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“HISTORY WILL BE THEIR JUDGE!”-WISNER

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“History will be their judge!” these were the stinging repute dished out by Mr. Chris Gyudedweh Wisner, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), on the behavior of some senators within the Liberian Government.

 The remarks were contained in his “State of Affairs’ speech on the status of the OLM, at program marking the 168th Independence Day Anniversary of the Republic of Liberia.

Chairman Wisner made direct reference to the behavior of some Liberian Senators during the ebola epidemic in Liberia’s western county in February, 2014. He spoke at the Excell Academy in Brooklyn Park on Saturday, August 1.

Although the OLM Chief Executive did not identify the Liberian senators in question, research by the Independent Eye News (IEN), recalled it was Senators, Cletus Watterson and John Barlue of Grand Kru and Maryland Counties respectively.

During the Ebola outbreak which claimed the lives of some 4,000 Liberians, Senator Watterson reportedly said President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was only inventing the existence of the deadly virus only as a design to secure money from the International Community.

For his part, Maryland County Senator, John Barlue was quoted as saying confirming the news of the existence of the deadly disease in Lofa County, could cause severe food shortages in the Liberian capital, Monrovian since according to him, Lofa is considered the breadbasket of Liberia.

Many described the remarks by the two senators as not only reckless, but insensitive to the plight of their fellow compatriots. The two Liberian Legislators have since lost their senate seats to their challengers during the mid-term elections.

This year’s keynote Speaker was Mr. Armah Zulu Jallah, current President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate.

Political Observers say Chairman Wisner’s speech might have been purposely timed to coincide with the Senate President Pro-Tempore’s presence to make it have message desired result.

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SIRLEAF’s AXE FALLS FINALLY!

Amidst enormous public pressure and the continued daily corruption music in her administration, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s axe has finally fallen, leaving her alleged corrupt Auditor-General, Robert Kilby in the wilderness.

Other head that rolled along with Kilby is that of the Director-General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Ms. Pearine Davis-Pakinson, who conspired with Kelby in their alleged thievery against the Liberian People. Read the President’s self explanatory statement for details. 

For the benefit of our readership, the Editorial Board of the Independent Eye News (IEN), has elected to publish verbatim, unedited the statement from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf regarding her unusual, but  dramatic decisions. Below is the full text.

“Fellow Citizens:

After review of documentary evidence over the weekend, I am today formally requesting the concurrence of the Honorable Legislature to dismiss the Auditor General, Robert Kilby, for failure to disclose private business activities that represent a clear conflict of interest with his official duties as Head of the institution with prime responsibility to investigate and advise on non-compliance with our public financial management and procurement laws.

I am communicating to the Legislature the causes for this dismissal.

For the same reason, I am dismissing the Director General of the General Services Agency, Ms. Pearine Davis-Pakinson, who approved those contracts in violation of our procurement laws and procedures.

In an unrelated matter relating to Human Trafficking, based on investigation by the Ministry of Justice, I am dismissing the Deputy Minister of Justice for Administration and Public Safety, Col. Freddie Taylor; the Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration for Operations, Mr. Robert Budy; and the Director of Border Management, Cllr. Wilson Garpeh.

A team to be headed by the Minister of Labour is instructed to conduct further investigation on additional measures that may be taken and on the role and action to be taken against the former Solicitor General, Cllr. Micah Wright; the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization; and the Honorary Consul, Upjit Sachdeva.

Also on an unrelated matter, I am suspending, pending an investigation, the Deputy Minister for Public Works for Operations, Mr. Victor Smith, for failure to adhere to the public procurement and financial rules of the Government as relates to the awarding of construction contracts.

Join me in our continued fight against corruption.”

After taken step one, Observers say it remains to be seen whether or not the President will muster the courage to take step two, by going beyond the dismissals and forwarding the names to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The world is watching.

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LIBERIA LISTED ON US “LIVING WILL”

Liberia, considered as the United States’ “Step Child,” has been listed on what has been described by Political Observers as the United States’ “Living Will.”

As a result of this latest development, the United States and her partners have committed to work with an initial set of ‘Power Africa’ partner countries.

The countries among which Liberia was listed include Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. The objective is to make electricity accessible to these countries.

