Poor Christmas Detected -Election Stalemate Blamed

By Teacee Gbeway – 0770464275

As Liberia joins other countries around the world to celebrate one of the most important festivities in the history of humankind, Liberians seem dejected to pay usual attention to Christmas due to economic hardship being experienced in the country at present.

“Nothing to celebrate with,” some citizens have told the In Profile Daily when the paper  interviewed  some residents in Monrovia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 as to how they intend to celebrate the Christmas’ season.

According to them, since the beginning of time, this carnival has been a time to share gifts with families and friends, but due to the hard economic constraints citizens encounter on a day-to-day basis in Liberia, coupled with the election stalemate, it is very difficult to be convinced that 2017 Christmas’ celebration will take the form past celebrations.

A  cross- section of Liberians from different localities in Monrovia and its environs  observed that things have become  very tough these days,  in that rather than getting ready to celebrate  Christmas, people are living in  fears, not knowing what will be the outcome of the presidential run-off election.

“My daughter, there is nothing to celebrate during this other season because this government already made things hard for us. People that are working are not taking pay; then this election business came so the little we have to share with others we’re holding fast to it; with the fear of not knowing what will happen next,” Joseph Cole who sells sticks on Johnson Street told this paper.

Mr. Cole, believed to be 65 years old, noted that by this time during their days, parents were done with shopping for their households, as well as given gifts to loved ones and other relatives but emphasized: “It is not like that these days due to hard economic problems.”

Also,  a dried bony fish seller only identified as Ma Lucy, said since the pronouncement of the presidential run- off, things have turned extremely hard in the country, most especially when it comes to marketing and  as a result,  parents find it difficult these days to put smiles on the faces of their  children back home.

She used the interview to call on the two political parties in the run-off, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) to accept whatever result comes January 2018 so that the country can become stable again and things get normal.

In other communities and even on commercial vehicles across the city; as well as Liberians who travel from the hinterland to-and-fro, there are public outcries over the increasing economic hardship, which is being blamed on the stalemate still being experienced over the delayed presidential run-off.

It has also been observed that money is not flowing because business people are skeptical to release cash because there is still uncertainty about the future of Liberia, once a new government has not been announced in the country.


War Victims Hold Memorial Service December 24 .

Liberia Massacre Survivors Association Inc (LIMASA), in collaboration with the Coalition for Justice in Liberia, Hold Memorial Service Program On December 24, 2017.

LIMASA is comprised of the living victims of Liberia’s brutal civil war which claimed the lives of more than 250,000 innocent, mainly women and children.

It has been more than 27 years with no justice or social services for war victims who are still suffering from the negative effects of war while living in impoverished conditions in Liberia: for instance, trauma from raped, tortured and living with other scars of war while the perpetrators are roaming freely across Liberia tormenting their helpless victims.

The memorial service program is being held under the theme, “Commemorating the past to seek Justice,” purposely to keep up with the memories of those who were senselessly murdered by rebels of various warring factions during the fourteen years Liberian violence.

Meanwhile, the group is seeking financial assistance, saying “Your financial donation is extremely important to have such a program to remember friends and families, who were murdered to not be forgotten.”

According to LIMASA, a minimum of $5 dollars donation will be highly appreciated.


When The Heart Bleeds

The heart we have is one of our inner parts God has provided to control our thoughts. Even one who possesses it hardy sees it unless by pictures displayed in books or other ventures derived from human curiosity. Normally, the heart needs comfort, happiness, kindness and relaxed atmosphere to maintain its functions.

However, negative preoccupations can cause the heart to bleed which consequences can equally be devastating. By bleeding, we don’t mean bloodletting, but a situation of uncertainty and uneasiness of the heart to lack relaxation. So then when the heart bleeds how does this affect us in making a living especially in our individual relations with spouses?  Well, He Says, She Says sees this topic as one that every being seems to encounter in life.

He Says:  When the heart bleeds, there are signals that all is not well. It could be that you are troubled by yourself for what you should hold yourself responsible, or someone has played on your intelligence which consequence is embarrassing you psychologically.

She Says: The heart is the most peculiar part of the human body that is delicate to the wellbeing of all. It is an organ that controls our decisions on a daily basis no matter what situations we find ourselves in. Yet, this heart of ours is the most dangerous body organ we as humans can content with.

