January 2017

A cross section of women aspirants at the Monrovia City Hall

Women Aspirants Push for Elected Posts

Women aspirants in the upcoming October Presidential and Representative Elections, pushed strongly for elected posts at a one day strategic dialogue on women’s political leadership held on Wednesday, January 18.

The forum, which was held at the Monrovia City Hall, brought together women from various political backgrounds, including independent candidates, to ensure that they participate equally with the men at all levels of national government including elected positions.

Senator Sando Johnson

Sen. Johnson Wants Economic Tax Law Repealed

Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson has called for the amendment to the ‘Economic Improvement Tax,’ which led to the imposition on mobile telephone voice calls, the rate of one cent (US$0.01) per call, to be repealed.

The tax law has also increased excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, water and soft drinks.

In his letter to Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay and members of the House of Representatives, Senator Johnson suggested that the best alternative is to repeal the law.

Ministry of State Investigates Reported Payment of Salaries to Ex-Government Officials

The Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs is currently reviewing the Internal Audit Agency’s Report on Presidential Appointees’ Payments to verify payments made to officials of government who were removed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the review and verification investigation will also cover banking institutions holding Direct Deposit Salary Accounts for officials and employees of government. This will establish the utilization and/or availability of funds reportedly deposited into the various accounts.

Adama Barrow (left) is sworn in as President of Gambia at the country’s Embassy in Dakar Senegal (image taken from TV Thursday, Jan 19, 2017.)

Gambia’s New President Sworn-In

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow was sworn in yesterday at the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal, as longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power.

“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in one’s lifetime,” Barrow said at the ceremony. “This is the first time since The Gambia became independent in 1965 that the country has changed its government through the ballot box,” the VOA has reported.

The inauguration was initially meant to take place yesterday in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, but Jammeh had remained defiant.

Mr. Azango: “I can no longer tolerate and bear membership of the Liberty Party.”

Liberty Party Vice Chair Resigns

With less than ten months to the October polls, Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP) Vice Chair for Membership and Recruitment has resigned from the party.

Emmanuel Azango has meanwhile crossed carpet to the national movement in support of Boakai (NAMBO). Vice President Joseph Boakai is contesting as standard bearer on the ticket of the governing Unity Party (UP).

Mr. Azango attributed reasons for his resignation to a ‘crudely’ undemocratic LP constitution, and tribalism.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Sends Bill for 2018 National Census to Senate

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Senate for consideration a Bill titled, “An Act Authorizing the Executive Branch of Government to Conduct the 2018 National Census.”

The communication is in line with Article 39 of the 1986 Constitution which empowers the Legislature to cause the census to be undertaken every 10 years.

Convicted Land Dealer Indicted on New Charges

Johnny Hills, the man whom the jury of Criminal Court ‘C’ found guilty and is waiting to be sentenced for his involvement in the sale and execution of a deed for 2 acres of land last year, has been indicted again in connection with the sale of another 1.2 lots.

The new indictment was issued on December 28, 2016 by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County charging him with criminal conveyance of land and forgery.

The deserted work houses in Camp # 1

The renovated main office.

Cocopa Resumes Operation

After months of stagnation, the Cocopa Rubber Plantation in Nimba County on Monday January 16 officially resumed operation.

A tour of the concession yesterday revealed little sign of progress, except for the rehabilitation of the road in the concession area, the renovation of the main office and the restoration of its warehouse.

Commissioner General Tamba, Commissioner Talery, Mr. Pattanam and participants of the 3-day training following the opening ceremonies Tuesday and the Golden Gate Hotel in Paynesville

LRA Boss Calls for Concerted Effort in Combating Tax Fraud

Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Commissioner General Elfrieda Stewart Tamba has called for a concerted effort among all stakeholders in combating tax fraud and ensuring revenues protection for the people, a press release from the LRA said yesterday.

The Commissioner General noted that the trend via which US$50 to US$60 billion was leaving Africa annually through illicit financial flows must be immediately reversed.


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