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really appreciate God at least the life is there. Varney Eastman, trader in Monrovia

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Stephen D. Kollie, Stephen.kollie@frontpageafricaonline.com 0776329124

A
Monrovia-

s official provisional results of the December 20


special senatorial election are coming in from the
fifteen counties of Liberia, the race is experiencing
twists and turns with candidates, some of whom
supporters are celebrating early victory coming to realize that the
race is not over yet.
Although supporters of some of these candidates are claiming
that results from their observers from the various polling centers
are the basis for their early celebrations but with those observers
results not official it seems they might have to wait until the
National Elections Commission announces the final results before
the big party.
In Grand Cape Mount Cllr. Varney Sherman might have good
reason to celebrate as the margin between him and his closet
rival is wide to be easily overturned but for Bong, Sinoe and
Grand Kru, earlier results are gradually getting overturned and
judging from the first provisional results announced by NEC, Dr.
Henrique Tokpah has taken a slight lead over incumbent Jewel
Howard Taylor who has already been congratulated by some of
her opponents.
Releasing the provisional results Monday in Monrovia, NEC
Chairman Jerome Kokoya described the electoral process as
successfully implemented as planned, noting that polls opened in
most places on time.
Chairman Kokoya reported that out of the 4,701 polling places
in the country, 1,636 polling places have reported results with
183,052 votes already counted and tallied.
He said the recorded voter turnout for polling places so far
reporting amounts to 27.9 percent, adding that the tallying of
election results commenced throughout the country earlier Sunday
morning at the various magisterial tally centers in the presence of
local and international observer groups, the media as well as party
and candidate agents.
The NEC Chairman reminded political parties and candidates to
properly channel complaints about polling, counting or tallying
irregularities to the various NEC Magisterial offices across the
country.

Amongst the candidates Conmany Wesseh has officially won the


River Gee slot with 100% of votes in that county already counted.
Old in the business after two failed attempts Wesseh is this time
a lucky man as he garnered 2,672 votes representing 26.1%. He
was followed by another candidate who is also contesting for third
time Jonathan B. Sogbie of the APD who obtained 1,719 votes
representing 16.8%.
In Montserrado County with 113 polling places counted out of
1,522 constituting 7.42% George Weah of the CDC has obtained
8,913 votes representing 79.7% followed by independent
candidate Robert Sirleaf who has so far obtained 1,247 votes
representing 11.2%.
Incumbent Prince Y. Johnson is in a commanding lead in Nimba
County with 301 polling places out of 598 constituting 50.33%,
he has acquired 17,076 votes representing 62.1 % followed Edith
Gongloe-Weh who has obtained 5,740 votes representing 20.9%.
Too early to jubilate
Despite jubilations in the camps of some candidates ahead of
the provisional results with some already proclaiming victory,
officials results by the election body otherwise suggest a change
in figures reported by some candidates.
In Bomi County, home of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
provisional results from 29 polling places out of 150 places
(19.33%) puts Unity Partys Morris Saytumah ahead of Incumbent
Senator Lahai Lansanah with 1,990 votes constituting 54.7 percent
and 1,137 votes amounting to 31.2 percent respectively.
In voter-rich Bong County Cuttington Universitys President and
independent candidate Henrique Tokpa takes a slight lead over
incumbent senator Jewel Howard Taylor with 8,048 votes (32.3%)
and 7,901 votes (31.7) respectively.
Alternative National Congress candidate Daniel Naatehn is at
the forefront in Gbarpolu County with 1,690 votes (29.4%) with
Unity Party candidate Gertrude Lamin struggling closely to make
a difference with1, 009 votes constituting 17.6 percent.
In Grand Bassa County, which the Liberty Party considers it
stronghold, incumbent senator Gbehzzohngar Findley is finding it

difficult to return at the National Legislature with Liberty Partys


Jonathan Kaipay in a sharp lead with 10,360 votes (57.8%)
while Findley drags with a 6,656 votes (37.1%), according to
provisional results from 187 polling places out of 347 polling
places amounting to (53.89%).
In Grand Cape Mount County, provisional results puts Unity Party
Chairman Varney Sherman in a lead position with 1,281 votes
(70.0%) while CDCs Fodee Kromah moves far behind with 315
votes (17.2%) and incumbent senator Abel Masalay drags further
with 131 votes constituting 7.2 percent as indicated by provisional
results from 11 polling places of 153 polling places (7.19%).
In Grand Gedeh County, CDCs A. Marshall Dennis obtained
2,623 (29.7%), putting him in a quick lead while PUPs George
Boley followed closely with a total vote of 1864 votes (21.1%).
In South Eastern Grand Kru County, independent candidate Albert
Chie got a lead vote of 5,430 votes (50.0%) with Unity Partys
Rosalind Sneh coming next with 1,778 votes (16.4%).
In vote-rich Lofa County, according to provisional results from
169 polling places of 395 polling centers, APDs candidate Joseph
Jallah is taking a slight lead with 6,837 (29.2%) while Liberty
Partys Stephen Zargo follows closely with 6,663 votes (28.4%),
In Margibi County, CDCs Ansu Sonii is battling to unseat
incumbent senator Clarice Jah with a lead result of 2,606 votes
(36.5%) with PUPs Jim Tornonlah coming next with 2,283 votes
(31.9%).
In Maryland County, 79.0% (113 of 143 polling places reported,
Dr. Bhofal Chambers of the Congress for Democratic Change is
in the lead with 4,798 votes amounting to 38.1% while his nearest
opponent, Gbleh-bo Brown securing 3,190 votes or 25.3%.
Incumbent John Ballout is in a dismal fifth position with 708
votes, about 5.6%.
With 50.4% (60 of 119 Polling Places already counted Milton
Teahjay of the ruling Unity Party (UP) is in a lead with 3,773
votes about 50.2%, followed by incumbent Mobutu V. Nyenpan
of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy with 2,863 about 38.1%.
The twists and turns in the provisional results might give
candidates reason to wait until the final results are announced
before celebrating.

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NO NEED FOR DENTED


ELECTION RESULT
NEC Must Handle Election Related
Complaints with Urgency
The controversial 2014 special senatorial election which
was nearly cancelled but later conducted after long period of
wrangling finally took place on Saturday, December 20 with
voters sending a message about the change at the helm of
power they want at this time in the history of Liberia.
Overall, the process although believed to have witnessed low
turnout was relatively peaceful with no instances of violence
reported thus far.
The special senatorial election has proven to be one of the
unique electioneering processes in the history of Liberia where
candidates have gone public commending their opponents
for winning the election even with the National Elections
Commission yet to announce the official results.
Benjamin Sanvee, Christopher Z. Neyor all of Montserrado
County and Richard Flomo of Bong County are amongst
some of the candidates who have been very courteous in
conceding defeat by commending their opponents, a typical
example of elections in democratic states like the United
States of America, Great Britain and other powerful countries
where candidates concede defeats ahead of the announcement
of official results.
The candidates who have congratulated their opponents have
shown that Liberias emerging democracy is at work and
replicating other powerful countries, something that is highly
commendable.
Observers from the Economic Community of West African
states (ECOWAS) have congratulated NEC for conducting
a free, fair and transparent election same as candidates who
were defeated during the process.
NECs performance has been remarkable until news emerged
of alleged ballot counting irregularities in Bomi County where
two poll workers are said to be undergoing investigation by
the Liberian National Police.
Gbajah P. Seh, head of polling and Supervisor Charles Farmah
from the Tulaymu Palava hut, district two are currently being
investigated by the Liberian National Police according to news
from Bomi as both Seh and Farmah are accused of providing
false information about their centers when they reported that
Lahai Lassana had 165, Morris Saytumah-205 and total votes
411 vote when the figures were far from the reality following
cross checking by NEC magistrate for Bomi County.
From the Bomi incident, complaints and dissatisfaction from
candidates have increased as Zoe E. Pennue of Grand Gedeh
County has also raised similar alarm claiming that he has
evidence and is prepared to file formal complaint to NEC and
even take the matter further to the Supreme Court.
Again another candidate in Grand kru County, Rosalind S.
T. Sneh is crying foul in the election and calling for re-run.
Sneh who has been leading in the provisional results but later
felt below her rival Albert Chea has vowed to file a formal
complain to NEC, raising issues of lack of security escort of
ballot boxes, transparency and fair play.
Well, Bomi, Grand Gedeh and Grand Kru counties complaints
look to dent the hard work done by NEC in organizing the
special senatorial election and ensuring that the process is
conducted without hindrances.
After a hard work, NEC must work assiduously along with
the Liberian National Police in ensuring that complaints as of
now from the three counties if properly communicated to the
body are investigated urgently and findings made public to
thwart any effort of denting the good work of the commission.
While, it is unarguable that some defeated candidates might
want to shield their defeats by creating credibility problem
for the election results, the complaints from these candidates
must likewise be given prompt attention.
Polling has gone without confusion and therefore, there is no
need to have a dented election result which will overshadow
the good work of the NEC, thus polling related complaints
must be handled with high level of urgency.

YOU CANT FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!

