‘Security of Liberia Could Be At Risk, Unless…’

first_img“Considering what I have gathered from informal discussions and observations with those who should know, unless some serious efforts are made to beef-up our national security prior to the conclusion of the UNMIL drawdown, the security of this country could be at a risk.”Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, in a communication dated February 12, 2015, and addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah, is requesting an urgent hearing on Executive.The Grand Bassa lawmaker said such a meeting would require the participation of the heads of all security agencies, including the Defense Minister, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Police Director and the Chief of Immigration.  As UNMIL was  “not likely to consent to participate in a public hearing, the Liberian Senate should request a closed door meeting with a representative of UNMIL to assist us in getting a better understanding of the status of the security situation in the country and the post-drawdown security challenges that we may expect.”   Though she is aware that the Senate works through committees and the Defense Committee has the representation of all counties, “[yet] due to the urgency and seriousness of this matter, an executive hearing will get the full participation of the entire Senate, which I think is needed at this point,” the Senator advised.Senator Lawrence’s communication comes as UNMIL drawdown approaches its concluding stages in June, 2016 and questions are already being raised as to the readiness of the country’s security apparatus to fill the vacuum that may be created.Some of the issues that need to be addressed, according to Senator Lawrence are: whether the army is at optimal strength or does it require additional soldiers in order for it to become a viable army; are the Army, Police, and Immigration sufficiently equipped to be able to assume their respective mandates, capable of defending the country…?Senator Lawrence also expressed concern about the morale of the officers and members of the Army, Police and Immigration, and whether they are enjoying minimum benefits, such as accommodations for them and their families.The document was sent to the Committees on Defense, Intelligence and Veterans’ Affairs, and Judiciary, with the option to do further consultations and report to plenary within two weeks.   InterpretationDaily Observer reporters around the country have frequently reported on the lack of logistical preparedness on the part of the Joint Security, which includes particularly the Police and Immigration.A case in point is a story carried last week and again in today’s edition about two   gruesome murder cases in Nimba County.   The first murder occurred in Beeplay, Buu-Yao Administrative District and the culprit fled to Buutuo on the Ivory Coast boarder where he reported himself to the police station, manned by only two officers.  When friends of the victim from Beeplay descended on the Buutuo station with cutlasses and other weapons to revenge the killing of their friend, the two police officers fled the scene, leaving the prisoner at the mercy of the attackers.  They chopped him up with their cutlasses and disemboweled him.  These murderous avengers had a totally free hand because their numbers were too strong for the two police officers.There has also been grave concern about the lack of communication equipment, transportation and weapons, leaving the security apparatus at the country’s many border points practically defenseless.  That is how Charles Taylor and his National Patriotic Front of Liberia were able to begin their invasion of the country on December 24, 1989, igniting the civil war that lasted 14 years.Senator Kanga Lawrence’s concerns are, therefore, indeed very legitimate and need to be carefully and urgently investigated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linda’s Lion sleeps – at last

first_imgThis is a story about numbers: 10 shillings, US$15-million, 70 years, over 160 covers and three centuries of continuous radio air play. It’s the story of a song we all know, the impoverished Zulu migrant worker who wrote it, the musicians and record companies who raked in millions for it, and the almost 70 years it has taken for his family to see justice done.full story: southafrica.infolast_img

Flying high with Brand SA

first_imgSeventy-five competitors and officials from 15 countries around the world battled it out for global domination at the recent 20th Precision Flying World Championships held in Brits, North West province.last_img

