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Papie Shariff Kollie was brutalized by Police officers in February on the Bardnersville Kebbah sports pitch. His recorder and cash went missing in the process, while he incurred huge expenses to treat himself

 (Monrovia, May 29, 2014)- The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has expressed very serious concern and disapproval over the reported brutality meted out against journalist Franklin Doloque at Radio Gompa in Nimba County, describing the act as uncivilized, gross human right violation and threat to press freedom. Continue reading “”

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PUL Condemns Journalist’s Flogging, Demands Report for Probe in Papie Kollie’s Beating


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Papie Shariff Kollie was brutalized by Police officers in February on the Bardnersville Kebbah sports pitch. His recorder and cash went missing in the process, while he incurred huge expenses to treat himself

 (Monrovia, May 29, 2014)- The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has expressed very serious concern and disapproval over the reported brutality meted out against journalist Franklin Doloque at Radio Gompa in Nimba County, describing the act as uncivilized, gross human right violation and threat to press freedom. Continue reading “PUL Condemns Journalist’s Flogging, Demands Report for Probe in Papie Kollie’s Beating”


Flashback from similar protest in 2013
Flashback from similar protest in 2013: an angry widow carries a placard that explains her frustration

Dozens of aggrieved widows of former soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) on Tuesday (May 27) besieged the Capitol Building, the home of the National Legislature, in demand of the benefits of their late husbands.

The widows blocked the two entrances to the premises of the National Legislature, preventing the members of both houses of the Legislature as well as visitors from leaving the grounds of the Capitol Building for almost two hours. Continue reading “”

Eleven Race For Cape Mount Senatorial Seat


The Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported that eleven candidates have declared their intentions thus far to contest the 2014 Mid-term Senatorial Election for Grand Cape Mount County. Ex-Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Dr. Eugene Shannon, himself an aspirant, broke the news to LINA in Robertsport, the country’s oldest county’s capital. Continue reading “Eleven Race For Cape Mount Senatorial Seat”

Commany Wesseh Warns Against Sectional Politics In River Gee


 Liberia’s Minister of State without Portfolio Commany B. Wesseh has warned citizens of River Gee County against what he calls “misguided information and sectional politics” and urged them to focus on the development and unity of the county.

Wesseh, who is a candidate in the impending October 14, 2014 mid-term senatorial election for River Gee County, averred that disunity and sectional politics will undermine much-needed development in the county. Continue reading “Commany Wesseh Warns Against Sectional Politics In River Gee”

Fixing The Mess: Ellen Launches New Education Plan


President Sirleaf launches the Ministry of Education Operational Plan (2014-2016)
President Sirleaf launches the Ministry of Education Operational Plan (2014-2016)

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on record for describing the country’s education system as a “mess” has launched the with a number of recommendations aimed at improving the education sector of the country. Continue reading “Fixing The Mess: Ellen Launches New Education Plan”

House, Senate Split Over National Budget


The House of Representatives has criticized members of the Senate for rejecting its proposal for the allotment of US$73 million annually in the National Budget as District Development Funds.

According to the Liberia News Agency, the Senate rejected the proposal on May 15, 2014 on grounds that it was “unconstitutional” to allocate funds per electoral districts rather than administrative districts.

Capitol Building: Home of the National Legislature
Capitol Building: Home of the National Legislature

Senators further argued that their decision is more in the interest of disenfranchised administrative regions to help boost their local economic development and to ensure the well-being of the people.

However, during discussions on a letter from the Senate in Plenary Thursday, several members of the House, including Maryland County Representative James Barney, termed the Senate’s decision as “stereotype and immaterial”, noting that the House has the constitutional power to set up a budget with which the Senate may or may not concur.

 

Senate Pro Temp Gbehzohngar Findley
Senate Pro Temp Gbehzohngar Findley
House Speaker Alex Tyler
House Speaker Alex Tyler

Speaking on the floor, Barney interpreted the “may” as meaning that the concurrence of the Senate is not necessary, but only a desire out of courtesy.


Other lawmakers including Edwin Snowe of Montserrado County and Eugene Fallah Kparkar of Lofa County, likened the situation to confirmation, where the Senate does not need any input from the House to reject or accept a presidential nominee.

In a Plenary in which every member present spoke, there was no contrary view that called for acceptance or concurrence of the Senate’s letter.

In recent times, the House and Senate have publicly expressed divergent opinions on a number of issues, including the decent work bill and the amount for registration fees for political candidates at the National Elections Commission.

Meanwhile, the House has stated that it would identify necessary revenue sources and place the US$73 million in the core budget, reminding other branches and offices of government that the law provides that all revenue issues should originate from the House. By Winnie T. Dixon/LINA