Siahyonkron Nyanseor, siah1947@gmail.com, Contributing Writer

rederick Douglass once said, Power concedes nothing without a


demand. It never did and it never will The limits of tyrants are
prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. This
quote describes the plight of the Liberian masses under the rule of the
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her Unity Party government.
The question that bothers me is why African leaders do not learn from history?
It was not too long ago when the Peoples Redemption Council (PRC)
government of Samuel Kanyon Doe implemented Decree 88A that banned
all student political activities and anybody from criticizing the ruling military
council in regards to the manner in which the country was being run by the
PRC.The July 21, 1984, Decree 88A gave security forces the power to arrest
and detain any person found spreading rumours, lies, and misinformation
against any government official or individual either by mouth, writing or
by public broadcastDoe wielded Decree 88A like the hammer of the gods,
bludgeoning his opponents into submission with it during the run-up to the
1985 election. Editors and other political enemies were harassed, or worse, and
newspapers were shut down or their facilities burned to the ground. After the
1985 election, the worst incident of ethnic violence in Liberias recent history
scattered Does political opposition and frightened Liberians into submission.
Michael A. Innes writes, Despite a meek effort at repealing the Decree
in 1986, Does treatment of the media in the latter half of the decade was,
paradoxically, at once neglectful, capricious, and mean. (Michael A. Innes,
Enemies of the Revolution: Radio, Propaganda, and National Development in
Samuel Does Liberia, 1980-1980)
Due to Decree 88A, the election results that year were controversial; opponents
claimed it was fraudulent. Many political leaders were imprisoned. In addition,
the Special Elections Commission (SECOM) frustrated the registration of
political parties. Many political observers attributethe political unrest to the
failed attempted coup of November 1985 to Degree 88A.Here we go again!
President SirleafsExecutive Order 65 is remaking of Does Decree 88A. Why
is it that African leaders ignore the realities of history? Are they that dumb or
they have historical amnesia? I wonder! The Liberian people and the world
will see through this scheme because;"You may fool all the people some of the
time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all
of the people all the time." (Abraham Lincoln)
Moreover, PresidentSirleafs Executive Order 65 is an attempt to instill fear
in Liberians in order to stay in power. If the Executive Order is truly about
preventing Ebola, why are candidates campaigning for election? Are we going
to have elections in secret? Will candidates not campaign? How can there
be a fair and transparent election with restrictions on the movement of the
candidates and supporters from campaigning?
Liberians should not be deterred by the President's scare tactics. The Liberian
people should resist her scheme within the legal framework because this move
has the propensity of igniting another April 14 riot.Therefore, lets remember
the African proverb that says: The ruin of a nation begins in the home of its
people.
Fellow Liberians, what a difference time makes!In the January/March 2000
print Edition of ThePerspectiveMagazine, the Editors, George H. Nubo,
Siahyonkron Nyanseor and J. Kpanneh Doe conducted an interview with Mrs.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Washington, D. C. while she was attending a National
Summit Conference on Africa. The interview was titled: Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Challenges GOL and Calls on Opposition to Unite. In answering our question
on the Constitution, she said:
No constitution can enforce itself. Enforcement comes from the combined
efforts of a nations citizens insisting in small and big ways that their rights
be respected and its the officers recognizing the limits of their power and
obeying the laws they take oaths to observe. In that regard, we are all somewhat
responsible for the good and bad governments we have had in Liberia because
as citizens we have tolerated bad behavior on the part of our leaders.
Is this the same person who made the statement?
. . . Somewhat [we are] responsible for the good and bad governments we
have had in Liberia because as citizens we have tolerated bad behavior on the
part of our leaders.
But now that the Liberian people are ready to depart from the BAD practices
of the PAST, President Sirleaf and her Unity Party want to restrict the people
from exercising their rights. Lets hold her to her words!
This reminds me of a quote in Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. It
reads: To glorify democracy and to silence the people is a farce; to discourse
on humanism and to negate people is a lie. Anyone who is familiar with recent
Liberian politics know that the real intent of PresidentSirleafs Executive
Order 65 is not to protect the Liberian people from Ebola, but to ensure that
her son Robert Sirleaf wins the Montserrado County Senatorial race. This is a
slick move to use the Ebola crisis as an excuse to resuscitate PRC Decree 88A,
a Decree she once condemned and fought against.
Dj vu or Nightmare!
In a January 16, 1984 TIME Magazine Cover Edition, titled: Africas Woes,
Coups, Conflict and Corruption; the magazine printed a depressing picture of
Africa and its leaders.Here is an interesting quote from an article in the same
magazine titled: A Continent Gone Wrong;it reads:
All too frequent, fledgling African democracies have become hostage to
leaders intent solely on gaining and holding power. In the past 25 years, more
than70 leaders in 29 African nations have been deposed by assassination,
purges or coups. Among the 41 major independent black African nations, only
seven allow opposition political parties. Seventeen are single-party states.
Another 17 are ruled by military regimes.
The article continued:
Despite independence, each nations per capita food production levels
have decreased accompanied by disarray in essential government services
such as education, health care and transportation. The articles author noted
the amount of foreign debt the respective governments have accrued and said
Africas national leaders argue that their countries are near bankruptcy as they
ask to reschedule nearly $100 billiondollars of annual debt due to loans.
The author maintains: in the meantime, sub-Saharan Africas population of
210 million in 1960 has grown to 393 million. It continues to increase by 2.9%
annually, the fastest growth rate in the world.
0 years, the issues highlighted in the January 16, 1984 TIME Magazine article
have not improved.In fact, they have become worse. And when the former
President of Senegal,Lopold Sedar Senghor (1969-1980), then 77 years of
age was interviewed, here is what he said about coups in Africa:

They are the result of the perversion of the colonial system, which encouraged
us to keep the personality cult and the spirit of dictatorship. That was the
nature of colonial power. The frequency of coups in Africa is the result of
the backwardness in civilization that colonization represented. There is indeed
many, many dictatorship. But there are exceptions: look at the Ivory Coast and
Cameroon, just to name two. I am concerned about the frequency of coups.
We are too docile, allowing ourselves to be influenced by the Americans, the
Soviets or even the French and the British. What we should all be fighting for
is democratic socialism. And the first task of socialism is not to create social
justice. It is to establish working democracies. (Emphasis is mine.)
Wow, what a statement coming from someone so revered!
While Lopold Sedar Senghor is regarded by many as one of the most brilliant
and important African intellectuals of the 20thcentury and his Philosophy of
Negritude in some ways contributedto raising the consciousness of Africans
in Africa and its Diaspora, he fell short in several ways to address the core
problem of European racism. In my opinion, Senghorsstatement,The first
task of socialism is not to create social justice it is to establish working
democracies speaks volume to his world view. I am convinced that in some
way or the other this world view aided European imperialists in pursuing their
political and economic agenda in Africa and its Diaspora. I am not alone in
arriving at this conclusion. The statement below by Bell Hookssupports my
observation. Here is what she wrote:
Negritude becomes a tool in furthering the process of colonisation in the minds
of the colonized. Although Senghor saw Negritude as a way of combating
colonialism, Negritude is implicit with the process of colonial domination. The
counter-reading of stereotypes which Negritude proposes fails to challenge
the cultural domination of colonialism at its root. Bell Hooks, Postmodern
Blackness, in P. Williams and L. Chrisman (eds.), Colonial Discourse and
Post-colonial Theory, London: Longman, (1993).
To which I say, beware of praises coming from our adversaries, because
there are always ulterior motives for their benefits.They gave us leaders like
William V.S. Tubman, Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Mobutu Sese Seko, El Hadj
Omar Bongo, Daniel arap Moi, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Colonel Muammar
Gaddafi, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, Habib Bourguiba, Blaise Compaor, just to
name a few. They interfered in our affairs; then accused us of not being able
to govern ourselves.
I am convinced there are many African leaders today in this exclusive
club; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is not exempt. These club members
are preoccupied with implementing the agenda of International Capital at
the expense and detriment of their countries and people. For carrying out
their wishes, they are rewarded with all sorts of international awards and
recognitions. This is what mortgaging your countries natural and mineral
resources for mere chicken feedwill earn for you. To me, this practice is not
only dumb; it isstupidity to the highest degree.
Below are reactions I gathered from Liberians on Liberian listservs and
websites when Executive Order 65 was announced. One person said:
Liberia is the only country where citizens are totally occupied with colonial
mentality without the need to eradicate it or to show that they are not inferior.
Where in Africa will a Presidents son think about winning a senatorial election
after the parent had created a mess, from Ebola to corruption, to disregard of
citizens rights to good health care?Only in Liberia! Liberians prefer to die in
cold blood than to exercise their rights either at the ballot box or through direct
protest in order to change their condition. Liberian citizens' love for those who
do not like them, even after knowingthe truth, especially at this time, defies
Liberian history and vindicates the Americo-Liberians in their treatment of
indigenous Liberians.
Another said: This Executive Order is a joke. [The] President cannot
suspend any portion of our constitution. Article 17 is a fundamentals right
hence it cannot be suspended by a tyrant and despot like this criminal. The real
game is to make her useless son senator by the same unconstitutional way she
became "president". But it is up to the Liberian people to either obey an unjust
law from a tyrant or disobey such law that is already void and of no legal
effect in keeping with Article 2.Ellen you are not smart, we have just been
patience but this is below the belt and we will resist. Understand the end game
is to use under pay police officer to killed their fellow native along with some
boko haram Nigerians in military uniform under the guise as Nigerian soldiers
but the masses will resist all of your evil plan with your unholy knife to their
throats and your bloody heartless bullets to their breast....think this will end
the game of thievery, nepotism and reckless auction of the natural resource by
a German Liberian or better stated a hybrid hateful and evil criminal to meet
the deviant sexual behavior of her incarnateson.
Finally, this person said: I am sensing foul play. This is sad for Liberia and we
must resist this to the fullest. The president wants to turn the elections results
around in the favor of her beloved son. But she knows exactly that will not
happen. Liberians must now stand against the proposed Sirleaf Dynasty. Why
restrict movements, protest, rallies or demonstration after elections results
when the election is not yet held. This has to stop now or it bestopped!
These are what our people are saying!
Let me add to what most of the observers above said. Sometime ago, I was
among those who felt that if a woman took the leadership of our country
she would perform better than her male counterpart. Oh, how wrong I was!
This is what I said in a speech I made to the Liberian Women Association of
Kentuckiana (LWAK) on Saturday, April 22, 2006 in Louisville, Kentucky.
I said, Most Liberian women of my mothers era, were God-fearing first,
honest, disciplined, reserved, visionary, and compassionate. Based on these
qualities, I am of the belief that if women were given major roles to play in
world affairs, we might not have had all of the problems confronting humanity
today. I honestly believe this to be true! Therefore, I am not surprise that
Liberia has become the first, once again, to elect the first woman president in
Africa. In fact, Liberia has had many powerful women leaders. For example,
Madam Suacoco after whom Suacoco is named was not only a community
organizer, but also a skilled politician. Then there is Ambassador Angie
Brooks, the first female president of the UN General Assembly. Ambassador
Brooks was elected with 113 votes out of the 118 ballots cast to become the
president of the 24th session of the UN General Assembly in 1969.(Louise
Crane, Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women, 1973)
President Sirleaf disappointed many people, especially women. All the
promises she made when she was criticizing others, she engaged in those
practices when she obtained power; some with impunity.
To this end, I close with the quote by Paul Robeson, the great AfricanAmerican scholar and artist. It reads:

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TQ HARRIS TOP COMMENTER CEO AT HV WOODGAS
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What is wrong with an electorate that puts a person into office for
NINE YEARS (18 YEARS for those re-elected) without knowing their
platform or having enough time to quiz the candidate due to a rushed
election? Why encourage Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to destroy our country?
Wake up, my fellow Liberians, we can do better. Change is on the way.
PHIL GEORGE TOP COMMENTER
Mr. Harris, I don't always agree with Ellen but I disagree that Ellen is
destroying the country. I think your ill-conceived charcoal machine
poses a serious threat to the environment. Where do you plan to get all
that wood from to operate your charcoal machine, or WoodGas machine
as you call it.
RAYMOND SUMO TOP COMMENTER CUTTINGTON
UNIVERSITY, LIBERIA
Ebola is a deadly virus that with the help of the international community
will be eliminated. However, the virus that is slowly killing Liberians
daily is corruption in government. Can the Supreme Court rule on
corruption cases too or will the court regard corruption cases as a
political matter in the future when such case is before the court?
ALPINA CLAY OUTREACH OFFICER AT DEN-L
Matter lay to rest finally, the High court has given its decision. Election
scheduled for Dec. 20, 2014. let this one election go ahead my people.
JAY WION TOP COMMENTER WORKS AT NPRC
MY TURN: Look at the illogical reasoning of the two dissenting justices,
Banks and Kibena, that these two men didn't know Ebola fear is NOT
a constitutional issue baffles me. Now you know why Banks has been
trying to overshadow Chief Justice Francis Kporpor, and why Banks put
the "stay order" on this frivolous lawsuit. And why in most instances
Banks is awarded the "Justice in Chambers" role? That a "smart" Banks
as "Justice in Chambers" could not find that the rule of law was abused,
and question of constitutional violation in the FPA/Rodney Sieh versus
Chris Toe case tells me how some on the Court are "pushing personal
agendas" or trying to legislate from the Court.
SAINTM75 (SIGNED IN USING YAHOO)
Philip Banks is not an astute judge and can only be a judge in Liberia.
Where is the Nigerian man's money? Ja'neh is a rebel and is also not
qualified to sit on the bench. I have not read in any news media any
creditworthy dissenting opinion from these two judges. They feel
because a group of Liberians filed a lawsuit so it's their constitutional
right to be heard. Stupid. Only in judicial matters should this be the case.
The decision by the Legislature to hold elections with Ebola measures
in place was not unconstitutional. Both Ja'Neh and Banks are agents
of Ellen Sirleaf. The names Laveli Supuwood, Emmanuel Bowier and
Blamo Nelson should have been a red flag. Selfish old men who have
been involved in Liberian politics for over 100 years with nothing to
show for it. They hoped their selfish political greed would have halted
the elections. They lost. They should all be fined for wasting the court's
time on their selfish political interests. Supreme Court opinions are based
on "Reasoned Judgment". Where is the "Reasoned Judgment" in Ja'neh
and Banks opinions? None. Zero. Ebola is not a constitutional matter.
People are so dumb.
JAY WION TOP COMMENTER WORKS AT NPRC
Saintm75: You are very correct, and these are the characters Ellen put on
the Supreme Court. And the Senate helped to confirm them.
Yes, I forgot to mention the $500, 000.00 taken from the Nigerian man
at RIA. In court, Banks who was the Justice Minister could not produce
the money (evidence). Instead, Banks said he used the money to chase
down runaway prisoners who broke jail from the Zwedru Palace of
Corrections/jail. Newspapers reports including FPA had it that some
of the money supposedly went to putting up a fence around President
Sirleaf's house. At one point, President Sirleaf hinted that the Nigerian
man was said to be "a drug dealer and money launderer."
That Nigerian man is now an elected member of the Nigerian Parliament.
When Liberia was given a judgeship on the ECOWAS Court, the
Nigerian argued that Liberia does not deserve the seat on the Court if
Liberia refuses to abide the Court's decision to give him his money.
Hence, the Liberian taxpayers had to pay for the criminality of Philip
Banks. And now Banks sits on Liberia's Supreme Court. The curse on
Liberia takes many forms from the president who confessed to funding
our civil war that killed 250, 000 Liberians, to warlords who carried out
orgies of mass killings now in our Ligislature. But 99 days for rogue, and
one day for master.
In the end, the Liberian taxpayers paid back the Nigerian man's money
after he sued L I beria at the ECOWAS Court in Abuja, Nigeria.

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The Editor,

eorge Manneh Weah scores a big world cup type


political goal in Liberia and sends a message to a lameduck President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that sweet revenge
against son Robert is payback for robbing him in the
2005 and 2011presidential elections. And now Weah has the platform
as Senator to demand a probe into the rigged elections in 2005 and
2011. Weah and the CDC were never given an open recount of the
votes in both elections.
We recall how Ellen confessed to how women violated elections
laws and bought voter registration cards from their sons in voting
for Ellen and whatever it takes, according to Ellen's own confession
here in America at the historic Abbysenian Black Baptist Church in
Harlem, New York City. Ellen needs to appear before the Senate for a
hearing on her statement. Then, there was the documented November
2011 letter that former NEC Chairman Fromoyan wrote to the CDC
in stating that the NEC had switched the results by giving CDC's
first place votes to Ellen and her Unity Party. When CDC therefore
boycotted the runoff elections and protested, Ellen's police shot and
killed CDC protesters. Ellen rewarded then former Police Chief Marc
Amblend with a no-bid US $150, 000.00 government security job
at Roberts International Airport. No one was prosecuted and it was
Ellen's way of thanking people who helped her to "victory". And
Fromoyan was also rewarded with a reported $52, 000.00 package
when he fled to Ghana.
So let the celebrations begin CDC: bring out the drums, beat the
drums, sing, dance and celebrate what is a vindication of the Weah
phenomenon and a clear repudiation of the criminal and corrupt
regime of Ellen and cronies. Just wait till 2017, if, --and that is a big
IF,--the people don't run Ellen out of office through nonviolent People
Power Protests as happened in Burkina Faso to Blaise Compoare, an
ally of Charles Taylor, Ellen and the murderous NPFL.
What has education or "book" got to do with good leadership? How
much education did Samuel Doe have? Yet, Doe did more in terms
development than any Liberian leader before him. It means that
leadership must be a part of a person's intrinsic character; it must be
inborn, in your blood, in your DNA. It transcend s mere academic
discipline. Weah did that on the football field, spent his own money to
feed, visit and care for Liberian refugees created by Ellen's greed for
power in sponsoring the 14-year deadly civil war.
The people of Liberia have a good feeling for good leadership when
given a good opportunity to choose in free, fair and transparent
elections, and that is my best attempt at explaining the Weah mass
appeal and phenomenon. And all of these academic accolades of a
Harvard education, a Nobel Peace Prize and other awards do not
matter when the Liberian people are going to bed hungry each night,
and "Pa-pa" is still coming home with an empty bag nine years and
counting.
We know Weah does not have the magic bullet to end the miseries of
the poor masses. He is only one Sanator with one vote. But he now
has the platform for the next three years to put forward his vision for
the inevitable: George Manneh Weah, President of Liberia.
To Wilson Tarpeh and the leadership of the CDC, the national and
international spotlight will now be on Senator George Weah. Please
do not let the brother down. We know the legislature is replete with
corruption with offers of "brown envelopes" coming at midnight and
ceaseless phone calls from the President. They will do everything to
try to entrap Weah as he prepares for victory in 2017. Keep your head

high above the fray. The Senate is Weah's platform to prepare him
for 2017. How he votes on bills and what bills he writes, and the
corruption investigations he calls for will send the message that he is
ready or not for the presidency. Good luck and we in the Diaspora are
also celebrating because many of us have been preaching the Weah
message since 2005 through our writings and broadcast programs. A
lot is riding on Weah's shoulders. Please prove naysayers wrong. The
Weah presidency is just three years from now, so watch what you say
and do. God bless the CDC and Liberia.
Jerry Wehtee Wion,
Journalist and Political Commentator
Washington, DC, USA.

