Weah, Boakai seek Nigerian God

Liberia’s two leading candidates in the November 7, presidential run-off, Vice President Joseph Boakai and Senator George Weah have been busy on their telephones calling up Nigerian prelate TB. Joshua, of the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) requesting prayers.

While Weah took his telephone calls further on Sunday October 22, when he attended Church service in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nigerian Pastor mentioned that Boakai had also called him up requesting a meeting.

Both men appeared to have confirmed Jesus’ comment that a prophet is without honor in his own home. They have left behind locally celebrated pastors seeking the prayers of a foreign one in whom they apparently believe.

“My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country,” said TB Joshua. “He is not here to impose himself. What does God say about his country-Liberia? What is God’s opinion? That is why he is here.” The Nigerian Pastor said.

“We are not herbalists or witch-doctors; we are people of God. God’s choice is our choice. We cannot pray against God’s will,” Joshua said, with Weah nodding his head firmly in agreement.

“Without God’s corresponding power, we cannot pray to Him. For every step we take – every movement and action – intimation comes first,” Joshua explains further.

“There must be suggestion from the Spirit to move before we move. If truly I am a man of God, I must hear from God – move or don’t move.”

The Nigerian Pastor said Boakai had also called on him and has requested for a meeting with him.

Pastor Joshua who appears to be neutral told Weah who was accompanied by Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson that: “God’s opinion is what we should seek in our country – simple! God is the Answer, the Final.”

“You cannot twist or bribe God; He is not a man… The best place to go is to meet people God has given the grace to be a communicator between visible and invisible,” Joshua concluded. “Meet them and let them tell you what is the way out – the next thing to do,” well known television preacher told Weah as the service was screened live.

Several African politicians, among them late Ghanaian President John Atta Mills visited Joshua as he sought the Ghanaian Presidency in 2000. Although it was prophesized to him (Mills) that he would have won Ghana’s election, that prophecy did not come to pass until 2008, when the last and final term of John Kuffour came to an end.

-Othello B. Garblah

Taylor pushes back

Opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is accusing ruling Unity Party (UP) of allegedly using “scare tactics” as a major strategy weapon to redeem itself in the wake of a final battle with the CDC at the November 7 presidential runoff.

CDC vice presidential candidate Sen. Jewel Howard-Taylor claimed over the weekend that the UP is using scare tactics to deceive the Liberian people as runoff election campaign opens.

Citing one UP’s alleged scared tactics, Sen. Taylor, the ex-wife of imprisoned ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor says the ruling party is alleging that Mr. Taylor would return to Liberia if the CDC wins the presidency.

The National Elections Commission announced a runoff between the CDC and UP last week due to failure by either of the 20 presidential candidates to win a first round victory with a required 50 percent plus one vote.

The CDC topped in 11 of Liberia’s 15 counties in the first round, but it only secured 38.4 percent of the votes, while the UP which topped in two counties, had 28.8 percent, falling behind the opposition party with roughly a 10 percent margin.

In reaction to claims of returning Mr. Taylor to Liberia, the CDC says its stance on the Mr. Taylor is informed by the rule of law, consistent with the posture of ECOWAS, AU and the UN on such matters, noting that the party is a party of peace loving people with deep-rooted interest in reconciling the people of Liberia.

“We are aware of the desperate campaign of misinformation and disinformation being waged against us by the politically embattled Unity Party and its surrogate media outlets, with the intent of distraction and vilification,” Sen. Taylor says.

She adds that the CDC is aware of the UP’s mischievous game plan and political machinations, vowing it shall not be deterred by such tactics.

In addition to accusations against the UP, Sen. Taylor says she is saddened by the politicization of some of the media institutions here, while at the same time commending those claims says have stood the test of times and are positively contributing to the political discourse.

“... [We] hope that those who are using the media as a conduit of hate, lies and division would stop,” she urges.

She says the CDC’s objectives are about helping the people improve their lives, restore hope and grow the economy as well as ensure that UP presidential candidate Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai is never allowed to come anywhere near the Presidency of Liberia.—Press Release

Medical practitioner appeals for help

A medical practitioner in Liberia Mr. James Vezely is appealing to local and international philanthropist organizations to provide needed equipment to help enhance the work at the laboratory of his clinic.

Mr. Vezely owns and operates the Vezely Hope Clinic located on the Bushrod Island, suburb of Monrovia. Making the appealing over the weekend at the clinic when he spoke with reporters, Mr. Vezely said the facility is seeking the timely intervention of goodwill organizations aimed at developing and equipping a serviceable and well - equipped laboratory.

He says the appeal is being made as a result of the lack of finance to purchase the materials needed. He identifies the equipment needed as Microscope, Centrifuge and other equipment used to test sugar, pressure, malaria, among others.