He Says:  Indeed, it is no illusion that the heart controls our decisions, whether good or bad, wise or unwise; it remains logical to note that when the heart is upset it obviously bleeds not with blood, but through frustration and agitation and only reactions from us can send a clear message to people that sometime unacceptable has happened.

She Says: The heart, as strong as it is, can grow weak with time. Its downfall comes as a result of frustration, deceit, payback and betrayal. Still, the heart can be so strong when it is tampered with that its revenge can be deadly with time.

He Says:   By way of experience, when people get disinterested in certain behaviors or attitudes of say a partner or casual friend with whom one would have been patient overtime, the end result foretells the reaction of the heart. By this, patience might have run out; company no longer needed; association becomes unwanted and the degree of heart bleeding can be overriding. Of course, people react to situations differently; this is an attribute which individual differences exhibit.

She Says: Now, what determines a bleeding heart is the hurt a man or woman experiences when struck by one presumed to be dearly loved. No man or woman will allow his or her heart to be mal-handled especially if he or she does not deserve such. But sometimes those we consider our lovers are those that hurt us most.

He Says: As earlier mentioned in the intro, comfort, happiness and relaxed atmosphere are very important to what the heart needs. It is therefore an open secret that when one’s heart gets hurt, it bleeds. In most instances, our relationships face problems that would cause the heart to bleed. It either becomes the attitude of a man or a woman becoming unbecoming in the home that leads to a bleeding heart, or forcing a relationship that does not match can equally breed ground for a bleeding heart.

She Says: A bleeding heart is a trouble heart, a grieving heart and a worried heart. This heart is always seeking for news, longing for attention and wishing a genuine love. Its greatest wish is to get back what it has lost and to regain that which it is. When the heart bleeds, it is the body that suffers; the mind that retrospect’s and the soul that longs. Who can detest the heart especially when it is pure? Who can question its purity? Only those with evil thoughts.

He Says:  Unfortunately, no bleeding heart is stable. It is usually troubled, uncomfortable, bothered and worried. There can be no peace; sorrow and anguish   would lead the way; the home tends to a lion’s den for the affected party. Automatically, a sense of insecurity develops as hatred becomes the order of the day. When the heart bleeds, no smiles; no caressing, no laughter; no  lovely talks and life  seems meaningless because one does not see his or her way out in  keeping a stable relationship.

She Says: However, when the heart bleeds there can be several factors responsible. For example, a cheating partner who refuses to understand what the heart of the other partner is going through; a heart that is unwilling to forgive; a heart that is negatively too strong to forget an evergreen situation and a heart that is determined to revenge.

He Says:  Quite frankly, it is good to pray against conditions that cause bleeding hearts in life. When we face those conditions our normal activities are disturbed and we are overwhelmed negatively. Though it is hard time finding who is problem- freed, if a friend or partner that understands you is in your company there wouldn’t be any bleeding heart as such. Overtime, we have seen and experienced the results of bleeding heart. Some are attributed to wrong choices we make; while others are outside interferences into our private lives, and the list goes on.

She Says:  When the heart bleeds the body becomes unstable; thoughts are challenged; relationships are undermined; homes are unsettled. This condition faces us as human beings especially if we have relationships that lack common ground in resolving misunderstanding. Regrettably, too much of bleeding heart leads to early demise; we need to overcome this negative encounter.

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Let The Will Of The People Prevail

FOLLOWING MONTHS OF intensive campaign for the presidency and representative seats in Liberia, Liberians have demonstrated their power in deciding the fate of their politicians.

THOUGH THERE ARE reported irregularities which some candidates have cried fouls over with threats of legal redress, and to some extent a call for re-run of election, we must hail Liberians for the peaceful atmosphere under which the elections were held across the country on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

WE ARE EXTREMELY grateful to individual Liberians for electing their next 73 representatives, majority of whom will be new comers at the 54th National Legislature.

AS A MATTER fact, what we observed regarding the election of members of the House of Representatives in the 2017 elections is a repeat of what transpired in 2011 and 2014 elections, when majority of the lawmakers who sought re-election were ousted thereby signaling that the power is inherent in the people and not in those who serve them.

