Politics


Court Sheriff and LNP officers being prevented from the arresting Journalist Williams in Rep. Grant’s Compound

Did Lawmaker Obstructs Justice?

Drama unfolded at the Sinkor residence of Grand Gedeh County Rep. Alexander Grant yesterday when people believed to be his bodyguards prevented court sheriff and officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) from entering the compound.

The officers had gone there to serve a “Writ of Summon by Attachment” against the Publisher of the Nation Times newspaper, Octavin Williams, whom the officers claimed had escaped arrest and entered the compound for protection.


Deputy Minister-designate for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control

Nyenswah Nominated to Non-Existing Deputy Ministerial Post?

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has nominated Tolbert Nyenswah as deputy minister of health for Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Control, a position that does not exist at the Ministry of Health.

The nomination of Mr. Nyenswah, who was at the frontline of the Ebola Epidemic outbreak, comes in the wake of accusations that he violated several parts of the country’s Public Procurement and Concession (PPC) Act while he controlled funding intended to fight the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

‘Poor Performance’ of Gov’t Officials Worry Lawmakers

A lawmaker has raised an alarm about what he describes as “the poor performance of government ministries and agencies in almost all parts of the country” igniting serious concern on Capitol Hill and forcing the House to act.

In a letter to plenary, Representative Numene T. H. Baetekwa (Grand Kru) criticized the performance of certain government ministers and other officials particularly regarding projects earmarked for implementation in accordance with the national budget.


MCSSTA Sec. Gen. Gray: “The government must increase the salaries of teachers and nurses and other civil-servants that are left out in the 2015/16 fiscal budget.”

More Opposition to Dahn’s Confirmation

The Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) has appealed to the Senate not to confirm Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn as minister proper.

In a statement approved by its president, Henry Woyea, and read at a press conference yesterday at its headquarters in Monrovia, secretary general Varmah Gray said, “We are in full support of the cries of the National Health Workers Association . . . and call on the Liberia Senate not to confirm Health Minister-designate Madam Dahn.”

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