Willie Belleh Must
Resign from Interim Government
The recent revelation by The Perspective
magazine that Willie
Belleh, Director of the Cabinet and the Chief of Staff to Liberian Interim
Leader Charles Gyude Bryant, and the other officers at the Central Bank
of Liberia (CBL) lucratively rewarded themselves in the midst of the
abject poverty in Liberia is appalling and unconscionable.
Cities: Liberian deported after admitting to crimes there (Pioneer
A Liberian citizen has been deported from the Twin Cities after admitting
that he killed 10 people and raped a woman while supervising a traffic
checkpoint where dozens of such crimes took place during the African
nation's civil war.
All the President's
Men: A Case of Massive Corruption?
Elie E. Saleeby, Governor
of CBL and Chairman of CBL Board
Liberia is considered one of the world's poorest countries
- many say the world's outright poorest - where under the dictatorship
of Charles Taylor, government employees such as police officers, soldiers,
teachers and clerks have not been paid for well over a year. It is difficult
to comprehend, but we are told that the average salary is less than
$25.00 (twenty five dollars) per month - not enough for a bag of rice,
the nation's staple. Conditions have been so devastating that the average
family cannot afford to fully feed itself. For many, sending their kids
to school is a luxury they cannot afford.
Laws not in
the Interest of Liberia People, Says Former Speaker
I was totally disappointed but not surprised when the former Speaker
of the House of Representatives in the Taylor Government, Nyundueh
Monokomna said on Radio Veritas here that during the last days of
the NPP Government, the 51st Legislature repealed certain laws that
were not in the interest of the Liberian People. Mr. Monokomna named
some of these laws as the Act granting the Maritime Bureau 10% of
the total revenues generated by the Bureau and the Act granting the
Liberia International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) the authority
to manage the country's maritime program.
Violence Continues Despite Deal (Associated Press)
Liberia's civil war is officially over, but outside the capital, it
doesn't look much like peace: Rebels are looting, pro-government militias
are raping, and civilians are being forced to till fields to feed
hungry fighters, residents say.
Institute For Peace, Democracy, & Good Governance
The Solomon Asch Center for Study
of Ethnopolitical Conflict of the University of Pennsylvania hosted
the Liberia Peace and Democracy Workshop on August 9th
2003. The Liberty Center for
Survivors of Torture of Philadelphia co-sponsored the event. Chaired
by Asch Center Research Fellow Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, 24 Liberianist
E-Mail Fraud Alert
Criminals purporting to be relatives of African dictators have been
circulating Spam e-mails since the late 90’s. These e-mails target
companies and individuals. The message is basically the same: The sender
claims to be a relative of an African dictator who has acquired wealth
illegally and due to security reasons the relative wants to take the
wealth out of the country. Normally, they request that the receivers
of these e-mails provide to them their personal information such as
“(a) Your complete name, (b) Your Telephone/Fax Numbers”
and banking coordinates, so that millions of dollars will be transferred
into the receivers’ accounts. In return, the senders claim that
the e-mail recipients would receive as much as 30% of the amount transferred.
Liberia: A Responsible Government
(Open Letter to Gyude Bryant) This is the perfect opportunity
for the NTGL under your able leadership and your business background
to develop a comprehensive plan for effective and efficient governance
of Liberia. This comprehensive plan for good governance in Liberia
must contain policies and programs that cultivate fiscal responsible,
control corruptions, and inefficiency in government.
Needed to Reconstruct Liberia
I have just read the article by Abdoulage W. Dukele posted on The
Liberian Connection Web site intitled: The
UN and Liberia: Good Intentions and Stark Realities. Firstly,
I thank the author for the article, and agree with him on many key
issues mentioned. Secondly, I would like to inform the author that
the money needed to reconstruct our beloved Liberia has already started
to pour in. The US Congress has already approved $200 million to assist
Liberia, The EU today disbursed N1.2 billion for the peace keepers
in Liberia and has pledged an even larger amount.
in Taylor’s Ring of Corruption?
, along with Chairman Gyude Bryant, UN
Special representative in Liberia Jacques Klein and other publications
received some documents that throw light on how the meager resources
of the nation were distributed among a few people. Readers would read
for example that the Chairman of the Central Bank of Liberia took home
some US$13,000.00 (Thirteen Thousand US dollars a month).
Corruption at the Central
Bank of Liberia
Elie E. Saleeby, Chairman
As Liberians, it is incumbent on all of us to assist you in achieving
the goals associated with your job responsibilities. In this light,
we solicit your attention to a few problems that need immediate consideration.
