Liberian Lawmaker Arrested For Alleged Rape

By Julius Konton, Mamos TV Liberia

Grand Gedeh County representative Morais Waylee has spent his first night in jail, a situation political pundits say is unprecedented. A sitting lawmaker to be arrested and subsequently placed in jail is something many never imagine to have happened.

The lawmaker was allegedly accused of raping of a-13-year old girl which has created public outcry, thus leading to civil society groups advocating for his prosecution. Abraham Keita, 2015 International Child Right Peace Prize winner and his group have mounted countless pressure on government to prosecute the lawmaker which subsequently led to government taking action against the representative.

Since the incident occurred, the lawmaker has repeatedly denied ever knowing the 13-year old girl, claiming it is politically motivated by his political enemies in the County in which he represents as a lawmaker.

He has been officially charged with criminal conspiracy, interfering, and tampering with evidence in the matter relating to the case.

Police say they are making use of the 24 hours’ law requirements as enshrined in the Constitution of the country, and will further send the lawmaker to court.

His arrest and subsequent detention follows mounting pressures from several civil society organizations demanding the government to immediately prosecute the lawmaker.

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ECOWAS Carves Single Currency

By William Q. Harmon, Mamos Tv Reporter, Liberia

Like Europe has adopted a single currency that is being used across the continent that has brought about economic integration, cohesion amongst citizenries and other social benefits, West Africa is craving to espouse similar economic strategy in order to help spur its regional integration plans.

Ahead of the 51st summit of the Economic Community of West African (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government due to take place in Liberia on June 4, 2017, Foreign Ministers of member states have been urged to seriously consider the issue of agreeing on a single currency for the region.

Addressing the 78th Ordinary Meeting of ECOWAS Council of Ministers on Thursday at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County in preparation of the 51st summit on Sunday, ECOWAS Commission President Marcel Alaine de Souza told the ministers that the issue about a single currency needs to be critically studied, reviewed and planned better. “We want this executed in a more careful way. This is not a rushing thing, therefore, we need not to rush with it,” he said.

This delicate topic of a single currency in the region has been issue of discussions since the establishment of ECOWAS nearly 42 years ago. But unfortunately these discussions, begun by the founding including President Felix Houphouet Boigny of Ivory Coast, Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, William R. Tolbert of Liberia and twelve others heads of state and government, have only been mere lip-service in the past without any concrete result.

However, President De Souza indicated that it is hard time that the issue is robustly addressed in order to give an impetus to the regional integration agenda of ECOWAS.

The tenures of the current management team of the regional body, including President De Souza and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as heads of statutory groups have already elapsed and they will be turning over at the Monrovia Summit.

Many believe there is nothing that will ensure the robust integration agenda of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) than the introduction of a single currency in the region.

The history for a single currency in West Africa date as far back as over 60 years when the CFA was introduced 1951 in the region but only the francophone countries of the region.

In the past few years the leadership of ECOWAS has been involved in making the region more feasibility and vibrant for its residents by bringing them more closer together with the initiation of major steps that are now yielding fruits. There have been some major infrastructure projects underway in the region.

Some of these have to do with electricity through the West Africa Power Poll Project that seeks to connect Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; the construction of roads in major corridors; the ECOWAS Biometric passports that have made intra-travelling better and other great initiatives. And as such, a single currency would help spice up all these robust regional integration plans.

President De Souza told the ministers that there should be more integration plans that will bring West Africans closer together.

He paid homage to the Chair of the ECOWAS Authority, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who he said has done all to make the ECOWAS Meetings a success. “It's been amazing what great work President Sirleaf and her government has done,” he stated.

Providing updates on happenings in the sub-region, he maintained that the main aims for which the forefathers in the sub-region established ECOWAS, are being achieved, including free movement of goods and trade.

Since her ascendency as chairperson of ECOWAS authority, President has persistently called for robust efforts to unite or bring closer together citizens of the region.  She said these efforts will help to spur developments in member states.

The President has indicated on countless occasions how elated she is that democracy is finally prevailing in a region that was once volatile—where every country, except Senegal, has experienced the wrath and crippling effects of instabilities.

 Also speaking at the event, Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Marjon V. Kamara, who chairs the ECOWAS Council of Ministers told her colleagues that their vote of confidence has inspired and encouraged others in the region to work more robust toward regional integration.

She noted that Liberians are honored to host the 2017 mid-year statutory meetings of the sub-regional body and subsequently the 51st summit.

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LPP’s 3rd National Convention Underway In Ganta City

Candidate Decries Salary Increment For Legislators & Office of VP

Pressure Mounts For NEC Chairman's Resignation

By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos reporter, Liberia

Liberia international Striker Francis Grandpa Doe has expressed his disappointment in Liberia National Team’s coach, James Debbah’s selection of players who are not qualified to play for the National Team in crucial matches.

The Lone Star of Liberia will travel to Harare to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on June 11, 2017 but with speculation of 14 professional players invited for the game, Doe feels Debbah is not fair to the Liberian People.

The Striker who plays in Malaysia for Selangor told Primer FM Sports “I love my country, to play for Liberia is one of the great opportunities of every player,” Doe said.

He continued: “I think some of the players called by the national team are not fair to the Liberian people. I will go straight to Debbah, the way he selects players for our beloved country is unfair, I am on a team playing in the first eleven and has a contract but people are been called who do not have a job or are not playing in lower leagues. It’s too disappointing.”  

Francis who has won two highest goal scorer titles in Malaysia said though the league he plays in is a lower league but wants players selected for the National Team to be playing actively.

The emotional striker said; “those players invited by Coach Debbah are not better than me but don’t know why my name is not on the provisional list of players.”

Doe has scored a total of five goals in ten matches so far this season for Selangor, something he feels is enough to grant him a place on the National Team and his past good goal scoring record for the National Team of Liberia.

Grandpa added; “Debbah needs to understand that this country must go forward and that means we must qualify for the Nation’s Cup. We are tired of looking at people playing in the African Cup of Nations when we should be at the Nations Cup. It’s unfortunate.”

He queried that Debbah should not call people without a club or contract to a National Team, describing it as something very bad.

According to the former wonder boy of Liberian football, Debbah was a great player but he’s not fair to the National Team, while calling on Liberians to do something to bring about a change in order for the National Team to move forward.

When asked if he has a problem with James Debbah, Grandpa said; “there is no problem with both of us, he’s somebody I love and will never have problem with him.”

He added; “To be honest with you I want Liberia to move forward and play well to top our group and reach our third Nations Cup.”

The striker who got Liberia’s only goal against Tunisia in Monrovia during  the 2016 Cup of  Nations qualifies is of the conviction that with the players called up Liberia can do well in the qualifying round but maintained he is still needed in the National Team because he plays for Liberia with good intention.  

Liberia is in group G alongside DR. Congo, Congo and Zimbabwe.

 

 

'Millions To Benefit From Power Supply In MRU Basin'


By: Julius Konton
Mamos TV, Liberia

Power has been identified as one of the main constraints facing Mano River Union (MRU) countries, says Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Liberia‘s president noted that the lack of electricity supply has contributed to the deterioration of the quality of life of Liberians, something she said should be addressed.
In an effort to address such troubling issue, the sub-regional body has broken grounds for the inter-connection of power lines, an effort intended to bring relief to the people.

The project with eleven sub-stations with one thousand three hundred kilo meters (1300km), upon completion will benefit millions of people in the sub-region.

According to President Sirleaf, development network in the sub-region is key as they are working on it as Heads of States to the fullest.

She assured people of her and her colleagues' support and commitment to the project for the betterment of their people.
Also speaking at the program, was the General Manager of the project Mohammed Sherif who noted that the project marks a new beginning in the sub-region.

The project which he branded as the biggest construction of projects in the "MRU" basin was due to hard work, courage and commitment from their respective leaders.

The agreement which was signed about five years ago was ratified by the four Heads of States to among other things provide access to the needed energy areas.
It was also intended to establish the regional body "TRANSCO-CLSG" which is mandated to finance, construct, own and operate and to further develop the inter connection lines.
"We are excited," he noted in a happy tune.
The project in conclusion Mr. Sherif noted is a spring boat for future cooperation in the "ECOWAS" Region and beyond.

Liberia Announce Friendly with Sierra Leone

By Christopher C. Walker, Liberia

MAMOS TV, Liberia: The Liberia football Association has disclosed that the senior national team of Liberia will face Sierra Leone in an international friendly match early June of this year.

Both counties are preparing for their 2019 African Nations Club qualifiers that will kick off in June 2017 across Africa and will take placed in Cameroon.

A press Release from the LFA says Liberia will play Sierra Leone on June 5, 2017 in Monrovia in an international friendly football encounter at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.

According to the Liberia Football Association they have   accepted a request from the Sierra Leonean Football Association (SLFA) to play the Leone Stars on a FIFA International match day in Monrovia.

The Liberian FA headed by Musa Bility said a 30-man delegation from Sierra Leone will arrive in Monrovia this weekend to honor the friendly.

Liberia will fly to Harare Zimbabwe to face the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday, June 112017  while the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone will host the Harambee Stars of Kenya in Freetown on Saturday, June 10th.

Sierra Leone is in group F with Ghana, Ethiopia, and  Kenya while Liberia is in group G alongside  DR Congo, Congo,  and Zimbabwe.

Liberia national team started training Monday May 29 at the ATS with over 25 local players in attendance.

Though the invited  foreign players  of Liberia names have not been  made public by the LFA,  Monday’s friendly  match with Sierra Leone may be of no used to the national team  because  the players that are expected to face Zimbabwe  on June 11, will  not  participate in the match.

Speaking about the friendly match Liberia’s head coach James Debbah told Mamos TV in Liberia that the match is important for Liberia ahead of their match with Zimbabwe and the CHAN qualifiers. .

