State Witness Vindicates Keita In Corruption Case…Says He Took No Bribe


The long running corruption case involving the Mr. Jesefu Morris Keita, suspended Communications and Documentation Director at the Ministry of Public Works being prosecuted

The long running corruption case involving the Mr. Jesefu Morris Keita, suspended Communications and Documentation Director at the Ministry of Public Works being prosecuted

State Witness Abraham Sheriff says Keita did not receive bribe

State Witness Abraham Sheriff says Keita did not receive bribe

The long running corruption case involving the Communications and Documentation Director at the Ministry of Public Works took a dramatic turn on Friday, July 10, 2015 at “Criminal Court C” with LACC investigator Abraham Sheriff telling the court that the LACC investigation found no evidence that Mr. Jesefu Morris Keita and Public Works Comptroller Abraham Samukai received any kickbacks from Mr. David Kortie. Continue reading

Rescuing The Awful Bardnersville Road: Can Gyude Moore’s Public Works Awakes From Slumber?


(First Published June 2015)
By D Kaihennneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist

Public Works Minister  William Gyude Moore

Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore

“They are sitting down and doing no intervention on this road,” he complained. By the middle of July if nothing is done at all, this whole Bardnersville road will cut from the rest of Monrovia,” the middle-aged citizen, riding on a motorbike along with this writer from Bardnersville Junction to Bardnersvile Estate, angrily lamented Wednesday evening (June 17, 2015).

By the time we arrived at our destinations, our trousers’ legs were already soiled as a result of the many pot holes filled with water that even the world’s best motorcyclist cannot escape.

While the just-come William Gyude Moore and his engineers might be restlessly working on revamping roads and bridges leading to the southeastern region for the hosting of this year’s Independence Day celebration (July 26), which is under only five weeks from now (at the writing of this article), his ability to adequately manage the country’s cumbersome infrastructure challenge is on the line in Montserrado — more especially in Gardnersville, Bardnersville, Johnsonville and Dixville.

Incontestably, citizens of all works of life are facing the bitter consequences of the deplorable conditions of the Bardnersville road that connects tens of thousands of Continue reading

FIND Calls FGM Practice ‘Crime Against Humanity’– Calls for Action In Liberia


Mr. Roosevelt A.K. Woods, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity

Mr. Roosevelt A.K. Woods, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity

One of Liberia’s renowned human rights activists has called on the government of Liberia to take tougher actions against traditional Zoes and leaders who are engaged in the unlawful practice Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in in the country.

Mr. Roosevelt A.K. Woods, Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), said Liberia is part of the global community that respects human rights and dignity, and cannot afford to keep practicing acts that are deemed inhumane, which the world is fighting against.

Woods said despite government’s pronouncement on the prohibition on the practice, local traditional Zoes are still engaged in FGM activvities in most parts of rural Liberia. “This act is inhumane and unacceptable,” Woods said. “It amounts to crimes against humanity.” Continue reading

Ellen Attends Thank You Party Ahead Of AfDB 50th Ann Celebration In Abiidjan


Ambassador Johnny McClain introduces Embassy officials and staff to President Sirleaf

Ambassador Johnny McClain introduces Embassy officials and staff to President Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has arrived in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire to participate in the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group from May 25 to 29, 2015.

Other highpoints of the meetings are the election of the Bank’s 8th President, the commemoration of its 50th Anniversary, and the formal admission of South Sudan as its 54th regional member country and its 80th global member.

The 50th Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank’s Board of Governors and the 41th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the Bank’s concessionary window, the African Development Fund (ADF), signal the Bank Group’s return to its headquarters in Abidjan after more than 11 years in Tunis, Tunisia. The AfDB returned to Abidjan in 2014. Continue reading

Deputy Public Works Minister Demands Quality Rural Roads–Inspects Several Infrastructure, Agric Projects In Southeastern Liberia


Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye

Deputy Public Works Minister for Rural Development and Community Services Jackson N. Paye has insisted that quality rural road network remains a major priority of the infrastructure Ministry and cautioned road contractors to produce nothing but the best.

