Recently, the Liberian political space, especially social media, went haywire with the news that Ben Urey and Prince Johnson had formed a coalition. Without fully understanding the letter of the agreement that was signed, everyone believed that PYJ would be going as vice presidential candidate to Urey. It was the regular stereotype that leads many to conclude that PYJ would be Urey’s Veep.
Article 90 (c) of the 1986 Constitution stipulates that the Legislature shall prescribe a Code of Conduct (CoC) for the purpose of ensuring that public officials don’t engage in conflicts of interest or act against public policies. In fulfillment of that constitutional provision, a March 2014 Law was promulgated to serve as a valuable instrument for the enforcement of the said provision laid out by the Constitution. However, because it was poorly written by men with devious intents, it has now become, arguably, an instrument of grave controversies and confusion.
I apologize to Donald Trump. As Sean Spicer so wisely said at his first news conference on Monday (It was the first. The one that happened on Saturday did not happen at all, and I recognize that!), it is unfair to be so mean and negative all the time.
As Americans watch the peaceful transfer of presidential power change hands on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington DC tomorrow at noon GMT-5, many in disbelief or denial, so will a lot of Africans, at home and throughout the diaspora.
Born and raised in Liberia, I lived through much of the civil war in Liberia and spent time as a refugee in Guinea, Ivory Coast and the United States. As a Liberian, proud of how far our country has come and the peace we have enjoyed for over 11 years, I was very shocked when I read an article on Voice of America (VOA) titled “Half of Liberians Fear Country Could Plunge Back Into War”. This title was supposedly based on a report by the Catholic Relief Services on the State of Peace, Reconciliation and Conflict in Liberia.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday granted Presidential Executive Clemency to thirteen (13) convicted prisoners from three prison facilities in Liberia including four Grand Gedeans and nine others convicted for various offenses. The 13 prisoners were released from the Monrovia, Buchanan and Sanniquellie Central Prisons respectively.
Born unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. Taylor, Lexanndine T. Taylor, Valedictorian of the University of Liberia (UL) 97th Graduating Class, is a shining example that we MUST step up the effort to educate our GIRLS CHILDREN.
In my thinking thoughts I experienced a melancholic yet guilty emotion considering the frantic efforts “the Oldma”, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf continues to apply overtime in fixing the unexpected deficiencies in her administration especially the education sector which, more than other sectors, is frequently pruned and purged to prevent the looming dents, gaps, and crevices in her legacy when she finally leaves office.