According to Debbah playing such match will give the local players that will participate in the CHAN Nations Cup qualifiers more international experience.

“I am disappointed with the timing of the friendly because most of the players that will be used against Zimbabwe will not be part of the friendly.”

“I’m happy that we have been able to secure such test match that will help us prepare for the nations cup qualifiers,” the Lone Star Coach James Debbah said.

“Since the 2016 Nations Cup qualifiers, The FA has worked hard to put together a program of games and we’re looking forward to playing our first international friendly match at home before our away match against Zimbabwe,” he added.

The LFA initially hoped to announce the fixtures earlier, but had to wait for the SLFA to give them green light for the match.

James Debbah has also confirmed that he will announce the much-anticipated Liberian squad on or before June 2, 2017. Debbah’s men will have to step up their preparations with a win against the Leone Stars to give Liberians hope of making it to their third nations Cup.

Liberia last international game at home was against Togo a game Liberia took an early 2-0 lead but the visitors equalize to the disbelief of Liberians.

 

CDC Selects Aspirants in Montserrado County for Primaries

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By Julius Konton, Mamos TV Liberia

Emmanuel Nuquay, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Liberia has been selected as running mate to the Vice President Boakai in the upcoming Presidential elections slated for October 10, 2017. The Speaker who was elected into that position nine months ago, hails from Magibi County district no.5.

Making the announcement at the Unity Party’s headquarters in Monrovia, Vice President Boakai told his Unity partisans that he chose Speaker Nuquay due to the trust and confidence he has in him (the Speaker), noting that they both have similar vision for the country.

Emmanuel Nuquay was elected as Speaker of the 53rd Legislature after Alex J. Tyler was relieved from the position of Speaker due to an alleged corruption scandal.

Speaker Nuquay was selected as after months of expectations from the public, particularly the ruling Unity party, which bent on succeeding under the leadership of the vice president of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai.

Meanwhile, some political analysts believe that the Speaker’s selection was right due to the fact that he currently serves as the Speaker of the 53rd Legislature where he commands majority of the lawmakers.

The most anticipated selection of the vice president which have been delayed for the longest, where many political pundits wonder if the delay in the selection of the VP’s running mate might have effect, particularly in terms of selecting the rightful person for the job.

However, the selection of Speaker Nuquay to serve as vice president to Joseph Boakai sparked serious debate among intellectuals and young people, with some holding the view that Nuquay is not from a high voter turn-out county, while other believe he is the rightful person for the job.

The vice president told the Unity Party partisans that Speaker Nuquel has the education, experience and every quality one must possess for the seat of vice president. He described Speaker Nuquay as a humble and trusted person and that both of them can work to develop the country.

In his acceptance speech, Speaker Nuquay said he believes he can make a better vice president for the country especially with the good relationship he has with the young people of Liberia.

Defense Ministry Condemns Brumskine’s Plans to Include Zogoes into the Army

Bong County College Closed

By Julius Korton, Mamos TV , Liberia

LIBERIA- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended all activities at the Bong County Technical College with immediate effect. The president disclosed that the reason for her decision to suspend the College is based on poor management of the institution, and the continuous demonstration carried out by the students, thus creating instability in the county.

It could be recalled the Legislative Caucus of Bong County resolved some challenges and concerns at the college, but students still continue to organise demonstration.  

James  Dolo, who spoke to our Mamos TV Liberia  correspondence says there still exist some covert issues which are yet to be fully resolved.

Meanwhile, in the midst of the action by the president, there has been mixed reactions from various sectors with some welcoming the decision, whilst some say the president’s action might serve as a hindrance to the progress of the students.

President Johnson has at the same time constituted a committee aimed at resolving the problem at the college. The Director General of National Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Micheal P. Slawon, along with other stakeholders were appointed by the president to resolve the educational crisis at the college.

A week ago, president sirleaf took similar drastic decision at the Bureau of Vital Statistics, dismissing the director Mr. Solo Barton for poor management of that institution.

As the president tenure expires on January 16, 2018, some Liberians see her last moment decisions in government as a move to turn things for the better.

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FORMER CDC STEWART, SENATOR SHERIFF ENDORSES LIBERIA’S VICE PRESIDENT

By Hamzat V. Sherif, Mamos TV Liberia

As the October 10, 2017 Presidential Election gets closer, politics in Liberia is taking an unprecedented trend, something which political analysts say is a political drama but nothing however seems to be surprising in it. The drama continues with politicians leaving from one political party to another, all in search of political relevance which might be a major factor that triggers the decision of politicians to keep crossing over while the process continues.

As Liberia gears towards making history since the 1944, the last time Liberians saw democratically elected government turning over to another, something which is about again to make another history in the Liberians political dispensation.

Over the weekend, citizens of Montserrado County converged in Monrovia to petition Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff of Montserrado to endorse the Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. The citizens turned out in their large numbers to ask their lawmaker to join the National Movement for VP Boakai, in other to contribute in making him the next president of Liberia.

Responding to the request of her constituents, the senior senator did not however hesitate but immediately organised a political rally held at the Sport Pitch of 72nd Barracks, where she used the occasion to endorse the candidacy of the Vice President of Liberia Amb. Joseph N. Boakai.

Senator Sheriff was a staunch member of a major opposition party, Congress for Democratic now Coalition for Democratic Congress (CDC), but broke company with her former party due to policy difference and lack of trust.

Speaking to a huge crowd from the 17 electoral districts, the Montserrado Senator said the decision to endorse Joseph Boakai is not a political party decision as Liberia is beyond mere political party, adding that the decision represents voice of the entire citizenry of Liberia.

Senator Sheriff said this is the time for Liberians to put the country above all party line, evident by a conglomeration of individuals from different political parties openly endorsing the candidature of the vice president of Liberia. “This we believe is unprecedented,” she added.

She further refuted claims from politicians that Liberia has been divided based on Congo and native line, noting that Liberia has never be divided as claimed by some political actors. She expressed delight for being part of the majority who have subjected themselves thus allowing the minority to rule the country. She told the audience that this is the time for the minority to give chance to the majority to take over the country, a message she strongly believes in.

Additionally, she believes the minority must understand that this is the time for the majority rule, urging them to give chance. “The majority have supported the minority in all aspects therefore; this is the time for the majority rule,” she said.

She accused the minority of under developing the country, sending their children abroad leaving the vast majority of Liberians in poverty which has prompted her action calling for the majority leadership.

“We have come to the logical conclusion that we must return back to the soil, Liberia must be for Liberians,” she stated.

The former chairperson and one time confidant of George Weah said, the endorsement of Liberia’s Vice President represents the decision of the majority on ground that, Liberians from different political background openly supporting the VP’S political ambition to be the next president. She encouraged Liberians who are yet to make a decision to join her in support of the Vice President.

The Montserrado Senator believes the Vice President has worked over the years thus placing him above his competitors particularly in terms of experience.

She finally urged her fellow citizens to put Liberia first above all other interests as the country is at the crossroad.

Mixed Views On Ex-President Taylor's Wife’s Arrest

Mixed Views On Ex-President Taylor's Wife’s Arrest

By Julius Konton, Mamos Tv Reporter
Several Liberians in central Monrovia, the Nation's Capital shower praises on British Metropolitan Police officers for the arrest of former Liberian President’s wife Agnes Reeves Taylor.
According to the BBC and the Associated Press madam Taylor was arrested on allegations relating to atrocities during Liberia's bloody civil war.
Agnes 51 has been accused of wide range of issues to include Human Rights violations and innocent deaths among others. 

The news which was greeted by mixed views among intellectuals in Central Monrovia saw many commending the British Police for a job well done.

According to "Paul Daniels resident of Randall Street" the decision is a great step and a campaign to erase the issue of impunity in our Country".
"As for Jacob Morris it is time to set the right example which he noted will solve some of Liberia's problems, this is a warning" he added. 

Additionally, a woman who begs unanimity wants such decision to go beyond what is for the betterment of the people of Liberia. 

Contrary to others, some Liberians also told Mamos Tv Reporter that the issue is belated. "We are talking about reconciliation and we have put the past behind us, while only Taylor Family? This is unfair and selective", they noted.

CORRUPTION LOOMS AT THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE, AUDIT REPORT REVEALS

By Julius Konton, Mamos Tv, Liberia

Preliminary investigation commissioned by the Finance Ministry in collaboration with the Internal Audit Agency has linked top officials of the Finance Ministry to corruption.

The report uncovered that some officials at the Ministry were caught giving loans to themselves in violation of the law. The report runs from 2014 to present and was in line with the Private Sector Development Initiative.

Addressing the nation on the issue, President Ellen Johnson called on the Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Dr. James Kollie to return to the country immediately from his official duty to assist in the audit and to as well give clarity regarding the issue.

According to President Sirleaf, the Government will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those in violation of the law be brought to book.

As part of efforts to effectively handle the issue President Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf has instructed the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to present the report to her office in two weeks time. Since the beginning of her administration, the Liberian leader has admitted that corruption has been one of the challenges confronting the growth process of Liberia.

In 2005 she declared corruption as public enemy number one and later as a vampire to development, among others.  As the fight against corruption continues especially with months to her exit in the presidency, many critics think that her last minutes to time fight is belated, whilst others believe that it is not late to do the right thing.

Charles Walker Lashes At VP Boakai's ‘Divisive Politics’

By Julius Konton, Mamos TV, Liberia

The political leader of the opposition Liberty Party Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has termed as nasty and divisive current politics been preached by the standard bearer of the ruling party, Vice President Joseph Boakai, saying; "it’s is time for the native people to lead."

According to him, the native/Congo divide been preached by VP Boakai is not good for the democratic process of Liberia.

He alleged that it is a complete contradiction claims that the ruling party is or want to reconcile the people of Liberia when in fact they are still preaching tribal divide. "Tribalism is not the way for our country because we are all one people from one country called Liberia," he added. 

