(A revised repeat)
FOR TWO DAYS last week, the lower house of the Liberian parliament, the House of Representatives, found itself embroiled in an unsolicited legal debacle. The nature and sheer force of the fiasco compelled the House to vote in a follow up action last Friday to arrest those responsible. The series of incidents that led to the decision are as much worrisome as the interceding actions that derailed and broadened the brawl.
OUR FRONT LEAD today deliberately breaks the glass ceiling of gullibility in this country by confronting those who questioned in frivolous manner, the official annual state of the economy report President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf presented to the 53rd National Legislature on January 28, 2013. In that report that relates to a constitutional mandate, the president outlined the challenges her administration had surmounted with the support of the Liberian people and the international community; the challenges that are surmountable but that are ongoing with difficulties; and the challenges of the future. In our and views of many sincere Liberians, the president over told a good story. She made claims, mainly job creation, that rather than edify and set the tone for trust in her administration actually embittered many and gave reasons and berths to civil discontent. The proposed action of Vandalark R. Patrick’s, the questionable position assumed by former solicitor general Tiawon Gongloe on the matter, and the responses of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Liberty Party (LP) are typical. Besides seeking to break the glass ceiling of gullibility, the lead actually frowned on reckless ultra-liberalism and anti-rule of law sentiments in the name of rights advocacy.
IT WOULD BE an understatement describing the death of 11 military officers of the Republic of Guinea a “big loss” to the people and Government of that country. The historic selflessness and superb military gallantry ingrained in the bones of the Guinean military as it has demonstrated over the years in the Sub region and beyond goes beyond a “big loss” to Guinea alone. Indeed, the plane crash of February 11, 2013 and its fatalities claiming nearly a dozen top brass of the army of Guinea is an epitome of the colossal human sacrifices characteristic of the Republic of Guinea Armed Forces since its formation in 1958. The trail of the bloods shed by Guinean soldiers has come afar and crisscrossed regions and peoples in search of peace, justice and freedom.
THE ARRIVAL IN Liberia of a team of illustrious women rights campaigners, including Nobel women laureates, not only defines Liberia’s place in women empowerment but also refocuses the nation to the last vestiges of discrimination and abuse still lingering in the social space. The country pays some quota to the fight for the rights of women, as demonstrated in the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as first female President of Liberia and in Africa and the unprecedented rise of women movements in the country. But challenges still exist because official crime statistics released by the international stabilizing force, UNMIL and the national police continue to indicate a steady rise in sexual violence in the country. This is the contrast that greets the visit of the international women delegation visiting the country, and this is why we are hopeful that their being here, after all, presents an opportunity for Liberians, particularly women, to share the extent of the menace they face, and how these topnotch women leaders will intervene.