, Coordinator and Administrative Assistant respectively.

President Lagging Behind In Reporting

Section 48 of Article Ten of the Act that created the TRC mandates the Head of State to report to the National Legislature within three months of receipt of the report of the TRC, and on a quarterly basis

thereafter, as to the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations which has not been done satisfactorily from a TRC point of view.

A disappointed Verdier spoke frustratingly about the failure of meeting the statutory mandate of reporting to the National Legislature by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, herself an indictee of the Report which is recommending her for a three-decade ban from public life along with others.

“To date, Her Excellency, the President, is lagging behind in her statutory commitment to report quarterly on the implementation of the TRC Recommendations” Verider lamented, adding, “and not a voice including that of the National Legislature has been heard.”

Verdier bemoans what he termed as the entire country’s mute posture on the President’s non-performance on a “major duty should have happened more than a month ago”.

Though she did make her first quarterly report four months ago, Verdier criticized the manner in which Sirleaf did so, adding: “While not much was recognized in the President’s first quarterly ‘report’ in March 2010, it was noteworthy for recognizing the good work of the Commission on the future of Liberia”.

He continued: “This obligation to report to the Liberian people quarterly on the implementation of all recommendations of the TRC is imperative and vital to our continued drive for lasting peace and

reconciliation. We urge her not to renege, but be strong in faith and do what is right so that this glorious land of liberty will continue to exist under God’s command”.

Section 48 further states that the National Legislature shall require the Head of State to show cause in the case of non-compliance. It states: “All recommendations shall be implemented. Where the implementation of any recommendation has not been complied with, the Legislature shall require the Head of State to show cause for such noncompliance”.

‘Current Payment Laudable’

He disclosed during Thursday’s news conference that the Government has commenced the payment of the TRC’s liabilities, a situation which sparked rounds of public debate last week ,including that of the

National Legislature on the government’s refusal to pay the Commission whose official work ended over a year ago.

“The Government has commenced the payment of all TRC liabilities, for which we are exceedingly grateful as this is a major significant step towards full closure of this herculean enterprise”, he revealed.

The Liberian TRC joins over 30 other truth commissions established in 28 different countries of the world since the mid-1970s with eight African countries other than Liberia establishing truth commissions.

South Africa has had three truth commissions, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in 1995. Other African countries which have established such commissions are: Uganda (1974), Chad (1991), Nigeria (1999), Ghana (2002), Sierra Leone (2002), Democratic Republic of Congo (2003), and Morocco (2004) with negotiations are ongoing to establish one in Burundi.

While some of them, such as the South African TRC, have yielded positive results, the impacts of others were never felt with a fear that Liberia might be heading in similar directions. In the case of Liberia’s, the jury is still out over whether the Truth Commission’s work has been clouded in controversy or the victim of a post-war government unwilling or perhaps still struggling to accept the findings of a body of work detailing the horrors of a brutal civil war.


LIB WarCrimes 082108

July 30, 2010
ARCHIVES OF THE WICKED
(Meet Liberia’s Foremost Human Butcherers)