HOWEVER, WE STILL have the biggest decision to make, judging by the results so far  being released  for the presidency which no one presidential candidate has been able to secure 50 plus one percent of the total votes cast to be declared a winner.

YET, WE OWE it to our people as watchdogs in society to acknowledge that the people have spoken and their determination is that the number of presidential candidates in the race could not give any candidate an outright win for the presidency, except a run-off which is now seen irreversible.

ALREADY, JUDGING BY the results released, it is clearly shown that the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the ruling Unity Party (UP) will go for a run-off once the National Elections Commission announces the final results and no party gets the 50 plus one percent votes of the overall votes counted across the country.

INDEED, WE POISE to witness the process as we have done throughout the months, weeks and days ago, hoping that the voices of the people will be heard and respected.

FINALLY, LET THE will of the people prevail, by allowing whosoever that is truly elected through the ballot box is given the chance to lead Liberia in fulfilling a smooth transition from one democratically elected government to another.






Former Soccer Star Still Leading In Liberia Presidential Election

Liberia’s National Election Commission said Saturday that former international soccer star George Weah was still leading the presidential election with nearly three-quarters of the ballots counted.

The commission said Weah, candidate of the Congress for Democratic Change party, had just over 39 percent of the vote and Vice President Joseph Boakai had just under 30 percent.

Charles Brumskine remained in third with almost 10 percent of the vote.

Liberians voted Tuesday at more than 5,300 polling stations to pick a successor to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected woman president.

The race had 20 candidates in all, and observers expect a runoff election will be required. A candidate needs just over 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

The election’s final results must be announced by October 25.


The Value Of Peace Vs. The Consequences Of Electoral Violence

There is a lot for Africa’s oldest republic to gain if PEACE reigns after October 10, 2017 polls, but there is also a lot to lose if VIOLENCE prevails. The over 2.8 million youth in Liberia have a chance once more to choose PEACE over VIOLENCE. We caution them to refrain from all acts of violence and stand up for peace ahead of Liberia’s historic Presidential and Legislative Election.

Never again must Liberian youth allow themselves to be used as anti-peace agents and architects of violence, but as ambassadors of peace, champions of national unity, vessels of fraternal love, and builders of a new beginning and prosperous nation. Never again must they allow their energy, intelligence and youthful exuberance to be misused. We hope Liberians, especially eligible voters, will cease this occasion to pursue a common agenda for inclusive change through patriotism and nationalism.

It has been proven globally that PEACE is the ultimate choice of hope, unity and prosperity. With PEACE, Liberia shall forever rise to a peak of social justice, equality and economic freedom. Peace everywhere and anywhere has become a catalyst of commonality, a source of solidarity and a bond of shared prosperity. The process of transformation in any country starts and ends with PEACE.

It is essential to reecho that the development of Liberia wholly depends on a free, fair and transparent election. As Liberia democratically transitions in the next 24 hours, there is an unquenched yearning for PEACE across its 15 counties and 73 districts. Judging from Liberia’s horrible past, it is important for all Liberians to conduct themselves in a peaceful, civil, matured and patriotic manner. Only Liberians can maintain and sustain this 14-year-old peace that citizens of the country currently enjoy.

The reward for sustaining PEACE in Liberia during, on and after October 10, 2017 is crucial to consolidating Liberia’s emerging democracy and strengthening its stability. PEACE in Liberia must never be traded for anything, not even to protect any politician’s interest or in exchange of anyone’s parochial agenda.

Whenever this priceless commodity (PEACE) is threatened by violence, the future of the nation becomes gloomy and uncertain. The consequences of violence are not only huge, but deadly and debilitating. Violence has done more harm than good to Liberia – The 15-year civil crisis is a history to reference.

Must Liberians continue to use this route (violence) as a means of finding solution to deepening political differences and disenchantments? We say NO and absolute NO forever! Liberians will have to understand that violence only destroys, and cannot build. As Liberia and Liberians gradually recover from the wounds of war, the need to promote and guarantee PEACE during, on and after this October 10, 2017 Election cannot be overstressed.

