January 2016


Elder Wleh Wilson Davies and Mr. Kerkulah Muka Kamara with shovels as youth look on

L$1.8m Road Construction Begins in SKD Community

Construction work on a two mile stretch of road joining two slum communities - Cow Factory and Samuel K. Doe Community – began yesterday. The road is expected to benefit over 50,000 residents in both communities.

The construction, which started from the Cow Factory-Watusi Junction, will pass through SKD Community and terminate at Doe Community Institute (DCI) to access Clara Town, Vai Town, and Freeport.


Police claim the late Victoria Zayzay hanged herself while in custody in a police cell

Zayzay Did Not Die of Hanging

The police claim that Victoria Zayzay, a twenty-year-old pregnant woman who was discovered dead in her holding cell in the morning hours of October 21, 2015 with a piece of lappa around her neck hanged herself, appears to be untrue.

The official autopsy report has not been published but a leaked copy reveals that the two Ghanaian pathologists who conducted the autopsy confirmed that Victoria Zayzay did not die from hanging.


VP Boakai: “…sadly, we fall flat in the sphere of implementation as we give in to distraction, neglect, and dwindling of commitment.”

Liberia ‘Falls Flat on Implementation’

The lack of implementation of beautifully crafted documents is at the crux of the country’s underdevelopment and Vice President Joseph Boakai hopes that this perennial disease would not affect the domestication and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Liberia.

The VP said the recurrent problem leaves important documents to collect dust on shelves in various offices of government and this failure to accomplish must be stopped if the country is to assume its potentials.

PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED LAND AUTHORITY BILL RECONVENES SOON SENATE COMMENDED

The Liberian Senate, through its Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment & Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petitions, has been commended for the reconvening of public hearing on the proposed Bill creating the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), the new institutional structure that will consolidate land functions from existing agencies of the Government. Public hearing on the Bill was suspended on September 30, 2015, to allow for internal consultations among agencies of the Government that had issues with some provisions of the Bill.


Motorcyclists in Buchanan

Motorcyclists Turn ‘Criminals’ in Bassa

In Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, a Daily Observer correspondent’s investigation has established a growing wave of criminal activities allegedly “involving several commercial motorcyclists.”

The criminal activities are reported in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia’s (UNMIL) drawdown.

The report alleged that some suspected motorcyclists have and continue to indulge in criminal activities in Buchanan and its environs to the extent that residents there are feeling insecure.

THE RESOLVE TO BE AND DO BETTER (PART FOUR): AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

The focus of this fourth article of the series centered on how to improve self and help others do the same, is on the opportunities available to everyone. One of the beauties of life in general is the availability of opportunities in one form or the other to all persons to be turned into assets to benefit self and others.

MICAT Expresses Disappointment in Daily Observer’s Editorial

In the Thursday, January 28th Edition of the Daily Observer is the Editorial “Perceptions of Corruption” Versus Ellen’s Sincerity in which the paper asserts that “We think the President made a cardinal mistake when she told the Legislature and the Liberian people that there was “a perception of corruption” in the republic.” The broadsheet proceeded to offer an interpretation: “The import of that remark – of what it told – us is that there is really no real corruption in the country, only what people are thinking or perceiving.”


Madam Eva Mae Caulker seeks justice to have peace of mind

Woman, 84, Seeks Property Justice

An eighty-four year old woman, Eva Mae Caulker, who sought to evict a man identified as Musa Turay from her property in Monrovia, has expressed disappointment about the manner in which the Civil Law Court is handling her case.

Madam Caulker is the administrator of the interstate of her late sister Dorothy Harriet Musuleng Cooper, Liberia’s first female Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The property consists of two lots of land situated at the Oldest Congo Town.


IAA Director Collins: “Everyday internal auditors help government with a lot of savings otherwise the noise about corruption would have been a lot more.”

‘US$8m Saved from Wasteful Spending’

The director general of the Internal Auditing Agency (IAA), Paul Collins, has said the IAA has saved the Government of Liberia US$8 million “from wasteful spending” since the Agency began operations in 2013 to present.

Director Collins made the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

According to him, ministries, agencies and commissions are beginning to adhere to audits, which helped to save the US$8 million.

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