The corporate Liberian Lawyer turned politician claims that the divisive politics and campaign tactics by the ruling party has the propensity to undermine the current peace process.

Mr. Brumskine challenged Vice President Boakai and other politicians to focus on what they can do for the people of Liberia rather than engaging into politics that may send the country backward. He brags that unlike in the past his political institution is more solid and prepare to it over state power.

The Liberty in 2011 was massively whipped by the ruling party under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, something which led to his untimely exit from politics. The Liberty party’s strongman has since resurfaced on the Liberia’s political scene for the October 2017 elections.

The Arcelor Mittal’s former Legal Counselor promised to alleviate the masses from their current economic hardship by empowering them with the necessary skills for the job market. Brumskine said he will provide job opportunities for Liberians if elected as President, and will also provide small and medium enterprises in a move to take the people out of poverty.

On the issue of reconciliation, the Liberty Party standard-bearer says due to Liberia's dark past he will organize a Nationwide Unity and Reconciliation Conference to ensure that all Liberians discuss about the civil conflict and chart a new course moving forward.

Liberty Party is one of the formidable oppositions in Liberia but other political parties have accused the LP of been inconsistent and a regime collaborator in its operations.

However, the party has now regained its lost image and has brought on board new breed of politicians to ensure that she takes state power.

Former executive member of the ruling party, Harrison Karnwea has joined the party and is now the running mate to Cllr. Burmskine including businessman and President of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility who is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Liberty Party’s campaign team and many other renown politicians and political commentators from other opposition blocks are all on board the LP team. 

Meanwhile, efforts to reach some executives of the Unity Party to independently verify this alleged statement proved futile. However, our promised to publish the Unity Party’s reaction to this alleged allegation in our subsequent report.

Luyken FC Set To Represent Liberia At Gothia Cup

By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos Liberia

Luyken Football Club has been unveiled as the proud representative of Liberia at this year’s annual Gothia Cup.

Gothia Cup is Sweden’s largest annual event. Every year more than 1,650 teams from around 80 nations participate, representing all continents. This year edition will kick off on July 16 and ends on the 22, 2017 in Goteborg, Sweden.

Luyken FC is an auxiliary of the Luyken Sports Village established in 2013 by acclaimed Liberian entrepreneur Maria Luyken.

Madam Luyken is the Chief  Executive Officer of the Destiny Entertainment Center located at the on Capitol Bye Pass Monrovia.

Speaking Thursday at the unveiling ceremony of the Club held at the Destiny Entertainment Center, Madam Luyken said the Luyken Sports Village was initiated in 2013-2014 with a vision to foster the development of young talents in Liberia.

She said Liberia has young talented football players, but minimal resources for young development has over the years served as an obstacle for the molding of these talents, noting that Luyken Sports Village is driven by a passion to transform more talents.

Madam Luyken also noted that over the years the country has produced great players that have played at some of the best clubs in Europe, thus pushing the need of continued investment in the talents.

“Liberia has a history of individuals who have played for well-known football clubs such as AC Malian, Chelsea, AS Monaco, Paris St-Germain as well as Arsenal.  Our Country is noted for having talented football players, but unfortunately, limited resources for youth development. Because of this, the Luyken Sports Village was incorporated in 2013-2014 with a vision to foster an environment that meets international standards; where kids can be nurtured and educated, while learning the importance of discipline and team work,” she added.

Madam Luyken further added that the club has made a commitment to participate not only in this 2017 Gothia Cup Tournament, but in every youth tournament in the world to give young players training and skill development advantage which will guide them to towards a professional career.

According to her, the club needs the total amount of US$ 95,010 to underwrite the cost of the trip. This amount, she further added will go towards registration and entry fees, passports, Visa, jerseys, boots, shin guards among others.

She therefore called on all well-meaning Liberians, especially sports enthusiasts to help aid the team trip to Sweden.

In 1997, 1998, and 1999, Liberia led by Henry Brown, now Technical Director at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), participated in the Gothia Cup Tournament. It has been 17 years since the country last took part in the competition.

Also speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the Acting LFA President, Musa Shannoh congratulated Madam Luyken for the bold step taken in helping Liberian footballers archive their dream, calling on other Liberians to copy her good example.

Shannoh also used the occasion to caution the players about disciplinary conduct, which according to him is the best way of pushing through any professional career, making specific reference to football.

The former Lone Star striker added that discipline account a lot in football. He presented a check of US$500.00 as his personal contribution to towards the rally.

In the same way, Youth and Sports Minister, Charles Saah N’Tow described the initiative as true sign of commitment to nation building, appreciating    Madam Luyken for the venture.

Minister N’Tow than recounted Government commitment to the process and at the same time challenged the players to always exhibit good moral standard as they  are going to represent the image of Liberia.

He also presented US$500.00 as his contribution. He encouraged every Liberian to support Madam Luyken in raising the US$ 95,010.

The team will leave Liberia later this month for Nigeria to get VISA at the Swedish Embassy in that country.

Some of the players on the trip are: Madas Saweler, Abraham Freeman, Gibson Sumo, Teddy Redd, Jerome George, Janjay Harvey, Samson Jalloh, Tamba Gbollie, Charles Gaye and Jahen Sieh.

Others are; Eric Howard, Diggs Myers, Sweetlino Kollie, Seward Dardieh, Thomas Johnson and Eddie Jacobs. The rest include: Sebastian Teclar, Rufus Crusoe, Samuel Tarr, Thomas Neewalay, Chauncey Freeman and Teah Nah.

Not My Selection, Coach Debbah tells LFA

By Christopher C. Walker

MAMOS TV, Liberia- Liberia national football team’s head coach James Debbah has distance himself from the list of foreign players released by the Liberia Football Association (LFA) for June 11, 2017 match with Zimbabwe in the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying round.

The media Consultant at the Football House Horatio Willie, on Thursday May 25, 2017 released a listing of 14 overseas players invited by James Debbah for the crucial encounter.

According to Mr. Willie’s post on the official Facebook page of the Liberia Football Association titled “Debbah Invites 14 for Zimbabwe Clash,” four out of the fourteen players are expected to make their official debut for the “Lone Star” of Liberia.

This was the official LFA statement  

Debbah Invites 14 for Zimbabwe Clash

The Head Coach of the National Soccer Team has invited 14 foreign based players for the Lone star upcoming match with Zimbabwe.

Liberia plays away against Zimbabwe on June 11 in Harare in the first group match of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Coach James Debbah has named high profile Liberian striker William Jebor to lead the line for the red, white and blue boys who will be assisted by Sam Johnson and Alex Nimely.

Spanish based goalkeeper Boison Wynney DE Souza and United States based defender Joel Johnson Alajarin are expected to make their official national team debut alongside Alex Nimely.

The rest of the players are regular call ups except for Sylvanus Nimely that is expected to make his senior team debut.

The 14 players are Boison Wynney DE Souza of CD Llosetense (Spain), Joel Johnson Alajarin of CHARLOTTE INDEPENDENCE (USA), Murphy Oscar Dorley of TRAKAI FC (LITHUIANIAN) and Alfred Jaryan of AIZAWL FC (INDIA).

Others are Teah Dennis of AL AHLI (JORDAN), Marcus Macauley of AL AHLI (JORDAN), ZahRahanKrangar of FELDA UNITED(MALAYSIA), DirkirGlay of PERSIBA BALIKPANPAN(INDONESIA) and Dioh Williams who plays his club football in Sweden.

Alex Tchuimeni Nimely of STABAEK IF (NORWAY), Anthony Snoti Laffor of MAMELODI SUNDOWNS (SOUTH AFRICA), Sam Johnson of WUHAN ZALL (CHINA) William Jebor of WYDAD CASABLANCA (MOROCCO) and Sylvanus Nimely of FC SPARTAK MOSCOW (RUSSIA) complete the lineup of players invited for the showpiece.

Following the announcement of players invited for the match many Liberians criticized some of the players shortlisted on grounds that they are not needed by the national team. There have been calls from the public to the former Liberian international Debbah to drop the legs of Dioh Williams, and Alfred Jaryan who plays in India for AIZAWL FC.

Williams who is out of contract and has not played active club football since 2016, was named ahead of Francis Grandpa Doe who has scored five goals out of ten matches for his Malaysian Club Selangor this season.

Another name missing from the list was that of young and talented striker Seku Conneh who is considered a future star for Liberia.

But after the LFA Statement Coach Debbah disclosed to the media that the listing was not his listing and he does not know how it was published.

According to Debbah his listing will be out in the soonest possible time and he wants Liberians to be patient.

It is believed that Debbah rejected the listing due to pressure from the Liberian people about certain players named.

Debbah told Mamos TV via telephone conversation that many of the players on the list are part of his squad he planned using during the qualifiers but was surprise how the LFA got such listing without his knowledge to publish to the Liberian people.

“We are hopeful of naming our team for Zimbabwe game before the end of this week that I can say to you,” Debbah said.

An insider at the LFA told Mamos TV that the list was given to the Communication Department by the head coach but he did not ask for it to be published but the Communication Consultant Horatio Willie published it something, Debbah is not happy with.

There are reports that Anthony Laffor will not make the trip after injuring his leg at his club Mamelodi Sundown and is expected to keep him out of action for three to four weeks.

Meanwhile Dioh Williams who is unattached made also not honor   Liberia invitation because he is still in search of a new club in Malaysia.

With the LFA and Debbah still undecided over whom to call for the national team, what is clear is that Liberia is bound for another disappointment of qualifiers due to poor preparation from the LFA.

Up to the time of going to press, there is no friendly match arranged by the Football house for the country to play before facing Zimbabwe.

Liberia the oldest Country in West Africa last participated in the nation’s cup finals in 2002 when Debbah was than a player of the team along with George Weah who is now senator of Montserrado County and standard bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change.

