“Women Have Disregarded Womanhood” -Female Aspirant

By Mafanta Kromah

A female representative aspirant of the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), Grady Walker, says women have neglected womanhood, thus preventing many of them from taking state offices.

Madam Walker maintains that unlike men, women are self and strong-hearted, as such people are afraid to vote them in to power on grounds that they will forget their constituents.

Madam Walker made the statement Friday during a day-long citizens engagement event held at Brewerville City Hall.

The event was organized by the Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia (COPPWILL), supported by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development.

According to her, women are many in Liberia; but do not vote for women during electoral processes, due to their inability to extend their coverage to those they represent.

She cited that when a politician cares for both men and women he or she will not have problem in a political sojourn.

She further emphasized that many women are coming down to their constituents because they want to take power; but upon ascendancy,  turn their back on the people.

Madam  added: “They are down to earth because they need the people service; but when they get the job, they have no equal.”

She maintained that women are very wicked and do not care much about what other people go through despite the fact that they are women.

At the same time, Rebecca Roberts, a resident of Brewerville said “not many women are elected during electoral period because they do not extend helping hands to the people they want to represent.

She claimed that women are selfish; as a result, when they take public offices they do not count those that vote them into power.

Meanwhile, giving the over view of the program, COPPWILL’s Vice President of Political Education and Training, Nuwoe Scott, said the engagement is to ensure that more women become representatives come 2018 (following the elections).

“We want to carry 99 percent of the women to the legislature come 2018 and to continue training those that will not make it to the House,” she said.

According to her, the initiative is to also sell female aspirants to the people and for the citizens themselves to create the platform for the aspirants, thus holding them accountable when elected.

She indicated that COPPWILL, at the end of the political process, will also hold these female aspirants accountable for everything they say to the people when they are elected.

 

 

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Liberia-China Friendship Organization Urges Liberians To Elect Leaders That Will Protect One-China Policy

The Liberia-China Friendship Organization (LICFO) is calling on Liberian voters to participate in the electoral process to elect individuals who will support and uphold the One-China Policy.

“You get the politicians you warrant if you don’t vote right by accessing the candidates who will reflect the interest of the nation and the aspirations of its people. Politicians can help guide policy, and so we need politicians who will guide and protect the One China Policy,” LICFO said in a press release issued on Monday.

According to the organization, the One China Policy is the firm foundation of the Liberia-China relations. As a result of that relations, Liberians have immensely benefited and still benefiting from the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China.

It named some of the benefits Liberia is enjoying from the relations include the reconstruction of the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex after the civil war and its current renovation, the construction of the Ministry of Health and the University of Liberia Fendell Campus as well as the ongoing construction of the Ministerial Complex and the Annexes of Capitol Building, among others.

LICFO then urged Liberians to vote for those who intend to guide and protect the One-China Policy not only because Liberia has benefited and still benefiting from the Liberia-China relations, but also China is a member of the Security Council; the Council that decides the fate of any nation on planet earth. “It is good to elect those who go with us in the same direction,” LICFO added.

LICFO’s statement comes amid reports of political elements who want to sway Liberia back to the renegade province of Taiwan when they gain state power. The organization pointed out that their action, is intended to enrich themselves, because Taiwan authorities know ‘checkbook diplomacy’ very well. “They want to use your votes, get to power and deny your infrastructural developments that the People’s Republic of China is currently providing,” the group maintained.

Meanwhile, LICFO has stressed the need to elect people who represent developmental ambition that will truly lift Liberia.

 

 

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US Style: Discussions! Political “Interference?”

Uneasy suspicion has brewed over the closed door discussion initiated by the United States Embassy near Monrovia with expected Presidential aspirants ahead of the coveted October 10, 2017 Presidential and representative elections.

An official statement from the United States Embassy posted over the weekend detailed its directive that presidential aspirants wishing to engage with diplomatic mission will be done in “Closed-Door void of media presence.

Accordingly, the Liberian News Agency (LINA) report quoted a release from the Embassy as stating that the first dialogue took place Friday May 5, 2017 with the appearance of little known Cllr. Dr. Jallah Barbu of the New Liberian Party (NLP) as debutant guest.

“The U.S Embassy will continue these dialogues in the weeks that follow in order to better understand the platforms, priorities and philosophies of the aspirants. The U. S Embassy said in a statement that it hopes Liberia holds a successful election that is free, fair, open and peaceful,” said the Embassy.

However, regrettably, the U. S Embassy emphatically directed that the US officials meeting with political aspirants will be restricted to the media, which has raised eyebrows among some presidential aspirants and voters over the expressed intent of the world’s super as the October 10, 2017 elections draws nearer.

The ongoing meeting comes against heighten heels of suspicion among some self-styled Liberian politicians that previous elections held in country were reportedly influenced by Washington through the influence of the US Embassy in Monrovia.