Everyone, including politicians, partisans and sympathizers as well as officials of NEC, has a role to play in securing this PEACE at all cost. Electoral violence cannot be an option, and it must never be. We hope opposition political parties as well as the ruling party will adopt the classic and democratic approach of the opposition and the ruling party in Kenya’s recent election.

Using the court system to settle electoral disputes and/or allegations of electoral frauds is a unique democratic approach to utilize. Dialogue through diplomacy and negotiation must not also be ignored or overlooked during this process. Democracy can never flourish in the midst of violence and instability. PEACE is the answer. It is worth noting also that a peaceful Liberia is tied to a free, fair and transparent election.

Therefore, we call on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to demonstrate the highest degree of independence and impartiality during this electoral process. By doing so, public confidence and trust would increase. There are a lot more to learn from electoral violence, not only in Liberia, but nations across Africa:

  1. At least 3,000 persons died with hundreds of thousands displaced after Ivory Coast was engulfed by a post electoral conflict for 4 months 14 days between November 28, 2010 and April 11, 2011.
  2. About 1500 persons died with 600,000 displaced between December 28, 2007 and February 28, 2008 after the main opposition leader RailaOdinga of the Orange Democratic Movement said the election of incumbent MwaiKibaki was characterized by manipulation in Kenya.
  3. There was sporadic post-election violence across Uganda after Yoweri Museveni was disputably re-elected as President on February 18, 2016 for a fifth-term. At least 22 persons were killed. Main opposition leader Kizza Besigye and other opposition rivals said the election was rigged.
  4. During the 2003 Federal and States elections in Nigeria, at least 100 people were killed and many more were injured with properties destroyed.
  5. Violent protest by the opposition against the government left over 50 people dead and 49 injured ahead of Guinean Legislative Election on 28 September 2013.
  6. On August 31, 2016, three (3) protesters were shot dead in Gabon with dozens wounded and properties destroyed after incumbent President Ali Bongo won opposition politician Jean Pin with a narrow margin of less than two percent.
  7. There were violent clashes in Brazzaville with heavy firing in opposition camps in March 2016 after opposition decried foul-play in an election that gave Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso another term. Lives and properties were destroyed.

Let us not forget also about the violent protests sweeping across Djibouti and Chad in April 2016 where there were fierce clashes and blood battles between supporters of the opposition and the ruling establishments. Never must we forget about Zambia’s most recent electoral violence after the main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema accused the incumbent Edgar Lungu of vote tempering on August 11, 2016.

We hope Liberians can learn from these hard lessons and conduct themselves peacefully. Beyond this end and in pursuit of peace, we are cautioning all candidates to accept the choice of the Liberian people after the voting process. In our opinion, democracy can only fulfill its true essence if losers are willing to accept the ultimate will of the majority. Consequently, the power to announce official election results lies with NEC and NEC alone according to Liberia’s constitution and new electoral law.

The days of creating havoc are over. This kind of Liberia has no space in the collective dream of the Liberian people. Now is the time for every Liberian to stand with PEACE, because the prize of violence is terribly painful. Its consequences are huge, and Liberians must never travel this road anymore. But the value of PEACE is precious and priceless. On this path, Liberians can reconcile, unite and build a new nation of indivisibility and prosperity together.

Let Liberians not forget that beyond political lines and interests, they remain Liberians. They must do all they can to ensure a peaceful transition and guarantee a peaceful nation. Say NO TO VIOLENCE, and YES TO PEACE.

Done, sealed and officially issued in Monrovia on this 10th Day of October A.D. 2017

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Female Law Enforcers End Retreat in Gbarnga

By Abel R. Okai, Bong County


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. Read more

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SCNL Condemns Ranger’s Death At SAPO National Park

The Society for the Conversation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL) has condemned the gruesome killing of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Ranger, who was assigned at the SAPO National Park and expressed regrets for the incident.

