Ellen Sounds Dismissal Caveat


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola last year

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged public officials to either perform their duties and responsibilities in the interest of the state or quit public service.

She said during the last three years of her administration, she will leave no stone unturned to ensure that her government realizes its goals, adding, “as such any public official, irrespective of who it may be, will be dismissed from public service if he or she fails to perform to expectation.”

According to the Liberia News Agency, President Sirleaf proffered the challenge Thursday (Jan 15) at a program marking the induction into office of Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh at the Ministry of Justice in Monrovia. Continue reading “Ellen Sounds Dismissal Caveat”

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Liberia Alarms Over Border Attacks


The Government of Liberia has expressed concern about news reports of recent attacks in border towns and villages along the border between Liberia and La Cote D’Ivoire.

The Liberia News Agency, quoting a statement issued Sunday by Information Minister Lewis G. Brown, said “Consistent with the policies of good neighborliness and a commitment to regional peace and security, the relevant Liberian security agencies are seriously investigating the reports as well as engaging their Ivorian counterparts.” Continue reading “Liberia Alarms Over Border Attacks”

International Anti-Corruption Day 2014 Speech By PUL Secretary General, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh


Statement Delivered By PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh, at programs marking the International Anti-Corruption Day 2014, organized by the Liberian Youth Natural Resource Governance Forum
YMCA Conference Hall

December 9, 2014

I bring you professional greetings from the leadership and members of the Press Union of Liberia on whose authorities I stand before you.

PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh
PUL Secretary General, D Kaihenneh Sengbeh

The Press Union of Liberian is pleased to be invited to form part of this international observance against a terrible menace that has the propensity to stagnate the growth and development of any country and its people. I am speaking about corruption. Corruption is no stranger to Liberia. It is entrenched in our culture, in our homes, in the churches and mosques, in the schools, in our hospitals, in our bedrooms and in the blood veins of many of us. It is systemic, it is serious! Yes, even in the media, too.

It is even rampant among the politicians leading our country, the security sector including the immigration and the police. For example, between last Friday and Sunday, I saw acts that appeared to be corruption many times at the various police and immigration checkpoints along the Monrovia-Ganta Highway.  Before passing through, commercial drivers are asked to “Drop the Gate”, when they are not the ones who mounted those gates. You know what I mean by drop the gate! Those gatekeepers (our security men and women) are demanding monies from the commercial vehicles. Continue reading “International Anti-Corruption Day 2014 Speech By PUL Secretary General, D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh”

Govt Officials Resign For 2014 Senatorial Race


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received the resignation letters of three Superintendents and two Ministers who have been qualified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to participate in the forthcoming Special Senatorial Elections scheduled for later this year. Continue reading “Govt Officials Resign For 2014 Senatorial Race”

Second Government Minister Undergoes Ebola Quarantine

Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to being quarantined following reports of the death of her driver, Nimene Sumo, from the Ebola virus.


Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to be quarantined after death of her driver from the Ebola virus
Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to be quarantined after death of her driver from the Ebola virus

Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to being quarantined following reports of the death of her driver, Nimene Sumo, from the Ebola virus.

Disclosing this Tuesday at the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing at the ministry, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, said contrary to speculations in the public, the Minister is not infected with the Ebola virus.

Minister Bush is the second cabinet official to undergo self quarantine. About three weeks ago, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn quarantined herself after a staff in her office died of Ebola.

A Transport Ministry release also clarifies that the late Sumo, a driver assigned with the Minister, has made no contact with her since his last day at work on Friday, October 3, 2014.

As a matter of precaution, Minister Cassell-Bush has decided to voluntarily isolate herself for the period of 21 days, commencing October 3, 2014, Mr. Sumo’s last day of work and the last day of her interaction with him. Continue reading “Second Government Minister Undergoes Ebola Quarantine”

Was Eric that evil? Another view of the Duncan story


By Tennen B. Dalieh

The mid-term senatorial election is scheduled to be held on October 14 2014, about a week from now but as it is and from all indications, election will not be held on 14, October. Article of the Liberian constitution states under Article 83(a) that “elections are held on the second Tuesday of October every election year….”

No doubt elections cannot be held due to the Ebola outbreak. In August of this year, consultations were been held with political parties and Civil Society groups in Liberia by the National Election Commission (NEC) to gauge their views on the possibilities of holding election. A month and half later all activities leading to Election Day were suspended. No one ever argues the LEGALITY in this matter as Expediency is the way out. Continue reading “Was Eric that evil? Another view of the Duncan story”

FIND Alarms Over President’s Request For Extra Power: Says Its Dangerous Sign For Liberia


Roosevelt A. K. Woods, Executive Director FIND
Roosevelt A. K. Woods

The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) has alarmed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s request for more power and suspension of certain rights of the Liberian people is a “dangerous sign” and threat to the country’s democracy.

President Sirleaf has written the National Legislature to give her extra-constitutional powers by suspending about seven provisions of the Liberian Constitution, including Article 1 (Inherent rights of the people) and Article 15 (Freedom of expression and free speech), among others.

Several citizens and human rights groups including FIND have taken exception to the President’s request, and are calling on the National Legislature not to consider said request for absolute power to take unilateral decisions in the country.

“This is dangerous for our country,” Woods told journalists in Monrovia Wednesday (Oct 8). “Anything that has to do with absolute power that violates human rights is a bad sign for Liberia. She was elected to bring positive change, to restore hopes and not to dash them.” Continue reading “FIND Alarms Over President’s Request For Extra Power: Says Its Dangerous Sign For Liberia”