POLITICS OF LIES, DECIET AND


SYCOPHANCY DEFEATED

The Editor,

am going to say this. I will take the consequences. I am


a patriotic Liberian first. The politics of lies, deceit and
sycophancy was defeated yesterday in Liberia, especially in
the race that pitted Robert Sirleaf against George Weah. For
those who did not have the courage to tell Robert A. Sirleaf that
he never had a prayer of winning in Montserrrado County and his
defeat would be stunning and embarrass his mother and make her
politically irrelevant are sociopaths who only bleed Mrs. Sirleaf and
do not love or cherish what she has ascended to in Liberia. I voiced
this out to members of the President's own family and those closest
to her, including members of the executive. I knew and they should
have known that the anger, frustration and utter disgust the direction
of the administration were deep and it would take only major policy
reversals and a political offensive to change the narrative. I cried and
cried and no one listened.
They even tried to sully my hard earned reputation by lying about my
private life and even leaked the fact that someone did me a favor on
one occasion, as friends in powerful positions should do for someone
who's been there for 40 years, loyal and truthful.
Six months after the inauguration of Madam Sirleaf to her second
term, I predicted the political bedlam existing in Liberia today and
warned anyone that would listen that the young people of the country
were alienated from the government and that we should reconnect
to that base for the sake of the future. No one listened. My written
communication are in the records. Those who got it know it. They
will read this post and remember that I did so.
Now, for those who lied to Mr. Sirleaf and told him they could win
an election in Montserrado County against the most potent political
force here, in an environment of alienation, personal hurts, anger
and deep frustration and in an atmosphere amidst deepening poverty
are liars, sycophants and enemies to Mrs. Sirleaf. I will tell her so
personally, but I want them to see this public post on Facebook to
make them feel dirty, nasty and scared. They are enemies of progress,
against the wishes of the Liberian people and are even dullards for
conducting a campaign of lies, deceit, paying people to wear t shirts,
trucking people to political rallies and making RAS believe them. He
should make his mom fire all of them from her government and bring
in some young vibrant and energetic people from outside. This will
never happen. Like the Rasputin in Czarist Russia, my friend Ellen
may be too far gone in the direction they want her. When she is ready
to change and go in a different direction, we will be right here waiting
for her, the genuine friends she has deserted for the sycophants and
bootlickers.
And so it goes.
Samuel Polypheus Jackson
samuelpjackson@yahoo.com

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NOT SO NORMAL CHRISTMAS


LIBERIANS GO SHOPPING DESPITE EBOLA, BUT SAY VIRUS HAS HIT CHRISTMAS HARD

This Christmas is very ridiculous in our sight especially for the Ebola process. There are no goods and we are just making business on
what we have available. But however, we really appreciate God at least the life is there. Varney Eastman, trader in Monrovia

C
Monrovia-

hristmas fever is in
the air and Liberians
are preparing to
celebrate despite the
Ebola virus, many are turning
out to shop for their children
but it is not a normal Christmas
from all indications.
Both shoppers and sellers say
this years Christmas is poor
because of the impact of the
deadly Ebola virus on the
economy and the life of the
people.
Varney Eastman is a trader in
Monrovia; he said traders are
facing difficulties with the
celebrations, because they have
not been able to get new goods
because of the Ebola crisis.
This Christmas is very
ridiculous in our sight
especially for the Ebola
process. There are no goods and
we are just making business on
what we have available. But
however, we really appreciate
God at least the life is there,
he said.
Just imagine this Ebola
situation we faced a lot of
diversity, people died for
nothing in this country.
At the Waterside market the
traders and sellers are sparsely
distributed, this Christmas
is not the same as the others
because of Ebola. Families
were seen bringing their
children to town in Monrovia
to shop for the celebrations,
which is only two days away.
But though many are shopping
more people cannot afford
to shop because there is no
money. Though some are
shopping, they are exercising
great caution because they fear
that the deadly virus may be
lurking somewhere among the
crowd of shoppers.
I just want everyone to
be careful with themselves,
because while passing, you can
touch someone who is carrying
the disease, so you will have
to be careful, said Mercy
Darwolo. Darwolo said her
mother has allowed her and her
friends to go shopping because
she wants her to get what she
likes for Christmas. She said
her mother has chosen to let
her shop to ease the boredom
of staying home away from
School due to Ebola. She said
she feels happy that she can
once again walk in the sunlight
and touch people without being
too afraid of Ebola.
Francis Musa is a trader at
the busy Waterside market
in Monrovia, he said though
Ebola tarnishes this Christmas,
he feels happy to be alive.
As far as I am concerned, to
God be the glory for the life
because there are many who
were wishing to see such a day;
but for the type of disease that
came into the country, which
is Ebola has taken them away.
Some are still in the hospital,
he said.
Continued Musa: They even

Wade C. L. Williams, wade.williams@frontpageafricaonline.com

have the money that some of


us are looking for but they
dont have the chance to check
their own money because the
sickness cannot permit them.
So I say to God be the Glory
for this wonderful day and this
particular season because Im
alive and counted among the
living.
Liberias Ebola cases continue
to drop as the virus transmission
slows and though President
Ellen Johnson Sirleafs wish of
zero new cases have not been
achieved, Liberia is seeing
steady improvement in slowing
of the deadly disease. At the
ELWA-2 Ebola Treatment
Unit run by Dr. Jerry Brown,

(who was on the cover of Time


Magazine) Mamasa Kamara is
happy that she is going home
with her three grandchildren
for Christmas.
Kamara has been given four
25kg bag of rice for each of her
grandchildren and herself and
also cooking oil, lappas and
soap.
The elderly woman and her
grandchildren, Varlee Kromah
2, who lost his twin brother,
Makan Kromah and Matenneh,
were released from the ETU
after testing negative for the
virus twice following treatment
for the deadly disease.
Kamara said she contracted the
virus from her sons pregnant

wife and said the family was


misled by a local healthcare
center leading them to touch
the womans dead body.
My sons wife had a fever.
When we went to the hospital
they said she was two months
pregnant. She had a miscarriage
and died. When she died, the
hospital did not tell us it was
Ebola and they gave us a death
certificate, she said.
When the woman died, we
buried her, but after the burial,
we started to get sick. My
grandchildren and me, we were
seven, we are four now that are
going home.
Mamaka smiles as she receives
her certificate from Dr. Brown

and said she lost three of her


grandchildren to the deadly
disease. But she said though
she lost her children to the
virus, she is happy to be going
home, before Christmas with
her grandchildren alive.
Dr. Brown said the progress
made in the fight against Ebola
in Liberia is remarkable and
said last week that the release
is the last of the confirmed
cases in the unit.
Definitely, we have a
significant reduction in the
number of cases now that is
in Liberia. As a matter of fact
today, we discharged the last
five confirmed cases weve
had in our unit, he said.

So the last five survivors


were discharged today, along
with six other persons who
were tested negative on two
occasions. Currently we have
only three patients in the unit.
Liberias
Ebola
numbers
continues to drop and many are
hoping the disease would be
gone soon.
The head of the US Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) Tom
Frieden is visiting Liberia and
seemed impressed with the
level of improvement he has
seen compared to when he was
last here in August.
I was here around August
and September and it seemed
all was lost. Coming back, the
difference is unimaginable, he
said.
Dr. Frieden said the situation
in Liberia is much better in
terms of the robust response
from Liberia and its partners
according to an executive
mansion release issued on
Monday. Frieden called for safe
and dignified burial for victims
of the Ebola virus while at the
same time addressing concerns
of families who have lost and
continue to lose love ones.
He named effective laboratory
system, proper surveillance,
robust contact tracing, proper
staffing and the intensification
of quality infection control
measures as urgent steps that
must be taken to continue the
advance against the further
spread of the disease according
to an executive mansion
release.
Monrovia is moving back
to normal slowly due to the
reduction in the number of
Ebola cases. Buckets meant
to wash hands are slowly
disappearing and many have
started the culture of hand
shaking once more.

POLITICS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NEYOR
PROS
&
CONS
CONCEDES
TO WEAH
PAGE
RONT

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WHY LIBERTY PARTYS KAIPAY LEADS INCUMBENT FINDLEY IN BASSA RACE


ALPHA DAFFAE SENKPENI, alpha.senkpeni@frontpageafricaonline.com

Day of the Imperial Presidency is


Drawing to a Close in Liberia

Buchanan, Grand Bassa County -

Monrovia
r. J. Christopher Z. Neyor, one of 11 candidates
pursuing the senatorial seat for Montserrado County
has conceded defeat to football legend George
Manneh Weah.
In a statement issued in Monrovia Monday, Dr. Neyor says he
has already made a concession call to Mr. Weah. I have spoken
lengthily with Ambassador George Weah and congratulated
him on his election as the next senator of Montserrado County.
I extended to him and he accepted my offer to work with him
in bringing much needed relief and development to our people.
When you love your country, you work to make it better whether
or not you are in public office or private life.
The National Elections Commission has not yet officially
announced winners in the senatorial elections but provisional
results show Mr. Weah leading the field of eleven candidates by a
more than 73 percent of votes cast.
On Monday Neyor, a former head of the National Oil Company
of Liberia, signaled a willingness to work with Mr. Weah in
eradicating corruption from the country. We must work together
to curtail the cancer of corruption in our governance structure and
effectively manage the natural resources God has endowed us
with to break the chain of abject poverty in our country. To these
undertakings, I pledge to continue my work. For me, the dream of
the Crusade for Change in Liberia continues.
Added Dr. Neyor: The essence of democracy is that when
elections are free, fair and transparent, all participants must not
only accept the result but also commit to working for the common
good. In his masterpiece poem "IF", Rudyard Kipling said "If you
can meet triumph (victory) and disaster (defeat) and treat those
two impostors just the same,...you will be a man." The essence of
peace and stability in one's life is realizing victory and defeat are
impostors and for the peace of ones inner spirit, you must not be
perturbed whenever you experience either of them.
Dr. Neyor said the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat can
only occur for a person out of balance who does not sense that
they are mere impostors.
He paid homage to his wife, Tupee for helping him spreading the
message of change around Montserrado County. I am thankful
and grateful to my campaign team of managers, coordinators and
volunteers who sacrificed their time and many sleepless nights for
this process.
Dr. Neyor said it is clear that the day of the imperial presidency is
drawing to a close in Liberia. The electorates have validated the
constitution that all power is inherent in the people and they can
change that power when their safety and wellbeing are in danger.
The voters have shown they have had enough of corruption,
nepotism and horrible governance. I pray that those they are
electing will take note and work only in the interest of the people.
Dr. Neyor concluded by calling for those who participated in the
elections to dedicate the Special Senatorial Election to compatriots
who succumbed to Ebola and may those elected commit
themselves with those who elected them to build a country where
the impact of such epidemic will be minimized in the future.

