LISCR FC head Coach Tapha Manneh serving as guest on Prime Sports Track (Photo Credit: T Kla Wesley Jr)Having returned from his vacation in the Gambia to prepare for the new season, LISCR head coach Tapha Manneh has told his players that he does not have space for indiscipline players ahead of the new season.Coach Manneh said no level of skills and brilliance from a player that has no discipline will guarantee his stay in his team. He signaled the warning during the team’s first gathering since they won the ‘double titles.’According to the Gambian, it is based on the output of the players that will determine their stay with the club; therefore it should be teamwork between him and his players for their success.“You can play full 90 minutes very well, but without discipline, you cannot be a part of my team,” Coach Manneh said.“I don’t joke when it comes to my profession. You signed a contract and I signed mine. It is based on your output that will extend or terminate your contract. So, as a player, before you try to get mine terminated, no matter how many seasons you have signed with the club, I will recommend yours to be terminated,” he said.In another development, Coach Manneh has revealed that his tough opponent during last season’s campaign was Keitrace FC. He made the disclosure when he appeared as a guest on the Prime FM weekend sports program ‘Prime Sports Track’.He said out of the top clubs, including FC Fassell, Monrovia Club Breweries, and Barrack Young Controller, his team found it difficult to overcome the Gardnerville outfit. LISCR’s single defeat in last season was against Keitrace (3-2) in the FA Cup semifinal’s first leg unbeaten record on July 28 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.LISCR who will be representing Liberia at next year’s CAF Champions League, have so far signed eight new players, including four Gambians. The team will have a huge task to perform in the upcoming season to defend their double titles and properly represent Liberia at the continental club competition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Senate Pro Tempore Albert Chie delivering his acceptance speech. The Liberian Senate at the first sitting of the First Session of the 54th Legislature yesterday elected Grand Kru County Senator Albert Tugbe Chie President Pro Tempore and the 10 Statutory Committee members through a resolution signed by over 27 Senators.According to the Secretariat of the Senate, the resolution became necessary following an announcement by Lofa County Senator Stephen Zargo late Sunday evening of his withdrawal from the race to keep the Senate united.The motion of the resolution proffered by Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence also called for the elevation and upgrading of the Committees on Public Works and that of Education to leadership status. This followed after the passage of another resolution electing reshuffled members of the eight-member leadership committee.Outgoing Pro Temp Armah Zolu Jallah now chairs the new statutory committee on Public Works, while River Cess Senator Dallas Gueh chairs the Committee on Education.Other statutory committee members include Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, now Rules, Order & Administration; Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Executive (retained); H. Varney Sherman, Judiciary; Peter Sonpon Coleman, retained on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs; H. Dan Morais, retained on Foreign Affairs; Morris G. Saytumah, Ways, Means & Finance; Thomas Grupee, Defense, Security, Intelligence, and Veterans Affairs; J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, Internal Affairs, Reconciliation & Good Governance.Meanwhile, Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson retained his post on the ECOWAS Parliament, with Senator Stephen Zargo.Earlier, in the presence of the incoming President of the Senate, Vice President-elect Jewel Howard Taylor, the outgoing Senate President, Joseph Boakai, in a moving statement accompanied by standing ovations, bade farewell to the 53rd Senate he chaired for 12 years, and welcomed the 54th.“For me, as President of the Liberian Senate and, I am sure for you as honorable members of the Upper House, it is certainly a positive development that the nation’s new President, Senator George Weah, and Vice President Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, will be none other than colleagues and compatriots who have worked with us in these very chambers for some years now,” VP Boakai reflected.Vice President Boakai recalled warning his colleagues last January that it should “never be a must win or perish situation which would engender unsavory acts aimed at reaping undeserved rewards. Today, we leave it to history to judge whether we have demonstrated the inclination to live by what we preach; what I feel, however, is great pride and fulfillment for the love and loyalty