The United States, the only super power now left on the face of the planet earth at the moment, said it was desirous of helping these countries because they have set ambitious goals for electric power generation.

 The United States pointed out that the listed countries are also making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth.

Additionally, Power Africa will also partner with two other African Countries including Uganda and Mozambique on responsible oil and gas resources management.

This pronouncement was made by United States President, Barrack Obama, in the Tanzanian capital, Del El Salem, on Monday, July 1, while on a three day official visit on the African Continent.

 The Power Africa initiative is a new one designed to double access to electric power in sub-Saharan Africa, a region in which more than two-third of its population is without electricity and more than 85 percent of those living in rural areas lack complete access.

The U.S. Government says Power Africa will build on the African continent’s enormous power potential, which is being harnessed by new discoveries of vast reserves of oil and gas.

The US maintains that the potential to develop clean geothermal, hydro, wind and solar energy, will help countries develop newly-discovered resources responsibly; build up power generation, transmission and expand the reach of mini-grid and off-grid solutions.

However, the International Energy Agency (IEA) pointed out that sub-Saharan Africa will require over three hundred billion United States dollars (US$300B) in investment to achieve universal electricity access by 2030.

The International Energy Agency also emphasized that this ambitious Power Africa’ goal can be achieved “Only with greater private sector investment, with an initial set of six partner countries in its first phase.

The US further points out that Power Africa will add more than 10,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and will increase electricity access by at least 20 million new households.

Commercial entities with on-grid, mini-grid, and off-grid solutions, as well as enhanced energy resource management capabilities, allowing partner countries to meet their critical energy needs will help achieve greater energy security.”

The U S says it will commit more than $7 billion in financial support over the next five years to this effort, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $285 million in technical assistance, grants and risk mitigation.

USAID says it will help advance private sector energy transactions and also help African Governments adopt and implement the policy and other reforms necessary to attract private sector investment in the energy and power sectors.

In this direction, the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will commit up to $1.5 billion in financing and insurance to energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa, while the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) will make available up to $5 billion in support of U.S. exports for the development of power projects across sub-Saharan Africa,

“The OPIC and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will provide up to $20 million in project preparation, feasibility and technical assistance grants to develop renewable energy projects.

These efforts will be coordinated through the U.S. – Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (US-ACEF) and supported by the recently launched U.S. – Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center (CEDFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) will launch a $2 million Off-Grid Energy Challenge to provide grants of up to $100,000 to African-owned and operated enterprises to develop or expand the use of proven technologies for off-grid electricity benefitting rural and marginal populations.”

In 2014, OPIC and USAID will jointly host an African energy and infrastructure investment conference which will bring investors, developers and companies together with U.S. and African government officials.

This is intended to demonstrate the opportunities for investment and the tools and resources available from the U.S. government and other partners to support investment.

According to the US Government, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will invest up to $1 billion in African power systems through its country compacts to increase access.

This will enhance the reliability and sustainability of electricity supply through investments in energy infrastructure, policy and regulatory reforms and institutional capacity building.

Power Africa will also leverage private sector investments, beginning with more than $9 billion in initial commitments from private sector partners to support the development of more than 8,000 megawatts of new electricity generation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Power Africa will bring to bear a wide range of U.S. government tools to support investment in Africa’s energy sector, from policy and regulatory best practices, to pre-feasibility support.

It will further enhance capacity building, to long-term financing, insurance, guarantees, credit enhancements and technical assistance Power Africa will provide coordinated support to help African partners expand their generation capacity and access.

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LIBERIA FLUNKS AU BENCHMARK

Liberia has reportedly flunked the African Union’s (AU) benchmark agreed upon in April of 2001 to allocate at least fifteen percent (15%) of their respective countries’ annual fiscal budgets to the health sector.

As a further manifestation of their commitment the April 2001 agreement the African Leaders reaffirmed the agreement at a Special Summit in 2006 and at the 15th Extra Ordinary Assembly of the African Union held in July 2010.

The Heads of State and Governments of the African Union met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja and committed to allocate at least 15% of their national budget of the health sector, unfortunately for Liberia, it is a dream yet to come true.