House Majority Leader Misses Mark With Facebook Initiative

first_imgAll of this leaves us asking why not use the publicly available data on all pending legislation and allow citizens to “co-sponsor” any bill currently being weighed by the legislature?No matter how we feel about Facebook’s privacy provisions, we’ll be the first to admit that it is the default way to connect with people these ways. We’re not poo-poohing any initiative that harnesses social media that makes it easier for people to get involved in the political process, and we’re not bashing this from a partisan point of view. We’re bashing it from a point of view that cares about transparency.Cantor’s ploy reeks of partisanship disguised as bipartisanship (nowhere on the main page of the site are the words “Democrat” or “Republican” used). And while the Cosponsor Project may be more participatory, it’s certainly not the “open, visible” platform he promises in his introduction. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., launched the Citizen Cosponsor Project Tuesday, a Facebook-based platform he says will allow citizens to keep track of legislation currently before Congress. Log onto the site, review legislation and, if you support it, you can click “co-sponsor” and get updates on the status of the legislation as it works its way through Congress.Which is all well and good, providing you only care about the six pieces of legislation that Cantor cares about.In an introductory video and in text on the Web site, Cantor says the initiative will foster a “more open, visible and participatory legislative process.” The site refers to “we,” implying a bipartisan effort, but as Marci Harris points out on Huffington Post, the site never makes clear who “we” are. dave copeland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Tags:#politics#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… But here’s the real rub: five of the six pieces of legislation on the site are sponsored by Republicans. And the one sponsored by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, is a rather innocuous Homes For Heroes Act ensuring access to HUD housing and homeless programs for veterans.The other bills range from repealing portions of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation to the Permanent Hyde Rule, which Republicans are calling the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

CBI chargesheet: Kunal Ghosh supported Saradha’s business

first_imgTrinamool leader Madan MitraIt has been known for long. And now the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) chargesheet in the Saradha scam has confirmed the nexus between the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and the chitfund group.The chargesheet has revealed how a media house, Pratidin Prakashani, was used to promote the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group. The media house, which had Trinamool leader Srinjoy Bose as one of its editors, managed the editorial content of a television channel. Through the television channel, Saradha Group showed that its deposit collection business had Pratidin’s backing. A prominent Trinamool leader appeared in a television programme to promote the Saradha Group as well.Loot businessThe chargesheet, a copy of which is in possession of MAIL TODAY, also revealed that Trinamool leader and West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra, along with Bose and suspended Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh, abetted the loot of investors’ money by Saradha Group. The second supplementary chargesheet, which was filed in February, said both Bose and Ghosh had clear knowledge about Saradha’s actual business.The probe revealed that in June 2010, when reports started emerging about illegal chitfund companies in the state, a meeting between Trinamool leaders Bose and Ghosh, and Saradha kingpin Sudipta Sen was held. Following the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on September 8 of 2010 between Bengal Media Pvt Ltd and Pratidin Prakashani Private Ltd. Bose was the editor of the newspaper Sangbad Pratidin of the Pratidin Prakashani.As per the MoU, both the parties agreed to run Channel 10 jointly, wherein the editorial content of the television channel was the responsibility of Pratidin. “Thus the main source of funding in compliance to the conditions of the agreement with Pratidin House was from M/S Saradha Chargesheet reveals TMC-Saradha nexus SANDEEP ADHWARYU Realty India Ltd, which was raising deposits from public illegally through various investment schemes under the garb of selling products and services?” the chargesheet said.advertisement”Investigation further disclosed that Channel 10 used to provide support to the deposit collection business of the Saradha Group by creating an impression about the sound business of the group. The channel was also used to counterbalance any adverse publicity against illegal deposit collection business of Saradha Group,” it pointed out.The chargesheet added that in one such programme, aired on Channel 10, Kunal Ghosh had appeared and very strongly supported the business of Saradha Group. “It would be pertinent to mention here that Kunal Ghosh was appointed CEO by Channel 10 with manifold increase in his salary? The circumstances above support the contention that the whole arrangement between Pratidin and Saradha Group was ill-designed?” the chargesheet added.Referring to Madan Mitra, the chargesheet says: “During 2009 Madan Mitra was invited by Sudipta Sen to his Saradha Garden project where Mitra visited and addressed a gathering? in his speech Mitra praised Sudipta Sen for bringing employment opportunity for the youth. He praised expansion of business of the Saradha Group and assured his support.”last_img read more