Massacre, Summary Execution, And Other Gruesome Acts From 1990-2003

Submitted to:
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia
DATE
EVENT
PLACE
ALLEGED MASTERMIND
ORGANIZATION
HISTORY
Feb/1990
Massacre & arson
Yarsonnoh, Nimba County
Capt. James Chelly, Hon. Donzo, Commissioner resident in Ganta
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
A group of AFL soldiers led by Capt. James Chelly, Hon. Donzo, Commissioner residing in Ganta, Massacred 71 persons in Yarsonnoh and burned 52 houses in that town.
Feb/1990
Massacre
Ganta, Nimba Co.
A group of soldiers headed by Edwin Voker, Commissioner of Sacleapea Mah, Vakaba Bility and Mr. Biabia
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
A group of AFL soldiers headed by Edwin Voker, Commissioner of Sacleapea Mah, Vakaba Bility and Mr. Biabia entered Karnwee, Nimba County and arrested 18 young men under the guise of being NPFL facilitators. The victims were taken to Ganta and murdered.
March/1990
Murder
Nimba County 
Paul Vaye, George Mansuo, and one Tarkpor
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
In March 1990 Paul Vaye, George Mansuo, Tarkpor Gweh and men assigned with them arrested Moses Duopue, Stephen Daniels and some of their family members and murder them in Tiaplay, Nimba County. They allegedly acted on the orders of the then Maj. Charles Taylor.
June/1990
Massacre
Monrovia,BTC
Moses Thomas, Moses Wright, James Chelly, George Dweh and Tailey
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
In June 1990, Moses Thomas, Moses Wright, James Chelly, George Dweh and Tailey, in consultation with President Doe, massacred 27 Gio and Mano families that were members of the AFL and residing at the BTC barracks. They were buried on the beach behind the BTC.
July 29,1990
Massacre
Monrovia, Lutheran Church
Edward Slangar, George Dweh, Moses Thomas, commander of the SATU & Gen. Tailey
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
on July 29,1990, Edward Slangar, George Dweh, Moses Thomas, commander of the SATU, Gen. Tailey & members of the AFL allegedly massacred over 500 persons at the Lutheran Church in Sinkor under the guise that they were Gios and Manos in that Church who were in support of NPFL advances on Monrovia and the overthrow of the Samuel Doe regime.
July/1990
Massacre
Bakedu, Lofa County
G. Anthony Mehn and  Joe Doe
National Patriotic Front of Liberia(NPFL)
in July 1990 ,G. Anthony Mehn, Joe Doe and their bodyguards murdered about 32 persons of the Mandingo ethnic group inBakedu Lofa County. The murderers were fighters of NPFL.
1990
Murder
Monrovia 
George Dweh
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
In 1990,George Dweh eliminated the Johnny Nah family in Monrovia.
August 2, 1990:
Massacre
Monrovia, JFK
George Dweh
Armed Forces of Liberia
On August 2nd,1990, George Dweh led a group of AFL soldiers to the JFK hospital and massacred 250 persons, most of who were Gios and Manos ethnic groups. majority of them were seeking refuge at the hospital compound while others were arrested at the gate that was placed on the boulevard at the hospital entrance.
1990
murdered
Wanlema, Lofa County
Gen. Jack the rebel
National Patriotic Front of Liberia
In 1990, Gen, Jack the rebel went to the remote town of Wanlema, Lofa County and murdered Chief Mamadee Kamara and family members.
Sept 10, 1990
Murder & massacre
Monrovia 
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia
On September 10,1990, the  INPFL, captured, totured and  butchered  ex-President Samuel K. Doe and massacred several others for alleged corruption .
1990
Murder
Caldwell 
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia  (INPFL)
In 1990, the INPFL killed one of Liberia’s musical celebrities, Tecumsay Roberts for  allegedly practicing homosexuality.
1990
Massacre
Freeport, Monrovia
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
1n 1990, the INPFL massacred more than 100 innocent civilians who had gone to seek food at the Freeport of Monrovia. He accused them of looting food.
1990
massacre
Bong Mines
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
1990, the INPFL killed 200 innocent persons on grounds of their alleged support for NPFL. This massacre was carried out at the orders of Gen. Prince Johnson
1990
Conscription and illegal recruitment of child soldiers
Caldwell base
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
In 1990, the INPFL under the brutal command of General Prince Johnson recruited and used child soldiers to wage reign of terror on innocent people, contrary to the Geneva Convention.
1990
Looting of banks and properties
Monrovia 
General Prince Y. Johnson
Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL)
In 1990, general Prince Johnson masterminded and ordered the looting of various banks in Monrovia. Stores at water side, ware houses at Freeport, were also affected.
May, 1991
Massacre
Zorzor, Lofa County
Mangouhb Menior of the NPFL murdered
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
In May 1991, Mangouhb Menior of the NPFL murdered 16 persons of the Mandingo and Gbandi ethnic groups in Zorzor. The victims were accused of being enemies of the revolution launched by Charles Taylor. Menlor was temporarily detained by Isaac Musa and later released on parole.
1991
Massacre
Kakata, Margibi County
An NPFL fighter code named “Mike Tyson”
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
In 1991, on Bong Mines Highway an NPFL fighter code named “Mike Tyson” placed 73 person in a house and burned them to death in a place called “compound” on the Kakata – Bong Mines Highway. The victims were arrested as suspected ULIMO fighters.
October 20, 1991
Murder
Zorgowee Town, Nimba County
Paul Vaye, Henry Kerdiah, George Mansuo and George Karsuo
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
on October 20, 1991: Paul Vaye, Henry Kerdiah, George Mansuo and George Karsuo arrested Jackson F. Doe in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, on the orders of Charles Taylor and murdered him in the Nimba Town of Zorgowee.
October,1992
murder
Gardnersville, Montserrado County
Christopher Varmo and Edward Wowah
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
in October 1992 during the infamous “Operation Octopus” launched by NPFL, five Catholic Nuns were murdered . Christopher Varmo and Edward Wowah carried out this operation.
October,1992
Summary Execution
Horton’s Farm, Kakata, Margibi County
Martina Johnson
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
in October 1992: Martina Johnson, NPFL artillery commander ordered the execution of 23 person arrested in Bong Mines as suspected fighters of ULIMO.
December 26,1992
Massacre
firestone, Margibi county
Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
on December 26, 1992: Joseph Zackor, alias “Gen. Zack”, Nixon Gayor, Francis Duanna and men assigned with them massacred 35 persons at the Firestone Plantations, division No. 31 while escaping the ULIMO incursion in Kakata.
January 2, 1993
Massacre
Voinjama, Lofa County
Cllr. Lavella Supuwood
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL)
On January 2, 1993,  Cllr. J Lavelli Supuwoo, ordered and witnessed the execution of 18 persons in Voinjama. The blood of the victims was drained in a white bucket for unknown reasons.
June 6/7,1993
Massacre
Carter camp, Margibi County
AFL(Black beret) under the command structure of Brownell J Samukai
Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL)
on June 6/7, 1993 as established by the  Wako commission, the AFL/Black beret under the command structure of Brownell J Samukai  slaughtered close to 600 men, women and children in cold blood from 0100hrs to 0300hrs. . The victims are said to be buried on the outskirts of the camp.
May 11, 1993
Summary execution
Gbarnga,Bong County
Saar Gbollie
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
on May 11, 1993: Saar Gbollie executed 17 persons in the Gbarnga MP cell while serving as deputy MP commander for the Executive Mansion Presidential Guard Force (EMPPGF). The victims were arrested in Lofa on suspicion of being ULIMO fighters.
August, 1993
Massacre
Ganta, Nimba County
Matthew Cheplay
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
in August 1993: Matthew Cheplay, commander of “Wild Geese” and his men killed 21 persons in Ganta while in route to Sinoe and wanted to loot fuel from a trader. This incident claimed the lives of William Gensee, the wife, and three children of Samuel Luogon.
August 19,1993
Massacre
LAC, Grand Bassa county
Coo-Coo Dennis
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
on August 19,1993: Gen. Coo coo Dennis killed 26 persons in LAC when they were accused of being supporters of LPC.
1993
Massacre
Greenville, Sinoe County
George Boley
Liberia peace Council(LPC)
in 1993 more than 100 human skeletons were discovered at theFrancis J. Grant Hospital in Greenville, Sinoe County. According to Mr. David Swen, the acting hospital administrator at the time, the skeletons were of people taken captive and slaughtered by LPC  upon the orders of George Boley in 1993.
1993
Murder
Vahum, Lofa County
Charles Taylor and Thomas Worwiyu
National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL)
in 1993, Six Senegalese ECOMOG soldiers were murdered by Oliver Varnie, Timothy Mulbah and Joe Doe in Vahun on orders of Charles Taylor and his then defense Minister J. Thomas Wuworyu following ECOMOG’s deployment in his controlled areas. Their bodies were dumped in a valley in Vahun and NPFL authorities refused to turn the bodies over to. It was based on persistent international pressure that the bodies of the six Senegalese were turned over to the ECOMOG High Command. Their bodies were flown to Senegal for proper burial.
January 15,1994
Massacre
Neeswen Town, Rivercess County
NPFL
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL )
on January 15, 1994 ,the NPFL fighters killed 32 persons after they were accused of being supporters of the LPC. The fighters were said to have entered the town at about 3:00am and began slaughtering occupants of houses marked by the LPC.
February,1994
Massacre
Kpakolokuya Town, Bong County in
iafa Normah
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL )
In 1994, Siafa Normah ordered the execution of 15 men in Kpakolokuya Town, Bong County during his term as army chief of staff of the NPFL. Abel Normah and Wogbagii implemented the order.
May,1994
Massacre
Gbarnga, Bong County
Cassius Jacobs.
National Patriotic Front of Liberia ( NPFL )
in May 1994, Andrew Koah, Alosius Sackie, Gaye Getteh, Saturday Tuah, J.J. Doeh, and Marcus Seebo tied 19 men in a Tarpolin and hung them over a pile of fire until they died. The culprits acted on the orders f Cassius Jacobs.
1994
Summary Execution
Zorzor, Lofa County
General Apolo J. Swen,
ULIMO
Summary Execution in Zorzor, Lofa County in 1994: General Apolo J. Swen, front line commander for ULIMO, murdered 69 POWs of NPFL in Lofa. More than 100 civilians were also murdered two days after.
June 19, 1994
Massacre
Moulton Corner, Brewersville, Montserrado County
Alhaji G.V Kromah
ULIMO-K
on June 19, 1994 Nine persons, including an entire family, upon the orders of Alhaji G.V Kromah, were slaughtered in the areas that was controlled by Mandingo fighters of ULIMO-K who recaptured the area from  Krahn fighters.
September, 1994
Massacre
Kpoloppai, Bong County
George Boley
LPC
In September 1994, LPC massacred about 300 persons “allegedly” when they fled the fighting in Gbarnga between ULIMO – K and NPFL.
September, 1994
Massacre
Phebe, Bong County
LPC
LPC
Massacre at Phebe, Bong County in September 1994 as reported by residents of the area: LPC allegedly massacred over 100 persons who were hospitalized and or seeking shelter at the Phebe Hospital after fleeing fighting between ULIMO –K and NPFL.
October/1994
Massacre
Duoh, Nimba County
Coo-Coo Dennis
National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL)
in October 1994, Chinese Japper, a then commander under Coo coo Dennis, murdered 86 persons in  while retreating from Bassa with about 1700 fighters escaping from LPC.
October,1994
Murder
Beilah, Bong county
Saturday Tuah
National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL)
in October 1994, On the orders of Saturday Tuah of the NPFL, Junior Vaye dumped the wife and children of James Glasco in the St. John River in Beilah during the fall of Gbarnga to ULIMO.
November
1994
Massacre
Sendin Crossing Point in Nimba County
Dominic Sayeh and Bleh Vah
National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL)
in November 1994: A group of NPFL soldiers led by Dominic Sayeh and Bleh Vah killed 176 persons at the Sendin Crossing Point in Nimba County. The victims were of the Bassa ethnic group.
November 11,
1994
Massacre
Ganta Nimba County 
General Liberty
National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL)
Massacre in Ganta Nimba County on November 11, 1994: General Liberty killed 21 unarmed boys in Ganta during the fall of Gbarnga. He accused them of being disguised ULIMO fighters.
December 15,
1994
Massacre
Cow Field, Duport Road, Montserrado County
Paul Vaye, Sam Lartee
National Patriotic Front of Liberia( NPFL)
on December 19, 1994, About 48 persons (civilians were massacred by Paul Vaye, Sam Lartee and other soldiers of NPFL, while they were asleep at their home. Cow Field, Duport Road in the Paynesville area. The bodies were buried in a mass grave in the Palm Grove Cemetery on Center Street.
January,1995
Murder
Grand Kru County 
Liberia Peace Council
LPC
in January 1995 as reported by Isaiah Momboe Sackor, Ni LURD commander alias K-1 ffu Borta Community Development Association/ The Inquirer Newspaper, January 3, 1995 Vol. 4 # 241: The Liberian Peace Council fighters killed 18 citizens
Sept. 27, 1995
Massacre
Tappita, Nimba County
Gen. Jack the Rebel
NPFL
on September 27, 1995 reported by JPC: Gen. Jack the Rebel acting upon the orders of Charles G. Taylor killed 105 persons in Tappita. These people were killed because they refused to give up their only sawmill in their town.
March, 1996
Massacre
Bokomu District, Fassama Town, Lofa County
Maj. A.C. Dorley held
ULIMO
In March 1996 as reported by an escapee/Monrovia Daily News Vol. 3 # 61: Several person lost their lives in six villages and towns by fighters of ULIMO. The commanders Maj. A.C. Dorley held separate meetings in the area at which time he accused the villages of being informants for the Lofa Defense Force (LDF) and retreating remnants of NPFL.
April 18,1996
Massacre
Zuanna Town/Bloun Town, Roycesville,Bomi County
ULIMO
ULIMO
in on April 18, 1996 as reported by several residents including the block leader/The News Newspaper, December 11, 1996 Vol. # 47: Twelve persons were killed when a group of fighters of ULIMO stormed the area and burned down the displaced camp and Karmo Town.