The resolution of these issues will ensure that such practices are abolished
immediately, never repeated, and yield good governance.
resolves row over posts (BBC)
A compromise has been reached between the main rebel group and the leader
of Liberia's new power-sharing government. Gyude Bryant, who was sworn
in earlier this month, agreed to reconsider Lurd nominations to senior
Bryant backs down over rejected LURD nominees (IRIN)
Liberia's transitional leader, Gyude Bryant, has agreed to review
some of the nominees for senior government appointments that he rejected
last week, the speaker of Parliament, George Dweh, said.
Boston Based NGO
(MRRDN) Assesses Conditions of 60,000 Internally Displaced Persons (The Inquirer)
A high-power delegation of an international humanitarian, relief and
developmental organization, Mano River Relief and Development Network(MRRDN),
is in the country to assess the pressing humanitarian situation in
Butcher of Liberia (West Africa) Still Doesn't Get It
Sacrificial Lamb! Whipping Boy! History will be kind to me! I have
fulfilled my duties! God willing, I shall return! Etc. Etc. Etc. How
sickening and shameful it is to hear such utter rubbish. Actually,
the above words make me sick to my stomach. This only highlights the
fact that Charles Taylor still doesn't get it. Here is a man and his
band of thugs, thieves, and killers who on Christmas Eve of 1989,
plunged our beloved country into a cycle of death and destruction.
Save Liberia: No Rewards
For Bad Guys!
The current standoff in Liberia between the chair of the transitional
regime and the rebels threatens to derail the peace process in which
the UN has placed so much faith. Its Special Representative, Maj.
Gen/ Jacques Klein, has given Liberians so much hope in a short period,
and the nightmare is to imagine his failure. But he is one man in
the wilderness. If Klein were in charge of Iraq, his problems would
be far different, and one of them would not be funding, neither international
More confusion Over Appointments In Transitional
Government In Liberia (The Inquirer)
More confusion seems to be brewing as various stakeholders to the
Accra Peace Agreement continue to make conflicting nominations to
fill slots within the National Transitional Government of Liberia
(NTGL). The civil society organizations in Liberia (CSO) under the
signature of its chairman, Saa Philip-Joe yesterday forwarded a list
of nominees for positions agreed upon by the joint political parties
and civil society technical committee. However confusion has already
begun to emerge.
fighters Storms Government Ministry In Monrovia
It was a scene of confusion, chaos and disbelief yesterday, when men
believed to be loyal to the rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation
and Democracy (LURD) stormed the Ministry of Finance to forcibly make
their way in to the premises.
The Hand We Have Been Dealt
The die is cast, the deck of cards was stacked, the aces and other face-cards
have been dealt to the gun toters, right before our very eyes, as the
brokers of peace sought the easy way out through appeasement, and there
was virtually nothing we could do, but to take what is placed at our
end of the table. We have witnessed a skewed allocation of jobs favoring
the gun toters. The NTLA has a total of seventy-six (76) members.
rebels in pull-out threat (BBC)
Liberia's largest rebel faction has demanded that the leader of the
power-sharing government step down. Sekou Conneh, leader of the Lurd
group, told BBC News Online that Gyude Bryant was not letting Lurd members
of the power-sharing government work.
Amnesty For warlords!
A fortnight ago when the transitional government headed by Charles Bryant
was installed, there was renewed hope that the suffering and killings
that have been the hallmark of Liberia for the past 14 years would come
to an end. But if recent pronouncements attributed to Mr. Bryant of
his opposition to a war crimes tribunal are true, then Liberia is headed
for another round of "war-lordism" very soon.
Bryant Cut a Deal with LURD and MODEL for his Selection?
Well, one week into Mr. Bryant’s two-year administration, he
has made some questionable news that was not shocking to some of us
who could see this coming. I am amazed at how the reasoning of some
Liberians defies logic...
represents Liberians in the Diaspora/America in the Assembly?
Please accept my congratulations for your selection as head of the
new TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT OF LIBERIA. I am sure you aware of the
enormity of the task ahead. My prayer for you is that all Liberians
(irrespective of where they are) would consider doing everything in
their power to make the next two years successful.
Aide to Liberian Exile in U.S. (Washington Post)
The alleged chief paymaster for the notoriously brutal government
of former Liberian president Charles Taylor has entered the United
States -- despite being banned from international travel by the United
Nations -- and is living in California.