The Lone Star first participation was in South Africa 1996 and has not done much to make their third appearance    at the African Cup of Nations.

Pressure Mounts For NEC Chairman’s Resignation

 

By Julius Konton, Mamos Reporter, Liberia

 

The Group under the name ‘Citizens United’ to protect and uphold the Constitution of Liberia has called for the resignation of the Chairman of the National
Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah.
The civil society organization continues to mount pressure on the NEC boss due to his controversial dual
citizenship issue which has sparked more debates in the political
corridors of the country.
According to the pressure group headed by Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh, Mr Korkoya had on December 21, 2007 naturalized as an American citizen and as such, he is in her words legally incompetent and legally unfit to preside over the
conduct of the crucial 2017 elections.
Cllr. Korkoya’s recent naturalization revelation runs contrary to
Article 28 of the Liberian Constitution which among
other things, speaks to who is a Citizen or to become a Citizen of
Liberia and many more.
It can be recalled that several civil society groups in Monrovia
stormed the NEC Headquarters calling for the resignation of Cllr.
Korkoyah, something that prompted a law suit against him through the
civil law court, which is yet to address the matter.
Madam Fahnbulleh said they remain unbinding in their quest to ensure
that the NEC boss steps down. Currently, they are soliciting about ten thousand signatures from
across Liberia to ensure that their mission is accomplished. The advocacy has been meted with mixed views thus far with some
calling for his removal why others think is not timely due to the
limited time of the elections.
But Miatta believes that the integrity of the October polls will be
questioned when the elections will be conducted under a man who holds
dual citizens contrary to the Liberian Constitution.
“As an individual I will not accept any elections result under an
illegal Chairman,” she remarked.
Although she is part of the Government as Goodwill Ambassador for
Maternal and New-born Mortality but she is of the conviction that the
right thing needs to be done in Liberia.
The veteran Liberian musician and activist also frowned at the Justice
Ministry for been dormant on the issue since its surfacing in the
media.

Liberia’s Music Industry To Get International Recognition

By Princess Howard Gould

The chief executive officer of Tamfinda Records widely known as T bond studio says Liberian artists will soon gain international recogniton in the music industry. Mr.Tamba Bondo said Liberians musicians are not far from been on path with their international counterparts, noting that the lyric and messages in the music is a key element responsible for the growing improvement in the musical industry.

Speaking recently to Mamos Tv at his office in Monrovia, Mr. Bondo stressed that the musical lyric and quality of production is creating a good market for the Liberian artists. He named some of the lyrics as praising young Liberians and African women and also patriotic social messages which is gradually revolutionizing the Liberia’s musical industry.

He maintains that Liberian artists are now professional in their musical production which the Liberian youths appreciate and will continue to attend Liberia’s musical concerts. He told Mamos TV that the Liberia music industry is now gaining huge admiration and the momentum is growing high thus attracting more investments to the industry.

Mr. Bondo’s music studio is one of the best studios in Liberia and has recorded and produced several artists and hit songs in Liberia some of which include “that who say by K-ZEE, Ce qui faut fait by DENG, and JUST -2, amongst others.

The musical manager has however acknowledged the many challenges faced by the industry, noting the lack of international musical theater in the country as one of the key challenges facing the industry.

He revealed that as admirer and producer of music in Liberia, he constructed a theater worth 150,000 USD (one hundred fifty thousand United States dollars), which is of international standard.

 

LIBERIA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM MISINTERPRETED, SAYS OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER

By Hamzat V. Sherif, Mamos TV Liberia

The political leader of the opposition Liberty Party Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine says the Liberian National Anthem has been misinterpreted by some Liberians. He made a specific reference to a clause within the National Anthem which says; ‘With God Above all our rights to prove, we will over all prevail.’

Brumskine believes this particular line of the National Anthem has been taking out of context and misunderstood by some Liberians to a larger extend, thus resulting to the lack of patriotism amongst people.

He maintained that many Liberians have the misconception when it comes to reciting said clause of the National Anthem, believing that some Liberians will prevail over the others, which is far from the true meaning. He believes this wrong message is not good for a country striving to get on path with other countries in terms of development.

The Liberty party strong man says the true meaning of that clause means Liberians in general will prevail over things that stand to divide the Nation, and all other vices which continue to keep vast majority of Liberians poor. He is with the conviction that Liberians will overcome the sickness, unemployment; and poverty which have ravaged the Liberian economy for years.

Speaking at the Unity Base intellectual forum in Monrovia, Brumskine told a group of Liberians that the country will be reconciled under the Liberty Party government, and that Liberians will be united as one people irrespective of their background.

Brumskine says even though he is a born again Christian, but  other Liberians who  come from a Muslim background, educated and uneducated, rich or poor, living in the city or in the bush, Liberia remains the only country for all.

Brumskine acknowledged that reconciliation and corruption are two major factors which must be accomplished if the country is to make significant gains towards development and national unity.

Liberia Referee Association Raises Security Concern

 

Monrovia- Referees under the Liberia Football Referee Association (LIFRA) on June 19th 2017 refused to continue the second half match between NPA Anchors and Jai FC in the Second Division of the LFA National League due to the lack of security at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

On the same day, the Chief referee of LIFRA Lamin Kamara confirmed that his association leadership was in 100 % percent support of the action taken by members of LIFRA in refusing to continue the match until the necessary security is provided for them.

The referees’ decision was due to recent attacks on them by angry fans with the recent been Isaac Montgory during Fassell FC and BYC match.

BYC were leading 1-0 when Fassell Fans ran on to the pitch after the FIFA badge referee issued a red card to Abraham Barshall for a foul on Van-Dave Harmon. The game was forced to be called-off due to the lack of security because Fassell FC fans were angry with the decision to issue three red cards to Fassell players resulting into a referee been injured.   

It can be recalled that referee Jerry Yekeh was attacked by Mighty Barrolle fans during the final of the 2016  FA cup last season but was saved by the ambulance at the stadium.

Speaking to journalists in an exclusive interview, the president of LIFRA Cllr. Joseph Kollie, said his association has taken all of the necessary steps for the safety of its members and described the action by the referees not to continue the game between NPA Anchors and Jai FC as timely.

Cllr. Kollie said “We have taken all of the necessary steps in order to make sure that our referees are protected because in recent time they have officiated games without security from the LFA which is not right,  but again they could also start a game if they are pleased with the security condition at the given time.”

Cllr. Kollie revealed that they have communicated with the football house several times that their  members needs security because most of the football fans  who usually abuse or attack  referees do not know the laws of the game.

2017/2018 County Meet Draw Announced

LIBERIA- The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) has released the draw for the 2017/2018 national county sports meet.

According to the chairman of this year’s steering committee Murvee Gray, Group ‘A’ will feature Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee to be based in Greenville.

Group ‘B’, which will be based in Gbarnga, consists of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Lofa.

In Group ‘C’ defending Football Champions Montserrado County will face  GrandBassa, River Cess, and Margibi with their group games in Buchanan.

And Group ‘D’ will feature Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi to be based Robertsport.

According to Assistant Minister Gray, the official ceremony will be held in Gbarnga, which is expected to be graced by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph NyumahBoakai and senior government officials.

Gray said the tournament will kick-off on December 2 with two

teams qualifying from each zone respectively.

Unlike in the past where the quarter-finalists play a one-off match, there will be two groups for a round robin to qualify for the semi-finals.

Gray said the rules will be circulated to all media institutions and county sports coordinators for their inputs very soon.

He said the County Meet  will feature football, kickball, volleyball, basketball and athletics.

A request of US$1 million has been made to the legislature to successfully host the tournament pending the approval of the draft budget.

The sports meets are organized by the sports ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs Annually with a focus of bringing Liberians together.

Montserrado is the current Champions in the Football category of the tournament While Nimba County is the Kickball double champions.

 

WHO’S TO BE BLAME FOR LIBERIA DEFEAT TO ZIMBABWE?

By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos Tv, Liberia

The National Football team of Liberia was on Sunday thrashed 3-0 by Zimbabwe in the 2019 nations Cup qualifiers held in Harare.

Liberia playing away from home did not impress fans back home due to the team’s lack of confidence throughout the match as the Red, White and Blue Boys were running after their own showdowns throughout the match.

Coach James Debbah said Liberia show no class during the match because they lack the power to control the game. He added that Zah Krangar , Mark Paye and Sylvanus Nimely were all not impressive allowing the home side to dominate all departments of the game.

Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona hit a hat-trick as the Brave Warriors outclassed an unimpressed Liberia Lone Star. The home side dominated the play as several of the local players failed to impress in Debbah 4-5-1 system that put lots of the players out of the match as they could only chase the shadows of their opponents.

Lone Star played the entire match under pressure with the visitors easily given the ball away on several occasions.
Liberia found making accurate passes difficult, thereby given rooms to the home team to keep the visitors in their own half.

The Lone Star center defense could not withstand the pressure; as such they resulted to kicking long balls in their opponents’ half with Liberia’s lone striker, Mark Paye having not much to do as his head-ups went to the opponents easily.

Belgium based Knowledge Musona who was denied earlier on two occasions by Liberia new shot stopper, Boison Wynney De Souza, got behind the Liberian backline in the 23rd minute to beat the Brazilian born Liberian keeper on his fourth attempt.
The West Africans should have leveled four minutes later when a clear chance came to Sylvanus Nimely who could only fly the ball over the Zimbabwean keeper ending the first half1-0 in favor of the Warriors of Zimbabwe.

The Lone Star was contained up front by 21 year-old Teenage Hadebe who was mourning the loss of his mother who died Friday June 9, 2017.

He said he was putting in everything he had to ensure Zimbabwe won the match as a tribute to his late mother.

The Liberian players did not lack skills or talents, but they just could not express those skills and talents against Zimbabwe who were very cautious of the Lone Star.