“The benefits of the better rural roads and bridges to the local population are enormous, and those who build them must do so with high standards for these roads to last longer,” Minister Paye noted recently during an inspectional tour of the Agriculture Sector Rehabilitation Project (ASRP) in southeastern Liberia

Inspecting the projects in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru and Maryland last week, Paye he was fairly satisfied with most of the Continue reading

Ellen Inspects Progress On Independence Day Projects – Woos Collective Efforts


The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

The Bailey Bridge constructed over the Darbawulor that connects Greenville to Barclayville constructed by the Ministry of Public Works

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is urging citizens of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, co-hosts of the 168th Independence Anniversary, to get a little more involved in giving the two capital cities – Greenville and Barclayville – a facelift.

The Liberian leader admonished citizens to clean their yards, cut the high bush growing all around the two cities, and paint their houses. “They all need to join in to do their little part to make the two cities look good,” she pleaded.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the call at the end of her visit to Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to access the level of progress and preparation for the celebration of this year’s Independence Anniversary scheduled to be co-hosted by the two counties. Continue reading

25 Journalists Undergo WAJA/PUL ‘Gender Sensitive’ Reporting Training In Monrovia


Press Union of Liberia President K Aabdullai  Kamara

Press Union of Liberia President K Abdullai Kamara

Twenty-five journalists, predominantly females, will Monday (May 18) commence a three-day intensive Gender Sensitive Reporting training in Monrovia, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) disclosed Friday in Monrovia.

The PUL is convening the Gender Sensitive Reporting Workshop, on behalf of the West African Journalists Association (WAJA), and the Norwegian Journalists Union, as part of a broader Women Reporting Women Project.

The workshop is a regional initiative, aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive reporting that seeks to encourage and enhance in-depth analysis and debates on issues concerning women, a statement said.

The training will also  offer skills and knowledge to those who report women issues, but who are not necessarily equipped with the right tools to give a fresh, insightful perspective into subjects such as domestic violence, rape, inheritance, divorce, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, lack of access to education and health and Continue reading

ILGA Report: 76 Countries Declare Same-sex Sexual Acts Illegal– Criminalizing Countries Drop From 92 to 76


Geneva, 13 May 2015 – A few days before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, ILGA, a human rights advocacy group launches at the Palais des Nations in Geneva the 10th edition of its annual report on State-Sponsored Homophobia, a world survey of laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love, authored this year by Aengus Carroll and Lucas Paoli Itaborahy.

“While in 2006 – said the Authors – 92 countries criminalised same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults, we now see this number falling down to 76 countries in 2015. However, the situation is still unacceptable: more than one-third of the world’s States consider same-sex sexual activity illegal. On the other hand, although 2013 saw an alarming rise in the number of States considering a new wave of criminalisation through “homosexual propaganda” laws, in fact only a small number actually implemented them.” Continue reading

Heralding A New Day At LPRC: The Man, The Challenges & Possibilities For Liberia’s Down Stream Sector


By Jesefu M. Keita,Jr.

 The Man-Sumo Kupee:

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee, Managing Director Liberia Petroleum Refining Company as of May 2015

Hon. Sumo Kupee is the most recent former Senator of the Food-basket county of Lofa; a position he held for 9 consecutive years providing qualitative representation and leadership for the third populated county in the country. As a son of Zolowo town, Mr. Kupee has been one leader that has remained steadfast in ensuring that peace, tranquility and development take root in LofaCounty since the crisis came to an end a decade ago. In concert with other prominent sons and daughters of Lofa, he has honestly worked in reconciling the people of Lofa County. He has been a champion for various developmental initiatives including poverty eradication, capacity building for young people, humanitarian assistance, and donations to worthy causes among others. Through the ‘Sumo Kupee Humanitarian and Education Foundation’, the New Managing Director at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) has striven to provide humanitarian assistance and educational aid to the people of Liberia in general and citizens of Lofa in particular. Continue reading