History is being made. And it’s here in Gbarnga City, the capital of Liberia’s central and 4th most populated county. It is packer than usual. Since Sunday evening hundreds of delegates (including myself, representing the Press Union of Liberia) and observers are still flocking into the business-blooming dusty city for a very historic event. It’s a review of the 1986 Liberian Constitution. Continue reading
By D Kaihenneh Sengbeh
Significant progress has been made on the re-paving of the dilapidated Red Light-Gbarnga-Guinea Border highway, World Bank, EU and Public Works officials said Tuesday (March 24) during a two-day road assessment tour being led by Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore. Continue reading
The Liberian Government has concluded investigation into the mysterious death of the late whistle-blower Cllr. Micheal Allison, revealing that there was no foul play in his death. Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh told a press conference in Monrovia Wednesday that Allison died of drowning, and released a startling revelation that the deceased was not a Liberian Citizen, but an American who led a dubious” life. Continue reading
One of the country’s major under-equipped health facilities, Redemption Hospital, Thursday (Feb 26) received medical supplies worth at least US$50,000 to strengthen it meet public health demands.
The donation was made by the Brother’s Brother Foundation, comprising a group of Liberians residing in Florida, United States of America. Continue reading
By Peter Quaqua, A Distant Friend
On May 3, 2012, while celebrating World Press Freedom Day, the Press Union of Liberia organized a debate between the University of Liberia and Stella Maris Polytechnic on the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act. The Union was honored to have three distinguished personalities served as panel of judges: Cllr. Michael Allison, Ms. Dehab Ghebreab, former Public Affairs Officers (PAO) at the US Embassy near Monrovia and Chris Simpson, formerly of the BBC. I recalled how Cllr. Allison was critical with his scores.
On February 13, 2015, Liberians in and out of the country were awakened to the mysterious death news of Cllr. Allison. The body of the British trained lawyer was found in underwear on a Monrovia beach, with cuts on the body suggesting foul play, while other accounts say he drowned. Continue reading
Global Communities, a U.S. based nonprofit organization, active in Liberia’s Ebola response, is working with principals, teachers and parents in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF in the country’s 15 counties to make sure schools have the tools and information they need to follow the country’s new strict hygiene protocols and keep students safe. Continue reading
Release: (Monrovia: February 23, 2015): The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) will hold its pending mini-congress on March 13 and 14 in Monrovia.
The new dates for the Congress were reached after an expanded emergency meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Monday (Feb 23) afternoon. Continue reading
By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh* (first published in several dailies in January 2015)
Little known William Gyude Moore, Liberia’s new Public Works Minister-designate, has a stocky challenge if he passes through the scrutiny of the Senate. Little known? Yes, not much is known about him in public square. Moore’s challenge and measurement of his achievement will be bordered on doing more of either of his two immediate predecessors: Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, II and Dr. Antoinette G. Weeks.
From Knuckles To Donzo
Whether Moore intends to do more or not in the infrastructure hot seat, his appointment represents one more change. It signals another regime, a new disposition, and a new-fangled epoch at the Ministry which represents the heart of the country’s infrastructure development agenda. Take it or leave it. Continue reading
By D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh
The Ebola outbreak
“In Gaye Dukpaye, we are not only on the alert, we will also keep engaging everyone that we have not won the war,” Shadrack S. Chea told me right before a big white barrel donated by CHAP International. The barrel contained diluted chlorinated water for passersby to wash their hands. It is part of measures the community has employed to fight the Ebola outbreak since last year. “Wash your hands; Ebola is still here; we need to fight it…” Continue reading
By D Kaihenneh Sengbeh/Freelance Journalist
“We have resolved that the 26th celebration this year shall be in Greenville and Barclayville. And we will travel there by road,” President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated categorically and collected a huge applause from the audience. When the Liberian leader spoke these 22 words in her 2015 State of the Nation Address, she spoke with uncompromising confidence. Continue reading