I hold for this country,” VP Boakai said.In his acceptance speech, Pro Temp Chie told the gathering that the Senate’s legislative agenda, in the interim, will include some bills that are being worked on in committee room, such as the Land Rights Act and the Local Government Act, adding: “These two bills are almost in their final stages of processing and will be enacted promptly.”Also on the interim agenda are the new Immigration and Naturalization Act and the new Maritime Law, which will need prompt attention.Pro Temp Chie, who chaired the committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources, said under the 54th Legislature, the Senate will urge the Executive to review most of the concession agreements that have been passed over many years to assess the performance of concessionaires and to accommodate any profound change in circumstances.“We will tackle the provisions of the Constitution that were sent to us for review to begin the process for a national referendum. We will review the arguments for dual citizenship, mineral rights, reduction in the terms for the President, Vice President and members of the Legislature, open citizenship for all despite race, etc.,” Chie assured.The Albert Chie-led Senate promised to introduce new elements for national referendum consideration such as the argument that the President of the Senate should be a Senator and not the Vice President of Liberia.He reminded his colleagues that the 54th Legislature will be a part of the government that is inheriting an economy that is not performing well, with export earnings down due to the adverse global market prices for the country’s major commodities.“The Senate stands prepared to work with the Executive to address the current economic challenges in both the short and medium terms and our actions will include but not limited to the passing of a realistic National Budget to avoid budget shortfalls; revisiting policies to strengthen the economy in sectors such as forestry, taxation, investment incentives; strengthening of institutions assisting in the creation of an enabling environment for the growth of the private sector,” he said.Another area of concern for the 54th Senate, according to Chie, will be Liberia’s debt profile, massive foreign investment, value addition to locally-produced commodities, and electricity/power issues, among others.With respect to the Senate’s housekeeping, Chie promised to continue from where his predecessor stopped: Assessing the human resource capacity of the Senate to make all departments functional; review the rules of the Senate and amend where necessary; augment the strength of the legal department of the Senate; review the welfare of Senate staff and employees; reconciling the administrative function of the Senate Secretariat and the relevant committees of the Senate; building the capacity of employees and staff; improving the security of the Capitol; and enhancing the public relations capacity by the procurement and operation of an FM station and television facility for the legislature.Meanwhile, former Pro Temp Jallah yesterday disclosed that during his stewardship, the Senate acted on 150 bills. In 2015 during the 4th session of the Senate, 16 bills were enacted and two bills amended; during the 5th session in 2016, the Senate ratified 43 bills while 22 were enacted and 15 amended; in 2017 the Senate ratified 12 bills and enacted 24, while 11 were amended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Authorities at the ministries of Labor and Gender Development and Social Protection, as well as the Liberia National Police (LNP) on yesterday appeared before Criminal Court ‘A” at the Temple of Justice, to give account of two state witnesses, Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara, who are at the center of a human trafficking case.Their appearance stemmed from a request from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) prosecutorial arm of the government for a Writ of Subpoena ad Testificadum.Subpoena ad Testificandum is a writ issued by a court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court.Judge Roosevelt Willie has also mandated the government entities to explain why they should not be held in contempt for their individual roles played in releasing the witnesses without the knowledge of the Ministry of Justice.