The UN and Liberia:
Good Intentions and Stark Realities
In his beautifully crafted inaugural speech, the Chairman of the new
Liberian transitional government made some remarkable observations about
the past of the nation and where he intends to take Liberia. He promised
to fight nepotism, corruption and tribalism amongst other divisions
that have characterized the social fabric of Liberia since her birth
more than a century and half ago.
More Persons to Transitional Government (The
The Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), has
made additional nominations to fill its slots in the National Transitional
Government of Liberia(NTGL), in accordance with the comprehensive
Accra peace accord.
of Additional Appointments In Government (The
The Executive Branch of the National Transitional Government(NTGL),
has continued to take shape as the relevant stakeholders make nominations
to fill their respective slots as allotted by the recently signed
Accra peace accord.
"We Were Armed Robbed,
Almost Killed But Not Deterred"
Samuel Kofi Woods
The Foundation for International Dignity (FIND) family experienced
its worst tragedy since its more than one year of existence. Six men
armed with pistols, axe and other weapons sneaked their way into the
Regional Offices of FIND in the early morning hours of Wednesday,
October 15, 2003. Two staff members were physically assaulted and
another three all held hostages, at gun point while the armed men
took away equipment, personal belongings of the staffs and monies
belonging to the organization. Below is a summary report of the incident:
Superstition is Alive
I was born in a village In Liberia called Zoe-town. Actually it was
a town, but I like to think of it as a kingdom; a very powerful kingdom,
so to speak. I was lucky enough to be born in the most powerful family
in Zoe-town. My father was lord of all the zoes and my mother was
the queen-mother. My uncles and aunties, both maternal and paternal,
held very powerful positions in the hierarchy in Zoe kingdom.
Liberia Right This Time Around
The last 23 years of turmoil in Africa's oldest republic can be directly
attributed to the passions and burning desires of all Liberians to
be recognized as full participants in the nation-building process.
Some of the energies used in attempting to right the historical wrongs
of exclusion were exploited by demagogues and other political neophytes.
The results have been catastrophic.
members of Liberian Government must be corruption-free, UN emphasizes
With Liberia currently in the process of selecting members
of its transitional government and legislative assembly, the United
Nations today underscored the need to choose honest and qualified professionals.
Abubakar and the Warlords: Tricking the Tricksters
With the inauguration of Chairman Gyude Bryant following the take-over
of peacekeeping by the United Nations, the peace process is now entering
its most active face. Like a crazy train, the regime of the NPP has
crashed into a wall. Vision 2024 never went past 2003. Stupidity and
arrogance go hand in hand and when they team up with greed, salvation
becomes unattainable. Vision 2024 was bound to crash, as the drivers
were blind-sided by ignorance.
Opportunity for National Renewal
I feel obliged to join hundreds of thousands of Liberians at home
and abroad, in welcoming Chairman Gyude Bryant and his new team of
rulers as they assume the onerous task of pacifying and sanitizing
our common patrimony. I must also seize this opportunity to strongly
commend the resilient people of Liberia, who remain undaunted, despite
being subjected to all forms of insanity and degradation in the past
Former "Diplomat" Accused of Selling Liberian Diplomatic
I have the honor to gently draw your Excellency's attention to the
appointment of Mr Bass-Golokeh as Adviser on International Affairs
as a very grave and serious error of judgement. For starters, the
burden of carrying out the mandate with which you are entrusted depends
to a large extent on the level of cooperation you will receive from
the international community. That cooperation and support will be
a function of their perception of the seriousness with which you attach
to the overwhelming task before you.
Interim Leader put in power to shield warlords?
Since Liberia’s brutal dictator and indicted war criminal
Charles Taylor was forced to relinquish power and leave the country
in August, hopes are rekindled that Liberia now has an opportunity to
end 14 years of death and destruction and begin the process of reconstruction.
Is it Too Soon? If so
My understanding is that the new National Transitional Government of
Liberia (NTGL) has been seated with it’s structure gradually been
formed. Parties to the conflict have started sending names of their
nominees of the various posts allotted them. I think, except for the
legislative assembly that has some re-election to conduct, everything
is gradually falling in line. Liberians are very hopeful or let me say
prayerful that this time around things will work out for the better.
They cannot wait for the day when they will have to return home.
Vacancy: Top Leadership
Never before in the history of America has such an opportunity worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits and rewards surfaced for
thousands of Liberians and other nationals. While there will be only
one opening for the Liberian presidency, these opportunities for leadership
are open to everyone but interested individuals must act now!