Mr. Vezely further says the clinic needs thermo flash, delivery and gynecology tables and ten hospital beds. He says the donation of those materials will eventually make it easier for patients visiting the facility to be tested and diagnosed of diseases before their medications are prescribed.

He has expressed hope that the needed materials will be donated to rescue the health center in providing those services required of a medical institution.

By Emmanuel Mondaye--Edited by Winston W. Parley

Ballah Zayzay’s incomplete projects worry Margibi youth

Hundreds of youth in Margibi County electoral District #2 say they are worried over the fate of several incomplete developmental projects left behind by the district’s outgoing Representative Mr. Ballah Zayzay.

Speaking in Cotton Tree Community of Harbel, Margibi County over the weekend, youth leader Thomas Nadoe expressed fear as to whether Representative - elect Alpha K. Jones would complete the projects left behind by his predecessor.

Rep. Zayzay lost the district seat this October to independent candidate Mr. Jones following the 10 October polls.

Mr. Nadoe names the construction of primary schools, markets, farm-to-market roads, and scholarships, among others as some of the things left behind by the defeated incumbent lawmaker.

He adds that in order for the peace being enjoyed by residents in the county to be maintained, Representative - elect Mr. Jones should do everything humanly possible to complete his predecessor’s unfinished development projects for use by the people.

The Margibi youth also encouraged all seven candidates who participated in the election but lost to cooperate with the incoming representative of the district to fast track the development agenda of the county.

Meanwhile, the youth are calling for a peace and reconciliatory talk between the Representative - elect Mr. Jones and his opponents so as to resolve whatsoever political differences they may have during the election process.

By Emmanuel Mondaye--Edited by Winston W. Parley

Rep Pennue abstains from runoff election

Grand Gedeh County District #1 Representative Zoe Emmanuel Pennue says he is abstaining from the presidential runoff election comes November 7, 2017, having won his district for a third term.

He told a local radio in Grand Gedeh County that he ran as independent candidate during the just - ended October 10 representatives and presidential elections, and he remains an independent.

His comment is in reaction to rumors in the county that he is replacing Sen. G. Alphonso Gaye as ruling Unity Party (UP) campaign chairman.

Mr. Pennue calls on his supporters to make any decision of their own, adding that any decision made by the residents of the county will be highly supported by him as a son of the county.

He is calling on all citizens of the county to turn out in their numbers during the November 7 runoff, adding that everyone should remain peaceful as usual during and after the runoff.

1,955 deaf did not vote in First Round of election

A situation election report of the National Director of the Organization for the Social Integration of the Deaf in Liberia (OSILD) claims that over 1,955 deaf living in seven counties here did not vote during the October 10, 2017 presidential and representatives elections.

The report dated 21 October under the signature of OSILD National Director Mr. Adrian Sandi names Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Bong and Nimba counties as areas where the Deaf in question did not vote.

It says 375 are from Montserrado, 450 from Grand Bassa, 300 from Nimba, 50 from Grand Cape Mount, 300 from Gbarpolu, 40 from Bomi, and 450 from Bong Counties, respectively.

The group also discloses that these figures of deaf who did not vote were documented by OSILD’s county coordinators who closely followed the electoral process at voting precincts.

According to Mr. Sandi, in some of the counties, deaf people could not vote because there was nobody to communicate to them through sign language.

As a result, the organization calls on NEC to work with OSILD to enable train some of the election staff either at its Police Academy head office in Paynesville, or at the premises of the NEC to ensure that deaf and persons with disabilities are not denied their fundamental rights to vote in the run-off election slated for 7 November.

OSILD concludes that deaf people don’t know the differences between the Tata ballot and that of the regular ballots which poses serious challenge to their full participation in the voting process.

By Emmanuel Mondaye-Edited by Winston W. Parley

Anti -Taylor campaign works for Weah

Liberian National Union Chairman Nathaniel Blama says branding supporters of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as followers of imprisoned ex-president Charles Ghankay Taylor is wrong, but also promotional for the campaign of CDC presidential candidate Sen. George Manneh Weah.

Endorsing Mr. Weah’s presidential bid for the runoff polls over the weekend in Monrovia, Mr. Blama insisted that Mr. Taylor is the most popular Liberian politician, thus claiming that it is a positive campaign for Weah’s presidency for any political party to be branding CDCians as rebels or the kind of Taylor.

“We want to call on all of our Partisans and Well-wishers to go out in their mass to support the CDC in the second round of the elections for the presidency,” Mr. Blama says.

He encourages all other opposition parties to join hands with the CDC in the spirit of the Ganta Declaration to bring about the needed change for the Liberian people.