“Your failure to adhere to this Subpoena ad testificandum, will lead us to hold you in contempt,” Willie’s order said.The court’s mandate continues, “Failure on your part, the court will have no alternative but to take the appropriate legal action against you.”Famatta Kanu and Kiadiatu Kamara are prime witnesses of the government in regard to a case where the state indicted one Hawa Bangura for human trafficking.The case grew out of developments on November 30, 2017, when one Molley Passawe, chairman of Banjor community, outside Monrovia, reported an alleged trafficking in persons involving Famatta Kanu, 37, and her daughter Kiadiatu Kamara, 4, and a Sierra Leonean defendant identified as Hawa Bangura.The court’s record claimed that when the defendant and the victims were residing in Sierra Leone back then, Kiadiatu Kamara was selling for defendant Bangura and that Bangura persuaded Kamara to come to Liberia with her, to buy some goods (not named).When they arrived in Liberia, the record alleged, they did not have anywhere to sleep until after three days when they came across one Mohammed, who is at large. Mohammed is believed to have provided sleeping place for them.While they were at Mohammed’s place, defendant Bangura allegedly introduced one Lahai as her boyfriend, but her usual sleeping out of the place prompted a serious confusion between the two.During a conversation between Lahai and Bangura, Kamara claimed that she heard Bangura telling Lahai that she had sold two of her children, along with Kamara and her daughter.Bangura is reported to have said that she was going to earn enough money to be able to open a shop back home in Sierra Leone, according to Kamara.Seeing the uneasiness, Kamara reportedly claimed that she informed Bangura about her decision to go back to Sierra Leone.Kamara claimed Bangura told her that she had given money to somebody to buy second-hand clothes for them to take back to Sierra Leone, and so they had to wait awhile.Unfortunately, Kamara alleged that Bangura had arranged and negotiated with her boyfriend Lahai to sell Kamara and her daughter to Passawe.After the arrangement with Passawe about the sale of Kamara and her daughter, Lahai, on the orders of Bangura, took Kamara and her daughter to Passawe’s house for the transaction.It was during that time, the court’s record claimed, that Passawe immediately left them in his room and went outside where he managed to call people, who later arrested defendant Kamara.The matter is currently under further investigation while both individuals have been detained pending court trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BWI Principal Harris Fomba TarnueThe BWI Alumni Association (BWIAA) will on Saturday, February 23, 2019, host this year’s Home Coming Day on the main campus of the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County.The program, which has already been scheduled under the theme, “Tigers: Returning the Honor,” will commence with a grand parade of the Alumni members and friends of BWI through the principal streets of Kakata to be followed by an indoor program.According to a statement, the indoor program will honor longest serving faculty and staff for their commitment and services rendered the institution.In a related development, a fund-raising rally will be held during the program, and its aim is to raise US$25,000 for the completion of the BWIAA House project, and provision of cleaning supplies for the school.Lots of activities are expected to form part of the outdoor program, including sports, which will bring the day to a close.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
King Ogunkoya: “Nigerians living in Liberia are significantly contributing to the development of the country.”— Yoruba King Cautions Nigerians in LiberiaThe King of the Yoruba Descendants in Liberia, has called on his kinsmen to serve as good ambassadors in their respective businesses, professional offices and areas of works.His Royal Highness, King Omobolaji Ogunkoya, who has successfully ruled the community for the past three years, said Nigerians want Nigerians in Liberia, and in the diasporas to be law-abiding citizens.King Ogunkoya said that if they are to prove to any government or nation that they are peaceful and law-abiding, it must be demonstrated through their actions.“I know my people are peaceful, and generous, but we must not forget to exhibit these attitudes in our daily lives irrespective of where we live and places of our businesses,” he added.Ogunkoya said that despite the challenges facing Nigerians, especially Yorubas living in Liberia, they must take pride in their rich culture and diversity to project a positive image of their country.He said Nigerians, regardless of where they reside, must work tirelessly serving as good ambassadors, which he believes will protect the respected image of their country and its people.The King of the Yoruba descendants believes that if such action is taken, it will help to open more opportunities, and strengthen Nigeria’s bilateral ties with other nations, particularly Liberia.King Ogunkoya pointed out that Nigerians living in Liberia are significantly contributing to the development, and economy of the country through various businesses, including building construction firms.He said that Nigerians are greatly contributing to the Pro-poor Agenda in various areas such as education, health and construction, which he believes continue to positively impact the state.King Ogunkoya spoke over the weekend in an interview with reporters in Sinkor shortly after he returned from Nigeria where he had represented the Yoruba community at the 10th Coronation Anniversary of the paramount ruler of the Ugboland, King Frederick Eniolorunda Obateru Akinruntan.He described as fruitful his recent visit to Nigeria, adding, “It helped to reunite me and my entourage with our cultural heritage, as well as provided the opportunity for my office to seek investment opportunities for Liberia that would include investing primary education.”Ogunkoya believes that quality education breeds national development and security and, as such, there is a need to prioritize that sector.