August, 1996
Massacre
BTC, Monrovia
AFL
AFL
Mass Grave found at Barclay Training Center (BTC) Beach, Central Monrovia, Montserrado County in August 1996 as reported by Chief Pathologist, Dr. Isaac Moss/ The National Chronicle, August 29-30, 1996 Vol. 1 #31: A team of medical doctors and health practitioners involved in the exhuming and reburying of dead bodies revealed that over 500 bodies were exhumed at the BTC beach and reburied at the Center Street Cemetery. Some of the people died from bullets or blunt objects while some were beheaded.
August,1996
Massacre
Matadi Estate, Airfield and
Unknown
Unknown
in August 1996 as reported by Chief Pathologist, Dr. Isaac Moss/ The National Chronicle, August 29-30, 1996 Vol. 1 #31: Mass grave were discovered in these areas by a team of medical doctors.
March 28, 1996
Massacre
Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County
ULIMO
ULIMO
On March 28, 1996, according to a UN press release issued by the Special Representative of the Secretary General Amb. Anthony B. Nyakyi, about 17 civilians were killed and many were injured while about 1000 civilians escaped the bloodbath. But other reports put the number at 25 to 48.
Sept., 1996
Murder
Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County
Unknown
Unknown
More Killing in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County in September 1996 as reported by fleeing residents/The Inquirer Newspaper October 4, 1996 Vol. 5 # 75: Unidentified fighters reportedly killed
1996
Brutal killings
Robertsport, Grand Capemount County
ULIMO
ULIMO
Nine prominent citizens of Robertsport were executed by men of ULIMO on  claims that their victims gave money to another armed group to attack their positions.
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October,1996
Gruesome Killings
seyon Town Bushrod Island 
Unknown
Unknown
in October 1996 as reported by residents of Seyon Town/The News Newspaper October 18, 1996 Vol. 7 # 24: Three ex-combatants who had lured the market women from the Freeport of Monrovia where they had gone to buy rice and bulgur wheat slaughtered the two women; Doris Dekeh and Louis (surname not known). The three after they had killed the women, sprinkled kerosene on their remains, covered them with tires and set them ablaze. LD $2500 was taken from them.
December 11, 1996
Massacre
Zuanna Town Bloun, Royesville, Bomi County
ULIMO-J
ULIMO-J
in Zuanna Town Bloun, Royesville, Bomi County on December 7, 1996 as reported by the News Newspaper December 11, 1996 Vol. 7 # 47: Eight persons were killed. ULIMO-J is accused of committing the act.
November 28, 1997
Murder
Gbarnga, Bong County
Benjamin Yeaten
NPFL
on November 28, 1997 an opposition politician and former Deputy Speaker of the TLA, Samuel Saye Doke, his wife Janet, his sister Serena and nephew Emmanuel Voker were arrested at a security checkpoint in Gbarnga while in route to Sanniquellie, Nimba County to attend a welding. It was alleged that the SSS Director, Benjamin Yeaten ordered their arrest. Following their arrest, Mr. Dokie was brought to Monrovia for investigation and subsequently take back to Gbarnga. Three days later, the burnt bodies of the Dokies, the government said it never ordered the arrest of Mr. Dokie. The SSS Director, Benjamin Yeaten, however, admitted ordering Mr. Dokie’s arrest, but not his murder. Yeaten was temporarily relived of his post to assist in the investigation. The court for lack of evidence acquitted two security personnel Richard Saydee and Kennday Fineboy, who had been named as prime suspects. Their bodies are said to be buried around a place called Barbecue Corner on the Gbarnga-Kokoy Road
December 16,1997
Murder
Free port, Monrovia
State security
GOL
on December 16,1997 as reported by eyewitnesses: Daniel Nyankan, a businessman was found dead around the Freeport of Monrovia with bruises all over his body. His death sparked off controversy, with the police authorities accusing ECOMOG soldiers of killing Nyankan. Family sources, however, quoted eyewitnesses as saying that state security forces killed Nyankan after he had been severely flogged.
April,1998
Massacre( pregnant woman and others buried alive)
Zorzor, Lofa County
NPFL
NPFL
in April 1998 as reported by Zorzor citizen youth leader George/ The Heritage, April 28-30, 1998 Vol. 2 #53: NPFL fighters killed several people including pregnant women. The youth leader (George) claimed that the victims’ hands and legs were tied before they were buried alive in shallow, thin graves of about three to four feet deep.
June 28, 1998
Murder
Paynesville, Montserrado County
SSS personnel
GOL
on June 28, 1998: Nowai Flomo, a market woman, disappeared from her residence in Kpelle Town, Paynesville. She was allegedly abducted from her house at about 11:00am by nine officers of the SSS, led by one David Daniel, who had gone to visit Ms. Gormie Jartu, a housemate of Ms. Flomo. The SSS officers allegedly murdered her after an exchange of words over the manner in which the security personnel drove in the yard. Her corpse has not been found. The police later released all those arrested in connection with the disappearance for what the police termed “lack of evidence”.
Sept. 18,1996
Massacre
Johnson Road, Monrovia 
Security forces
GOL
on September 18, 1998 as reported by resident in the Camp Johnson Road Area: State Security forces attacked Gen. Roosevelt Johnson, a former warring faction leader, on Camp Johnson Road. The government within 24 hours gave three different reasons for the invasion, which eyewitness accounts say, claimed the lives of over 100 persons. The government put the casualty figures at 53. The government first said that its security forces went to evict illegal occupants in private houses when they came under attack. Then, State Security Officials alleged that they were on patrol in the Camp Johnson Road area when they came under attack from supporters of Gen. Johnson.
September 19, 1998
Massacre
Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia 
Col. Junior Fania, Leo Jebo, Saa Gbollie, Joe Tuah, General Eric Sway, and Arthur saah
GOL
On September 18th, President Taylor ordered the eviction of Mr. Roosevelt Johnson from his residence. Several persons of the Krahn ethnic tribe ran into the Episcopal Church. SSU allegedly executed about 1500 persons, mostly young men at dawn of September 19, 1998. Col. Junior Fania, Leo Jebo, Saa Gbollie, Joe
August 11, 1999
Massacre
Nikagabozu, Lofa County
LURD/NPFL
LURD/NPFL
about 100 persons were massacred  in Nikagabozu. This was believed to be a reprisal of a recent massacre of elders and Chiefs of Lawalazo by dissident forces (LURD) when they entered Liberia on August 11, 1999. The students blamed the massacre squarely at the feet of Defense Minister, Daniel Chea as a result of an interview he granted the BBC Journalist Robin White.
October 10,1999
Massacre
Swen, Bomi County
Siafa Norman
NPFL
on October 10, 1999: Siafa Norman massacred about 20 civilians who were accused of being LURD supporters in Swen Mechan District, Bomi County.
January 2000
Massacre
Zorzor District, Lofa County
Security forces
GOL
Massacre in Bawon Town, Zorzor District, Lofa County in January 2000 as reported by UL students from Quardu-Gboni Mandingo Chiefdom/New Democrat Newspaper, February 4-7, 2000 Vol. 6 #145: Armed militiamen massacred 18 persons of the Mandingo ethnic group in Lofa County. Government announced an investigation into the extra-judicial killings, but nothing was heard beyond the announcement.