allying of ballot papers


from across the 347
polling
places
in
Grand Bassa County
continues at the National
Elections Commission local
office on the Fairgrounds in
Buchanan, but the primary issue
now is how the former Unity

Party man managed to make life
difficult for the incumbent at the
polls on Saturday, December 20..
Jonathan Kaipay termed himself
as the prodigal son when he
announced that he was switching
political lanes from UP back to
Liberty Party arguing that his
decision was because the ruling
party has failed to live up to its
founding purpose. He said in
February 2014 that LP had been
his political home before joining
the ruling party.
But that is not the most important
party of his story. How did he
win the confidence of Liberty
Partys crme de la crme Cllr.
Charles Walker Brumskine, the
partys newest sensation Sen.
Karnga-Lawrence, and the likes
of Hon. Byron Browne and
Deputy Speaker, Hans Barchue?
Political observers say, all the
aforementioned were devoted to
the same cause: ousting Senator
Findley, who is termed as an
insolent to LP and his political
oppositions in the county. So the
plot to unseat Findley became
perceptible as soon as these
forces allied up against the
incumbent, it became calamitous
to his reelection. So Kaipay had
to rely on his own legacy as
Director of the United Methodist
Church projects and that of the
political adversaries the Senator
had fashioned for himself.
For more than three years now
the legislative caucus of Grand
Bassa County has remain
at loggerhead over political
differences with it been visible
that the county lawmakers
segmented themselves. Findley
had two on his side and with
the backing of the county
administration,
he
enjoyed
favored from Commissioners
and Statutory Superintendents
across the five electoral districts.
The rest of the other lawmakers
in the other segment have often
tagged Findley as Grand Bassa
Problem.
Days before the election, Hon.
Gabriel Smith who also opted to

run against Findley emphatically


told FrontPage Africa during
an exclusive that if Findley is
out, working with the rest of
the lawmakers would be easy to
reckon with.
FINDLEYS
HEELS

ACHILLE

As an incumbent who is regarded


as the fourth more powerful
man in the whole republic, he
also enjoyed the confidence of
President Sirleaf and the Unity
Party but he made a complete
botch of his first six years as
senator. Findley election in 2005
was impressive when he beat
Liberty Partys Nathaniel Innis
to the first place and became
senior senator. Pundits suggested
that Sen. Findley, having won in
2005, was not eyeing a reelection
until he became Pro-Temp of the
Liberian Senate in 2012.
His critics argued that before
his ascendency as Pro-temp,
he was lackadaisical about
planting a seed of reelection
but later rushed a quick plan
less than two years to 2014 for
a reelection. His supporters refer
to his Pro-Tempship as proud of
Bassa and accentuated calls to
retain him because it would be
detrimental the countys growth
if hes voted out.
Hes heavily criticized for
aligning with past and present
county superintendents who
many claimed did not embark
on reform programs to impact
the county at large. Findley,
who is seen as a shield for
county administrators accused of
misappropriating county funds,
had to pay the prize this election,
his critics asserted.
His
relationship
with
Representatives Jeh Byron

Browne and Gabriel Buchanan


Smith has been terrible while his
rapport with Senator Nyonblee
Karnga-Lawrence and Hon.
Hans Barchue also deteriorated.
On the other hand, his attainment
of Representatives Robertson
Siaway and Mary Karwo
supports was ever since termed
as pointless by political observes
in the county mainly because the
pair have failed to nail down their
respective political prominence
in the county since they were
elected in 2011.
When electioneering politics
came to the fore in Grand Bassa,
several major players including
Daniel Chea quietly throw their
support to Liberty Party and with
the amount of support base Chea
has, having ran in two previous
elections himself, it became
scary for Findleys camp.
Findley was still upbeat by
the support of individuals like
Gender Minister and former
county superintendent, Julia
Duncan Cassell; LPRC boss,
T. Nelson Williams as well
as political parties like the
National Patriotic Party and
the ruling Unity Party. During
the campaign, he often boasted
of playing the lead role in the
establishment of the countys
community college, the Cotton
Tree-Buchanan road and his
personal financial support to
students and marketers. After he
cast his ballot in Buchanan on
Saturday, he told reporters that
he was optimistic of winning
based upon the achievement of
the Liberian Senate.
He was largely expected to
pull good votes in Buchanan
and probably win the LAC
plantation, Compound Three
and portions of District Four
and Two but provisional results
are speaking otherwise. Insiders
of the Findley Campaign team
has hinted to FPA that poor
campaigning in these purported
strongholds cost them badly.
KAIPAYS EDGE
The incumbent assumed that
President Sirleafs support of
his campaign was a plus but
observes see it differently as they
asserted that Sirleafs visit to the
port city on Friday, December
19, was a bad omen for Findley.
The president was jeered
by Kaipay supporters when
she attempted wooing them

for Findley and when she


encouraged marketers to vote for
Findley and left the city, Gabriel
Smith was seen calling on the
marketers to support Kaipay if
they thought he was not ready.
With Smiths popularity amongst
market women of Buchanan
city because of his role in the
construction of several market
buildings,
the
atmosphere
immediately change for Findley
that same Friday.
Apparently, there was an eleventh
hour truce between Smith and
Kaipay to battle Findley at the
polls and speculation had it that
Senator Karnga-Lawrence play a
role in it.
Karnga-Lawrence is the main
orchestrate of Findleys down fall
in the election. Her appointment
by the LP as chair of Kaipay
campaign team showed good
signs even before she returned
from the United States and when
she arrived, the team focused on
winning support in rural areas
while an array of propagandists
appeared on community radio
stations across the country.
December 19th parade featuring
Kaipay, Brumskine, KarngaLawrence and several others
pulled the biggest crowd in the
county during the campaign
period.
Sen. Karnga-Lawrence is now
highly regarded for bringing a
new phenomenon to the Liberty
Party by setting up her own
foundation many of her critics
thought was only meant to win
votes in the 2013 senatorial
by-election in the county. But
Nyonblee Cares Foundation is
now protruding the county and
leaving its mark.
Merging
Senator
KarngaLawrence work and Jonathan
Kaipays role as director of
the UMC projects, influenced
voters to accept an example
of development theyve seen.

Kaipay has often
heavily relied
on his work with the church
and how it has impacted several
projects across the country and
vaunted about managing millions
of dollars without discrepancy.
Pundits believe collation of
Kaipay leadership role with the
churchs projects and Senator
Karnga-Lawrences
charisma
couple with the backing of
Liberty Party and Hon. Barchue
and others made the race
threatening for the incumbent.
Bringing on board Hon. Barchue
was a massive advantage to
their endeavor considering the
political strength of the Deputy
Speaker in his constituency,
District One. Barchue is not
found of Findley and once he
declared his support for his main
challenger it became obvious
that Kaipay was destine to sweep
votes in District One.
Although NEC official results is
pending, supports of Kaipay and
the Liberty Party are jubilating
and with provisional results
already putting Kaipay ahead
of the incumbent, Grand Bassa
County seem destine for a new
senator.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Frontpage

WE WILL NOT VOTE FOR


SOMEONES RICHES

Page 7

Liberians speak out on Why December 20 Senatorial Elections Witnessed Low turnout
Kennedy L. Yangian kennedylyangian@frontpageafricaonline.com 0777296781

STUCK
IN TRANSIT
HUNDREDS OF TRAVELLERS

STRANDED DUE TO BAD BRIDGE


ALPHA DAFFAE SENKPENI,
alpha.senkpeni@frontpageafricaonline.com

An Empty Voting Center In Paynesville

O
Monrovia-

n
Saturday,
December
20,
Liberians went to
the polls to elect
15 senators but the polling was
characterized by low turnout
with many Liberians going
about their normal businesses.
Yama Mulbah sits with other
petit traders alongside the
Pipeline Road to sell tied
peanut butter in plastics while
her friends sell other items
like palm oil among others to
earn a living in the densely
populated Red-light Market
in the commercial district of
Redlight in Paynesville city, a
suburb of Monrovia.
On Saturday the day set by the
National Election Commission
(NEC) for the conduct of the
polls to elect another batch
of 15 senators Yama and her
friends were seen on that
fateful morning in the market
carrying out their normal
business as usual.
Neither Yama nor her friends
cared to know about what
was taking place on Saturday
despite declaration by the
President making the day a
national holiday to allow all
eligible voters in the country
have the opportunity to go to
the various polling centers
across the country to vote for a
candidates of their choice.
I am not going to take a step
from here today to go and vote
for someones riches, the time
I will take to stand in line to
end up with frustration should
be taken to sell our small thing
for us to eat angry Yama told
FrontPageAfrica.
In separate interviews Yama
friends also expressed similar
views.
Even if the police drive us
from here, we will take our

market to another direction just


to spend our day selling just to
avoid that voting process one
of Yamas colleagues said.
Yama believed to be in her
early thirties and a high school
graduate from the Calvary
Temple High School in Jacob
Town Paynesville now turned
petit trader since her graduation
in 2010 and her colleagues
stated that their frustration
over voting process in Liberia
started far back in the 2005
Presidential and Legislative
election in the country that
brought to power Madam Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf the first female
president in the long history of
the country.
According to the marketers
during the 2005 election they
stood in the sun all day hungry
on that day with the hope that
the people that they will elect

will live up to their campaign


promises and make legislations
that will bring change to the
country but to their utmost
surprise nearly all of those who
they elected have failed the
Liberian people.
With the low turnout that
marked the December 20,
2014 Legislative Election,
many Liberians stated that the
low turn-out was regrettable
although but it was due to the
selfish motive of those that
have been elected who only
want riches for themselves and
their families and are in the
habit of turning their backs on
those who elect them in those
positions.
Like Yama Kollie and her
friends, David Johnson and
his neighbor Yanquoi Zayzay
were lying down relaxing at
their various homes close to

one of the polling precincts


in the Pipeline Community
in Paynesville watching the
voting process.
Also in separate interviews
the two middle-aged men told
FrontPageAfrica that it was a
waste of time to vote for people
in Liberia.
Johnson said they only know
you during the voting time but
after the process no one cares
any longer for those promises
made.
Let the International
community know that we are
tired with this frustration on
this voting business because
people who are elected cannot
delivered but let those who will
be elected today learn lesson
of today if not this is how they
will face similar problem in
the year to come said the two
middle age men.