“When I meet people, I call on them to invest in education, because quality education provides everything for any nation,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The amnesty period (November 15 to December 2017) provided by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for defaulters to pay up their arrears in rates and taxes has seen the Council receiving over $127 million in arrears.This was disclosed by City Treasurer John Douglas during a press conference held last Friday in the M&CC boardroom. However, Douglas noted that because the money was paid during the amnesty period, the sum of $335 million was waived.M&CC Treasurer, John DouglasNevertheless, speaking on behalf of the Council, Douglas expressed a heartfelt thank you to all those rate-payers who had come into City Council and “honoured their obligation during the period of amnesty”.The money received was owed to the council over a period of two decades. The non-receipt of the rates and taxes had hindered the works of the council for several years. These included sustaining current works in the City, including drainage; road repairs; cleaning and greening of parks, gardens and open spaces; garbage collection and disposal; and enforcement of compliance with the country’s by-laws and building codes, besides public health and environmental services in all local communities.Prior to the period of amnesty, the M&CC had been owed more than $22 billion in outstanding property rates. The council is urging property owners to visit the M&CC office to pay their taxes, as this would assist in the development and sustainability of the city.
Attorney General Basil Williams said he would have to commence going after lawyers who have cases for the State, since he would have requested that they submit those cases; but to date, there has been little response.Williams made the statement when he called a press conference on Wednesday to address the issue of several multimillion-dollar out of court settlements made by him.He said since assuming the office of the Attorney General following the May 2015 General and Regional Elections, he would have had cause to write to several lawyers and even published public notices in the local newspapers requesting they provide all the cases they were engaged in on behalf of the State. However, with the exception of Attorneys Ashton Chase and Stephen Fraser, no one else even acknowledged the request.Some of the lawyers that were written to include names such as Nigel Hughes, Ralph Ramkarran, Ruben Stoby, Neil Boston, Bernard De Santos and Sase Gunraj. Williams further stated that he would have also written to the courts to provide the Ministry with a list of cases but noted that the list was not “exhaustive”.Out of court settlementsAdditionally, after being criticised for a number of multimillion-dollars out of court settlements, the Attorney General said he would have inherited those cases when he assumed office and blamed his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, for them.Since taking office, in addition to losing cases, Government has opted to enter into out-of-court settlements. Among those companies to benefit from these out-of-court settlements are BK International, which cashed in on US$5.7 million on a settlement, and more recently, a $226 million settlement with Guyana Tractor Equipment (Guytrac). Additionally, local spirits giant, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) would have also benefited from a $3.8 billion tax write-off in another out-of-court settlement.These settlements includes Rudisha Beverages vs the Attorney General – $7.2 billion; NH International Ltd; Emile Elias vs the Attorney General – US$11 million, plus $403 million; Toolsie Persaud Ltd vs the Attorney General – $1.7 billion; the Communities Ministry vs BK Int’l – US$5.7 million and NDIA vs H Sugrim – $226.1 million.“Cabinet gave its seal of approval. It is apposite to note that Nandlall failed to appreciate that his conduct in failing to act in the face of repeated breaches by BK amounted to a waiver of them,” Williams said.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo posited the cases were settled because there appeared to be some sort of kickback for the Attorney General, but Williams rejected the comment.
