A President without any respect for our Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,It has been roughly nine months since the Granger Government fell from power, but Granger is refusing to resign and call elections. Clearly, this is a man without any respect for our Constitution, or anything for that matter.The Constitution is the supreme law of our land; only dysfunctional bullies would disrespect our Constitution, and Mr Granger is operating like one. Bullies have no respect for anything; they do not even respect humanity.Just remember how Mr Granger disrespected thousands of sugar workers by cruelly forcing them on to the breadline. Editor, Mr Granger is dangerous, he should never be tolerated; and hopefully, the courts will force him to respect the Constitution and eject him from office.Also, as mandated by the Constitution, Mr Granger must fix a date for elections, and GECOM must accommodate that date. GECOM must always be in a state of readiness for elections to be called at any time.Our Constitution has been disrespected and trampled on for far too long by both Mr Granger and GECOM. This is the kind of collaborative bullying that obtains in our country, and it should never be allowed to continue.Of course GECOM is on the same immoral ground as Mr Granger. We all know that Mr Granger does not want to resign and call elections, and GECOM is enabling him to get away with this lawlessness. This is clear.GECOM has even undertaken a highly flawed and useless house-to-house (H-t-H) registration exercise, at the expense of tax payers, to delay preparations for the elections. This exercise was abruptly aborted, and now GECOM wants to merge the flawed and incomplete data from this exercise with the existing database of the National Register of Registrants (NRR). This is pure lawlessness. These people can’t be serious, and they need to be fired for lawlessness on the job.Merging the flawed data from the incomplete H-t-H registration exercise with databases of any kind must be rejected. It is insane, reckless and lawless. It will result in serious problems for years to come, plus it will cost an arm and a leg to fix.Further, I would like to remind Mr Granger that he climbed to power in a democratic environment, and this means that he must stand on moral ground to provide the same kind of democratic environment, and operate within it for the betterment of our country. This means that he must resign and call elections now. And if he fails in this regard, then he will naturally be viewed as nothing but a bully.Sincerely,Annie Baliram(PhD)last_img read more

Honouring of cricket legends

first_imgDear EditorThe news that two former Windies’ cricketing legends – Clive Lloyd (now to be referred to as Sir Clive) and Gordon Greenidge – were honoured in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List is just fantastic!With West Indies on an upward swing, as apparent by the just concluded ODI and T20 tournaments in India, the honouring of these gentlemen might just be the impetus needed to get Cricket West Indies moving again.Heartiest congratulations to Sir Clive Lloyd and Sir Gordon Greenidge! You have made our cricket proud by your respective honour, which you richly deserve. May your honour be an inspiration to our young and upcoming cricketers.Long live West Indies Cricket!Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamedlast_img

Corentyne businessman, family beaten and robbed by bandits

first_imgA Corentyne, Berbice businessman and his family were on Wednesday evening brutalised by five armed bandits who carted off cash and other valuables.Injured: Dharma KamalallFive men, three of them armed with guns and two with cutlasses, went to Chill Grocery and Parlour situated at Lot 195 Nigg about one mile off the Corentyne Highway. Mandeshwal “Chill” Kamalall said the bandits attacked just as he was about to close for the day. He said he was lashed with a cutlass and put to lie on the ground. Two bandits stood guard, while the others went into the shop where his wife Dharma was, with their two children aged 3 and 12 years old.Injured: Mandeshwal “Chill” Kamalall“…they put the gun pon me and knock me in me head and in me face. And then they start demand fo money, an Ah tell them Ah gon give you.”She related that her three-year-old daughter was assaulted and ‘chucked’ and threats were made to kill the child if she did not cooperate and take them into the upper flat of the building.The businesswoman noted that it was at that stage that her 12-year-old daughter pleaded with the masked men not to hurt her baby sister or kill her mother. The bandits did not pursue their request to enter the residential section of the two-storey building, and escaped on bicycles with the day’s sales ($60,000); $35,000 which Kamalall had in his pockets, two cellular phones valued at $85,000; $30,000 in phone cards and $35,000 worth of cigarettes.Kamalall said shortly after the men fled, he made contact with the Albion Police Station, but was told no vehicle patrol was available to respond to his report. Police reportedly arrived some 30 minutes later.Kamalall sustained injuries to his back and face, while his wife had injuries to her head from being gun butted.Meanwhile, one resident, Michael Ishmael said residents of the community have not been receiving police assistance in a timely manner.“There are many nights we call the police station at Albion and we get no response from them. We complain of guys liming in the dark spots in the front streets and just timing people when they coming in.When you call the Albion Police Station, they tell you they sending the patrol, they don’t send no patrol; you will be looking out from your window and there is no patrol and many times people getting robbed in the street, not only in their house but in the street people getting rob too.”The media had published several reports reflecting a lack of response from the Albion Police Station. Persons from Albion have reported receiving assistance from the Whim Police Station situated 10 miles away. Albion is part of the Nigg community.No arrests have been made in relation to Wednesday’s night robbery.last_img read more

