Police chief Chris Massaquoi has described as “bad” the budget currently allotted to the police, and warned that failure to increase it will hinder the capacity of the national police force to fight crime.
“I must state here emphatically that the budget process for the police was very, very bad,” Mr. Massaquoi said Friday at the police academy.
The police chief spoke at the turning over ceremony of training facilitates and infrastructure provided the police academy by the government of Norway.
“I am disappointed, because with that budget you will never be able to be effective,” he informed police officers.
The budgetary appropriation of the LNP in the current budget is between US$12 to US16m—the same amount in the last fiscal budget. But the police chief says his agency needs over U$20m to be effective.
He said police authorities have continued to meet officials of the Ministry of Finance, who have assured him that the 2011/2012 budget for the police force will be reviewed.
He said the matter has reached the president, adding, “We have started to have meetings to review the whole budget process not just for the police but for the entire security sector.”
“We also included logistics for the 54 districts across the country. And we have to be able to decentralize, but we cannot do that with the kind of budget that is given to us.”
Later, he praised the Norwegian government for constructing the training facilities, and urged other donors to follow suite example.
Versatile Liberian journalist, Tom Kamara,
Fire consumed about 20 houses along
After describing the wordings of citations
Stability, which Liberians continue
The U.N. Security Council
As drug trafficking and use have become
In a solemn appeal Thursday, the national Independence Day orator, Dr. D. Elwood Dunn urged all Liberians and residents alike to “solemnly resolve” to unite to build a stronger Liberia.
Dr. Dunn ended his encompassing patriotic oration: “And so, Madam President, my fellow Liberians and friends. Let us then, solemnly resolve, once and for all, in this place and at this time, to reunite our country, to renew our country’s promise to build a stronger Liberia.”
He said such task requires “Not alone of wisdom, but fundamentally of value; to build a country inclusive of all of our experiences, since we began this aspect of our national journey 165 years ago.”
The Liberian historian and politician who served national Independence Day orator for the second time since 1979, told his compatriots: “Let us build against the backdrop of our crippled heritage. Let us do all of these things and more, linking today’s Liberia to yesterday, and let us muster the courage to change Liberia or build a modern African nation that participates fully in the African renaissance and remain opened to wholesome and contemporary global and cultural experience.”
Dr. Dunn added: “Let us reinforce the national foundation from our common heritage so that in 35 years’ time, when Liberia moves into its third century of nationhood.”
He expressed the hope that Liberia “will have made genuine progress toward fulfilling the national promise to establish justice, ensure domestic progress and promote general welfare of its people.”
Refugees now face a choice between returning home or integrating fully into Ivoirian society following a cessation clause that came into force early July, stripping the remaining Liberians of their refugee status after the UN declared that it has been six years since the conflict ended, and Liberia has undergone a sustained period of peace.
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is helping to repatriate refugees, providing them with small cash sums to restart their lives, and it will try to give livelihood training and assistance in obtaining the relevant documents to those who wish to remain in Côte d’Ivoire.
But many of the refugees find neither option inviting. Residents of the decade-old “transit” centre in Tabou, in the Bas-Sassandra region of Côte d’Ivoire, speak of lingering tensions in Liberia.
They point to the presence of a large UN peacekeeping mission as a mark of continued instability in Liberia, and tell horror stories of the fate that awaited some of their peers who tried to return home.
As it starts raining, a man standing
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Tuesday
Mr. Cyril Allen, one of the most faithful generals
Bracing against the turmoils of natural
Three suspected adolescent armed
After Dr. Momolu Getaweh, vice president for
In anticipation of drawdown plans
Liberia’s ex-president Charles Taylor has appealed
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed the
Following days of bloody student riots
Pandemonium erupted yesterday between aggrieved
Police have charged ten students of the University of
A boy from Liberia turns 5 today with
A diehard critic of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Rep. Bhofal
The Ministry of Information Wednesday criticized as
LFA President Musa Bility, owner
Barely a week ahead of the July 26th
Barely a week ahead of the July 26th
Rep. Henry Boimah Fahnbulleh (Montserrado District #4)
The 53rd National Legislature Tuesday
Three Nigerians—Ikelechuwu Ochi, Obinna
Despite intense lobbying that preceded
In a bid to address security issues
In a passionate appeal to governments
Rep. Bhofal Chambers (Maryland) has
Authorities of the Liberia National Police have affirmed the recall of all officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) after reports that a group of them allegedly gang raped a 16-year-old girl and held her hostage for several days.