– owed over $2M for cases won Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has warned that contempt of court proceedings will be filed against his successor, Basil Williams, even as the Judicial Review Act continues to languish despite a court order.Nandlall made this pronouncement in his recent writings, in which he slammed Williams for dragging his feet to implement a law that would give ordinary citizens the power to review court rulings against them.AG Basil Williams“That in 2018, the AG is resisting the implementation of a modern Judicial Review Act, unanimously passed by our Parliament since 2010, is an outstanding testimony to the authoritarian mentality of (the) entire Government. Hitherto the Act, Guyana’s judicial review law and procedure is over a century old. The prerogative writs procedure, which still obtains in Guyana, was abolished in England before World War II and replaced with a Judicial Review Act.”Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George“It is common knowledge that I wrote the AG to bring the Act into force when the Civil Procedure Rules were promulgated. He refused. The Guyana Bar Association’s similar request was also refused. The Guyana Bar Association’s similar request was also refused. In my own name, I launched proceedings compelling the AG to bring the Act into force. Rather than complying, he defended the proceedings.”The former AG also noted that the Judicial Review Act would allow for compensation to be paid to persons. And Nandlall made it clear that the AG’s appeal of the ruling forcing him to implement the Act does not give Government the right to drag its foot on the matter.“While the application for the stay of execution is dismissed, the appeal remains pending. However an appeal does not operate as a stay of the judgement appealed against. And if the violation continues, contempt of court proceedings will be launched,” Nandlall warned.Besides this, Nandlall reminded that the court’s 15-page ruling had awarded costs against the Attorney General in the sum of $150,000. According to Nandlall, this brings the sum the AG’s Chambers owes his office in excess of $2 million in court awarded costs for cases he won and Williams lost.In Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George’s ruling in June, she had ordered the AG to enforce the Judicial Review Act (JRA) by July 31, 2018, when she ruled on the legal action brought against the State by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall.In its response to the ruling, the Bar Association had said the implementation of the Act remedies a lacuna in the new Civil Procedure Rules of 2016, which contain procedures contemplating remedies under the Act.“In the absence of this Act, litigation in this vital area of the law has been stymied and fraught with a number of procedural hurdles, some of which were laid bare in the recent Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) ruling in the case of the Medical Council of Guyana vs Jose Ocampo Trueba, CCJ Appeal No 2018/001, where the Honourable Court declared that prerogative remedies were no longer available in Guyana,” a statement from the Council had detailed.The legal body further outlined that it had previously raised the matter of the implementation of the Act at a meeting with Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams during a July 22, 2017 meeting, and then again by way of letter dated November 15, 2017, requesting the urgent implementation of the Judicial Review Act.“The implementation of the Judicial Review Act is of vital importance to good public administration in a democratic society, allowing citizens ample remedies against the State, and levelling the playing field. The Bar Council looks forward to the speedy implementation of the Act,” the statement noted.The National Assembly had passed the Bill, and it was assented to by then President Bharrat Jagdeo in 2010. However, it was never operationalised.Last year, Nandlall moved to the court to have the following issues addressed: a) Whether the Minister had discretion to bring into force the Judicial Review Act after the promulgation of Civil Procedure Rules; b) Whether the Minister had a duty to issue the order to bring into force the JRA; 3) and whether the court can compel the Minister to fulfil his duty.In December 2017, Chief Justice George had granted an Order Rue Nisi of Mandamus, directing the Attorney General to show cause why the said Order Nisi should not be made absolute.After reviewing all the affidavits files by both sides, and legal arguments, Chief Justice George made the Order Rule Nisi absolute, and directed the Legal Affairs Minister to bring the Judicial Review Act into force.The court also ordered Williams to pay to the applicant $100,000 in costs.AG Williams has since appealed the High Court decision.