A group of the Liberian Civil Society Organizations unmasked the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration for its miserable failure to live up to that very vital agreement aimed at saving the lives of thousands if not millions of Liberians.

The Liberia Civil Society National Budget and Human Rights Forum (LCSNB & HRF) which comprises ten Civil Society Organizations expressed regrets that Liberia is unable to meet her commitment, as a very important Member of the AU.

The group then listed countries which according to its statistics met that benchmark and even went beyond while Liberia is yet to be in compliance. Countries which met the benchmark by 2012 included: Rwanda (18.8%), Botswana (17.8%), Niger (17.8%), Malawi (17. %), Zambia (16.4%), and Burkina Faso (15.8%).

The Liberian Civil Society group pointed out that only Botswana, Rwanda and Niger are in the top ten best performance economic growth rates in Africa according to a February 15, 2013 report released by the African Union and the United Nations.

This revelation was contained in a briefing Paper #3 delivered to the National Legislature and the Cabinet officials responsible for public financial management during a July 3 news conference.

The paper was delivered on behalf of the group by Mr. Prince Kreplah, Executive Director of the Citizens United to Promote Peace and Democracy in Liberia (CUPPADL), at his organization’s offices in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

The group suggested that the way forward now is for the Legislature to use its wisdom and authority and increase the health sector’s budget by an additional US$27,910, 321, for Liberia to close the gap and become compliance with its AU commitment.

The group also demanded that the National Legislature restores the Midwife Compensation Funds (MCF) to enable Midwives become more effective in delivering pregnant women at all times.

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“GET OUT! WE’RE NOT HERE TO JOKE”-HOR

The House of Representatives (HOR)’s Standing Committee on Ways, Means & Finance has ordered the Acting Mayor of the city of Monrovia, Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper out of its chambers for his reported uncouth behavior.

The Acting Mayor, who appeared before the House’s Committee to defend the Monrovia City  Corporation’s (MCC) 2012/2013 Fiscal budget, elected to lecture the Committee on who should or should not become the Mayor of Monrovia.

Instead of discussing the budget from the Monrovia City Corporation, Cllr. Cooper elected to advocate for the return of the disgraced and ousted former Acting City Mayor Mary Broh.

Cooper told House Committee with a straight face saying, “I support the coming back of Madam Mary Broh as Mayor of the City of Monrovia. “The problem we are facing with city’s cleanliness now, started long before Mary Broh and will continue.”

“Mary Broh did a very good job at the City Corporation and in fact, I support the coming back of Broh. The major problem we have is beyond Mary Broh. The constitution of the Republic of Liberia calls for the appointment of a City Mayor.

At this point, he was re-directed by Bong County’s Unity Party’s 3rd District Rep. Prince Moye, who Co-Chairs the Committee to focus on the MCC’s budget before it, Cllr. Cooper appeared dump founded and denied any knowledge of any budget from the MCC.

“Mr. Chairman those documents were given to you by one of my people, not by me.” The former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, stunned the House’s Committee with his divertion and unsolicited narratives.

“I have no knowledge of any budget document before this Committee. If there is any document (budget), such documents must have been presented by some staffs of the Monrovia City Corporation and not me.” He argued

Rep. Moye then told in his face in an angry mood saying, “You don’t come here to make fun of us, we are not here to joke or play.” Rep Moye then re-directed the Acting Mayor to discuss the documents (budget) presented to the committee from the MCC.

“Honorable Acting Mayor, if you come to appear before this committee, it means you have come to defend your budget and to tell us how you spent the money that was given to you.” Rep. Moye reminded Acting Mayor Cooper.

As a result of Cooper’s apparent inability to acknowledghe let alone defend what appeared to have been a budget from the Monrovia City Corporation, seemingly promted the House Committee to boot him alone with his team out of the House’s Chambers on grounds that he was unprepared to defend his budget.

The bizarre behavior of Cllr. Cooper was quickly attributed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who Critics say is very crafty in using her Advocates to stir up controversy as was the case of her Executive Protection Service (EPS), Director Othello Warren

Cllr. Cooper’s bizarre behavior by advocating the return of Mary Broh rather than discussing the MCC’s 2012/2013 Fiscal Budget might have been trickled by comments made earlier during the week by the President on the possible return of Mary Broh as Acting Mayor of Monrovia again.