Yama Kollie And Friends Selling In Red-Light On Voting Day

Timbo River Bridge, Grand Bassa County undreds of travelers were on Friday, December 21,
made to wait for over three hours as engineers from
the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) struggled to
repair damage parts of the Timbo River Bridge.
Timbo River Bridge links Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties
and travelers heading to Sinoe County often prefer the route but
as the deteriorating condition of the bridge heighten, life became
unbearable for many who opted to travel that day.
Some of the travelers were heading to their respective counties
RiverCess and Sinoe Counties - to vote in the December 20th
special senatorial election while others were business people
commuting stock of goods on trucks to the south eastern Liberia.
Im going all the way to Cestos City to see my family and also to
vote because it is where I registered but we have stayed here for
the whole day. It is very bad; the people was supposed to fix this
bridge ever since not when they know it is season time and people
will be voting tomorrow, one of the female travelers cried.
Another man who said hes a pastor worried about whether he will
reach to Buchanan and be back before the evening: I need to be
back in RiverCess by today thats why I started my journey very
early this morning but see how long Ive stay here.
Most of the business women looked disappointed and frown as
they complained about the wasted time due to the prolonged
work on the bridge while hundreds of motorcyclists also stood
dissatisfied.
Some of the travelers were being trucked back by candidates to
vote in their interest while others mocked that the candidates
would lose votes if the bridge had not been repair.
The resident engineers of both RiverCess and Grand Bassa
Counties collaborated with a logging company to ensure that
the bridge was quickly repaired but they revealed that the bridge
needs massive renovation including the replacement of its floor
sheets.
The steel bridge, constructed in 1976, is a main route for several
logging and plank trucks something engineers have warned is
posing pressure on it and may lead to more damaging condition if
the situation does not improve.
According to sources on the RiverCess side, the resident engineer
has often suggested that the county authority barred plank and
logging truck from using the bridge and recommend another route
which, the source said, is more preferable and safer. But enforcing
the engineers recommendation is yet to be seen.
Some of the engineers said the MPW has recently done some
manner reinforcement on the bridge but they clearly pointed to
the need for a massive rehabilitation of the bridge. The bridge
wobbled when a truck drove on it.
Hours after the work was done, hundreds of people were seen
rushing through the bridge hoping that they can quickly head to
their destination. It took more than half hour for vehicles on the
side of the bridge to cross as those on the other side waited in
serious frustration.
Many of the stranded travelers later called on the MPW to
sponsor a massive repair of the bridge in other to avoid further
embarrassment for Liberians living in that part of rural Liberia.
They warned that they bridge will one day collapsed if heavy duty
truck carrying planks and logs are not banned from using it.

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Monroviaiberian youths have


begun cleaning up
schools with the hope
that the Ebola epidemic
will be over in 2015, prompting
an education advocate to call for
accelerated post-Ebola schooling
for young people.
UNICEF estimates that five
million children ages 3 to 17
are out of school due to Ebola.
Schools in Liberia have been
closed prematurely since June
due to due to the outbreak.
This Ebola crisis has been
predominantly seen as a health
crisis but its implications go
way beyond health, says Sayo
Aoki, an education specialist for
UNICEF working in countries
hit by the virus. Its time we
start looking at it from other
perspectives, and education is
part of that.
Victor Jackson, a young man
leading a group of college and
high school students to clean
schools in Paynesville, says he
believes that Ebola virus is on
its way out and that it is time for
schools to reopen.
Jackson says that the cleanup campaign by his group is
going to cover all schools in
Paynesville. Today we are here
to do a cleanup campaign at the
African Dream Academy to give
the school a facelift and give
back to our country.
Cleaning the school is a way
of psychologically preparing the
minds of school administrators
for the resumption of classes,
Jackson noted.
Jackson says the cleanup
campaign is intended to assist
schools in their preparation for
the resumption of classes and
added that the initiative is to send
a message that young people are
productive and can play a pivotal
role in Liberia.
Samuel Enders, founder of
Africa Dream Academy, said

Monrovia
he spread of the deadly
Ebola virus which has
claimed the lives of
many Liberians has
undermined the stability of the
Liberian Health and education
systems and exacerbated the
existing anger and mistrust
amongst Liberians about the
government, which reflects a
lack of accountability between
citizens and their leaders.
John Kollie, a resident of the 24th
Street community in Sinkor has
expressed dissatisfaction over the
manner in which the government
of Liberia, prior to Ebola handled
the countrys education system,
which he referred to as the
backbone of the nation progress.
He blamed the government
of being responsible for the
widespread of the virus, stating
that government lacks basic
policy on national information
dissemination and educational
development.
Public outcry from civil society
groupings, parents and students
calling for the government to
reopen schools is now the debate
in every corner in Liberia, with
many saying the government
is insensitive to the growth and
development of the nation taking
election as a priority than the
education of the children.
Samuel P. Hayes, President
of a local community youth
organization which is engaged
in community based initiative
through organizing seminars,
workshop,
Debate,
Home
Tutoring for kids and many other
community projects, is calling

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EDUCATION

BORED SITTING HOME


EDUCATION ONE OF EBOLAS FIRST CASUALTIES
Al-Varney Rogers avarney.rogers@frontpageafricaonline.com0886304498

he was impressed to see young


people willing to do all they can
to see schools reopen. It amazes
me to see young people giving
back to their school in such a
manner. They are giving beyond
themselves.
He further said While the
government is fighting Ebola,
education should not be forgotten
in the process.
Enders recommended that the
government should adopt an
accelerated learning program for
post-Ebola schooling.
We need this accelerated
learning program so our students
cannot be left over. Students will
come to school 6AM-6PM from
Monday to Saturday just to get
them where they need to be,
Enders added.

He urged students to read while


home adding that they should
not feel let down by the Ebola
because they are the future
Liberia depends on.
Even before the Ebola scourge,
Liberia was a troubled country
educationally, still emerging from
civil war with many of its youth
behind in terms of education.
Liberia was in the process of
increasing its school attendance
numbers and experts are worried
that Ebola has set progress back.
Marthaline David, a clean-up
volunteer said the campaign
at various schools will reduce
the financial burden school
administrators will have to bear.
We cannot just sit and wait for
government to do everything for
us, so by cleaning schools we

want government to know that


we are ready for our schools to
open, David said.
David called on other youths
to join their efforts in rallying
the government and schools
administrators to begin preparing
for the opening of schools in
January 2015.
The humanitarian organization,
Global Business Coalition for
Education recently released a
report on the opening of schools
in Ebola-affected countries.
The report called for the
responsible reopening of safe
schools as quickly as possible
and outlined steps necessary
to provide immediate, interim
education solutions as well as
long-term strategies.
Without the reopening of safe

schools, the most vulnerable


and the most marginalized will
bear the brunt of this crisis for
generations to come, trapping
them in an unbreakable cycle
of poverty with devastating
consequences for societal, health
and economic development, the
report said.
Strive Masiyiwa, founder and
chairman of Econet Wireless,
and founding member of the
Global Business Coalition for
Education, wrote in the report:
We cannot let education
become an additional casualty
of the Ebola crisis. As we tackle
the immediate public health
crisis, we must also find ways to
address the educational needs of
the five million children affected
by school closures in Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone. As
a founding member of Global
Business Coalition for Education,
I urge others to get behind these
recommendations to ensure the
health crisis does not spiral into a
lasting education crisis.
The report continued: Being out
of school can have a crippling
impact for vulnerable children,
especially girls who are more
subject to high-risk situations,
including pregnancy and early
marriage.
The report notes that delay in the
opening of schools will see child
labor increasing rapidly.
Contributing to the household
economy becomes critical for
families. Education is put forward
as key to prevent the exploitation

of children and continued


vulnerability of the poor and is
vital to prevent against disease
and future outbreaks.
Gordon Brown, UN Special
Envoy for Global Education
declared recently: With children
out of school indefinitely, Ebola
threatens to reverse years of
educational progress in West
Africa where literacy rates are
already low and school systems
are only now recovering from
years of civil war. If we do not
address our failure to deliver this
basic human right in emergencies,
millions of young people, those
far beyond the borders of the
three affected countries affected
will continue to shoulder the
burden of our inaction.
Education observers say Liberia
will have to patiently wait until
the Ebola caseloads are under
control, since a premature
opening may only add fuel to the
fire.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
recently launched a campaign
titled No New Ebola Case and
the government has set its target
to kick Ebola out of Liberia
before the end of the year.
Health experts say with all
the health measures in place
Liberia could be Ebola free by
early next year but the young
people in Liberia are optimistic
that January would see them in
school.