Speaking to the press at the end of the game, Lone Star Coach James Debbah said his side lost due to inexperience and the absence of his key players.

He however said he is of the conviction that the Lone Star will qualify over Zimbabwe.

The former Liberian international now coach said once he gets all of his key players, the Lone Star will get the needed points.

Sunday’s defeat means, the Lone Star begin the 2019 CAF Nations Cup qualifying campaign as the under-dogs in Group G, who every team will beat in the group.

Many Liberians have called on the LFA to part ways with Debbah but there are several sides of the story on who to be blame for the unacceptable defeat.

Debbah who play football at the highest level was caution of the threats from the home side before the match but took a very inexperienced team to face the Warriors.

The Technical staff headed by the former PSG star were aware of the absent of several of their key players but did not make any replacement for them in time for the encounter but hid behind the unavailability of his key players for the match.

Debbah had over a week to replace the legs of Anthony Laffor who suffer a hamstring injury, Alex Nimely who could not make his official debut due to documentation problem as his change of Nationality could not be done in time for the match, while Joel Johnson documentation problem could not be solved.

Alex who was born in Liberia has played for the U 20 team of England but still has the right to represent Liberia his country of birth if only the change of Nationality is done something the LFA has failed to do for the past five years.

Knowing very well that the legs of Nimely, Laffor were ruled out of  the match including Jebor who lost his mother  days before the game, the Liberian coach did not select his best players both local and internationally.

The former most celebrated Star of Liberia did not call-up the country’s best performers leaving out Francis Grandpa Doe, Theo Weeks, Seku Conneh ,Dauda Bortu and many other  players who are currently playing  outside of the country.

Many Liberians who spoke to Front-page Africa have blame Debbah for the teams lacks of confidence throughout the match.

Lone Star playing away from home was outclass from start to finished without any instruction from Debbah who  appeared  lack of tactic throughout the match.

There are calls for Debbah to resign as head coach of the national team because of his poor form in recent time.

Under Debbah Lone Star Star could not hold on to their 2-0 lead against Togo in the 2017 National cup Qualifiers but was only able to settle to  a 2-2 draw at home a game Liberia need to win  to progress to the Cup of Nations something Liberians feels was because of  Debbah’s  inexperience in coaching.

While the Liberia Football Association failure to well prepared the team is other major problem of the team’s current performance.

Changing of players nationality according to FIFA does not take over three weeks but Nimely Change of Nationality  from  been  English to Liberian has been over five months after he openly agree to represent Liberia.

The LFA has also not been able to extend invitation to players on time for the Country matches with many of the players complaining of receiving their invitation for the match very late.

Another thing that is affecting Liberian football and the national team is the direct involvement of the President of the LFA in active politics, because he is not interested in football but rather the campaign of the Liberty Party.

Musa Bility who is in his second term at the LFA is the Current Campaign Chair of  Liberty Party a position that has focus his entire attention on politics than football.

CORRUPTION LOOMS AT THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE, AUDIT REPORT REVEALS

 

By Julius Konton, Mamos TV, Liberia

Liberty Party’s vice standard-bearer says he will not be a mere VP to the president of the country at head of October 10, 2017 elections.

Harrison Kanwean told Liberty partisans at the party’s National Convention held in Ganta city, Nimba County that he will be proactive and robust vice president, noting that the country needs an active VP. The LP vice standard-bearer maintained that he will talk less and do more action as a vice president of the state. Kanwea alleges that unlike the current vice president, his position in running the affairs of the State as a VP will be very proactive.

Kanwea in an enthusiastic mood at the convention said, he will not give excuses that he is a mere vice president, a tool which is been used as means to escape responsibility.

The former FDA boss maintained that Liberia belongs to all Liberians and reaffirms his support as VP for Liberians to own their economy. He believes that together Liberia will be developed by Liberians.

It has been alleged over the years by some opposition political parties that the vice president of Liberia is not active nor speaks for his people, something supporters of the current Vice President Joseph Boakai have vehemently refuted and that the position VP is ceremonial; evident by the president leaving in charge a minister to steer the affairs of the State in consultation with the Vice President.

Kanwea assured his partisans that he will work tireless to improve the lives of ordinary Liberians, and also put the interest of the State first.

Accepting his position as a running mate to Charles W. Brumskine, the former FDA boss frowns on the ruling party, claiming that the current Unity Party is preaching a ‘divisive politics’, something our Mamos TV reporter is yet to independently verify.

He said under the LP led government, they will prioritize agriculture, good health care, education, and road connectivity in the country. The Liberty party Convention in Ganta brought together 500 hundred delegates representing the 15 political sub-divisions of Liberia

Harrison Kanwea is a former executive of the ruling Unity Party and since served in various positions in the Sirleaf led government. The LP executive serves as minister of Internal Affairs, and Director of Forestry Development Authority, amongst others. He however resigned from the UP after 11 years in government.

not corruption continues especially with months to her exit in the presidency, many critics think that her last minutes to time fight is belated, whilst others believe that it is not late to do the right thing.

MOVIE STAR SAYS LIBERIA IS UNDECIDED FOR 2017 ELECTIONS

By Princess Howard –Gould, Mamos TV, Liberia

A versatile Liberian Movie star Evangeline Israel King, says about ninety percent  (90%) of Liberians are yet to decide on who to vote for as a Representative and President due to the lack of trust and confidence in the current leaders.

According to her, national leaders have failed to take the country to God for redemption due to the ongoing hardship, adding that Liberia will not go anywhere without God.

“Go back to the old landmark and re-coronate with God,” she said in an exclusive interview with Mamos TV in Liberia.

The famous Liberian comedian said Liberia can only develop when the countless dark practices usually carried out by politicians are abolished. She claimed that sexual immorality has also taken over the land with the young people topping the list.

Evangeline Israel King gained popularity from one of the best comedy movie ever produced in Liberia when she played the role of a Congo old lady. The movie that is mostly watched by children and adults is a movie that portrays the behavior of the Congo Liberian.

In a related development, Aunt Genny as she is widely known said that demonic secret cults operating across Liberia is one of the major attributing factors why the country is stagnated after about one hundred and sixty nine (169) years of independence.

 

QUADOGBONI NATIVES DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM BRUMSKINE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT

By Hamzat V. Sherif, Mamos TV Liberia

Some natives of Quadogboni District residing in Koweleni Community in Voinjama, Lofa Region have distanced themselves from the recent welcoming program of the Liberty Party’s deputy standard bearer (presidential aspirant), Harrison Karnwea and its Parliamentary spirant Sekou Kolleh. The residents organized a meeting on Saturday to make a clarification and further maintained their position of supporting the Vice President of Liberia, Joseph Boakai in the October 10, 2017 Presidential Elections.

The residents of the region also made their position known in a program held recently in voinjama, Lofa Region, where several opinion leaders of Quadogboni and the Unity Party attended the program. The dignitaries present at the occasion include; the Commissioner of Quadogboni, Mr. Anthony Kamara, the Women’s Wing chairperson of the Unity Party, Madam Katrine Gagbo; the Youth Chairman of the Unity Party, Mr. Dominic Dennis and several other executive members in Lofa.

Quadogboni District is the newest of the seven Administrative Districts of Lofa Region in Liberia, with predominantly Mandingo and Muslims residing there. It is represented by Hon. Mariamu B. Fofana and that, the founding father of the current ruling Unity Party, Edward Kesselly also hailed from there.

Speaking on behalf of the Town Commissioner of Bakedu in Lofa Region, Mr. Mohammed M. Dolleh, said they did not attend the just ended program held in honor of the Liberty Party executives and that of Sekou Kolleh, as it was alleged on the social media sometime in May 2017.

Meanwhile, our Mamos TV reporter in Monrovia quoted an independent journalist Tokpa Tarnue, who resides in the region as saying, “the program was largely organized by supporters of Hon. Mariamu B. Fofana.”

The  residents maintained that they did not just called the program  to distance themselves from the earlier welcoming ceremony of Liberty Party executives, but they also used the occasion to reaffirm their support for the presidential bid of the Vice President Boakai and Hon. Mariamu B.Fofana.

They also alleged that the Liberty Party politically imported crowd which they referred to as propaganda meant to deceive some Liberians that the Vice President is not in control of his native Lofa Region, as it has been portrayed in the region.  But Mamos TV reporter in Monrovia could not however independently verify the alleged information.

It could be recalled that sometime in May 2017, a huge crowd turned out in Lofa region to welcome Liberia Party executives and its representative aspirant Sekou Kolleh, a move which many political pundits called defiant Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai stronghold in his native Lofa Region.

Our Mamos TV Liberia reporter spoke with Mr. Sekou Kolleh through a telephone conversation on the matter. He said: “it will be naive for me and my supporters to claim that we have the support of all Quadogboni citizens and Lofa in general, something which is not politically possible.”

The Liberty Party 2017 representative aspirant of Lofa Region, in a strong voice, did not hesitate to inform our reporter that his welcoming ceremony in Lofa was unprecedented in the history of the Region. “Although it is politically obvious not to get the support of all citizens, but no single Parliamentary aspirant has ever pulled such a crowd compared to me as evident by what was displayed on the social media,” he concludes.

PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHSNON SIRLEAF CALLS FOR PEACEFUL ELECTIONS

 

By Hamzat V. Sherif, Mamos Reporter

MAMOS TV, Liberia- Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says it will be a historic milestone for Liberians to witness a peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another. The president admonished Liberians to have a peaceful and violence free election in the interest of the state.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day national political forum of political parties in Monrovia, the president underscored the importance of having a peaceful election and transition, while describing it as test to Liberia’s emerging democracy amidst a high expectation from Liberians to witness such a historic moment.