The officers were deployed in Lofa County
Musa Bility, president and CEO of SRIMEX and
Five jurors linked with attempting
Members of the House of Representatives
Reports are filtering in that residents at
Pastor Matthew T. Sakeuh and his wife, Mrs. Plenseh
More jurors including co-defendant,
Patricia Kollie should be at school today but
Credit plans are underway to resuscitate and recommend
Traditional chiefs attending a weeklong
Grand Cape Mount County Senator Abel
It seems that time has caught up with
The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has cancelled
Hundreds of chiefs and traditional leaders from
Unity Party candidate, Mr. Gabriel Nyenka, has won the
Traditional chiefs have warned Montserrado County Supt.
Mrs. Vashta Brown Okplauwaekee, dismissed
Criminal Court “D” at the Temple of Justice here Wednesday granted a motion to restore freedom to 52 suspected armed robbers who had been detained at the Monrovia central prison beyond statutory limits without indictment or trial.Court documents revealed that Judge George S. Wiles granted a 5-count motion filed by legal counsel Momolu Kandakai of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission pleading for release of the defendants who have been in jail protractedly without indictment or trial.Prior to the new motion filed by the JPC, Judge George S. Wiles released nine suspected armed robbers—David Porka, T-Boy Wright, Anthony Williams, Dabby Qonteh, Samuel Wleh, Junior David, Solomon Harris, Amah Tarah and John P. Massaley—on similar grounds. Judge Wiles described the failure on the part of the state to indict the suspects as complete violation of their constitutional rights in keeping with law. He said the charges against the suspects were dismissed without prejudices to the state.Section 18. 2 of the criminal law says: “Anyone that is accused of an indictable offense must be indicted and tried within two terms of court”. The Liberian government in 2009 admitted indicting 100 people in pretrial detention but has done nothing to release or try them, that being a clear violation of the law.
After millions of dollars were spent
Members of the House of Representatives Tuesday took
A U$ 124,276,000 assistance package is expected for Liberia,
A group self styled “Citizens United for the Resignation of John
Deadline for the much-publicized 150-day deliverables
A financial syndicate operated by certain top officials at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy accused of collecting “fees” from beach sand miners for “personal use” has been exposed in a documentary report.
But authorities at that ministry have denied the report, a copy of which is in possession of this paper.
In a video episode, copy of which is in possession of this paper, some residents of Zorgbeh Town community along the Marshall Highway, displayed more than LD$10,000 they seized from Beatrice Goweh, posing as “mine inspector” from LME.
The villagers had surrounded Beatrice in a makeshift hut on the beach to confiscate the money.
Dobli Barclay, a resident who confirmed the authenticity of the scene displayed in the video, said the Lands and Mines Inspector assigned in the area, “collects thousands of Liberian dollars from the beach sand miners on a daily basis.”
“Every day, money is collected; sometimes LD$20,000 or LD$25,000. Everyday, six days a week, and we don’t know the purpose for which such sum is collected.
“We don’t know where the money goes. Our roads are completely damaged. This is affecting every one of us in the community. For five weeks, I have not been able to drive in and out of my residence. I have two four- wheel vehicles but I can’t make it on this road because Lands and Mines takes the money but refuses to fix the road,” Mr. Barclay said.
“The Lands and Mines collects fees from us to fix the road. But they are not doing it. They collect more than LD$20,000 here per week. But we don’t know where that money is going. They need to tell us.
“I will challenge them anywhere if they can look into my eyes and deny that they don’t collect money from us,” said Mr. Alfred J. Goeh, spokesman of the Sand Miners Union in Zorgbeh Town.
Another miner, Mr. Morgan White, said both Beatrice and Emmanuel Payne aka “Pep Cardiola” “collect over LD$10,000 from them daily without any “justification.”