January,2000
Massacre
Gbarnga, Bong County
Melvin Sobani
GOL
in January 2000: Melvin Sobani ordered the execution of 26 unarmed civilians in Gbar, Bomi County. They were accused of being supporters of LURD
May,200
Summary Execution
Voinjama, Lofa County
Joe Gbala
LURD
in May 2000: Mr. Joe Gbala ordered the execution of 42 captives in Voinjama. They were considered GOL soldiers who had surrendered in a battle between John Town and Zorzor. Others were brought from Foyah
March,2001
Summary Execution
Kornia, Lofa County
Momo Jebah
ATU
in March 2001, Momo Jibba ordered the execution of 14 persons in Kornia, Lofa County when GOL recaptured the town from LURD. He also planned and executed the death of François Massaquoi, the then Youth and Sports Minister.
June 9,2002
massacre
Bopolu, Gbarpolu County
Sekou Damante Conneh
LURD
on June 9, 2002, Ofourie Jay alias “Iron Jacket” upon orders of Sekou Damante Conteh , massacred 110 young men and women in Bopolu, Gbarpolu county. They were accused of being sympathizers of GOL
July 20,2002
Massacre
Tubmanburg, Bomi County
Benjamin Yeaten
GOL
in Marhair River Bridge, on July 20, 2002 as reported by two of the survivors, about 175 persons were massacred allegedly on the orders of Gen. Benjamin Yeaten. They claimed that the people were sympathizers of LURD.
Sept. 18, 2002
Summary Execution
Congo Town Monrovia
Charles Taylor, Jr
ATU
on September 18, 2002: Isaac Gono of the ATU, Chief Driver of Charles Taylor, Jr. “Chucky”, was beaten to death on the morning of September 18, 2002 for allegedly hitting a dog with Chucky’s car.
October 21, 2002
Incursion into Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast 
Charles G. Taylor
on October 21, 2002: Charles Taylor mandated Benjamin Yeaten Joe Tuah, Liaison officer, Edward T. Zamay, Training Officer, Walloe, death squad commander, Osebo Demain, logistics officer, and Matthew Karn, artillery commander to cross into Ivory Coast to assist Felix Doe, leader of the Western Rebel, as mercenaries
February 28, 2003
Massacre
Toe’s Town, Grand Gedeh County
General Gbor Vaye
GOL
on February 28, 2003 as reported by JPC Monitor/The Inquirer Newspaper, March 17, 2003 Vol. 13 #39/ The News Newspaper, March 17, 2003 Vol. 14 #222: General Gbor Vaye of the GOL slaughtered three employees of the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) namely: Kara Lund, a Norwegian, Arty. Emmanuel Sharply, a Liberian and Country Director, and driver Muse Keita, another Liberian were massacred while in route to Maryland County to pay their employees. The perpetrators were never brought to justice
June 4, 2003
Murder
Paynesville, Montserrado County
Gen. Benjamin Yeaten.
GOL
Murder in Paynesville, Montserrado County on June 4, 2003 as reported by the deceased wives and relatives: The Deputy Ministers for National Security and Public Works, John Yormie and Isaac Vaye were arrested on the night of June 4, 2003 by a group of armed men under the command of one “Bababa” of the SSS which it was alleged he was acting on the orders of Gen. Benjamin Yeaten. They were allegedly brought to Monrovia, interrogated and later driven back on the Gbarnga-Ganta highway (CNC Logging Company area) and later killed. Their bodies were allegedly dropped on the train track by a container in the Ganta area. Their wives are demanding their bodies to give them a befitting burial
May 26, 2003
Massacre
Gbarn, Nimba County
Adolphus Sampson
GOL
on May 26, 2003: Adolphus Sampson, special bodyguard to Gen. Benjamin Yeaten murdered a family of five at the railroad bridge near Gbarn, Nimba County upon seeing then with $75,000LD, and two pieces of diamonds
May 2003
Summary Execution
Lofa Bridge 
Sekou Kromah
LURD
In May 2003,General Sekou  Kromah and his men murdered 24 persons on Lofa Bridge. The victims were arrested in the Tubmanburg area and charged with reconnaissance. On the same day,  the perpetrator forced a boy to killed his father and suck up his brains.
June-July 2003
Summary execution
Monrovia 
Lomax, artillery crew commander of Wild Geese and Marcus High Grade
GOL
Summary execution in Monrovia in June-July 2003: Lomax, artillery crew commander of Wild Geese, Marcus High Grade, bodyguard to Yeaten and Nyan murdered 42 persons on the Johnson Street Bridge for looting. The victims were accused but never tried.
June 9, 2003
Summary Execution
Stockton Creek bridge, Monrovia
Charles Taylor, Jr.
ATU
on June 9, 2003, Charles Taylor, Jr. “Chucky” murdered 18 persons at the Stockton Creek Bridge. Gen. Roland Duo men arrested these people as POW of LURD.
July, 2003
Massacre
Combat Camp
Gen. Yeaten
GOL
in July 2003: Marcus High Grade and Gola-Red acting on instruction of Gen. Yeaten transported 78 wounded soldiers from Monrovia to Combat Camp, under pretense of going to pay them and killed them. The victims were demanding to be paid by Charles Taylor.
July, 2003
Summary Execution
Klay, Bomi County
Cllr.J  Laveli Supuwood
LURD
in July 2003, General Abbas of LURD ,said to be acting upon the orders of Cllr. Laveli Supowood,vice chairman/operation, LURD, murdered 26 persons in Klay. The victims were arrested on Bushrod Island as POW of GOL. Most of their bodies were chop to pieces.
September 8-20, 2003
Massacre
Tubman Farm, Bong County
Gen. Benjamin Yeaten
GOL
On September 8-20, 2003: Zeezah Mazah, special bodyguard to Benjamin Yeaten fed Mr. Charles Taylor’s lions with 26 living persons on his farm in Maleki, Bong County. This was a prescribed punishment for those who committed crimes.
October 11-26, 2003
Summary Execution
Po-River, Bomi County
General Wasue Donzo
LURD
On October 11-26, 2003: General Wasue Donzo of the LURD ordered the execution of over 26 persons on the Po-River Bridge, Tubmanburg Highway and dumped some of their bodies in the Po-River.
2003
Massacre
Buchanan, Grand Bassa County
Thomas Nimley
MODEL
In 2003, upon the instructions of  the high command of MODEL, over 1 60 persons were placed in a house custody, and the house set on fire on suspicion of being fighters of GOL
October, 2003
Massacre
Greenville, Sinoe
Alphonso Zeon
MODEL
In July, 2003, fighters of MODEL under the command of one General Alphonso Zeon arrested 86 civilians, tied them up in a tarpaulin , lighted fire under them and roasted them to death. Most of the victims were men whose women were seized and raped.
November, 2004
massacre
River gee County
General zero
MODEL
In November, 2003, 20 persons were arrested , accused of being Charles Taylor sympathizers, and skinned to death with their hearts extracted and eaten by child soldiers of MODEL
2003
Massacre
River Gee County
H. Don Morias
GOL
In 2003, more than 500 innocent persons were slaughtered upon orders of H Dan Morias and others in Glawlo, River Gee County.
2003
Massacre
Liberia/Ivorian border
Thomas Nimley
MODEL
300 persons who refused to join the MODEL fighting group were executed. Some of them were amputated and left to die while others were beheaded. Most of these acts were carried out by child soldiers on orders from  Boi-blajue-Boi of MODEL
2003
Summary execution
Clara Town, Bushrod Island
LURD commander alias K-1
LURD
In, July, LURD commander alias K-1 ordered the killing of over 25 civilians for allegedly looting.
COURTESY OF THE FORUM FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WAR CRIMES COURT IN LIBERIA
    