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‘Stay Order’ Amidst Transfer of Judge: Longing For Justice

Perhaps one of the biggest cases; if not the biggest corruption case which the Liberian Government under the gavel of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants to win is the Sable Mining case being tried at  Criminal Court “C” at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia. Read more

Without Genuine Reconciliation, the 2017 General and Presidential Elections are Critically Indecisive

By: Learsi Aynebil Alis, Philadelphia, USA, April 28, 2017

For the first time in almost 4 score years, Liberia is expected to witness a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to the other. That is, incumbent President – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf- who was elected to the presidency at the 2005 and 2011 polls respectively should be turning over power to whoever is going to be elected at the polls in 2017. Whether that person is going to be the Unity Party’s Joseph N. Boakai, the Coalition for Democratic Change’s George M. Weah, the All Liberian Party’s Benoni W. Urey or the Liberty Party’s Charles W. Brumskine is anybody’s guess.

But for the ensuing reasons, Liberia faces a critical challenge of reconciliation as it swivels towards the 2017 general and presidential elections.

First, this is an election in which a governing party is seeking re-election after 12 years in power. Second, towards these elections, the retiring president admitted in her last State of the Union address that she failed in two essential areas of national governance: the achievement of reconciliation and the fight against corruption. And third, there is a general perception amongst ordinary Liberians, including a good chunk of partisans of the governing Unity Party that the outgoing president, who is either a member or an assimilado of the “congo” or “an Americo Liberian elites” is secretly supporting her fellow “congo man” or “Americo Liberian decent” against a “native man or indigenous Liberian”.

Even though the dual accused “congo people” have vehemently refuted the claims against them as contemptible, their supporters have also labeled the assertions as mere divisive politics. Some even pretend that “native – congo” politics doesn’t exist in Liberia, shouldn’t be an issue or discussed anywhere in our national conversation since political leadership and decision making in the country encompass both segments of people. Yet, the question they haven’t asked President Sirleaf is, how did she fail to reconcile Liberia after 12 years in the nation’s highest office?

Again, for the first time in many years, especially following the orchestrated killing of former President Samuel K. Doe, the Liberian nation state is in close prospect of a political aspirant with somewhat clear ‘Liberian agenda’. So, to indigenous Liberians who occupy about 80 percent of the country, Joseph N. Boakai represents their aspirations. For them, he is a true reflection of their hope to reclaiming Liberia after prolonged “Americo Liberian” rule. Even some of the “progressives” in Liberia hold secret believes that this is the closest they have come to the presidency. Some contend that VP Boakai has even demonstrated a lifestyle of patriotism by raising, schooling and maintaining his family, particularly his children in Liberia.

They further argue that their admiration for the Vice President is deeply rooted in his notion that the reconstruction and development of Liberia can truly be attained by thinking Liberia and loving it. This is why he continues to stress the need to invest into all local Liberian industries and businesses. Born in Lofa County and schooled meanly in Liberia, Joseph Boakai is accordingly a staunch champion of the view that utilizing local Liberian talents will fast forward the country’s development programs as oppose to importing expatriate Liberians from mostly the United States of America and Europe to staff the government. Who wouldn’t agree with him on this concept if that’s what he truly believes?

A risk, as witnessed in the recent past, where so-called Liberian consultants or expatriates were conveyed from the USA and Europe to ‘contribute’ to Liberia was that, all those ‘imported technocrats’ brought from overseas eventually went back to those places after they left their jobs. Some even took back with them public assets converted into personal use. Another risk was that most of them kept their families abroad, supporting them from Liberia with taxpayers’ dollars. Even now, some of them still do.

Liberia was also recently dragged into the history of it’s sad past. What appeared like the reemergence of the Tubman and Tolbert era came afloat. With one family or certain names – dominating the corridors of state power, it became apparent that this was ‘payback’ period. For instance, Antoinette Weeks – a failed Public Works Minister who now occupies a prestigious Liberian slot at ECOWAS had previously served the National Oil Company of Liberia.  Other Weeks who continue to permeate the Liberian government include, Angeline Weeks, Executive Chairperson – Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Kemmie Weeks, Board Chairman – Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, Milton Weeks – Executive Governor, Central Bank of Liberia, Ophelia Inez Weeks – Vice President for Academic Affairs and is expected to be appointed as President of the University of Liberia soon.