“We applaud the expressed objectives of the US-Presidential aspirants closed-door initiatives aimed at wishing free, fair, transparent and peaceful elections, but we baffled that election discussions bordering on these objectives should not be held at closed-door, it creates suspicion” said Francis Natoe, a self-styled political observer.

 Activist Natoe said the closed-door discussion undertaken by the US Embassy with Presidential aspirants has undoubtedly sparked-off alleged discussions at popular social entertainment places that the former colonial masters often choose Liberia’s Presidents at their detriment.

Like activist Natoe, renowned Liberian Economist Samuel P. Jackson also noted that the United States of America has supported Liberia for nearly 200 years, but said that support has unwittingly led to the creation of a political class that misruled the country.

“For 133 years from 1847, the political class was mostly of repatriated American slaves and their descendants, known as Americo-Liberians, but since 1980 with the overthrow of the Americo Liberian oligarchy by a group of enlisted soldiers under Master Sergeant Samuel K.  Doe, the reemergence of the political elite is no longer based upon tribe or ethnicity, yet the consequences are the same with a small band of greedy bureaucrats bleeding a desperately poor country,” said Economist Jackson.

Unfortunately, pundits have stated that with the US seemingly supporting the political configuration in Liberia, it makes a weakened opposition even weaker and timid thus undermining the creation of a vibrant democratic society that can checkmate the excesses of the country’s ruling elite.

With over 200 years of US engagement with Liberia, political analysts have surmised that much of its support seemed well-intentioned and in fact has been the umbilical cord sustaining the nation-hood of the country.

However, some Liberians believed that US support has always been characterized by biasness towards the country’s ruling class and political elite, unintentionally expanded economic inequality and solidified social chasms.

Debated with curiosity, some Liberians interview have opined that with centuries after America began its support to Liberia, the country’s political economy is still characterized by patronage, cronyism and opportunism, all designed to enrich a few at the expense of the hapless majority.

Notably, Liberian political leaders always shuttle between Washington and Monrovia with the conviction that once sanctioned by the US, the political deal is done without many hitches.

However, with less than 10% of the Liberian population, Americo-Liberians have dominated the national politics from the founding of the colony until slain Samuel Doe led a military coup in 1980; however the debate of how Americo-Liberians held onto power for protracted period has once again surface and dominating the 2017 political discussion.

Some natives have attributed the long serving tenure of Americo-Liberian to divisions based on “light-skin vs. dark skin”, particularly because the first president was of mixed race, as were several immigrants, reflecting the nature of African-American society in dominance.

It is believed that the discussion initiated by the US will be welcomed, but with uttermost recap of the country’s political event. Reports T. Michael Johnny 0775820581

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Female Law Enforcers End Retreat in Gbarnga

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Female Law Enforcers End Retreat in Gbarnga

By Abel R. Okai in Bong County

Participants 

 

The Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association (LIFLEA), in collaboration with UN Women, has ended a two-day national retreat for sixty female security officers in Gbarnga Bong County under the theme “Enhancing a Vibrant Female Security Network”. The retreat was conducted on May 5-6 2017, at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound on the Dementa Road in Gbarnga.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, LIFLEA’s National Coordinator,Atty. Asatu Bah-Kenneth, said the objective of the national retreat is to develop the strategic plan for the organization and review the amended constitution.

Atty. Bah-Kenneth disclosed that LIFLEA has provided several training programs for its members but the just ended retreat will help give the opportunity to its members to fully participate in the decision making process of the female security network.

She urged security officers, most especially females, to prepare themselves in giving account and taking their responsibilities in the discharge of their duties.

Atty. Bah-Kenneth pointed out that in the past, the security sector was perceived as a dump site all because most of the security officers especially females were not given the opportunity to hold top management positions and were used as filing clerks, radio operators, desk officers; but not withstanding because of LIFLEA and other international organizations’ intervention women with the requisite qualifications are now seen in top management positions in the security sector.

For her part, UN Women representative,Madam Ghoma Karloweah, pledged her organization’s support to the Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association highlighting continuous support to the process in Liberia.

Madam Karloweah said LIFLEA has been one of the easier means in which UN Women has been helping female security in Liberia.

She disclosed that her organization is planning computer training for LIFLEA in other to build the capacity of its members.

Also speaking, the joint security representative Col. Alfonso V. Kromah said law enforcement requires collaboration and coordination if the force needs to build confidence in itself.

Participants for the retreat were  drawn from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA), and the Liberia National Fire Service (LNFS), among others, from Grand Bassa, Margibi, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Montserrado counties.

The Liberia Female Law Enforcement Association was established in -2001 to advocate for female security officers in catering to the security welfare of the Republic of Liberia.