While responding to a question on State Radio about the possibility of Mary Broh’s return to City Hall, the President said, “Mary is a good person, she did well for the city I hope she will continue to serve in that same capacity.”

Also suffering the same fate at the hands of the House’s Committee on Ways, Means & Finance as was Acting Mayor Cooper, was Madam Cyvette Gibson, Mayor of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) who was booted out of the House Chamber on Thursday, July 4.

For her part, Mayor Gibson was thrown out of the public hearing for what the House’s Ways, Means & Finance  Committee described as a sloppy report which lacks any details explanation about how the money allotted the PCC was spent.

In the face of such failure, the Mayor attempted to prevail on the Committee to increase the Paynesville City’s budget. She seemingly attempted to play on public sentiments by stressing the dire need for more funding to help tackle the sanitary condition of the city.

The issue of sanitation in Paynesville has been the talk of the town as many communities in the area are being gradually taken over by piles of garbage. The PCC is struggling to remove its garbage, but lacks the capacity. However, she was called to order by a Committee Members who described her report as sloppy and lacks any accountability in its expenditure component.

She was then ordered out of the House Chambers for her failure to provide a comprehensive report about how monies allocated to the PCC in the 2012/2013 budget were expended. The two Mayors were advised to prepare for reappearance on Monday July 8.

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“MURDERERS CAN’T DETERMINE OUR FUTURE”-JALLOH

A young Liberia Lawyer, Cllr. A. Teach Jalloh say people who brought war to Liberia and murdered an estimated 250,000 Liberians and other nationals, ripped women and girls, created child soldiers cannot determine the future of their victims, who fled for their lives.  

He pointed out that those who trained in Libya with the sole purpose of power grab, but under the guise of “liberating” the people and destroying the country over a 14 year period, cannot today sit in government and try to determine the fate of Diaspora Liberians.

Cllr. Jalloh made these assertions while discussing ‘Dual Citizenship’ when he served as a Guest on the teleconference program, moderated by Mr. D. Flow Flomo, under the auspices of the Liberia Destiny Debaters (LDD), held on Saturday, June 29.

He stressed that those War Criminals, whose actions forced their fellow compatriots to flee into foreign parts and obtain citizenships in their host countries cannot be the ones trying to deprive those Liberians the right to retain their Liberian citizenship.

 Cllr. Jalloh reminded those he described as anti dual citizenship elements that some of their actions resulted into the Liberia losing 10 percent of her population to death and resulting in the destruction of over a million to displaced and/or dislocated.

He described as unconstitutional, efforts by those anti dual citizenship elements to deprive their fellow compatriots their natural-born citizenship adding, they are doing everything possible to pit homeland Liberians against Diaspora Liberians.

Cllr. Jalloh concluded by emphasizing that there are a lot of benefits to be accrued to Liberia including academic productivity and increase revenue through taxation, but warned that any attempt to target Diaspora Liberians for more taxation will be unacceptable. 

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DOE’s SECRET INVITATION BACKFIRES

A secret invitation clandestinely extended by Mr. Wayne Doe, Executive Director of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM), to Finance Minister Amara Konneh, to serve as Keynote Speaker during Liberia’s 166 Independence Day, has backfired.

An investigation by the Independent Eye News (IEN), discovered that while the Planning Committee appointed by Mr. Doe to spearhead the Independence Day program was carrying out its work, Doe secretly wrote Minister Konneh, without the Committee’s knowledge.

In the secret invitation, Mr. Doe claimed Konneh was selected “after careful consideration of more than 10 shortlisted names.” Doe also said in the secret invitation, “the over 25,000 Liberian Immigrants residing in the State of Minnesota await the opportunity to honor your presence.”

When asked by the IEN to reveal the purported over ten names he claimed among which Minister Konneh was selected, Mr. Doe said, “I do not have any name to give you.” 

Asked why he allowed the July 26 Committee to continue searching for Keynote Speaker whereas he has already clandestinely selected Minister Konneh to serve in that capacity, Mr. Doe said, “It did not matter.”

On whether or not his clandestine action had any financial or political motives? Mr. Doe said, “I have to go.” He then abruptly ended the interview.

