In fulfillment of our professional obligation to our readership as a medium institution, the Editorial Staff of the INDEPENDENT EYE NEWS (IEN), is pleased to bring you the second edition of a little over the fourth quarter of the “Year 2011 In Review.”
This period covers the first five months (August, September, October, November & December, 2011) since the birth of IEN, and since it began its investigative and analytical style of reporting in August of 2011.
The INDEPENDENT EYE NEWS, as its nomenclature connotes, is an independent investigative news organ, whose target readership is the entire Diaspora Liberian Community worldwide, with no attachment to any particular organization/institution.
The IEN, as it is commonly known, reports stories and events concerning the homeland (Liberia) and all Diaspora Liberian Community organizations. The IEN also lifts stories of public interest from some homeland media institutions, in fulfillment of our ardent desire to serve the Diaspora Communities.
As we enter the year 2012, the Editorial Staff of the IEN promises to expand its reporting capacity, by including U.S news items which affect the Liberian and other African immigrant communities.
We also intent to secure the services of Liberians and other nationals on a voluntary basis, as our correspondents in the various states of the United States, Canada, etc.
We bring you a chronological account of developments which shaped the first five months since the birth of the Independent Eye News in August, 2011, under the theme, “YEAR 2011 IN REVIEW.”
Our statistics show that in the month of August only one (1) story was reported and it was on the Iowa Chapter of the GGAA. In the month of September, the number of stories increased from one to fourteen (14).
In the month of October, the number of stories dropped to eight (8) and in the month of November, the number increased to eighteen (18) and in December, the stories came up to nineteen (19).
Sunday, September 18: We published a story captioned; “GWYAN SLAMS GEGEH MEDIA & IEN. In the story, we reported that GGAA former presidential Aspirant, Fred Tarlue Gwyan has unleashed his frustration on two Gedeh Media institutions and the Independent Eye News (IEN).
The two Gedeh media institutions include the MN Web and the Voice of Gedeh. The Independent Eye News; a privately owned independent media institution was not also spared by Mr. Gwyan, in what was described as a tirade of tongue lashing escape.
In his four-page dissertation, Mr. Gwyan accused the above named media institutions of not publishing his observations from the May, 2011 presidential elections in which he lost, but came second in the tripartite race.
Although an investigation by the IEN found out that Mr. Geyan’s claims of been granted “extensive interviews” by the three named media institutions, three months after the elections, could not be independently verified, the IEN published his four-page dissertation in which he bashed the media.
Tuesday, September 20: We published a story captioned, “I WILL RESCUE ULAA”-ZAWOLO. In the story, we quoted Mr. Isaac Saye Zawolo, Jr., then a ULAA presidential aspirant, vowed to rescue the Liberian umbrella organization if elected national Administrative President.
Thursday, September 22: We ran an Editorial titled; WHO LEADS ULAA NEXT? As part of our commitment and professional obligation to our readership, we decided to critique the three presidential candidates, who were vying for the Union’s National Presidency.
The objective was to help the Diaspora Liberian Community make informed decision regarding who is the best suited to lead the community for the nest two consecutive years as the National President of the Union, after nearly four turbulent years of the Anthony Varfley Kesselly Administration.
The three candidates were, Messrs. Gaye Duwah Sleh, Jr. Illinois, who was Kesselly’s Vice President, and challengers Isaac Saye Zawolo, Jr. Maryland/Washington, DC and John Puiteh Tarley, Minnesota. All the three presidential candidates cooperated, by forwarding their auto-biographies to the Independent Eye News, for publication.
Sunday, September 25: We published a guest article written by Mr Emund Zarzar Bargblor, President of the African Catholic Community about the visit to the United States by Catholic Cardinal France Arinze.
Monday, September 26: We published a story captioned, “STOP FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER” in which we quoted Mr. Richard Sondah, now former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Liberians in Minnesota (OLM).
While serving as Keynote Speaker of the at installation of the leadership of the Kolahun District resident in the state of Minnesota, USA, Mr. Sondah urged them to “stop fighting one another, establish an achievable goal and work collectively to achieve it.
Those elected to serve a two-year term are, Messrs. Abraham K. Morlu, Al Kannah and Kollie, as President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Others are, Mr. Lusian Woiwoi and Mrs. Oretha Tarley as Treasurer and Chaplain respectively.