                                                                                                                                                               

Unity Party Celebrates July 26th Amidst Liberia’s DEARTH! (Letter of the Day

July 29, 2010

Source: theliberianjournal

By: Benjamin Kofa Fyneah

Jul 27, 2010

Despite Liberia’s dire economic circumstances, the Unity Party had cause for a pompous display of pageantry to celebrate Liberia’s 163rd independence anniversary.

Considering the overwhelming poverty and widespread destitution impacting MAJORITY of Liberians one would have imagined this occasion and ALL other planned celebrations be observed in a low key manner. It could also be a day of sober reflection of where we are, how we got here, and the way forward.

The Unity Party’s zest for wasteful spending, that adds no value to our national life and or positively impact Liberians needs to stop!

  • What is there to celebrate when 80% of your constituents are unemployed?

  • What is there to celebrate when over 80% of your constituents live far below the poverty line?

  • What is there to celebrate when MOST citizens have no access to portable running water?

  • What is there to celebrate when the country is overcome by darkness – lack of electricity?

  • What is there to celebrate when the STRATIFICATION of our social and political structures are being enhanced!

  • What is there to celebrate when a significant number of your constituents are ILLETERATE?

  • What is there to celebrate when the national economy is dependent and CONTROLLED by a FEW powerful elites?

  • What is there to celebrate when the very government is overcome by CORRUPTION?

Until the Unity Party can give honest answers to these questions, her LACK of vision and ability to provide solutions to the myriad of problems facing Liberia will always be EXPOSED.

What actually do we celebrate on July 26th? Independence? From whom? Remember, the bulk of Liberians are still feeling the impact(s) of Matilda Newport’s cannon shot!

This strange form of celebration amidst overwhelming poverty is akin to the very “temporary relief” provided by illegal chemical substances – sadly, once their effects wane, REALITY sets in!

We will ALL be in a better position to jubilate and or CELEBRATE when the Unity Party government provides the needed leadership to pull Liberians out of the crippling grips of poverty and set Liberian on a course of sustainable growth and development.

Editor’s Note: Benjamin Kofa Fyneah can be reached at bfyneah@hotmail.com


>Elephant Aggression Displaces Multitude

July 29, 2010

>Source: allafrica.com

28 July 2010

Rampaging elephants who launched valiance of attacks against River Cess Citizens a month ago have left many persons displaced, and are reportedly said to be in search of new homes, food and shelter, as well as clothing and medication.

River-Cess County Representative Jerry Masahn made the revelation recently in Monrovia about the destructive nature of the wide elephants who he said, have caused his kinsmen to flee their towns and villages and were displaced in Mass numbers seeking refuge in Nezohn and other nearby surrounding towns in the area, something he said, is troubling and requires urgent attention from the government and its partners to save his people from further disaster.

About a month ago, wide elephants got on the rampage in River-Cess County and attacked facilities of a logging company operating in the area, extending its aggressive conducts on high-Ways, villages as well as impeding ongoing farming activities and sending few persons to their early graves.

Reports gathered from the county at the time revealed that the rampaging elephants merciless attacks against the people of River – Cess was intended to place a stay order on the activities of the logging company operating in the area , who the reports said was refusing to abide by the regulations of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) by not employing citizens of the county, especially the district it was carrying on its logging activities.

Consequently, one of the elephants was killed three weeks ago by hunters, but Representative Jerry Masahn disclosed that the violent conduct of the elephants left behind many problems among which were the massive displacement of citizens of the county, as a result of the destruction of their towns and villages including the destruction of farms in the county.

According to Rep. Masahn, his people whom were affected by the Elephants’ aggression were presently displaced and were sleeping in the open air without food and clothing, something he said, needed prompt intervention from government and other aid agencies to help liberate his people who he said were dying from pneumonia , starvation and other killer diseases from the heavy down pour of rain.

The River-Cess Lawmaker also revealed that Nezohn was jam packed with hundreds of displaced citizens as a consequence of the brutal and ruthless nature of the wide life, describing their situation as totally unbelievable and unacceptable.

He said as a result of the elephant invasion, currently there is no food for his people to eat, no medication and worst of all, he alarmed, children, women and the elderly people were getting sick, and that if nothing was done to immediately rescue the alarming situation, his citizens stand the risk of dying in mass.

However, Rep. Jerry Masahn felt short of disclosing how many of his kinsmen have died since their displacement, but insisted that many of his people were dying due to the heavy down pour of rain, diarrhea, cholera and other killer diseases.


>Statement of Petition From Citizens of Nimba County to H. E. Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

July 29, 2010

>Source: allafrica.com

28 July 2010

STATEMENT OF PETITION FROM CITIZENS OF NIMBA COUNTY TO H. E. MRS. ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA TO CONTEST THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT FOR A SECOND TERM

WHEREAS, leadership is gifted to special people, and that you are such one rare gem of a leader this nation has had;

WHEREAS, we the citizens of Nimba County have followed with keen interest the leadership you have provided to this nation since you came to power;

RECOGNIZING the many development initiatives you have undertaken, including the magnificent Tappita Hospital, the Community College of Nimba County, to improve the livelihood of the citizens and residents of this country, including those of Nimba County;

COGNIZANT of the role you have played to return Liberia to its rightful place in the comity of nations through your effective international contacts, thereby restoring the dignity of Liberian citizens both at home and abroad;

REALIZING the vision you have and actions you have taken that strives towards transparency, accountability and good governance in Government, which led to the waiving of Liberia’s US$4.9 billion debt;

NOTING your recognition of the significant role women and young people play in society, thereby appointing them into responsible positions in Government;

WHEREAS, your youth empowerment program, including the provision of scholarships and other opportunities, has prepared and continue to prepare new breed of national leaders to continue the developments being undertaken now and to be undertaken in the future;

We the citizens of Nimba County believe strongly that you, Madam President, have the required leadership characteristics so needed at this time in the history of our country to keep our country and people peaceful and manage our resources in a way that will engender the kind of development that can put us on par with other great nations of the world. You are simply the right person God has given us in this dispensation to be President of the country at this time.