Address By His Excellency C. Gyude Bryant, Chairman, National Transitional
Government Of Liberia (The Inquirer)
His Excellency Joachim Chissano, President of the Republic of Mozambique
& Chairman of the African Union; His Excellency John A. Kufour,
President of the Republic of Ghana and Chairman of the Economic Community
of West African States (ECOWAS); His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo,
President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Moses
Z. Blah, Former President of the Republic of Liberia; His Excellency
Jacques Klein, Special Representative of the Secretary General of
the United Nations to Liberia; Heads of Ad Hoc Missions Accredited
to these Ceremonies;
Moses Blah's Government Makes Several nominations to Transitional
Government In Liberia (The Inquirer)
This paper has reliably learnt that in line with the recently signed
Accra peace agreement, the former NPP-led government has made several
nominations to fill its allocated slots in the incumbent National
Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL).
In Charles Taylor’s Political Party In Liberia
There seems to be bickering and confusion within the former ruling
National Patriotic Party (NPP) regarding the filling of slots in the
newly inducted National Transitional Government of Liberia(NTGL).
Liberian Police Director Turns Over Ofice (The
In keeping with the ECOWAS facilitated Accra Peace Accord for Liberia,
Police Director Paul Mulbah on Wednesday turned over his gavel of
authority to Senior Inspector Col. Edward Kitson-Thomas.
Mobile Phone company for Liberia (The Inquirer)
A new cellular phone company, Optima Wireless/Liberia Incorporated,
with more than US$20 million as its initial investment, is to shortly
begin operation in the country.
Are Our Facilitators?
Since the beginning of our present catastrophic civil conflict, which
has lasted for almost a decade and a half, the fate of our country (Liberia)
has come to be determined by our so-called facilitators in the West
African sub-region, led largely by Nigeria and Ghana. Nigeria in particular,
the largest and the most powerful military might of the region has often
taken the leading role in helping to bring sanity to the Liberian situation.
And every Liberian should be grateful for that.
Liberian Mentality and ULAA: "Leave the people thing alone"
When we were growing up in Liberia, one thing was obvious to me: Liberians
in general did not enjoy an equal playing field. There was a tiny elite
and another small group close to the center of power, close enough to
see and smell it. But the vast majority of the citizens of the republic
lived way below the poverty line. A middle class, necessary in all civilized
societies to boost productivity was glaringly absent. The system - police,
the courts, the legislature, and the entire government bureaucracy was
highly corrupt and inefficient.
leader says war crimes cases won't help Liberians (Associated Press)
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's newly inaugurated interim leader
challenged the wisdom of a war-crimes court for the virtually limitless
atrocities of his country's conflicts, saying Wednesday it would do
nothing to heal the wounds.
New Leader Makes New Appointments In Government (The
The transitional head of the Liberian government, Chairman Gyude Bryant
has made new appointments in government. Those appointed are Professor
Willie Belleh, Chief of Staff and Director of the Cabinet; Mr. Blamoh
Nelson, Senior Advisor to the Chairman on the Scrupulous implementation
of the Peace Accord and Mr. Harry A. Greaves, Advisor to the Chairman
on Economic Affairs.
New Leader Speaks On Several Vital Issues (The
The Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL),
Charles Gyude Bryant says his government will initiate policies that
would ensure that effective 1st November, 2003, the hardship facing
the Liberian people is reduced.
University Student Group
Denounces Killing Of Innocent Liberians (The
The Executive Committee of the Conscious University Students Association
(CUSA) says it condemns in the strongest term the death of innocent
Liberians as a result of the October 1, 2003, unfortunate incident at
the Redlight in Paynesville.
Community wants Liberia to Creates Peaceful Environment
The International Community is urging Liberians to create a conducive
environment for true peace if they are to construct a new Liberia. Making
remarks during the induction ceremony of Chairman Gyude Bryant yesterday
at the capitol building in separate statements representatives of the
international community and African communities said the achievement
for peace rest squarely in the hands of Liberians themselves and not
from anyone outside
Bryant Inaugurated as Liberia's Interim Leader
On yesterday, Mr. Gyude Bryant was inaugurated in Monrovia to
head Liberia, a nation ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Mr. Bryant
was the choice of the warring factions at the recently held Peace Conference
in Ghana, West Africa.