The forum which was hosted under the theme: “National Political Forum on Peaceful Elections” in 2017 brought together several dignitaries, including the vice president Joseph N. Boakai, speaker of the House Emmanuel Nuquel, Ecowas representative, EU and several political parties.

“This is a defining moment of a test, a trigger for continuing and strengthening international partnership, recounting the 73 years of not having a peaceful transfer of power dating back to the William VS Tubman era of 1944 when President Edwin J. Barclay democratically transferred power to President Tubman in 1945,” she continued. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed hope that on January 16, 2018, Liberians will have similar experience.

The president further says if there is anything Liberians will agree on, it has to be the preservation of peace, which will help in reconciling Liberians and further provides a conducive environment for development.

Also speaking at the forum, the speaker of Liberia’s House of Parliament, Emmanuel Nuqueal, reaffirms the commitment of the House of Representatives to a peaceful election, noting that the need to ensure peaceful election as well as a peaceful governance is key and must be embraced by all Liberians. “Liberians have lived in a peaceful co-existence for the last 12 years, the preservation and maintenance of freedom of speech and of expression are tools for our emerging democracy,” he said.

The speaker calls on the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, Traditional Council of Liberia, and the entire population to be part of having free, fair and transparent elections in October 2017.

The co-chairman of the Inter-Religious Council Cheick Omaru Kamara, recounts the importance of religious clerics in Liberia as the country goes for elections. He said that Liberia is a country of many tribes and different religious and political background but the maintenance of peace is a collective effort.

Robert “Pella” Lartey returns as BYC Coach

By Christopher C. Walker

Robert Lartey has been confirmed as BYC’s coach, returning for a second stint in charge at the defending Liberian champions.

Lartey replaces Copper Sannah who was sacked by the club on May 20th this year due to the “Go Blue Boys” poor performance both in their current domestic league and past international competitions.

The 2012/2013 best Liberian coach Robert Lartey, has been out of active coaching since LISCR parted company with him in 2016, but signed a contract to end the season with BYC with a mandate to keep the club in the top three. If accomplished, he is expected to be given the job permanently for the 2017/2018 upcoming season or more.

Lartey won the FA cup, First division, and Super Cup with BYC in one season 2012/2013 during his first spell, which ended in 2015.

He also won the FA Cup with the junior team (BYC II) as head coach, taking the club to the second round of the CAF Cup during their debut appearance.

Robert told the club’s official Facebook page:  “I promise exactly the same things I promised during my first spell, with this difference to help – which is, I’m one of you.”

He added: “In football, in my career I’ve had two great passions, Monrovia Club Breweries, and BYC, but the “Go Blue Boys” is more than important for me.”

BYC president Sekou is quoting as saying; “He is undoubtedly a very good coach, he gets people to play for him.”

Konneh continued-“He is such good value, his players love him, even if they have bad feelings about him they still love him. He understands how to talk to the fans, make the players motivated, and interact with the media. He is a “mover and a shaker;” having him back is great for us, and hoping he can help restored the lost image of the club.”

The returning Robert added; “It was very, very hard to play against BYC and I did it losing only twice, which was not so bad.”

According to the club, Lartey will be officially presented in a press conference at Blue Field on Monday, May 29, and will work with the current coaching staff at the club.

Mr. Konneh said of Pella: “He was, and remains a hugely popular figure at the club and everyone here looks forward to working with him again.”

Konneh added “I am delighted to welcome him back to BYC. His continued success, drive, and ambition made him the outstanding candidate. It is our aim to keep the club moving forward to achieve greater success in the future, and Pella is our number one choice; we believe he is the right coach to do just that.”

The tough taking technician Pella said “I know I am loved at BYC”   “I know I am loved by some clubs, but BYC is the club after my heart.”

Lartey will return to a squad which contains some familiar faces, with regulars Mulbah Urey, Hilton Varney, Claudius Morris, Prince Saydee, Mark  Paye, Van-Dave Harmon, and Prince Jetoh; including Sporo Somah whom remain on the books of BYC.

Team Captain Van-Dave Harmon told the club website “He’s a great coach, I’ve said it a million times to the point of boring people, but I’m very fortunate to have worked under him before. He took my game a million miles, and my personality in terms of football he was amongst reasons, why  I moved on to BYC.”

Harmon continued-He’s taken that (a winning mentality) everywhere he’s gone with him. He creates a spirit in his squads that you can see from the outside is very, very strong. He’s a top-class coach by Liberian standards, we all know that.”

Lartey is expected to officially start training the team on today Monday May 29th, 2017.

The emotional Lartey first match in charge of the “Go Blue Boys” on his return will be against league Leaders Fassell FC in the league on June 11, 2017 at the ATS.

The Defending champions are 5th on the league table with 25 points from 15 matches and will have to win their last seven games to keep their title hopes alive.

OPPOSITION LEADER DISMISSES CLAIM OF BEEN POWER HUNGRY

 

By Hamzat V.Sherif, Mamos Tv , Liberia

MAMOS TV- The opposition Liberty Party’s standard bearer and political leader Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has dismissed claims that he is desperate for power, a claim which has drawn the attention of a lawyer turned politician. It has been widely speculated and discussed by some of his political critiques that Cllr Brumskine is desperate for power, citing his resignation from politics immediately after losing the elections in 2011 and returning to politics in 2017.

Speaking recently on Truth FM, a local radio station in Monrovia, Charles Brumskine said if he was desperate as claimed by some politicians, the two elections he lost to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, he would have protested the result or called for violence. Cllr. Brumskine said after losing two elections in succession, he kept silent and remained in Liberia to make positive contribution towards the development of Liberia.

Brumskine maintained that he is not desperate for power but rather Liberians in general are desperate for change.

When asked about the possibility of opposition parties working together, Cllr Brumkine said that he is completely in agreement with the opposition coming together, citing 2015 as the year when he called on all opposition parties to form a coalition in an effort to unseat the ruling unity party in 2017.

He further lamented that he made a passionate call for all oppositions to come together during his Liberty party’s convention in Lofa County. Cllr Brumskine said if the oppositions cannot form a coalition in the first round of 2017 elections; there would be a compelling reason for major opposition parties to work together in the second round of the elections.

“What is frustrating is to have one political party transforming itself into a political hegemony,” said the Liberty party strong man.

Brumskine said his determination to ensure that the ruling unity party led government does not succeed itself cannot be overemphasized, noting that it is bad for Liberia’s young democracy to have one party ruling. “The unity party succeeding itself will automatically create ‘one party state’ which Liberians are not willing to accept,” he remarked.

The Liberty party leader is at same time calling on all Liberia’s  patriotic politicians not to result to violence as it has been observed by some Liberians over years, claiming that it has been a common political practice when politicians feel that they cannot unseat a government democratically, they choose the way of violence.

Responding to some callers relating to  his position serving as a lawyer for some companies in Liberia which the caller thinks would contradict his position of been president, the corporate lawyer said that they don’t get involved in the management decision of companies particularly corporate lawyers.

When asked about some Christians wanting to Christianize Liberia, Brumskine said it is the right of individuals wanting to do so, but he totally disagreed with said proposal. He further maintains that his government will not pass any law which terms to compel individuals to belong to a religion not desiring to practice.

Liberia’s VP To Contest October Presidential Elections

 

By Hamzat V. Sherif, Monrovia, Liberia

MAMOS TV, Liberia: Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Vice President of Liberia will be contesting the October 2017 Presidential Elections in Liberia. This development is made possible following his recent endorsement by 19 Senators out of the 30 Senators of the House of Representatives of Liberia.
With less than 4 days of having been endorsed by 31 lawmakers of Liberia’s House of Representatives, natives of Gbapolu, over the weekend overwhelmingly endorsed the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia in the upcoming Presidential Election and also members of his party for the National Assembly elections in the next few days.
The Gbapolu residents stood on May 27, 2017 to welcome Amb. Joseph Nyumah Boakai and assured him and his party of their support to contest the 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections. The residents came out in their large numbers under different institutions in a program believed to be an overwhelming support for the presidential ambition of Amb. Boakai.
Gbapolu is a region in the northern part of Liberia, one of 15 regions that comprise the first level of Administrative Division in Liberia. It has six districts with a population of about 83,758.
Meanwhile, the Gbapolu natives used the occasion to reaffirm their support for the Vice President in the October 2017 Presidential Election. They praised him on ground that he (the Vice president) and his Unity party led government have done unprecedented job, thus placing him in a better political position to be elected as Liberia’s next president.
The residents intimated that the Unity Party led government has placed Liberia in a better position to be internationally recognized amongst a set of nations, and the numerous of developmental initiatives carried out by the government is worth electing the Vice President as next President of Liberia.
During his endorsement speech, the Vice President Boakai used the occasion to express his gratitude to the natives of the region for selecting him amongst nearly 21 aspiring candidates to be elected in the October 2017 election.
“This is not about me, but our country and the future generations,” said the vice president.
Amb Boakai implored on all to become better citizens by contributing positively to the development of the country and further encouraged them to ‘think Liberia,’ ‘Love Liberia,’ and ‘build Liberia.’ He also promised to work with the citizens in every development aspect of their region and further urged them to work together. He reaffirms his commitment to working with the citizens to bring development to the region.
It could be recalled that 19 Senators of Liberia’s 30 Senators had earlier endorsed the Vice President in what they called the best person fit to be next President of Liberia. The endorsement by 19 Senators sparked a national debate with some questioning the legitimacy of their action, citing the abuse of power given them by their constituents.
The Senators used the ground of the capital’s building to publicly endorse the Vice President in a ceremony, which some political pundits say was a political lapse taken by the lawmakers.
Supporters of the VP however said the endorsement of the Vice President by 19 Senators and 31 representatives further demonstrates confidence and credibility of the Vice President to be overwhelmingly elected in the October 2017 Presidential Elections.