KEEPING
STUDENTS
ACTIVE
Amid Ebola Youth Group Holds Academic Competition
James-Emmanuel D. Cole, Jr , 0886 211 390 FPA Staff

Contestants for the Spelling Bee Competition


on the government through
the Ministry of Education to
Highlight Academic Engagement
through
community
based
approach in the wake of the
deadly Ebola outbreak.
It is saddened to us, as a nation in
a recovery stage hit by the deadly
Ebola epidemic; health and
education are two most important
tools to building of a great nation.
We are discouraged by the look

of things in our country today,


relating to public examination
results, poor performance of
students in WAEC 2014 and the
University of Liberia entrance
result, said Hayes.
According to Hayes, the Youth
Initiative
for
Sustainable
Development commits itself to
the growth and development
of the nation. We will never
give up in the fight for quality

education, though there are many


challenges we face today.
He is applauding the American
government for the establishment
of many education challenge
programs most especially the
National Spelling Bee, which
his organization is following in
a community based initiative in
time of the Ebola crisis, keeping
the kids engaged academically.
Amid the Ebola crisis, we

have been engaging parents and


kids through home tutoring and
launched the YISD Spelling
Bee Competition Tournament
which final is set for Tuesday,
December 23, 2014, at 12 Noon
at the Len Miller Gymnasium
with the total of 12 Finalist from
the 24th Street, GSA, People
United Community and its
environs Hayes narrated.
The American Embassy in

Liberia launched the Spelling


Bee program in 2008 after
watching, Akeelah and Bee.
It was established in Liberia to
develop a passion for educational
excellence,
creating
an
organization framework to enable
students in all 15 counties to have
an opportunity to participate from
their school, district, county, and
national level.
In 2010, the Public Affairs
Section of the Embassy and the
Ministry of Education partnered
to expand the opportunity to
15 counties. The private sector
participated
by
providing
financial support through awards
to the top three winners.
Forty five students, three from
each county, came to Monrovia
for the grand finale. The three
day educational experience
enabled the students to visit
the University of Liberia, the
Legislature, and a tour of the
city. The trip was the first visit to
Monrovia for some of the students
and Sandra Tamba, the champion
of the 2009 competition,
traveled to Washington, D.C. to
represent Liberia at the SCRIPPS
SPELLING BEE. The only two
African countries represented
were Liberia and Ghana. The
Ministry of Education has since
2011 taken over the management
of the program.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Frontpage

Page 9

Environmental Specialist
2 Years Term Appointment
Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Background
The World Bank Group (WBG) is seeking to recruit a highly qualified Environmental Specialist to be
based in the World Bank Country Office in Monrovia, Liberia to contribute to the business lines of the
Global Practice on environmental and natural resources management, especially pollution management
and environmental health; environmental risks management and safeguards in large infrastructure
project; biodiversity conservation and natural resources management; and climate change agenda.
The specialist will support the GPs work on the application of environmental policy to Bank investment
lending, including risk management and knowledge and learning initiatives. The Environmental Specialist
will play an essential role in the application of the Banks environmental policies (i.e. Environmental
Assessment OP 4.01, Natural Habitats OP 4.04, Pest Management OP 4.09, Physical Cultural Resources
OP 4.11, Forests OP 4.36, and Safety of Dams OP 4.37) and in supporting the use of environmental
assessments methodologies across a range of sectors and country contexts.

The Responsibilities will include:

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LAW & ORDER

MAN CHARGED FOR


COMMITTING MURDER
Bettie Johnson/bettie.johnson@frontpageafricaonline.com
0770197670/0886971922

A
Monrovia-

19-year old man has been arrested and charged by the Police with murder, a violation of chapter
14; section 14.1 of the revised penal code of Liberia.
Defendant Benjamin Gorwor of the ELWA community was charged on the commission of the
crime for his action which caused the death of his friend Troken Brownell.
According to the police charge sheet, the defendant knowingly stabbed the deceased in the left chest cavity
with an orange scissor at ELWA junction.
Defendant Gorwor was arrested and turned over to the Crime Against Person Unit/ CSD for investigation
for allegedly stabbing to death the deceased.
The police charge sheet further revealed that Liberias chief of traffic Col. John Saah told investigators
that while he was on his normal routine patrolling, regulating the traffic at the crime scene, his attention
was drawn by citizens of the community that the defendant stabbed his friend with a scissor, upon which
his vehicle hurriedly took the deceased to the John F. Kennedy Hospital where he was pronounced Dead
on arrival (DOA).
Also a witness on the scene told police investigators that the two were in a scuffle and the deceased took a
plank which led to the defendant pulling out his scissor from his pocket and stabbing the victim.
Accordingly, the deceased fell to the ground in severe pain.
The Liberia National Police investigation further revealed that defendant Gorwor in the presence of his
legal counsel narrated that the deceased was his friend who wounded him about a month ago and the
matter was taken to Zone 5, police station.
When the matter was taken to police station, the officers told me to leave and treat myself, something I
fell very angry about, but it was my health. So I left and got treated by a local clinic but I did not return to
the Police station. The defendant stated.
Defendant Gorwor added I came in contact with him on December 8, 2014 at 6:00pm at the ELWA
junction we started a fight and he told me that the first injury was small but if try him I will know and he
went and pick up a stick and knock it on my head. When I saw blood from my head then I got angry and
pulled the scissor from my pocket and stabbed him .
The police investigation stated that the defendant and the deceased were friends and were always around
ghettos together.
Meanwhile, the defendant voluntarily admitted to the commission of the crime in the presence of his
lawyers.
In view of the forgoing, circumstances surrounding the case, coupled with evidence adduced, the Liberia
National Police has resolved to charge defendant Gorwor with the crime Murder and forwarded him to
court for prosecution.
The charge by the defendant violates chapter 14; section 14.1 of the revised penal code of Liberia.

The Environmental Specialist will have the following main tasks and responsibilities: a)Seek and develop
opportunities to integrate sound environmental management and environment safeguards policies in
different investment operations, participate as a team member in such operations and related AAA, and
enhance local capacities for implementing these policies. b) Contribute to the Unit in at least one
particular area of environmental expertise, such as pollution management and environmental health;
natural resources management and biodiversity conservation; and climate change themes that are
increasing in importance throughout the Region. c) Maintain dialogue and coordination between the
Liberian national counterparts and the teams working in Liberia, with an emphasis in developing longlasting relations with Government counterparts and relevant national institutions. d) Participate as team
member in the preparation and/or supervision of environmental safeguards policy requirements in
different Bank funded operations. e) Provide expert advice to client and counterpart organizations, project
teams and GP management with regard to the preparation and supervision of Pollution Management and
Environmental health related projects

Qualifications

In addition to meeting Bank-wide Grade GF level positions, it is expected that the successful candidate
will meet the following selection criteria: Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in environmental economics,
environmental science/engineering, natural resources management or related field, preferably with major
in one or more of the following areas: environmental health or pollution; environmental institutions or
policy; forestry, biodiversity or climate change. A minimum of 5 years of full-time relevant professional
experience in the environment sector.
For the full job description and selection criteria for this vacancy, qualified candidates are requested to
visit and submit an electronic application at the World Bank careers
website:www.worldbank.org/careers. . Once on the site, Click on > Current Job Opening > Job Type
> Professional & Technical > Job Family > Environment > Job number 141411. The World Bank
Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational
background. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. Closing date is December 25,
2014. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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IN BRIEF

KENYA TELLS US
TO BACK OFF OVER
'TERROR' LAW

senior
Kenyan
official at the State
House has criticised
the United States
for raising concerns about anew
Kenyan law aimed at fighting
"terrorism".
Munyori Buku said in a
statement on the presidential
website that Kenya's new
law had checks and balances,
unlike US security laws that
have created the Guantanamo
Bay detention centre and given
the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation and intelligence
officers "a carte blanche in
the fight against terrorism and
biological warfare".

BOKO HARAM CAMP DISMANTLED


IN CAMEROON, ARMY SAYS

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP)


ameroons army says it
has broken up a Boko
Haram training camp on
its territory.
A statement issued Sunday said the
camp, located in the Mayo-Danay
district in the countrys Far North
region, was dismantled Saturday.
Lt.
Col.
Didier
Badjeck,
spokesman for Cameroons army,
said he was traveling to the region
and could not provide details until
he assessed the situation himself.
The Nigeria-based insurgents
have expanded their operations
in Cameroon in recent months,
launching cross-border attacks
as the government has become
increasingly involved in regional
efforts to contain them.
Jean-Pierre Mbida, a soldier with
the Rapid Intervention Battalion
tasked fighting Boko Haram,
said the area where the camp was
discovered had been relatively
calm.

CHINA CONDEMNS
CYBERATTACKS, BUT SAYS
NO PROOF NORTH KOREA
HACKED SONY

BEIJING/WASHINGTON
(Reuters) hina said on Monday
it opposed all forms of
cyberattacks but there
was no proof that
North Korea was responsible for
the hacking of Sony Pictures, as
the United States has said.
North Korea has denied it was
to blame and has vowed to hit
back against any U.S. retaliation,
threatening the White House
and the Pentagon. The hackers
said they were incensed by a
Sony comedy about a fictional
assassination of North Korean
leader Kim Jong Un, which the
studio has pulled.
China made no reference to
calls by the United States for
joint action with it and other
countries to counter any similar
cyberattacks.

BLAME GAME
F

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WORLD NEWS

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

IMF POLICIES BLAMED FOR EBOLA SPREAD IN WEST AFRICA

t had led to "underfunded, insufficiently


staffed, and poorly
prepared
health
systems" in Sierra Leone,
Liberia and Guinea, they said.
The
IMF
denied
the
allegation.
The deadliest Ebola outbreak
ever has so far killed more
than 7,300 people, mostly in
the three states.
"A major reason why the
Ebola outbreak spread so
rapidly was the weakness
of healthcare systems in
the region, and it would be
unfortunate if underlying
causes were overlooked,"
said Cambridge University
sociologist
and
lead
author Alexander
study
Kentikelenis.
IMF polices made it difficult
to employ health staff,
researchers say
Policies
requiring
that
government spending be
slashed were "extremely
strict, absorbing funds that
could be directed to meeting
pressing health challenges",
the study said.
Mr Kentikelenis told the
BBC's Newsday programme
that caps on wage bills meant
countries could not hire heath
staff and pay them adequately.
The IMF's emphasis on
decentralised
healthcare
systems had also made it
difficult to mobilise a co-

ordinated response to health


emergencies such as the
Ebola outbreak, he said.
'Completely untrue'
Study co-author Lawrence
King said Guinea, Liberia
and Sierra Leone had met the
IMF's directives in 2013, just
before the Ebola outbreak.