Liberia: Reconciliation, Reconstruction
And Rehabilitation (3R's)
As the Gyude Bryant transitional national government takes office, Liberia
is once again at the center of international attention. From the deployment
of one of the largest United Nations peacekeeping operations in the
world to the need to feed the hungry and minister to the sick, the transitional
government faces immense challenges. However, with these challenges
come unique opportunities for the transformation of Liberia. I briefly
review these challenges and opportunities from the prism of 3R's: reconciliation,
reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Takes Seat In Liberia (The Inquirer)
|Chairman Gyude Bryant
||Vice Chairman Wesley Johnson
Another page in Liberia's checkered 156 years history has been writing on October 14th with the induction of Charles Gyude Bryant and Wesley Momo Johnson as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the in new National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL). Messrs. Bryant and Johnson are took over from interim President Moses Z. Blah and recent inducted vice president John Gray who have been steering the affairs of state since the departure of former president Charles Ghankay Taylor on August 11, 2003.
of the former Liberian ruling Political Party-NPP-led Government’s
Six years in Office (The Inquirer)
Following six years of its political administration of Liberia, the
general consensus is that the National Patriotic Party (NPP) led government
has miserably failed to provide those ingredients needed to build
The NPP government which came to power in August 1997 performed poorly
in several areas, and The INQUIRER attempts to grade it by this Final
Report Card on its performance:
Leader Takes Office In Liberia (Associated Press)
MONROVIA, Liberia, Oct. 14 -- Businessman Gyude Bryant took office as
Liberia's interim leader Tuesday under red, white and blue bunting in
the looted capitol rotunda, inheriting a nation in ruins after years
of civil war and rebellion.
Liberia Leader Takes Power (BBC)
Mr Bryant's arrival in Monrovia was marked by a prayer service
Gyude Bryant, a relatively unknown businessman, has been sworn in
as the head of a new power-sharing government.Mr Bryant, who was chosen
for the post at the peace talks which ended the country's 14-year
civil war, takes over from temporary President Moses Blah.
the Path Towards Economic Recovery
Liberia’s history is one of greed and grievance. Greed demonstrated
by its political elites who would stop at nothing to make a quick buck,
even if it meant appropriating land resulting in the displacement of
hundreds of thousand of people as happened in Harbel and Pleebo, where
the government in the 1920’s confiscated communal land from its
own citizens, some 1 million acres and sold it to Firestone at the price
of six cents per acre.
Liberia Needs A Visionary
Not A Manager
Let me set the stage by characterizing the condition of Liberia as she
is as of the writing of this article. Liberia is the equivalent of a
family whose house has been burned down to the ground, and as a result,
the Red Cross comes to rescue that family by providing the basic necessity
of life for a temporary period.
Abdusalami Nullified Elections Results (The Inquirer)
The chief Mediator of the Liberian Peace process, Rt./Gen. Abubakar
Abdusalami, has rejected nominees of the 15 political sub-division of
Liberia to the National Transitional Assembly of Liberia. The former
Nigerian head of state told a news conference yesterday in Monrovia
that several objections of been raised by the two rebel groups, the
Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD and Movement
for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) over the method and location used for
the elections of the counties representatives to thee NTAL.
Day Looting Foiled At Defense Ministry (The
A dramatic event unfolded last Saturday morning at the Ministry of
National Defense on Benson Street, when soldiers of the Armed Forces
of Liberia (AFL) assigned at the building stopped Deputy Minister
Austin Clarke from taking away what he called his "personal belongings".
Liberia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Taiwan (AP)
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's dwindling number of
diplomatic allies shrank by one Sunday as war-ravaged Liberia switched
ties to the island's rival, China, officials said.
Monrovia Residents (The Inquirer)
Monrovians and residents of the Liberian capital’s suburbs have
been given the assurance that their areas will be gun-free by the
end of October 10, 2003. The United Nations Mission in Liberia’s
Chief of Information, Margaret A. Novicki reiterated the disclosure
made recently regarding the "weapons-free" environment in
and around the Liberian capital.
Home in Exile More Like Prison
"He should be sent to face trial. The man has caused a lot of atrocities,"
said another in her 40s, Elizabeth Ijong, who works in a government
building beside Taylor's house.
In November 2001, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved
at its general meeting a document entitled "A Call to Solidarity
with Africa," which addressed the bishops’ growing concerns
over the plight of Africa and the Church’s response to its African
brothers and sisters. These are excerpts from the Bishops’ statement.