NOW THEREFORE, we the citizens of Nimba County, represented by the youths, women and elders, confident that you are politically, physically and mentally fit to steer the affairs of State and to complete the unfinished business of the Liberian people, do hereby petition you to run for the Office of President, Republic of Liberia, for a second term.

In so doing, we herewith present to you this petition as our commitment to support you for said second term of office.

DONE IN THE CITY OF SANNIQUELLIE, NIMBA COUNTY ON THE 26TH DAY OF JULY, A.D. 2010.


>Winston Tubman: TRC Report Represents Liberia’s Best Efforts to End Nightmare

July 28, 2010

>Source: FrontPage Africa

Ambassador Winston Tubman

07/28/2010 – Ambassador Winston Tubman, Liberia National Union

LIBERIAN 163RD INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS, BY COUNSELOR WINSTON A. TUBMAN. DELIVERED, JULY 26 2010, AT THE MALAWALA BALAWALA SPORTS FIELD ON GSA ROAD, MONROVIA, LIBERIA.

Many thanks to all of you for your presence here this Afternoon and for inviting me to make this short speech today. My heartfelt congratulations go to the President and all the people of Liberia, especially Nimbaians in whose great County the official celebrations of our country’s 163rd birth Anniversary are today taking place, in SANNIQUELLIE , the historic city where the idea of African Unity first began to take shape when the Presidents of Liberia, Ghana and Guinea met there with that objective in mind fifty years ago. One hundred and thirteen years earlier, in 1847, Liberia itself was born, not as an ordinary state but as a unique fore- runner country which aimed at extending liberty to the African Motherland, as its name, Liberia, the land of liberty, implies. Nimba County was also the place where the first shots in our horrendous Civil War were fired. Therefore, by returning to and focusing at this time on Nimba County, a place of momentous beginnings, the people of Liberia are signaling to the world that the time has finally come when the true liberation of Liberia and a more meaningful African Unity must be raised to a higher and conclusive level.

Many Africans and even some Liberians often ask: ‘what development of any kind can Liberia show for its many years of independence?’National Economic Development, in my view is the result, not of age but of investments such as were made by the colonial powers in their African colonies, comprising all of Black Africa except Liberia, at a time when nothing remotely comparable was happening in Liberia. It was Ghana’s President Nkrumah who once said that Liberia should be judged, not by the height which, on her own, she attained but by the depths from which she climbed. The founders of our country, and by this I refer both to those who came to these shores, as well as those who were here and welcomed them; they had to prove to a cruel, derisive and mocking world that they too were human beings and the equals of any other race of people, fully able to do any and all of those things, as they wrote in their 1847 Declaration of Independence: “which adorn and dignify man.”

All of the newer African states, standing as they did on Liberia’s shoulders were never humiliated by having to argue much less to prove that they too were human beings. And yet, some young Liberians of today have said to me with regret: ‘it was a mistake to get our independence so soon! We should have waited until we had been developed!’ But we were never colonized. What my young Liberian friends regret is precisely that of which Liberians of my own and previous generations were proud, even boastful: We were never colonized!

Today, ten years into the Twenty First Century, Liberians must prove all over again something no less necessary now than what the first Liberians faced: we are called upon to rise up to the stubborn challenges of putting tribal divisions and national conflicts behind us forever; we must also ensure that the prevailing peace in our country will not shatter after the UN forces depart. For these things to happen, we must make sure that in our critical elections next year, the transfer of state power from one democratically elected government to another takes place smoothly and peacefully. The US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said precisely that when she addressed the Liberian Legislature last year. Since then, a few other Americans have made statements which some Liberian politicians self-servingly delight in misconstruing. Nevertheless, what Secretary Clinton said coincides, I believe with Liberia’s needs and the wishes of most Liberians.

It once seemed to some of us that the power transfer that Secretary of State Clinton spoke of might have been facilitated if our incumbent President had refrained from taking part in the 2011 electoral race, as she had earlier promised she would do. Instead, she could have played the unsurpassable monitoring role of the iconic, globally admired and respected leader that she has become. This, we now know she has declined to do, as is her right; and there is no need or use in crying over spilt milk. Therefore, the next best thing for Liberia, in my view would be for the opposition parties to consolidate and combine their strengths so that next year, a run-off, second round of elections does not become necessary. Run offs provide conclusion to elections but they do not produce unity among a multiplicity of competing political parties, whose leaders must now make personal sacrifices for the good of Liberia. Because the narrow initial base of support enjoyed by the eventual winner in a runoff is virtually the same base upon which that winner comes to power. No real shift of support occurs; with the result that when the full panoply of state power devolves upon the eventual winner, that winner, particularly if he or she is the incumbent merely adds new power on to their already garnered power accumulations to produce, and here I borrow a phrase: “ a formidable President”; thereby, planting seeds for the return and consolidation of a strong one party state that stifles free expression, fosters tyranny and sets the stage for violent confrontations between those in power and those constituting the majority of the population seeking irrepressibly to replace an often very corrupt minority government. Liberia cannot afford to go down that disastrous road again! Preventing a return to a one party state would be a greater gain for Liberia than any number of foreign funded projects whether resulting from grants or loans which we might soon again be unable to repay. Most African countries especially those like Liberia endowed with rich natural resources can easily secure such investments. But no other African country is today better prepared, with UN forces deployed here and the right proven leadership than Liberia to make the peaceful, sustainable democratic transfer of the already mentioned state power. Our success on this score would not only hugely benefit Liberia but it would also inspire much of Africa Just as our showing to the whole world that Africans are capable of governing themselves galvanized all of Africa to eventually win their independence too.