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Dr. Mills Jones Names Clergyman Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves As Running Mate

By Julius Konton, MamosTV Liberia

More shocking political news are emerging in Liberia ahead of crucial October 10, 2017 elections, as the former Central Bank Governor of Liberia Dr. Mills Jones has surprisingly selected Rev. Dr. Samuel Reeves, pastor of the Providence Baptist Church as his running mate in the Presidential Election.

The Movement for Economic Empowerment’s [MOVEE] political leader, Dr. Jones believes that Dr. Samuel Reeves is the best choice to be his vice president. He said the political partnership with Dr. Reeves is predicated upon the same vision both of them share for Liberia’s transformation process.

Dr. Mills Jones is a Liberian economist that served over 10 years as Governor of Central Bank of Liberia. He used the resources of the country to give loans to market women, business people, and students which sparked huge debate over his sincerity for giving out the loans. He repeatedly told newsmen that he believes in economic empowerment, and that using the resources of the country on its citizens is the best way to alleviate poverty from Liberia.

Dr. Jones believes that he and his running mate will transform the country, and will alleviate poverty in the country through economic empowerment.

In the midst of the current decision by Dr.Samuel Reeves to part take the 2017 politics; Some Liberians believe that the latest decision by Rev Reeves to join MOVEE as a running mate to Dr. Jones could further divide the Baptist Church as its members has different political affiliations.

The Bishop turned politician is considered to be one of the outstanding men of God in Liberia, but will he maintain his pastoral duty in the midst of his current position as a politician, many political analysts continue to debate his decision.

It could be recalled the Code of Conduct which compels government officials to resign 3 years prior to the individual contesting for any elected office position, is a policy which could stop Dr. Jones and other government officials from participating in the October 10, 2017 elections.

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MFA Begins Recruitment Saturday

LFA Owes Employees FourMonths’ Salary

By Christopher Walker, Mamos Tv, Liberia

LIBERIA - Staff of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have complained that they have not been paid their monthly salaries for a period of four months. The LFA has not paid its over 50 employees since they last received their January and February 2017 salaries at the beginning of March, but they have continued to work for the months of March, April, May, and June without the Football House giving any reason for the delay.

Salary arrears have been one of the persistent problems at the LFA since Musa Hassan Bility became President on March 20, 2010, as he is yet to pay his employees at the LFA straight three months without delay.

According to one of the employees of the LFA who asked for anonymity for fear of losing his job, the situation is affecting them as some of his workmates have been issued notice by their landlords because they are unable to pay their house rent due to the LFA failure to pay their salaries.

“This is causing serious problem for us and we are not been told by senior staff why the delay in us receiving our monthly benefit. If nothing is done I think some of us will take this issue to the Court because we are tired with this, we have families to take care of but we cannot due to   our salary delay,” he said.

“Every time they will delay our salary for three, four, five months after we complained they will only pay two or three months to us, this is their usual habit why will they always treat us like this? To get transportation to come to work is difficult but we try our best to come to work every day so what should we do so they can know we are working?” the angry LFA employee said.

According to him, it is the second time in 2017 the LFA owed them as they were again in a similar situation at the start of the year before been paid two months.

It can be recalled in 2016 employees of the LFA were again owed for the month of April, May, June, and July but were later paid three months salaries.

The Football House Treasurer Jallah Corvah at that time told a local radio station Fabric 101.1 FM that it was because of the FAP from FIFA the employees’ salaries were delayed, but the FA is yet to give reasons for the workers’ salaries delay this time around.

The LFA receivesUS$500,000 as Financial Assistance from FIFA annually and also gets subsidies from the government of Liberia.

The FAP from the governing body of football  (FIFA) to the LFA is used for administrative costs, including salaries and the LFA  monthly wages is little over US$14, 960 and after taxes is around US$14,370 something one may question the LFA for not paying its employees on time.

There are reporters that the football house was awaiting its FAP from FIFA to settle their arrears with the Employees, and got the money last week but has still not paid its employees because the LFA has a problem with the United Bank of Africa (UBA).

UBA Bank has, therefore, refuse to release the FAP to the football house because its President Musa Bility is indebted to the bank and promise to pay his debt when FIFA send the  FA Financial  Assistance.

Bility who is the current mobilization Chairperson of the opposition Liberty Party is believed to have used part of the US$500,000 he credited from the bank to purchased cars and Motorbikes for the party.

Our source has, meanwhile, said UBA Bank has resolved not to disburse a cent to the Football Association until the LFA President can repay their money he credited from the bank for his personnel use.

With the bank’s decision not to give out money to the LFA, it’s  not yet clear if the over 50 LFA employees will receive their four months salaries as Bility is currently not focusing on  Football due to his involvement with active politics.

Because of the FA President political engagement with Liberty Party, he on May 17, 2017, named his deputy Musa Shannon to run the day-to-day affairs of the LFA.

The LP mobilization Chairperson cited his engagement at CAF Executive Committee as reasons for giving out extra powers to Shannon but he has always been seen with the Liberty Party than attending CAF meeting. 

All effort to contact Horatio Willie Communication Consultant of the Liberia Football Association did not materialize as he failed to answer his phone calls to confirm or refute the allegations.

Coach Lartey’s BYC wins second game in a row

‘Take Your Job, Enough Is Enough,’ Director Solo Barton Tells President Sirleaf

By Julius Korton, Mamos TV, Liberia

The embattled Director of Bureau of Vital and Health Statistics, Solo Barton has described his abrupt dismissal from his job as a witch-hunt and disgrace from the President of Liberia, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Mr Barton claimed he was in his office when the president ordered that his office been forcibly opened while he was in possession of his office key.

On Monday, the Director General of GSA Madam Mary Broh was seen along with her officers executing the orders of the president. Madam Broh entered the institution’s premises and ordered the entire staff to vacate as instructed by the president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Mr. Barton alleges that he and his staff were treated like kids by the president, something he described as unimaginable for the president to have done, just to effect his removal from office.

“I can’t believe that the president will come here and go so low,” says the Director of Bureau of Vital and Health Statistics.

Mr. Barton says Mary Broh ordered her GSA staff to immediately clean-up the entire Bureau of Vital Statistics, on the ground that the bureau was full of dirt. “We were on the job at the Bureau when the president’s order was being carried out and that is very unorthodox on the part of the GSA boss and the president,” he added.

He said despite the challenges faced by his bureau, he and his team have managed to raise more than 15,000,000 Liberian dollars (fifteen million Liberian dollars) every year as part of government’s revenue since he took over the Bureau.

Speaking to Mamos TV in an angry mood, the director disclosed his take home salary as US $500, claiming that with his master’s degree in Public Administration, he takes a limited salary for the sake of the country. He said he was making a sacrifice taking home a little amount as his salary for an institution generating government revenue of over 15 million dollars annually.

He accused the president of witch-hunt alleging that the president removed him because he belongs to a Krahn ethnic background and is also a member of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change. He described the president’s action as an act of tribal and divisive politics.

However, Mamos TV Liberia however contacted the press secretary to the president Mr. Jerelinmik Piah to shed light on the said allegation, but he refuted the alleged accusation levied against the president by Mr. Barton. He said several allegations made by the former director were false and misleading, whilst urging Mr. Barton to stop the spread of falsehood.

The press secretary said the president’s abrupt intervention was predicated upon several complains made by citizens and some government officials, who had gone to the Bureau to process documents and had experienced unprecedented lack of system and result.

The citizens complained a lot about the ineffectiveness of the Bureau, and there is no effective system to process documents. “The prolonged delays in obtaining a simple birth certificate, among other issues were the reasons that prompted the president’s action,” he clarified.

‘WE ARE NOT GIVING UP ON TITLE-YET’

By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos Tv, Liberia

The “Go Blue Boys” sit fourth on the Liberia Football Association First

Division League table but their interim head Coach Robert Lartey insists winning the league title is not beyond the reach of the defending champions.

Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) have not given up hope of winning the Premier League as Robert Lartey eyes a trophy with BYC in his second spell at the Liberian Champions.

Heading into this weekend clash against Keitrace at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, BYC are fourth on the table with 28 points from 16 matches, 6 points adrift of leaders Fassell FC.

But with 6 matches remaining, Lartey said his players are still dreaming of winning the league something he feels is possible.

“My wishes are for the team to have a good end to the season possible – for Barrack Young Controllers, for the players and for the fans,” the BYC coach said.

And added: “I hope we have an amazing season and fight for the title. Hopefully, at the end of the season, we can win the First Division championship which is the only competition we are in currently.”

He said although they are a long way behind the leaders at the moment; but also anything is possible for them.

“We haven’t given up yet, we’re not saying we are out of the competition. There are a lot of games remaining, especially at this time of year, so we’re trying to do our best to be in the top three,” the BYC coach stated.

“And, of course, we’re going to try and win the rest of our games to put more pressure on teams above us,” he added.

Having struggled at the start of the season with Cooper Sannah as head coach BYC parted ways with Sannah after three home defeats and one away in the League.

The Liberian Champions under Sannah came close to reaching both the CAF champions’ League and Cup group stage because of what many football followers feels was because of poor technical tactic from than BYC Coach Sannah.

Lartey’s first game in charge of BYC on Sunday against Fassell was going his way as the Blue Boys were in the lead 1-0 through Van-Dave Harmon striker but the match did not end due to pitch invasion by Fassell FC fans.

The game was abandoned with 22 minutes into the second half after Abraham Barshall   of Fassell was sent-off for a foul on Van-Dave Harmon.

At that point players of Fassell FC ran to central referee Isaac Montgomery questioning his decision but the FIFA badge referee issue the second red card to Fassell left back Aloysius Simujla for allegedly insulting him at that point fans and officials of Fassell got onto the pitch as throwing of rocks and other materials were the order of the day.

Later Sam Kollie was a victim of the third red card for a similar offense as Simujla.