Demand L$5,000,000 From President Blah (The
Peanuts and pepper sellers at the Paynesville ‘Red-Light’
are urging the Liberian leader, President Moses Blah to pay them damages
in the sum of L$5,000,000 for their goods and money looted as a result
of the recent shoot-out in the area. Recently, marketers at the Paynesville
Red light who are dealers of peanuts and pepper suffered great losses
when their warehouses were massively looted. The incident occurred
when LURD Chairman Sekou Conneh was en route to Pres. Blah’s
residence in Paynesville. The LURD leader was honoring an invitation
extended by President Blah.
BTC Military Base
Regains Status (The Inquirer)
With barely under a week for a new assembly to take over, the incumbent
legislature has passed into law an act that observers believe, though
belated, shall be greatly welcomed by the Liberian public. Some three
years since it passed into law an Act creating the premises of the
then Barclay Training Center(BTC) as National Children’s Village,
the Liberian Senate has passed a new Act restoring the BTC premises
to its former status as a military barracks.
Coalition Of Human Rights Defenders Decries Shooting Incident
The Liberia Coalition of Human Rights Defenders says
it is concerned about the shoot-out between LURD and government forces
at the Paynesville ‘Red-Light’ on October 1, 2003 which
resulted to the death of over 15 persons including un-armed women
Liberia, Hopes Reborn (Washington Post)
Kenneth Best left yesterday on the start of a long journey home to
Liberia, his one suitcase packed for next week's installation of that
nation's new government, his other bag filled with a decade of deferred
hopes and dreams.
Declare Monrovia Arms Free This Friday (The
The Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL),
Lt. Gen. Daniel I. Opande has disclosed that the Joint Monitoring Committee(JMC)
has agreed to make Central Monrovia, Bushrod Island and Paynesville
"weapons-free" by Friday, October 10, 2003. Speaking on Monday
following the JMC meeting, under the auspices of UNMIL and which he
chaired for the first time, Lt/Gen. Daniel I. Opande said, "my
troops will ensure that we do what we came here to do."
Extends Invitation to President Blah (The
The leader of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy(LURD),
Mr. Sekou Damante Conneh has extended an invitation to President Moses
Zeh Blah to visit Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
the Warring Factions Feet to the Fire
The armed conflict between the present Government of Liberia (GOL),
the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and the
Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) is hereby ended with immediate
effect. Accordingly, all the Parties to the Ceasefire Agreement shall
ensure that the ceasefire established at 0001 hours on 18th June 2003,
results in the observation of a total and permanent cessation of hostilities
Issued on October 2, 2003, By Jacques Paul Klein on the Paynesville
Yesterday, a serious incident occurred at Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia,
involving a convoy carrying the chairman of Liberians United for Reconciliation
and Democracy (LURD), Mr. Sekou Conneh, for a meeting with the President
of Liberia. The LURD violated arrangements for its entry into the city,
negotiated by ECOMIL prior to its integration into the UN force. ECOMIL
was integrated into the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) on 1 October.
Fall of A Tyrant
He was called various names during his rein of terror in Liberia:
The NPFL Rebel Leader, The Papay, Ghanky, Chucky, Taylor, Charlie,
Dahkpannah, etc. Each of these names was used to depict his mood of
Sustainable Peace and Functional Democracy to Liberia
The efforts by the international community and fair-minded Liberians
to restore peace to their once peaceful nation will be severely undermined
or challenged if certain section of the country’s constitution
is not amended to encourage broad participation in the political process.
I believe that the constitution should be amended to reduce the years
of the presidential term to four years from six years.
Groups Still fighting In Central Liberia (The
Reports reaching Monrovia from Central and Northern Liberia say the
respective forces of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy(LURD)
and the Movement for Democracy in Liberia(MODEL) are still attacking
positions of government forces in Nimba County.
Minister Accused Of "Criminal Deeds", But...
Some concerned employees of the Ministry of Postal Affairs have accused
their boss, Minister Melvin A. Sogbandi, of engaging in "criminal
deeds", but he (minister) has described same as unfounded, baseless
and something that lacks any iota of truth.
Minister Identifies Liberia's Problems (The
Former Finance Minister Nathaniel Barnes says the root cause of Liberia’s
problems is poverty and illiteracy; as Timothy T. Seaklon reports. Mr.
Barnes said Liberia must embrace change in its entirety with a focus
on the positive outcome of reducing poverty by raising the standard
of living of all.