Our history has proven that it is usually a national disaster when few cronies are empowered at the behest of the leader and at the expense of the masses. The results are usually disgruntlement on the part of the governed, disdain for the governors, the few elites and state parasites, and insecurity on the part of the leader who may seek to use obscured means to either stay perpetually in power or groom and or support a surrogate to replace him or her. This is usually a protection – exit strategy.  No wonder why after almost a decade in office, the President could admit openly that she failed in the corruption fight. It cannot be disputed that nepotism is corruption since Article 5 of the Liberian constitution says so.

Could the scenario being speculated by the Liberia people be something to believe? Is it that the Liberian people are unhappy with the President’s judgment to repeatedly appoint her family members and the Weeks to strategic positions in government? Could it also be that the Liberia people have observed that to protect her hegemony, President Sirleaf is now scheming against her Vice President to prefer opposition Liberty Party’s Charles W. Brumskine who she perceives could shield her after she steps down?

Again, whether these opinions are true or not, they promise to have a fundamental sway on the voting attitude of ordinary Liberians. This is why my crystal ball tells me that without genuine reconciliation, the 2017 general and presidential elections are critically indecisive and may pose a threat to peaceful transition of power in Liberia thus undermining our fragile democracy.

Early warnings in these fashions could help avert conflict. President Sirleaf must take note and act logically if her legacy at home is to be protected. Vague admittance to failure to reconcile Liberia is not enough. She must make a choice, leapfrog from her fear vault and take some calm headed, yet drastic and unorthodox decisions gear towards brooking genuine reconciliation in the country before the 2017 polls.


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Shielding “Dictatorial African” President Nguema: Semblance Of Media Censorship …Cllr. Gongloe Condemns Journalist’s Arrest

By T. Michael Johnny, Macpherson Marbiah

Human Right lawyer Cllr Tiawon Gongloe has strongly condemn the arrest and subsequent detention and release of New Democrat Senior Editor, Festus Poquie by the government.

The Human Rights lawyer said he usually goes to court in defence of journalists, but said the frequency of his representation in court is not yielding the type of result he expects in his advocacy.

Cllr. Gongloe stressed that his resolve is to deter the government from further arresting journalists performing their scared duty, stating that Liberia has a democracy and the constitution also obliged the protection of freedom of speech and information.

The New Democrat in its publication culled from the British Mail newspaper reported that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of being cannibal who allegedly skins enemies alive and eats their testicles.

Addressing a major press conference at the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) headquarters in Monrovia Thursday September 15, 2016, Cllr. Gongloe described as “big shame” on government to detain the journalist for exposing what is currently happening in another sisterly African country.

Cllr. Gongloe: “It is grossly undemocratic that citizens undergoing massive suffering at the hands of their leader can irritate the government to arrest journalist Poquie also implies government’s approval of what is happening in Equatorial Guinea.”

“I find myself here and feel compelled in the interest of Liberia to help stop this evil that the government keeps doing. The government has said that it is a friend of the press, the government through the President has won several awards, even African journalists have given awards to the President with affirmation that she was a friend of journalist,” he said.

Cllr. Gongloe said the arrest of Journalist Poquie is intended to intimidate him and serve as deterrence to other journalists who he said are performing excellently and fearlessly to be afraid of government not to report, write or speak the truth to their taste in educating society, noting that the government is wrong in this action.

He opined that the government has always being wrong, but said: “this one is so terrible that for a brutal dictator who everyone knows that he is killing people in his country and the information on the internet was what Festus Poquie wrote is despicable.”

The Human Rights lawyer said the arrest of journalist Poquie clearly shows that government does not have the political will to change the anti-speech laws, noting that it is only pretending to the international community because of the aids received or wants to get from the international community.

“They are only pretending, they do not have the political will because there is no way  you can have the political will and then try to change anti-speech laws to decriminalize speech and then at the same time arrest people for speaking,” he said.

The erudite legal luminary said the government is currently doing censorship and want to decide what media institutions or journalists should report, stressing that he is ashamed because it was not the purpose of President Sirleaf’s campaign.

“I can say without fear that had she not order the arrest of Festus Poquie, it would not have happen, and no amount of aid is worth scarifying our dignity and freedom in this country. We should never compromise our dignity and liberty,” he said.

Cllr. Gongloe elated that the dignity and liberty of any individual is higher than any authority in Liberia, stressing that it is what Liberia is and every Liberian should fight for is to be consistent with the law.