He insisted that Beatrice and Emmanuel Payne aka “Rep Cardiola,” usually come and collect here as inspectors and collect money from us.
The miners also said Inspector General Prince Marbu and Assistant Minister for Mines William Hynes coordinate the fee collections done by Beatrice and her team.
But both officials denied the allegation.
Mines Inspector General Prince Marbu and Assistance Minister William Hynes denied the report terming it as “untrue.”
“I can’t talk to you. I am on my way to Zwedru. That matter is before Assistant Minister Hynes. It is false,” Mr. Marbu said via phone Saturday.
When contacted Monday morning, Mr. Hynes refused to comment on the allegation.
Meanwhile, Zorgbeh Town residents and the beach miners union threatened to sue the Land and Mines Ministry for failure to justify the fees are collected from them.
Roads linking Gbapolu County to Monrovia and Lofa County are near impassable this rainy season due to the rut of lorries by a logging company known as BOGECO and the scrap dealer firm, VOTRACO, making the county inaccessible to residents visitors.
Transportation fares for basic commodities including rice, petroleum products, cooking oil have skyrocketed due to scarcity of commuter vehicles courageous enough to venture the deplorable roads.
Therefore, vehicle owners who brave the dilapidated roads are now exploiting the situation by heavily charging passengers and their loads.
“My man, what do you expect us to do? Yes, we are charging high because the road is not good. We stay hours on the road paying people to push our jeeps; so what do you expect…we have to overcharge. If you cannot go, you stay,” one commercial driver told New Democrat Saturday in Duala, Bushrod Island said.
Heavily built logging trucks plying the roads bear foreign license plates while their operators speak French with accents of Ivorian dialects, an angry Gbarpolu resident told this paper Saturday.
“These people are just after the money but don’t care about fixing the roads,” remarked one passenger while boarding a jeep headed for Gbarpolu to the county.
Eyewitnesses have expressed fears that if the situation is left unaddressed, the road connecting Gbarpolu County with Lofa County will soon be cut.
Residents of the county as well as leaders of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia in the county have described the situation as alarming, and appealed to government for intervention.
Worst of all, several bridges linking the surrounding villages are damaged, making road networks impassible for farmers to easily sell their produce at nearby markets.
“All our farm products are spoiling every day because we cannot get to Bopolu to sell them,” elderly farmer Momo complained from Gbarpolu to this reporter in a telephone conversation.
Due to the deplorable road condition, transportation fare for a four-hour ride between Bopolu and Henry Town which formerly cost L$500 is now L$1800, according to Ansu S. M. Sherif, deputy secretary general of the FRTUL.
He said at least five vehicles get stuck on the road daily and locals charge L$1500 to L$2000 to remove each stuck vehicle.
Rumors that permeated Monrovia Thursday claiming Unity Party Chair, Cllr. Varney Sherman had resigned from the party in demand of a group of disenchanted partisans have been refuted.
The group’s demand for the resignation of the three most senior officials atop the party—Standard-bearer Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Cllr. Sherman and Secretary General Wilmot Paye—has also been resisted by the party’s secretariat.
The disenchanted group accused President Sirleaf of giving government jobs to her family members while leaving other partisans without jobs.
The UP partisans also accused the three officials of violating Article 17 of the party’s constitution, which requires all appointments in government to be done in consultation with the Vice Chairman of the party for Governmental Affairs.
Contacted for reaction, Mr. Wilmot Paye said: “There are no plans (for us) to resign. We are not going to leave the party until our six-year term elapses.
“We were elected for six years. How can someone tell us to resign when we have a piece of job to do in keeping with the mandate that elected us to power,” Mr. Paye told New Democrat in a telephone conversation Saturday.
Responding to an email inquiry from FrontPageAfrica Thursday, Cllr. Sherman who is currently out of Liberia, said: “I have not resigned from the position of National Chairman of the Unity Party; I have no intention of resigning; I have no reason to resign; I intend to serve my full six-year term (2010 - 2016).”
More than a year after the end of the conflict in
All is set for the Montserrado District #11
Employees Leroy Johnson, Ernest W. Kollie and Melvilee N. Grigsby