Over 2,000 Destitute Displaced Liberians With 'Back-to-Camp' Relief
The Concerned Christian Community (CCC) last week, distributed food
and non-food items to more than two thousands internally displaced persons
(IDPs) sheltering at three IDP centers in Montserrado, Margibi and Lower
Monrovia City Majoree Accuses
Of holding Employees Salaries (The Inquirer)
Employees of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), have lashed at the
their boss, City Mayoress Ophelia Hoff-Saytumah, accusing her of failing
to pay their salaries arrears in the tune of L$400,000. The angry MCC
employees who stormed the offices of this paper to express their grievances,
said the amount in question include their salary arrears for the months
of February and March, 2003 presented to Mrs. Saytumah on July 9th,
2003 by the Government of Liberia.
ADRA To The Aid
of War-wearied Liberians (The Inquirer)
The Adventist Development Relief Agency(ADRA), has announced a six-month
planned program aimed at bringing relief and smiles on the faces of
thousands of war-wearied Liberians in three counties.
UN Commander General Opande, Liberia is Still in a Mess
It was a balmy Sunday afternoon in late November 1993, in Virginia,
Liberia. It was the kind of weather that only Liberia can offer, no
clouds in the skies, perfect temperature and sea breeze. We were swimming
in the Africa shaped pool of Hotel Africa. The UNOMIL military leader,
General Daniel Opande came to our table, picked up my then 8-month daughter
Aisha and asked me to walk with him to the bar for a drink.
Society: Our Time Has Come, October 2003!
The ongoing sporadic rival fighting in Liberia is yet
another "Operation Pay Yourself" reminiscent of the April
6, 1996 fighting in Monrovia. The Liberians United for Reconciliation
and Democracy (LURD) rebels looted Bushrod Island and its suburbs while
the government militia looted central Monrovia and surrounding areas.
Also, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL) is on the rampage
in cities of Harper, Greenville and Buchanan.
The Urgency of Debating Liberia’s
Future Before 2005
As Liberia slowly moves towards 2005 when elections are expected to
be held, it seems a national debate on governance is necessary so as
to set the pace for a departure from politics of personality that has
taken the country where it is.
Mediator to Set Stage for Change of Power (Reuters)
West Africa's top mediator on Liberia's war jetted into the ruined country
on Sunday to prepare the way for a transition government to take over
Redistributes "Spoils of War"
The Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), one of three warring
factions that signed the recent peace agreement in Accra, Ghana that
ended the civil war in Liberia is said to have dropped Eugene Dean Wilson
as the designated Liberia's Foreign Minister. Dean Wilson was selected
at the end of the peace conference to represent MODEL in the interim
government as the Foreign Minister of Liberia. According to a highly
placed MODEL source that asked not to be named, the rebel movement has
selected Thomas Yaryah Nimely, MODEL's Chairman to replace Dean Wilson
as Foreign Minister of Liberia in the incoming interim government.
Battlefront Commander Benjamin Yeaten Flees Liberia Under Cover of
Darkness (The Inquirer)
The battlefront commander of the Liberian Government soldiers and
Director of the Special Security Service (SSS), Lt/Gen. Benjamin Yeatan
has reportedly fled Liberia this week. Reports say he made his escape
last Sunday evening, under the cover of darkness, to an unknown destination.
The Deputy Chief of Staff and Battlefront Commander of government
forces, who directed the troops up to the recent fighting in Monrovia,
escaped the country through the Roberts International Airport accompanied
by three former aides to ex-president Charles Taylor.
Central Bank's Stern Regulations Backfire (The
Plans by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to institute a new policy
for the payment of Western Union, Money Gram and other money transfers
in the country, seems to have been halted following a hectic late
night intervention on Tuesday by a loose but powerful coalition of
bankers, businessman and government officials, followed by a widespread
Warns Violators Of Liberian Peace Accord (The
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting episode at the
Red-light’ suburb of Paynesville, UN Secretary General’s
special representative to Liberia, Mr. Jacques Paul Klein has warned
violators of the recently signed comprehensive Accra Peace Accord
on Liberia that "time is running out for them".
Belligerent Forces Clash Near Monrovia (The
A planned meeting between the Liberian leader, Pres. Moses Blah and
the national chairman of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and
Democracy(LURD), failed to be on October 1st as a result of clashes
that broke out between forces of the two opposing sides.
Urged to Play Crucial Role In Transitional Government (The Inquirer)
Civil society representative- elect to the National Transitional Assembly
of Liberia(NTAL), Mr. Commany Wesseh and the Ghanaian ambassador accredited
near Monrovia, Mr. Kwame Amoah-Awua have spoken on the role of the
Liberian media as the country enters the transitional period.