Those elected for the Board of Diorectors are, Messrs. Elijah Comby, Chairman and Members are. Mr. Amos Siafa, Mrs. Jenneh Kimba, Messrs. Youba Smeriff and Steven Kimba, Jr., They were installed by Mr. Henry Kesselly, then Co-Chairman of the OLM Board.
Wednesday, September 28: we published a story under the caption, “WHO LEADS ULAA NEXT? In the story, we critique one of ULAA’s presidential aspirants, Mr. John Puiteh Tarley, as it relates to his past achievements and leadership ability to lead ULAA, if elected.
Thursday, October 6: We reported a story under the caption, “P. A DOMINATES COLLINS’ CABINET,” in which we reported that the Pennsylvania Chapter dominated the entire six Member cabinet of Mr. Tillman Collins, National President of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA).
We also reported in the story that in spite of the existence of sixteen registered chapters within the GGAA, President Collins chose to nominate four of the six constitutional committees’ chairs from the state of Pennsylvania Chapter only.
Those nominated were: Messrs. Alex Yallah, Chairman, Ways & Means (W & MC), Todd Garlo, Chair, Youth Development Committee (YDC), Mrs. Beatrice Hansford-Swen, Chair, Education & Training Committee (E & TC) and Miss Elizabeth Pennoh, Chair, Women’s Wing Committee (WWC).
They are all from the Pennsylvania Chapter. The only two who were not from the Pennsylvania Chapter are; Mrs. Edith Walo-Smith, Chair, Awards Committee (AC) and Michael Gilman, Chairman, Membership Committee (MC). They are both from New Jersey and Michigan respectively.
Sunday, October 9: We reported a story under the caption, “SLEH WINS PRESIDENCY, BUT TARLEY WINS DEBATE.” We reported that Mr. Gaye Duwah Sleh, Jr. won the presidency of ULAA, but one of his two challengers, Mr. John Puiteh Tarley, won the presidential debate. The other challenger was Mr. Isaac Saye Zawolo, Jr.
Wednesday, October 12: We reported a story captioned, “MN BOARD DISSOLVES LEADERSHIP AGAIN!” In the story we reported that the Membership of the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Chapter has dissolved its Board’s leadership.
The decision by the Chapter’s Board Membership to dissolve Mr. Nehemiah Garley’s Board’s leadership, was taken on Sunday, October 9, as a result of an unsolicited motion by Mr. Marcus Koolor, then Co-Chair of the Board.
Saturday, October 15: We reported a story caption; “I DID NOT BOYCOTT ELECTIONS”-NYENABO. Amidst wide spread allegation that he boycotted the general and presidential elections in Liberia, Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator, Isaac Nyenabo has categorically denied.
The Grand Gedeh County Senator, who was also the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, left Liberia in early September, nearly four weeks ahead of the October 11, 2011. He claimed he was on vacation.
Tuesday, October 25: We reported a story under the caption, “MN CH BOARD ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP.” In the story, we reported that the Membership of the Minnesota Chapter’s Board, has elected a new leadership.
Those elected on Sunday, October 23, were Messrs. Alex Gaye, Chairman, Eric Booh, Co-Chairman and Randy Kaydea, Secretary. Members were, Messrs. Alvin Zelee, Kamaty Diahn, Nehemiah Garley and V. Marcus Koolor. They were immediately inducted into office by Mr. Zelee.
Thursday, October 27: We reported, “KOOLER FALLS FROM GRACE TO GRASS.” In the story, Mr. V. Marcus Kooler, Co-Chairman of the Minnesota Chapter’s Board, who also sought and was elected interim Co-Chairman of the National Board of the GGAA, while only a proxy for the Chapter, has lost both Co-Chairmanships.
Mr. Kooler’s lost according to the story, was a result of an unsolicited motion he made, calling for the dissolution of the chapter’s Board leadership of which he was a part as Co-Chairman. To serve on the National Board, one must be either the Chairman of Secretary of the local Board, neither of which Mr. Kooler was.
Therefore, when the chapter held its leadership elections which he boycotted, apparently sensing an eminent defeat, he fell from grace to grass when the Membership of the Chapter’s Board of Directors elected a new leadership. The chapter’s Board leadership elections were pending prior to the National Board’s interim leadership elections.
Meanwhile, the third edition of the Independent Eye News’ (IEN) “YEAR 2011 IN REVIEW,” covering the first five months (August, September, October, November & December 2011), since its birth, is expected to be published on Saturday, February 4. Watch out for it!
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