“This man took power in 1979 after killing his uncle and even though his country is one of the richest countries in Africa, it has some of the poorest people on the continent as well, simply because he is not sharing money. We have heard what his son is doing around the world, spending money as if it is water,” he said.

He asserted that the war that was fought in the country was not because of tribalism or religious difference, but because of bad governance, stressing that the menace is still happening in the society.

Cllr Gongloe continued: “I cannot just understand what happened today that a journalist writing for a newspaper write about a dictatorial leader in another African country and our government gets angry and arrest that journalist, I just cannot understand it, so I do not think that going to court to represent that journalist is sufficient in terms of dealing with what government has done.

“I came here to express solidarity with the journalist and everyone of you, I stand by your side, but I think that we should have a greater civil society force working with political parties to put an end to this, because those opposition leaders who are not shocked by this kind of development are people we should be concerned about,” said Cllr. Gongloe

Cllr Gongloe: “I have said before and right after leaving government noted that our president, a democratic leader is befriending a dictatorial leader in Africa speaks volume of unforeseen circumstances; it means that we should all be alert and should act out of the box.”

For his part, the Press Union of Liberia President K. Abdullai Kamara also condemned government’s action and said the arrest of Journalists Poquie undermines freedom of speech and information.



Major Reshuffle!   -Pro Tyler Lawmakers Affected


Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue has carried out a major reshuffle in Statutory Committee Heads and Deputies at the House of Representatives.

Making new appointments Tuesday in Plenary, Deputy Speaker Barchue noted that these appointments were as a result of a communication written by Representative Samuel Kogar and a decision taken by that body in line with Rule 54 of the House Standing Rules.

Those appointed are Representatives Prince Moye and Jeremiah Koung, Chairman and Co-chairman on the Committee on Ways, Means, Finance, Budget and Development Planning, once chaired by Representative Moses Y. Kollie and Sekou Kanneh.

Representative Worlea Saywah Dunah was appointed as the new Chairman on the Judiciary Committee replacing Bomi County Representative Garyah Karmoh.

Deputy Speaker Barchue also appointed Representative Thomas Fallah and Edward Karfiah as Chairman and Co-chairman on the Public Account Committee, replacing Representative Ben Fofana and Mariamu Fofana.

Another committee is the Committee on State Own Enterprises now Chaired by Representative Garrison Yealu, replacing Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennoh.

Deputy Speaker however retained Representative Jeh Byron Brown as Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration but however appointed Representative Bill Twehway as Co-chairman.

It can be recalled that Representative Kogar on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, wrote the Plenary through Deputy Speaker Barchue, complaining that several committees in the Lower House were not functioning properly thus impeding the smooth operations of the House of Representatives.

“As you will be aware, the House runs its activities through committees and their non-performance has hindered the effective and efficient operations of that body,” Kogar’s communication noted.

In keeping with Rules 54.2, Kogar craved Plenary’s decision to mandate the Presiding officer to replace all Chair and Co-chair persons to Committees that have ceased to function and thereafter make necessary changes to enhance proper functioning of the House.

Those Committees mentioned by Representative Kogar are the Judiciary, State Enterprise, Foreign Affairs, Public Account, Commerce, Contract and Monopoly, Agriculture, Ways, Means Finance, Budget and Development Planning, Defense and Executive.

Meanwhile, Deputy Speaker Barchue disclosed that other subsequent appointments will be made next Tuesday, assuring the appointments will cut across so as not to create division in that body.


Pregnant Women At Risk In Rural Mont. ….As Liberia Fights Maternal Mortality


Investigation conducted has revealed that public health centers in most parts of Rural Montserrado County are struggling to make impressive marks in the fight against increase in maternal mortality cases reported in Liberia.

Maternal mortality is a pregnancy-related death and is referred to as “death of a woman” during pregnancy or within one year following the end of pregnancy.

An independent survey unearthed that out of three major health facilities in Rural Montserrado County, only one has a maternal waiting home, which women in those  areas predict as major  threats in the fight to reduce maternal deaths.

Maternal waiting homes are residential facilities, located near qualified medical centers, where women categorized as “high risk” can await delivery or transferred to a nearby medical facility shortly before delivery or earlier if complications arise.