No-confidence voteAs he broke tide and delivered the proverbial nail in the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change’s (APNU/AFC) coffin, parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud’s life was threatened twice; he was hit by both colleagues flanking him as well as received many explicit comments within a five-minute period.Speaker of National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandThis was all done while the National Assembly broadcasted the sitting live on its website. The video is still up on the Parliament website showing clearly what transpired. Persaud received the hostile treatment from his colleagues after he voted his conscience and sided with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party’s motion of no-confidence against the Government, of which he is a part.During the final part of the 03h:51m:04s video, during the second part of the debate, when Persaud delivered his first “yes”, all hell broke loose. He received the first punch on his left arm, at 03h:33m:04s in the video, by an APNU MP who insisted that Persaud “can’t vote against the Government.” This was followed by a series of expletives by the same MP and surprisingly Persaud received another punch from another APNU MP at 03h:32m:28s in the video.Then came the issue of death threats to Persaud. If one listens to the video, you would find that at 03h:33m:04s and 03h:35m:35s in the video, he receives the threats “Charrandas you gon dead tonight” and “Charrandas you want dead tonight” respectively. It sounded as though the threats came from a female MP on the Government side of the benches.Following these discoveries that unfolded in the House, Guyana Times contacted the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs who denied any knowledge of such incidents.“I am now hearing about this. I am not aware. I was busy doing the division so I did not hear anyone cursing. I did not see anyone hit Mr Persaud,” he said.Isaacs said that if Persaud was assaulted then he should report the matter to the Guyana Police Force since it is an issue for them to deal with. Additionally, he indicated that Speaker Barton Scotland would be the one to deal with the issue of indecent language in the House.Despite being accused of being a traitor, Persaud maintained that it was a vote of conscience since he is disappointed in the direction his party is heading. He pointed to the recent statements made by People’s National Congress (PNC) Chairperson Volda Lawrence during which she indicated that she only has friends in the PNC and jobs will be made available for them. That statement, he said, infuriated him, prompting him write a letter to the AFC’s Executive to make a statement but the party’s leader Raphael Trotman came out in her defence after which she apologised.
…says company dispatched circular that operations had been closed until further noticeThe stand-off between the dismissed Guyanese bauxite workers and the Russian-owned bauxite company, RUSAL, continues with the company now recruiting persons from the nearby communities.This was revealed by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) President Lincoln Lewis in a telephone interview with Guyana Times on the matter. He stated that the dismissed workers, along with others who are on strike, are encouraged by the stance that the government has taken, but were awaiting actions to follow suit.GB&GWU PresidentLincoln LewisAccording to Lewis, persons blocking the section of the Berbice River leading to RUSAL’s local arm, the Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI) operations in Aroiama, Region 10 have refused to desist from this form of protest until they are satisfied with what the company offers. This also means that RUSAL needs to obey the laws of Guyana, he added.Meanwhile, GB&GWU Branch President Ephraim Velloza stated that workers were forced to strike because they had been locked out of the work premises by RUSAL after they raised concerns about the one per cent salary increase that was being offered to them.“RUSAL failed to engage discussions with us about the proposed one per cent increase when they (RUSAL) told us about it. They told the shift of workers there at the time and then told the shift that was supposed to come in at the night that the operations were closed off until further notice. We did not strike, the company sent a notice, a circular, saying that the operations were closed,” he explained.According to Velloza, after the notice was received, RUSAL then selected its own workers to continue operations and those workers were contacted personally by the company management.GB&GWU Branch President Ephraim Velloza“Those who did not heed their calls were locked out; hence, the strike and protest occurred, but it was only after us being locked out, these happened. We were locked out all because the company did not want to have any dialogue about the salary increase. RUSAL’s contract contradicts Guyana’s collective labour agreement and this is a fact,” he related.In addition, despite reports by the BCGI that the fired workers were under contractual obligations not to take any form of industrial action, the workers are claiming that they did not sign a contract.But the company held out that workers signed contracts which stipulate they could be dismissed if they down tools and as such, justified firing the workers for breaching their contracts which is a ‘usual practice’ in the mining sector.Nevertheless, residents and disgruntled workers from Kwakwani, Linden, and those in Aroiama will be camping out on Friday night at the protest site.The families of the affected workers as well as other residents in those communities are expected to be in attendance to stand in solidarity with bauxite workers who have been and are currently employed by RUSAL.