However, they all "failed to


raise their social spending
despite
pressing
health
needs", he said.
The IMF said in a statement
that health spending in
Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone had, in fact, increased
in the 2010-2013 period.

It was "completely untrue"


that IMF policies had caused
Ebola to spread, a spokesman
is quoted by AFP news
agency as saying
"Such claims are based
on
a
misunderstanding,
and, in some cases, a
misrepresentation, of IMF

policies," he said.
The three poor West African
states are heavily dependent
on donor funding.
Conflict in Liberia and Sierra
Leone in the 1990s also
contributed to the destruction
of their health systems.

MUGABE FIRES MORE CABINET MINISTERS

Harare (AFP) imbabwean President


Robert Mugabe has
fired two cabinet
ministers
and

five deputy ministers, the


presidency announced late
Sunday, in an apparent purge
targeting allies of his former
deputy Joice Mujuru.

The move came after months


of political upheaval in
Zimbabwe over the succession
to 90-year-old Mugabe when
he dies or steps down.

Mugabe, who is currently


holidaying in Asia, dismissed
Flora Buka, minister of state
for presidential affairs and
Sylvester Nguni, minister of

state in the office of the vice


president, saying "their conduct
and performance were below
expected standards", according
to a presidency statement.
The two were seen as allies of
former vice president Mujuru,
who was dismissed two weeks
ago along with seven cabinet
ministers and a deputy minister.
Five deputy ministers -- for
health, justice, rural affairs,
work and transport -- were also
dismissed on Sunday.
Once seen as favourite to step
into Mugabe's shoes, Mujuru
has since come under constant
attack, notably from Mugabe's
increasingly powerful wife
Grace.
Mujuru has been accused of
plotting to assassinate the
president, fomenting factional
divisions in the ruling party,
and of dodgy business dealings.
Mujuru was replaced as vice
president by Justice Minister
Emmerson Mnangagwa, a
long-time ally of Mugabe.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sports

Frontpage

Page 11

SPORTS

NOW THAT HE'S WON THE CLUB WORLD CUP WITH REAL
MADRID, CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS SECURED HIMSELF
ANOTHER PLACE IN THE RECORD BOOKS.

KROOS: I WAS RIGHT TO


LEAVE BAYERN FOR MADRID

SCHUERRLE HAPPY TO FIGHT T


FOR HIS PLACE AT CHELSEA
G
LONDON (Reuters) erman World Cup
winner
Andre
Schuerrle
has
ruled out a move
away from Chelsea despite
failing to secure a regular
starting place this season.
Schuerrle has been troubled
by injury and illness since
helping his country to the
World Cup title in July and
says he has no intention of
leaving the Premier League
leaders.
"The last few weeks I have
been able to intensively train
and fight myself back into
the team," said the forward
in his online blog (www.
sportupyourlife) on Monday.
"Things are getting better.
"Nevertheless, in a phase with
less operating time, transfer
rumours are always coming
up. Of course I want to be on
the pitch as much as possible
and score goals for my club,"
added Schuerrle ahead of
Monday night's league game
at Stoke City.
"In a team like Chelsea, with
many top players, you have
to prove yourself again and
again....but this is not an issue
for me. I feel comfortable here

oni Kroos believes


winning the Club
World Cup proves
that he was right
to leave Bayern Munich and
joinReal Madrid.
The midfielder joined the
Santiago Bernabeu side in the
summer for a reported 30
million and helped them to win
the trophy on Saturday, after a
2-0 victory over San Lorenzo
in the final, just months after he
was crowned a world champion
with Germany.
And Kroos, who also won the
Champions League and Club
World Cup during his time at
Bayern, says he is happy to cap
off a fine 2014 with another
trophy and feels vindicated in
his decision to join the Spanish
giants.

LIVERPOOL ARE BACK ON


TRACK, SAYS LALLANA

B
and would not think of such a
thing."
Schuerrle, who joined the

Stamford Bridge club from


Bayer Leverkusen for 18
million
pounds
($28.10

DEBBAHS PREFERMENT A TEST FOR


FORMER INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS
Liberian Player Manager Declares
A. Macaulay Sombai somba121@gmail.com

bout month ago,


the Liberia Football
Association (LFA)
appointed one of

Lone Stars former strikers James


Salinsa Debbah as Head coach
of the senior national football
team of Liberia (The Lone Star)

and also named another former


midfielder Kelvin Sebwe as
Assistant.
But Debbahs appointment has

million) in June 2013, scored


twice in Germany's 7-1 World
Cup semi-final drubbing of

hosts Brazil in July.


However, he has started only
10 of Chelsea's 25 games in all

become a serious argument


among enthusiasts of the national
team.
Some are describing the nation
Most Celebrated Soccer Stars
appointment as a step forward
for the national team and the
country as a whole while others
are saying his appointment is
untimely.
Emmanuel T. David, Manager
of Liberia professional striker
Herron Scarla Berrian presently
playing for Platanias FC
in Greece, Europe believes
Debbahs
appointment
as
national team coach is a test for
all former international players.
Manager
David
described
Debbahs appointment as a major
test not only for Debbah but also
for the rest of the former players
who have been given the same
coaching position for the rest of
the Junior Lone Star teams.
David emphasized that the LFA
confirmed to the Liberian people
that Debbah was appointed
after undergoing three months
coaching course along with his
assistant Kelvin Sebwe and the
other former players who were
also appointed to take charge of
the junior Lone Star squads.
The LFA clarified to the
Liberian people that Debbah
was appointed to lead the

senior national team based on


the highest points he scored
among all of his colleagues that
participated in the coaching
course, so I think Debbah and the
rest of his colleagues should be
given the chance to either prove
themselves right or wrong.
He acknowledged that other
countries in the West African
region have tried their former
players in coaching role and
some were successful while
others failed and called on his
fellow football enthusiasts not to
quickly condemn the coaching
abilities of Debbah and the rest
of his colleagues until they all
prove themselves wrong or right.
The Manager emphasized that
Debbah once played for the
same national team he has
been appointed to coach and
that he has played in several of
the biggest football leagues in
Europe.
David believes Debbah could
bring new flavor to the national
team against their opponents.
It can be recalled that Debbah
told the Liberian people that he
is going to coach the players
according to the rules and
techniques of the game but it
will be left with the players
themselves to really listen
and follow those tactics or

rendan
Rodgers'
side spent last
Christmas top of the
table, but sit 10th
12 months on having also been
knocked out of the Champions
League, but Lallana feels they
are now turning a corner.
He told the club's official
website: "I'm thoroughly
disappointed we didn't take all
three points [against Arsenal],
but there was a good feeling
about the whole atmosphere
and the performance - and it's
been like that for the last few
games.

GOOD TIME TO
FACE CHELSEA &
ARSENAL, SAYS
ALLARDYCE

est
Ham
manager
Sam
Allardyce feels
his side's strong
form means they are capable of
earning points against London
rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in
a busy Christmas period this
week.
West Ham have exceeded
expectations this season and sit
fourth in the league table after
losing only four of their first
17 matches, with victory on
Saturday ensuring they have
now won four of their last five.
Chelsea are their next opponents
on Boxing Day, with a visit
from Arsenal two days later,
but Allardyce - who held Jose
Mourinho's side to a goalless
draw at Stamford Bridge last
season - is not fearing the trip.

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ACHIEVEMENT
Dwight Joseph wins professional
bout in mixed martial art.

wight Joseph continues to make


fans in America and Liberia
proud, adding what could be
seen as a crown to his string of
success in the entertainment- mixed martial
art industry.
From amateur successes, Jaytee debuted
in the professional ring in Ralston Arena,
Nebraska on December 13 against Tony
Ortega whom he had floored at the amateur
level in 2013.
It was therefore unsurprising that a man he
had defeated at amateur level went down
in the third round of their professional
encounter and the judges were unanimous
with their decision in declaring Joseph the

winner.
In a pre-match interview to Victory Fighter,
Joseph explained why he took a step forward
in his career.
I figured it was about that time. I have
competed as an amateur for a couple of
years and I am not getting any younger, so I
decided to take that step, he said.
Asked what he has been doing in the area of
fundraising for his professional transition,
Joseph spoke about the Knockout Ebola
initiative for and on behalf of Liberia.
I started a knockout Ebola campaign to
help raise funds to fight the Ebola crisis in
West Africa, especially in Liberia, where I
am from. The country was hit the worst with

the Ebola virus, so I am just hoping to raise


some money to donate to the Samaritans
purse to fight the disease, he added.
Jaytee, the son of Theo Decontee Joseph
of Baker Tilly-Liberia, one of Liberias
renowned certified public accountants, also
spoke about plans for the immediate future.
I hope, in five years, I have grown a lot
as a person and as a martial artist I hope
I can continue loving the sport and I keep
doing what I am doing I would love to
take my career as far as I can and get to the
UFC, thats what I am working towards, he
continued.
Its been nearly a year since VFC fight fans
watched Joseph being thrown down.

In previous appearances at VFC, Joseph has


not only proven to be explosive and versatile
in his performances but also proven to be a
VFC fan favorite.
Stepping onto the regional mixed martial art
scene approximately two years ago, Joseph
remains undefeated at 8-0 and has earned
two regional title belts.
Since putting together an unblemished
record, Joseph has decided to test himself
on the professional side.
And his promising career can be traced
in Liberia with the Scorpions Taekwondo
School under the leadership of Master
Junior Pewee Russian.

SEASON'S GREETING
THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF

FIRESTONE LIBERIA
EXTEND SEASON GREETINGS TO
HER EXCELLENCY ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF, PRESIDENT OF THE
REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, VICE PRESIDENT, HONORABLE JOSEPH N. BOAKAI, THE
SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL LEGISLATURE,
THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND MEMBERS OF THE SUPREME COURT OF LIBERIA, AND
THE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE OF LIBERIA.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.