It is therefore not wrong to call attention to the mortal danger of Liberia’s return to a one party state; nor is it unpatriotic to do so. On the contrary, it is courageous patriotism of the highest order to point out looming danger on this our national day that is so close to next year’s elections when Liberia must seek to finally close the bloodiest chapter of our history.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report, with all its undeniable flaws represents our best, Liberian efforts to bring closure to our long national nightmare of divisions and conflicts, and place our nation on a new path to durable peace, unity, security and development. The vile, shameful and abusive characterizations that some have been hurled against me and my innocent deceased parents; even inciting the public to attack me because of my support for the TRC deserve no response; but they show powerfully just how on target the TRC’s recommendations truly are. If those recommendations are followed; not all at once but through sacrificial leadership supported by all Liberians as would be the case, step by step over time; Liberia would be bound to soon become the shining country on a hill that by its example would transform and elevate the whole African Continent as was the evident intention of the Almighty when He granted us our independence 163 years ago today.

THANK YOU.


>VEEP BOAKAI A LOCK?????: Hometown Lofa Tipped for 2011 Indy Celebration

July 27, 2010

>07/27/2010 – M. Welemongai Ciapha II

Monrovia – 
Source: FrontPage Africa

For months speculations have been in the air that Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was contemplating dropping Dr. Joseph Boakai as her running mate in the much-anticipated presidential elections in 2011. Speculations have surfaced for months that partisans within the party’s hierarchy, fearing fielding an ageing ticket, have behind the scenes been pressing for Sirleaf to drop Boakai for a much younger candidate as the party looks to address concerns about the ageing ticket factor.

Political analysts here believed that the president’s assurance to one of the sons of Lofa of the next year celebrations is a clear signal that Hon. Boakai is physically fit to ride the political wagon of 2011 or Sirleaf is comfortable with him by her side.

On Monday, however, Sirleaf and the UP appear to have settled on sticking with Boakai. During celebrations marking the 163rd Independence Day Celebration, the incumbent leader of the post-war Unity Party government tipped Boakai’s hometown, the vote-rich Lofa County as the next stop for the Independence Day bash.

Political analysts here believed that the president’s assurance to one of the sons of Lofa of the next year celebrations is a clear signal that Hon. Boakai is physically fit to ride the political wagon of 2011 or Sirleaf is comfortable with him by her side.

In her remark, President Sirleaf told the gathering of elders, dignitaries and citizens that Liberians were proud of their global village, Liberia, despite the decade-longed civil strife fought, her country are of resilient people with undaunted pride.

The president noted that with all projects on course in Nimba, further proved that the county is on the move in terms of developments and progress.

She said that her administration has always try to celebrate the July 26th , where most of the population in leeward counties would benefit, which began in 2006 in Montserrado County, followed by Grand Bassa County, Bong County, and now it is in Nimba county, adding, “and now I say to you Lofa,” amid applause from the audience.

The president further observed that her visit to Sanniquellie has brought back to her memory of 1959, when the leaders of Ghana, Guinea and Liberia, Kweme Nkrumah, Sekou Toure’ and William V.S. Tubman and other leaders at the time, met to discuss the formation of African Unity, now African Union.

She maintained that the discussion between the three leaders led to the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU).

Boakai was noticeably absent from the celebrations in Sanniquellie as he represented Sirleaf in Chad at the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD). Following the CEN-SAD meeting, the Vice President will proceeded to Kampala, Uganda to represent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the 15th Session of the African Union Summit. The Vice President also participated in the 14th Summit Bureau Meeting upon the request of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. The Vice President and party are expected to return home on Wednesday, July 28.

With Boakai being from the ruling Unity Party, political pundits are still unsure whether UP will abide by the merger agreement signed along with LUP and LAP – or stick with Boakai.

Boakai has not shied away from addressing the controversy surrounding his political future. In a 2009 FrontPageAfrica interview, the veep said he came on the ticket of the Unity Party not as a liability but as an asset.”I have large constituency and during the campaign of this party, unlike other parties you didn’t see me follow the president to go and campaign, I campaigned independently because I knew that not just in Lofa but all over Liberia, people know who I am.”

Over the past few months, Boakai has been showing his card, making of tour in Lofa in weeks leading to the recent Unity Party convention in Ganta, Nimba County where the party tipped Cllr. Varney Sherman as Chairman. Ironically, Sherman has been one of many names in the mix of potential replacements for Boakai but Sirleaf appears to be comfortable with the subtle Boakai.

Sherman debunked the speculations himself in a recent FrontPageAfrica interview when he said that he had no intentions of replacement Boakai. But the complications of the recent merger remains a prevailing dilemma for the ruling party.

According to Sherman in a recent FPA interview, the parties had an article for merger and the article of merger says that if the standard bearer of the Unity Party is selected for one of the constituent parties, that standard bearer will exercise his or her best efforts to select a vice standard bearer from one of the other two constituent parties. “That is what the article of merger says. Based on that, you gentlemen and ladies assume that Varney Sherman will be the vice standard bearer. There is no basis for that. I don’t see how you analysis can come to that kind of conclusion.”

With Boakai being from the ruling Unity Party, political pundits are still unsure whether UP will abide by the merger agreement or stick with Boakai.

Sherman was clear when pressed as to whether the merger meant that Boakai would not be Vice President because he’s from the Unity Party as is Sirleaf.

Said Sherman: “They say exert your best efforts. If the standard bearer exerts his or her best efforts and comes to the conclusion that it is Boakai and that is approved by the party, that’s it. But the thing about it is this. Even though Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has said that she would be formidable candidate, we still have to have a convention and come to that decision as to whether or not she would be the candidate. The assumption that she is automatically the candidate is wrong. Not in this unity party.”

The talk of replacing Boakai has fueled speculations that several young officials in the current government were being considered. Among them, Finance Minister Augustine Ngafuan, Dr. Henrique Tokpah, President of Cuttington University, Planning and Economic Affairs Minister, Amara Konneh, Bureau of Maritime Affairs Commissioner Binyah Kesselly and others surfacing, VP Boakai admitted in an interview with FPA in Ganta shortly before the electoral process of the UP convention that in politics anything can happen and nothing is taken for granted.


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