 Doe’s secret invitation to Minister Konneh was sent on Thursday, May 23, while the July 26 Planning Committee was unknowingly still searching for a Keynote Speaker. The Committee only got to know about it on Tuesday, June 25, one month two days after the secret invitation was sent.

For the benefit of our readership, the Editorial Board of the Independent Eye News, has decided to publish verbatim, unedited, Mr. Wayne Douglas Doe’s secret invitation to Finance Minister, Amara Konneh. Below is the full text.

“5/23/2013

Hon. Amara Konneh

Minister of Finance

Republic of Liberia

Dear Hon. Konneh:

You have been selected by the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM) to be Honor as the Orator of Liberia’s 166 Independence Day celebration in Minnesota. This invitation comes after careful consideration of more than 10 shortlisted names.

We are pleased to inform you that the over 25,000 Liberian immigrants residing in the state of Minnesota await the opportunity to honor your presence. The activities include special meetings with other US government officials and trade partners on establishment of Liberian Consulate in Minnesota (details will follow in itinerary):

July 26 Black-Tie Dinner & Ball

July 27- Outdoors Family day- Forum with the Liberian Community

July 28—Community Thanksgiving Service Liberian County Meet Final (Soccer)

The theme of the celebration is “Rebuilding Our Community Together” to capture the essence of unity toward a common purpose. The venue for the dinner and ball is the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center in the City of Brooklyn Park.

Other expected guests to attend the celebration include, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, US Senator Al Franken, Mayor Jeffrey Luande of the City of Brooklyn Park, Mayor Tim Wilson of the City of Brooklyn Center, State Legislators, other US government officials, and community leaders.

We look forward to your favorable response.

Kindest Regards,

Wayne Douglas Doe

Cc: Zubah Kpanaku, OLM Board Chairman

Cc. Hon. James Kollie, Deputy Minister for Expenditure”

Critics are wondering why Mr. Doe decided to send a copy of Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s invitation to his Deputy Minister for Expenditure, James Kollie?    

When confronted by some Committee Members, who were furious about the episode, Doe reportedly, apologized claiming it was an error, but his apology was rejected on grounds that he willfully disrespected the committee apparently for some personal financial gains.

Sensing the embarrassment it could have caused him if Minister Konneh were informed he was no longer the Keynote Speaker, Doe tried plan “B,” hopping the committee will have mercy on him and it worked.

He explained to the July 26 Planning Committee that since Minister Konneh already got his plane ticket and travel allowance, he should be allowed to have a town hall-style meeting with the Minnesota Liberian Community instead.

When quizzed by the Independent Eye News, Doe admitted apologizing to the Committee, but claimed his apology was because he failed to show the secret invitation to the committee for more than one month.

 Asked about a possible conflict of interest since he was the appointing authority of the July 26 Planning Committee as such should have allowed the Committee to do its job, Mr. Doe said he was also a Member of the Committee therefore, he saw no conflict.

Quizzed about Mr. Doe’s clandestine design the Chair of the July 26 Planning Committee Mrs. Susie Keykpo confirmed Mr. Doe’s uncouth behavior, but added that the Committee compromised only because of the Minnesota Liberian Community’s interest.

Mrs. Keykpo complained that her phone has been ringing off the hook regarding the secret invitation and subsequent clandestine selection of the Minister to serve as the July 26 Keynote Speaker in Minnesota.

Doe’s invitation comes in spite of serious allegations surrounding the mysterious disappearance of thirteen thousand United States dollars (US$13M), from the EU which was reportedly diverted by Minister Konneh, to an unknown location. 

There are double controversies involving the Liberian Finance Minister. The first was his secret selection which was reportedly done under dubious circumstances, without the knowledge of the July 26 Planning Committee, a situation which provoked the first controversy.

The second was Minister Konneh’s alleged diversion of some thirteen million United States dollars (US$13M) of the European Union’s donation to the Liberian health sector in the tiny West African Republic of Liberia, which is in dire need of medical assistance.

But Minister Konneh claimed he divided the money among three medical institutions including the John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, Jackson Fiah Doe Referral Hospital, in Tapata, Nimba County and the Phebe Hospital, in Bong County, among others.