The construction of such homes near every public health facility within hard – to -reach communities could be one of the surest means to save the lives of pregnant women and the babies during delivery, but the availability of the facility are seemingly unavailable in most places across Liberia.

According to health reports, Liberia now has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the sub-region and that during the pre-Ebola era, Liberia had 1,072 live deaths out of every 100,000 birth, which was stated in the 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS). This is evidence; according to medical sources are indicators of non-improvement from 770 out of 100,000 live births in 2007.

Maternal waiting homes, according to some health personnel must be built in every rural city considering Liberia’s high mortality rate, which has resulted from a struggling health system over the years.

Due to the importance of Maternal waiting home, the In Profile Daily freelancer investigated key public health facilities in rural Montserrado County, which included the Bensonville, Johnsonville and the Harrisburg Health Centers.

Importantly, the investigation was necessitated due to the remoteness of these areas and considering the risk it poses to pregnant women in these areas, usually under intense conditions, which compels them to travel long distances in search of medical care.

For her, the Maternal Child Health (MCH) Supervisor at the Bensonville Hospital Albertha Kortie revealed that maternal waiting home is not available at the hospital and believes that its construction will address the health needs of over 15-20 pregnant women who visit their medical center daily.

She regretted two maternal deaths at the hospital, which the Bensonville Hospital Supervisor attributed due to delay by the families of the deceased, noting that their death could have been prevented if there was a maternal waiting home in the area.

Madam Kortie then requested the donation of a Land Rover jeep as an ambulance to the hospital, stressing that it would be timely because of the inaccessible road to these rural areas, which is hampering the free movement of the only ambulance in the area.

In another interview, Sando Gayflor a Registered Nurse (RN) at the Johnsonville Community Health Center also sounded that the construction of a maternal waiting home in the township is exceptionally vital to the survival of women in the area, noting that its availability would have prevented the loan maternity death at the center recently.

She also appealed for the construction of staff quarter to allow nurses reside overnight if these deaths must be reduced or curtailed.

For her part, the Officer in Charge (OIC) at the Harrisburg Medical Center Menikili Paye, via mobile phone confirmed the construction and operation of the only maternal waiting home in the area.

According to her, it was constructed by Save The Children in 2012 along with two bedroom staff quarter, which is enabling nurses to conduct 24 hours service at the health center.

She told this reporter that its construction is yielding positive results on grounds that rural women in Harrisburg and parts adjacent have seen the facility as their own, which results to less than 10 deliveries outside of the center every year since 2012.

With regards to her communication strategy to encourage more women take advantage of the center, Madam Paye told this paper that she works alongside traditional midwives, providing them health talks once every month.

“The midwives are well informed about the number of pregnant women reported in their control areas— midwives take interest in these cases and immediately consult the clinic and together we take charge of the women to avoid deaths,” said Madam Paye.

Despite the intended success, however, she complained of lack of electricity at the health center, which she stressed: “The situation usually compels nurses to conduct deliveries with candles and touch lights, while the poor ambulance services being experienced often compel us to contact a nearby private clinic at the government’s power plant in the case of referrer.”

“The lack of motivation at the Harrisburg Community Clinic is hindering operations. These include transportation, rain gears, phone cards, soap, hand sanitizers and many others needed medical materials”. She explained.

Only identified as Princess, a pregnant woman in rural Montserrado County said she’s convinced that if maternal waiting homes are constructed in the area, the lives of babies and their mother would be saved.

Statements collected form these rural health facilities as well as pregnant women suggest that the Liberian Government has  remarkably strive to improve Liberia’s health facilities over the years , but an increase in international support will play a more strategic role in curbing maternal deaths across the country.

Follow-up carried out at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Congo Town could not be concluded because the personnel responsible could not be reached as he had been away for a remarkable period.

However, chapter  III Article 11.a) of the Liberian Constitution, article III of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) and chapter six of the International Convection on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)  ratified by Liberia in 2004,support the right to life by every person regardless of his / her status.

These provisions embraced by the government can further be achieved if the international community and the MOH exert additional efforts to construct maternal waiting homes in hard –to –reach communities.