Alliance For Change

first_imgThe Alliance For Change wishes all our Muslim brothers and sisters across Guyana, the Diaspora and the world a happy and blessed Eid-ul-Adha.Eid-ul-Adha is a time when Muslims reflect on and celebrate human selflessness and self-denial in submission to God – a lesson from which we can all learn in the quest to live a life of greater inner peace and humility.The AFC recognises the invaluable contributions of the Muslim community in all spheres of life in Guyana and their quiet but commendable charity work in helping to uplift people of all faiths.We take this opportunity to once again appeal for religious tolerance and understanding in our beautiful and blessed land of diverse cultures.last_img

Fraud accused Ambassador exposes APNU/AFC’s rhetoric – Jagdeo

first_img…“they can’t do due diligence on people they hiring right under their nose”The appointment of a fraud accused Ambassador, Dr Shamir Ally, by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government, is but another indication of how the Administration operates, which further exposes the gap in the rhetoric being espoused as against its actions.This is the view held by former President, now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, who on Wednesday pointed to the fact that theFraud accused, Guyana Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr Shamir AllyAdministration continuously makes lofty statements such as increased due diligence for foreign investors when “they can’t do due diligence on the people they hiring right under their nose.”He was at the time asked to weigh in on the fact that Guyana has infact appointed an Ambassador who in 2002, had been charged with financial offences by the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).According to Jagdeo, the APNU/AFC Government, “it has set all these lofty standards” and speaks about good governance measures and the prevention of corruption but “there is a huge gap between the rhetoric of this Government and what it practices.”He accused members of the Government of being, “totally aloof,” since its members “don’t walk the markets, they don’t walk the street sides, they don’t go in the communities to find out how hard it is, how many people have lost their jobs and try to help them.”Jagdeo instead accused Government of being engaged in looking to prove the un-provable.According to Jagdeo “the Shamir Ally matter is just another one which is indicative of the way this government operates.”He said the supporters of the coalition APNU will soon come to realise that Government in fact has no interest in their concerns, “they are totally aloof.”The AFC had over the weekend issued a missive in defence of the Ambassador they had sponsored, and denied he was the mastermind in the US fraud scheme and instead claimed he inherited the accounting system which had landed him in ‘hot water.’The party said he “vehemently denied the charges, but agreed to pay the US$10,000 penalty under protest.”Dr Ally and his co-accused had copped an out-of-court plea deal with the SEC to pay fines ranging from US$10,000 to US$50,000.He was charged in 2002 by the Commission for “the dissemination of false financial information” using his company, Acrodyne.The Guyana diplomat and others were said to be “aware of numerous and significant problems with Acrodyne’s accounting controls, but failed to assure that Acrodyne’s financial transactions were accurately recorded.”The AFC said that Dr Ally was employed by Acrodyne for a short period, “from February 2, 1999 to May 9, 1999 as the Cost Accounting Manager… On May 10, 1999, he was promoted to Controller and he served in this position for 15 months up to July 10, 2000.”Dr Ally was fired from Acrodyne in July 2000, circumstances he blamed on a “power struggle, falling revenue/income and a depleting labour force” in the company.He was later charged along with two other Acrodyne executives, including its President in May 2002, by the SEC with civil action.Dr Ally, in seeking to provide an explanation, said Acrodyne prepared its quarterly financial reports “based on some actual, and some estimated figures.”He said the company would, at the end of the year, do an annual stock taking and these reports would be audited and sent to the SEC.He maintains that this system of preparing records based in part on estimates “was Standard Operating Procedure at Acrodyne”.In March 2003, the SEC had ordered Acrodyne to cease and desist from future violations of the anti-fraud, periodic reporting, and books and records provisions of the Exchange.last_img read more