However, to the apparent amazement of the Liberian people, European Union and other international partners, all the institutions Konneh claimed to have divided the money to, categorically denied ever receiving a penny from the “HONORABLE” Finance Minister.

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“CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, NOT GOV’T.”-CLLR. JAYWEH

One of Liberia’s most vocal Diaspora Liberian Lawyers, Cllr. Fredrick A.B Jayweh has described the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration as a Criminal Enterprise, rather than a government.

The outspoken Liberian Jurist Prudent, wonder when will Liberians ever continue to dig and bury their heads in the sand and for how long?

The Liberian legal Practitioner than concluded that what is going on in the Republic of Liberia is absolutely the Crimes of THEFT OF PROPERTY and Economic Sabotage.

He put it more simplistically by further describing the situation as an ‘Absolute Daylight Stealing on the watch of Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and with the direct engagement and involvement of the Liberian Government.”

The Liberian Lawyer is urging Liberians everywhere to do something adding, “it is time to say to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, LEAVE AND GOOD BYE!”

Cllr. Jayweh then pointed out saying, “Absolutely , MADAM JOHNSON SIRLEAF IS RUNNING A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE AND NOT A GOVERNMENT.”

“Liberians are engulfed and overrun by conscious and international network of criminals. The latest crime committed in Liberia before the eyes of the world is the STEALING OF US$13.5 000,000 of the European tax payers’ HARD-EARNED MONEY.” He emphasized.

Cllr. Jayweh warned LIBERIANS by saying, “THIS TPYE OF STEALING CANNOT BE PERMITTED TO SURVIVE AND CONTINUE.”

 He concluded by suggesting that “If Madam ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF’S MINISTER OF FINANCE CANNOT REPORT in writing as demanded by the EU TO account for THE EU’S MONEY, THE PEOPLE of Liberia MUST RESPECTFULLY ASK THEIR PRESIDENT TO LOVINGLY leave AND SELF-RETIRE!

Cllr. Jayweh, opined that “Liberians cannot continue to face this type of disgrace and shame media reports that Finance Minister Amara Konneh could not give account of some thirteen million United States dollars (US$13M) of the European Union’s money.

However, while agreeing with Cll.r Jayweh’s characterization of the Johnson-Sirleaf administration as a criminal enterprise, another critical voice, Madam Sarah Johnson expressed disagreement with the departure of President Johnson-Sirleaf with impunity, as implied by Cllr. Jayweh.

While also writing in the Comments Column of the Independent Eye News (IEN), Madam Johnson stressed that indeed, the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration surely has all the appearance of a criminal enterprise that has its blessings and sanctioned by the highest office in the land.

“I couldn’t agree more that this misuse, abuse, or squandering of monies loaned us by our development partners, donors, which we have to pay back with interest (or our children and their generation will have to pay back).” Madam Johnson stressed.

She then wonders “how an ordinary Minister of Finance will arrogate to himself powers well outside his legal and statutory responsibilities, by misapplying donors’ funds intended to address the critical health needs of women and children.” She questioned.

Madam Johnson also described it as “a SCANDAL of enormous proportions that has no equivalent in our history and yet still retain his position without being handcuffed and taken to JAIL emphasizing, this only suggests that we have on our hands a ‘culture of institutionalized criminality’ that has now become an accepted practice in the governance of the country today.

As much as the Minister of Finance has engaged in an act of Perjury, Lying under oath, about how donors’ funds were allocated to hospitals in the country, including the JFK Memorial Hospital(in Monrovia) and the Jackson F. Doe Hospital(in Tappita, Nimba county),both institutions have not only challenged but debunked this LIE.

As recently as Monday of this week, the distinguished Administrator/Physician of the JFD hospital, Dr. Frances Kateh, refuted receiving any such donors’ money.

Even the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health(of Grand Kru County), Dr. Peter Coleman, himself a Physician and former Minister of Health & Social Welfare, also refuted similar claims that no such allocation was made to the JFK hospital.

Against the overwhelming evidence, Madam Johnson wonders “why is Minister Konneh not in JAIL as yet? Clearly, these crimes have been sanctioned, as we have seen several of these over the last seven years, and we should be prepared to see more of these in the years to come.”