As a result of the tension at the stadium without security Montgomery had to end the game due to the LFA failure to prove security for the match after the referee requested protection before the restart of the match.  With BYC leading 1-0; the game called off, BYC was awarded the 3 points.  Fassell may now face disciplinarily actions from LFA.

When Lartey was asked if he was ever worried facing Fassell who defeated BYC twice this season Pela said: “No, because I know how best my players respond to training prior to the match.”

The returning Lartey said he is relief of the pressure at BYC after the Fassell game and promise to restore the lost image of the club.

At the match fans of the Club held placards with the inscription “Welcome back home Lartey,” something the winning coach said makes him feels at home and will fight to the end of the league.

New LPP Chairman Promises To Improve Party Policies

By Hamzat V.Sherif, Mamos TV, Liberia

The Legal Affairs director of Central Bank of Liberia Cllr. Joseph K. Jallah has promised his party members that he will use his legal knowledge and expertise to improve and strengthen his party’s policies. Cllr. Jallah said that he will work with his colleagues to make LPP one of the best political parties in Liberia and at the same time encourage fellow LPP members to be committed.

Cllr Jallah was overwhelmingly elected as Liberian People’s Party (LPP) chairman during its 3rd National Convention held in Ganta city, Nimba County.

Cllr. Jallah maintained that with his legal background, the LPP will be a better party where the day to day operation of the party will be a clear manifestation that when given State power, Liberia will be on the right political trajectory. He urged his fellow party militants to be discipline as running the State requires integrity and trust from the citizens.

The Central Bank Legal Affairs boss urged his fellow members to be patriotic and nationalistic, noting the future is now and those positive contributions of citizens will only be sustained by individuals with nationalist spirit. He maintained that Liberians have been crying for development for centuries and that this can only be achieved by patriotic Liberians through the efforts of all.

Cllr Jallah believes that Liberia is currently at a crossroads and his party is the best party for all Liberians. He expressed hope that all is not lost in Liberia and there is luxury of time for positive change.

“I can clearly say here for the fact that LPP is headed by individuals who have a history of fighting for social justice, equality and peace. We are again reaffirming our position that when given the opportunity to serve the Liberian people, we will not betray our fellow citizens,” said Cllr Jallah.

It would be recalled that the LPP was founded in 1983 by brave and patriotic former university student leaders who have a historical record of advocating for the Liberian people despite suppression from the former regimes. Members of LPP are usually referred to as fire burn intellectuals with huge followers mainly from the student community.

The CBL legal Affairs Director contested in the 2014 Senatorial Elections in Lofa County and came second to the winner. Cllr Jallah has since been proactive in carrying out humanity services in Lofa, as well as giving financial aid to students.

He was elected along with several renowned politicians who have gained their popularity through standing for social justice and peace. The current National Security Adviser Dr. Henry Fambulleh was also elected as the party’s standard bearer, Sinnoe County representative Jefferson Carmo was also elected as Secretary Gen

DR. KOLLIE CLAIMS ‘AUDIT REPORT’ LEAKED WITH OBVIOUS SINISTER MOTIVES AND PREJUDICIAL INTENTION

NO SPECIAL RIDE, LARTEY TELLS BYC PLAYERS

 
By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos TV, Liberia

Robert Pella Lartey has fired a warning to Barrack Young Controller’s (BYC) old players, telling them not to expect any preferential treatment in his second spell at the club.

Lartey who took over as head coach of BYC after the sacking of Copper Sannah, told the players who remain from his first spell at the club, that: “There will be no special treatment for them,” adding that every player must fight for their position.

“There are still a few of my old players from my first spell and it is always good to work with them, people who gave absolutely everything to me when I was here,” he remarked.

Lartey continued; “But they don’t have an advantage in relation to the other players. It’s important to say this because only players that ‘put in’ more during training will be guaranteed a place in the team.”

Lartey’s second spell at BYC reunites him with Prince Jetoh, Prince Kennedy, Hilton Varney, Mulbah Urey, Mark Paye, Prince Saydee and Van-Dave Harmon; but the former best coach in the country said: “the club did well to get young players with great potential, great ability, and a great future; I look forward to trying to improve them.”

He added that he has seen some great young talents like Ketu Jerbo, Sam Jackson, Abdulai Bility, and James Kpoto, while expressing optimism for the future of the club.  He also stated that some of the club’s older players Sporo Somah and Mulbah Urey, found first-team opportunities harder to come under Copper Sannah.

According to him, Gideon Williams was used carefully, Benjamin Gbamy and Junior Barshall have been sent out on loan to Fassell FC and LPRC Oilers respectively. ‘Big Pella’ as he is called by fans of the club said he’s happy to be back to the club to restore the lost image of the “Go Blue Boys”.
Asked about the player [Urey’s] lack of playing time under Coach Sannah, Lartey said: “I don’t speak about a club when I leave, and when I arrive at one I don’t like to comment on what happened before me. What I can say is about the future, and the future is to win our next seven games and finish the season in the top three. I know what Urey can give. Let’s try to make him again a very important player that he couldn’t be at the start of the season.”

“I select the players I think are the best for the team, Of course, I want good relations with everybody, but the most important thing is having good relationship with me. I have to be honest with myself. If I think somebody deserves to play, he has to play. If someone has big stature, profile and career, I cannot give him a privilege but he needs to show that on the pitch, anything than that he will not be selected,” Coach Lartey explained.

The new BYC coach has a task to finish in the top three to be given the job permanently and insisted he got the only job he wanted.

When asked about the club’s current 5th position on the Liberia Football Association First Division table, Lartey said it is frustrating to see BYC below the top three but said he is hopeful of securing a place in the top three or even win the league.

“Teams that are above us are not too far so if we can win all of our games things will change,” he added.

BYC currently has 25 points from 15 matches while league leaders Fassell FC is at 34 points closely followed by LISCR FC in 2nd place with 29 points. Nimba United and Monrovia Club Breweries complete the top four with 27and 26 points respectively.

Lartey’s first game in change of the Liberian Champions will be on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the ATS against league leaders Fassell FC who overpowered BYC two times so far, this season with a 2-1 away victory at BYC and eliminated the “Go Blue Boys” from FA Cup on penalty shootout.

CHESS FEDERATION LACKS SUPPORT FOR ALGERIA TRIP

By Christopher C. Walker, Mamos Tv, Liberia

The President of Liberia Chess Federation (LCF) is calling on the Ministry of Youth and Sports to help finance his federation’s trip to Algeria to represent Liberia in the 2017 African Individual Chess Championship expected to kick-off in July 2017.

According to Winston K. Ireland, the LCF need a total of $14,370.00USD to take the team to Algeria and back.

Five Liberian chess players have been selected to represent the country in the individual Chess championship in Algeria.

The five players are, Barcon Harmon, who won   the National Champion the FM Title (FIDE MASTER) with six points out of nine, Daniel Kolliemelen, Anthony Waylea Jr.  John K.  JallahJr and Abramam Kolakoh, all acquired CM Titles (CANDIDATE MASTER). Liberia now has six title holders to include Jacob Jallah.

Ireland said hosting of the national championship by his federation last year and the Zone 4.4 West African Individual Chess Championship in April was beneficiary to Liberia because the country performed to expectation against their visiting opponents.

“Taking the risk to host the championships without initial funding paid off with six of our players ranked among the highest in West Africa so we are in dying need of support to make this trip,” he stated.

He said athletes; John K. Jallah of Liberia beat the Nigerian number one, Bomo Kigigha and Barcon Harmon beat the Nigerian number two, Daniel Anwuli. He observed that Liberia has a lot of talents but they only need support to produce the kind of results they got from the just ended Zone 4.4 tournament.

According to the invitation letter received by the LCF, the championship will be held in Oran, Algeria from 1st – 13th July 2017.

Mr. Ireland told Front Page Africa that he is of the conviction that if his federation is supported, Liberia will be counted among the Chess nations.

“It is time we focus on individual sports and limit the supports to football because they have not won any for the country,” he said.

The event will comprise an Open Section and a Women’s Section with each Section of the Championship having three Time Control formats.

Senator Prince Johnson Pledges Support For VP Boakai

By Julius Konton, Mamos Tv, Liberia

Despite been a standard-bearer of a political institution, Prince Johnson has officially declared his support for the Presidential bid of Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai.

The controversial Nimba County senator was recently part of a technical working group set up by his party, the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MRD),the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Liberia National Union (LINU) to form a formidable political force which was to subsequently form a stronger political merger to unset the ruling establishment in October, 2017.

But Mr. Johnson said that he cannot remain in a proposed team or merger that he had no trust and confidence in the structured team set up to carry on the process of getting  standard-bearer and a vice standard bearer including other key executives of the proposed coalition. He alleged that he had information that there was a plot organized by the technical working team to make him a running mate to ALP’S Benoni Urey.

However, departing from such arrangement, the Nimba County Political God-father is of the conviction that the standard-bearer of the ruling party, Ambassador Joseph Boakai is a pure indigenous and the right man for the job. He believes that the “UP” standard-bearer is the man that majority of the people of Liberia are hoping to be their next leader.

“We will defeat all those who suppress the old man’s (Boakai) Presidential ambition,” he assured.

The MDR political leader is of one of the strongest opposition politicians in Liberia, having won the 2005 Senatorial elections in Nimba with the historical highest votes to be ever casted in the political landscape of Liberia.

With Nimba County as second highest populated County in Liberia and with the loyalty his kinsman have for the him, many are of the opinion that his support to VP Boakai is a political boast for the ruling party while others see it as a minus to Ambassador Boakai due to the inconsistent figure joining his support base/team.

Meanwhile, both LINU and the ALP parties are yet to give official statement regarding the break away in negotiations, including plans of one of their members.

With more time to the July campaign heated period many are of the belief that, more and bigger political cross-over and somersaulting are on the way.

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