“To this end, the Leadership of Liberian National Union has unanimously agreed to indorse the candidacy of Sen. George M. Weah and Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor of the CDC for President and Vice President for the second round of the presidential election,” Blama declares.

He says the party’s decision stands from the fact that those in the opposition strongly believe in regime change and have been preaching this message for many years.

Mr. Blama urged all political parties and independent candidates who are currently seeking the legal means to get the necessary redress in accordance with the laws of the State over their dissatisfaction about the elections results.

LINU expresses dismay over the alleged the irregularities by some election workers of the National Elections Commission (NEC) that he believes have the propensity to undermine the peace that enjoyed.

He adds that their actions were un-nationalistic, unpatriotic and subversive against the peace - loving people of Liberia.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor--Edited by Winston W. Parley

Pres. Sirleaf consoles Dr. Tarr’s family

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on late Thursday, October 19, 2017 visited the home of the former Minister of Finance Dr. S. Byron Tarr to identify with and console the bereaved family as well as relatives over the death of their father and husband.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf upon arrival was received by family members of the late Dr. Byron Tarr who were joined by Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, Senator Commany B. Wesseh, among others.

The late Dr. Byron died on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Monrovia following protracted illness. He was in his 74th year.

Prior to his death, Dr. S. Byron Tarr, served as Finance Minister in the Interim Government of National Unity, (IGNU) 1990-1992; Deputy Minister of Finance for Revenue, 1972-75; Transnational Corporation Affairs Officer at the United Nations, 1975-77; Controller General for Public Corporations, 1977-80; and founding partner, Development Consultants.

Dr. Tarr also served as Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs in the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) government from September 1981 to June 1982. He is the author of numerous economic and financial publications, including a UN study titled: “Taxation of Transnational Corporations: The Liberian Experience (1979).”-Press release

Ellen declares African Union Human Rights Day

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by proclamation declared Saturday, October 21, as “African Union Human Rights Day” (AUHRD), which was observed here as a Working Holiday.

According to a release dated 21 October, President Sirleaf calls on all citizens and foreign residents, national and international organizations and all government agencies concerned to join the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) in executing appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the commemoration is to continuously awaken greater awareness of the African people and the international community about the value of life and humanity and to renew a collective commitment to protect and uphold fundamental human rights.

“This day is symbolic as it expresses the gratitude of the partnership and continued collaboration aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission, the Secretariat of the Network of the African National Human Rights institutions (NANHRIs) and Independent National
Commission on Human Rights and the Liberian people,” the proclamation further states.

President Sirleaf says she sees the annual celebration of the AUHRD as an opportunity to reflect and recommit to the solemn undertaking by African leaders and the African people to promote and safeguard human and peoples’ rights.

She notes the existence of this human rights standard and the guarantee of the promotion, protection and respect for human rights by state parties form the basis for the commemoration of the African Human Rights Day on 21 October each year.

Liberia has signed the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and is a member of the Network of the African National Human Rights Institutions.

The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights came into force on October 21, 1986, mandating state parties to promote, protect and respect Human and Peoples’ Rights in Africa.--Press

AU donates vehicles to MOFA

The African Union (AU) Commission has donated three used vehicles, a Toyota Hilux single cabin pickup, Nissan Patrol jeep and a Toyota 18-seater bus, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enhance its logistical capacity.

 The vehicles were previously part of the logistics of the African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (AU-ASEOWA) during the fight against the Ebola virus disease in Liberia.

The handover ceremony took place at the Foreign Ministry’s premises on Friday October 20, 2017. According to a Foreign Ministry release, presenting the keys to the Ministry’s authorities on behalf of the AU Commission, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Ambassador Ibrahim M. Kamara said the donation is intended to enhance and address the growing challenges the ministry faces in terms of mobility.

“Mr. Deputy Minister, it is indeed a pleasure to hand over these keys to you as instructed by African Union headquarters as a little contribution to the functioning of your ministry,” Ambassador Kamara said.

He noted that it had taken a long time since the recommendation was made to hand over the vehicles; but the authorization had not been finalized until now, which he said led to the cars being parked for so long.

Ambassador Kamara disclosed that the engines of the three vehicles are in perfect condition with just minor servicing needed to be done. “We hope that these vehicles would be helpful to enhance the work of the Ministry and the African Union Commission is delighted to donate to one of its member states.”

Receiving the keys, Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Edward M. Eesiah, thanked the AU for the gesture and indicated that the donation came at the right time as the Ministry is faced with challenges of logistical constraint.

“On behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marjon V. Kamara, who was unable to be here at the moment, the entire senior management team and employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I like to say thank you, and through you, to the AU Commission for this donation,” stressing that it will be used for the purpose intended which is to provide better services.-Press release

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