Madam Johnson then recalled how Liberians were warned by fomer Auditor-General Maolue, II whom she described as distinguished who warned Liberians early in his tenure that this government was “three times more corrupt” than its predecessor.

 

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SIRLEAF’S SPOKESMAN TAKES HOT SEAT

Presidential Spokesman, Jerolimek M. Piah is expected to be grilled on several critical national issues when he takes the hot seat on the popular radio program, “ISSUES IN THE PRESS, RELOADED.”

 The program which is being moderated by Mr. Al Jerome Chede as the Executive Producer and Presenter, is to be co-moderated Mr. Al-Hassein Fadiga of TMZ Radio International.

 The program commences at 2pm Central Standard Time (CST) and 7:00pm Liberia time on Saturday, July 6. One of the critical issues to be discuss is the current thirteen million United States dollars (US$13M) donated by the European Union, which was reportedly diverted by Finance Minister Amara Konneh.

Political Observers predict that this Saturday. program is expected to produce fireworks as Diaspora Liberians will have an opportunity to grill the President’s Press Secretary on several other pertinent issues including the President’s foreign and domestic policies.

Critics say the President’s Spokesman will meet his first real test since his appointment as Press Secretary because he is expected to defend the President’s declared but failed war against corruption, which was launched during her first tenure.

Other critical issues to be placed under the microscope is the President’s legacy, the status of  press freedom, the justice system in Liberia  the general of law, governance, as well as her reported presidential exit strategies. Also to be discussed is retrospection the President’s development since 2006, current, and the future.

The Project Manager of the program, Mr. Duannah Siryon, told the Independent Eye News  the objective of the  program, ISSUES IN THE PRESS RELOADED,”  is to seek out and unearth the hard truth for the ultimate good of the Liberian people.

The President’s declared sixteenth county, which is the Diaspora Liberian communities are said to be fired up for this Saturday’s program as they are said to be massively preparing their questionare for the occasion.

The program is to air live at 2:00pm CST/7pm Liberia time on TMZ Radio International, and relayed on New Liberian FM Radio in Philadelphia, Global Afriq Radio, and Hott FM 107.9 in Liberia with soon to be Radio Monrovia.

In another related development, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Social Welfare, Grand Kru County’s Sen. Dr. Peter Coleman and Health Minister, Dr. Joseph Gwenigale, are to take the hot seats on Saturday, July 13.

The European Union’s donated US$13 Million dollars, reportedly diverted by Finance Minister, Amara Konneh is to be topping the edition’s agenda. The program, Issues In The Press Reloaded July 13, at 2pm CST/7pm Liberia time to discuss the current alleged

The public is being invited to listen by calling 213-992-4237 or 763-400-4615 to actively participate in the live deliberations.

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“I WILL OVERSEE A SMOOTH TRANSITION”-SIRLEAF

In an attempt to silence Critics and Pundits trying to write her ‘POLITICAL WILL’ when she has not even completed the first year in her second term presidency, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has fired back.

It is been wildly rumored time and time again that the President whose official age is 76, is believed to be well in her mid 80s as such, she may be contemplating seeking early retirement. Her Critics have already written her off as somebody who has led two failed presidential terms.

But the African first female President, known for her swift-boat responses, vowed not to in her own words, “allow another person to take credit for all that she has worked for.”  As though she were re-launching her presidential campaign, she relay out her developmental platform.

The Liberian Leader told the state-owned radio and television station, the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), that she will complete her full second term and as a matter of fact, oversee a smooth transition in 2017.

In her disposition, the President assured that the restoration of electricity throughout the country, completion of major highways currently under construction, the Chinese offered  Ministerial Complex will all become reality before the next unknown assumes state power.

It may be recalled that prior to and after her re-election in November 2011, it was also wildly rumored that the President would have briefly served at least two years into her second term and retire to her Vice President continue her term, owing to her advance age.

However Political Observers are now wondering why the President has elected at this time to respond to an age old rumor instead of focusing on more critical national issues such as the provision of jobs, her war against corruption, absence of electricity and good Medicare dilapidated educational system etc,.

Howbeit, Political Analysts maintained that whenever a politician is seen to be on the defensive, that is a very good indicator that things are not going their way as they hope as such, they will go to any length to say or do anything to get little comfort.

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