Welcome Police Re-deployment at LURD Territory (The
IT HAS BEEN disclosed that the Liberia National Police(LNP), will
re-deploy its officers on the Bushrod Island come Friday. The decision
to allow the LNP in re-deploying its officers in the area has come
following a meeting between authorities of the LNP and officials of
the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD).The meeting
was organized by ECOMIL’s Force Commander Gen. Festus Okonkwo.
No Peace Among
Warlords on the Back of Liberians!
A friend called me breathlessly to tell me that shooting was going on
in Monrovia and that the city was upside down. I called Monrovia to
ascertain the facts before making any comment to my friend, whom I promised
to call back. My friend had reason to worry, having three children and
a spouse stranded in deadly Monrovia and awaiting an improbable visa
to come to America.
Shows Force in Liberian Capital After Clashes (Reuters)
U.N. forces put on a show of force in Liberia's capital on Thursday,
a day after a gunbattle marred the start of what will become the world's
biggest United Nations peacekeeping mission. "The U.N. will be
increasing the visibility of its troops around Monrovia," spokeswoman
Margaret Novicki told Reuters.
Liberian Institute for
Peace, Democracy, and Good Governance
Philadelphia, PA - More than fifty Liberianists (meaning scholars
who study and have work experience in Liberia), including Liberian
professionals residing in the United States have established the Liberian
Institute for Peace, Democracy, and Good Governance. The mission of
the Liberia Institute is actively to involve technocrats in all fields
to work for the attainment of durable peace, democracy and good governance
Honor Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (The
The collaborating Political Parties of Liberia and hundreds of marketeers
in Monrovia recently bestowed honors on thee "iron-lady"
of Liberian politics and flag bearer of opposition Unity Party, Madam
Mulbah is dying: Needs Medical Help Abroad
The 10-year-old Liberian is at the mercy of well-wishers and the family
is hoping that a benevolent individual or organization can come in to
rescue her and help her survive. Mama Mulbah, doctors say, has an enlarged
heart, and she needs help abroad, preferably the United States. Though
she is ten years old, she now weighs about 15 pounds and is about three
and half feet tall. Years of war and instability has compounded Mama
Mulbah's problem, first diagnosed in 2002 at the Phoebe Lutheran Hospital,
in Bong County, Liberia from Totota, where she previously lived.
Mars U.N. Peacekeepers' Debut in Liberia (Reuters)
Clashes flared between rebels and loyalist forces in Liberia's capital
on Wednesday, leaving three civilians dead just hours after the United
Nations took command of West African peacekeepers.
rebel leader 'attacked' (BBC)
Fighting has erupted in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, during a visit
to the city by rebel leader Sekou Conneh. Gunmen shot at Mr Conneh's
motorcade, triggering an exchange of fire between rebels and government
troops, according to the Associated Press news agency. At least one
person was killed, as Mr Conneh's car sped away from the scene.
Takes Over Peace-Keeping Mission In Liberia This Week (The Inquirer)
The multinational United Nations peace keeping force under the name
United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL’) is expected
to formally begin its operations in the country, come Wednesday, October
Lawyers Get Warrant to Prosecute Charles Taylor (The Inquirer)
A report emanating from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, speaks of
an attempt to have former president Charles Taylor prosecuted. According
to the report, the African Bar Association (ABA) has begun moves to
prosecute the former Liberian president over alleged crimes against
NGO Guest Expresses Concern Over IDPs Plight (The Inquirer)
A local humanitarian and relief group, the Concerned Christian Community
(CCC) accompanied by a visiting international guest, recently paid
a one-day visit to parts of Central Liberia to ascertain and assess
the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Salala-Totota
area presently shelters about 100,000 IDPs from other parts of Bong
County and the two counties of Lofa and Nimba.
Re-deployed In LURD Control Territory In Monrovia
It has been disclosed that the Liberia National Police (LNP) will
re-deploy its officers on the Bushrod Island this Friday. The decision
to allow the LNP to re-deploy its officers in the area has come following
a meeting between authorities of the LNP and officials of the Liberians
United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), which was organized
by ECOMIL Force Commander Brig. Gen Festus Okonkwo.
Liberian Ambassador Advances Suggestions for Peace In Liberia
An eminent Liberian, Ambassador Jallah K. K. Kamara has advanced several
suggestions aimed at fostering reconciliation and peace in the country.