Witness Becomes Temporarily Speechless in Belgian’s Murder Trial

first_imgDrama unfolded at the murder trial of Michel Bruno, a Belgian national, at the Criminal Court ‘A’ when a prosecution witness became temporarily confused.Moses H. Kermue, prosecution’s third witness stood speechless in the box for a few minutes before denying having knowledge that the defendants shot   Bruno, then Plantation Manager of Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC).Kermue is a senior officer of LAC’s Plant Protection Division (PPD).He was the only person cross examined by defense counsel.The defendants are charged with murder for allegedly shooting and killing Bruno on November 17, 2010 at LAC’s 3.3 extension site in District #3 Grand Bassa County. They have since denied the allegation levied against them.Testifying on Tuesday, April 8, the third witness caused a stir when he consistently asserted that he did not know whether the defendants murdered Bruno, alleging he heard the information from reliable sources in the employ of LAC. His vehement denials, even under questioning by his own lawyer, raised eyebrows.Witness Kermue could not disclose the name of his reliable sources.He refused a suggestion from prosecution lawyers, who asked him to point at the defendants in the box that were arrested in connection to Bruno’s death.“As I said previously, on November 17, 2010, I was not on the scene, and I can’t identify any of the defendants in the box who were arrested in connection with the murder of Bruno.”To the question as to whether he was aware that the defendants upon their arrest were investigated at the PPD’s headquarters in LAC, Kermue answered: “I was not there when they (defendants) were investigated at the headquarters. What I can say is I only heard that information, but I have no knowledge about it.”Earlier, Kermue explained that the day before Bruno was shot and killed, the chief of PPD, Major Garfe E. Mason, drove to his house and took him to LAC’s extension site to protect the company’s workers that had gone there to survey the land.“When we got there, we saw the surveying team headed by the late Bruno along with Alexander Peterson, Price Tawo, Matthew Daigar, Saye Yeasie and two PPD officers and we all moved to the bush together,” he added, “When we got into the bush the Surveyor began to clear the road and they started to plant their pegs.”According to him, while the survey was in process, they saw a group of men under the control of one of the defendants, Arthur Crusoe.“Crusoe asked us where we were coming from and we answered that we are from LAC Plantation. Crusoe then told us that he learnt LAC was about to conduct a survey in the district. He said this was the reason, we have declared this day as a holiday in our area. LAC has been fooling us this time around, LAC is not going to fool us. In fact, I am going to let the government to know about this,” witness Kermue quoted defendant Crusoe as saying.“It was at this time,” the witness alleged “that a lady I couldn’t recognize in the group turned to one of the surveyors, the late James Myers, and said, “James, I know you very well, don’t be part of these people again.”“After that statement, we immediately left the area,” the prosecution witness further alleged. In an hour-long cross-examination, which was not different from the questions and suggestions posed to previous prosecution witnesses, Kermue’s response to most of them were negative. The prosecution declined to continue with his examination.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Ellen Institutionalizes Corruption’

first_imgA stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Representative J. Gabriel Nyenkan has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of “embracing and institutionalizing corruption at the highest degree at the detriment of the poor Liberians.”At a news conference Thursday, September 18, in Monrovia, the Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that the UP-led government has totally lost the fight against corruption and all that is witnessed today are “issues of the past, corruption and nepotism, the same situations President Sirleaf spoke against during William R. Tolbert era.”“All the institutions established by government to fight corruption — Liberian Anti-corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) are all cosmetic,” he added.Rep. Nyeankan claimed that the President has established a family and friendship club of people from the Diasporas, who are currently feeding on the national resources like “leashes at the expense of the foot soldiers that sacrifice their blood and labour for Madam Sirleaf.”“I regret today for ever joining the party, and I say sorry to our counties’ chairpersons, who are being neglected by Madam Sirleaf. The President has no intension of fighting corruption and the second term of her government does not have any input from the party any longer. I will officially turn in my resignation from the party because I see the party as an empty vehicle. President Sirleaf has lost the war against corruption totally just as the government is losing the fight against Ebola.”The Montserrado County lawmaker further said that there is no trust in the presidency anymore and all he and others get from the Executive Mansion are “untrue and unrealistic speeches.”The UP secretary general, Mr. Wilmot Paye told this paper that the party has received no official communication from Rep. Nyenkan and added: “This comes as a surprise to us.”When contacted, President Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah, declined to comment, stressing; “I have not listened to the statement so I can’t respond appropriately.”Relative to containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the lawmaker also pointed out that “President Sirleaf has squandered money intended for the fight.”“Why will the government give money to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs for Ebola fight? Does the Ministry of State run a hospital where Ebola cases are referred to for treatment?” he wonders.He recommended that to halt the further spread of the virus, among other appropriate measures should be allowing medical experts and health workers (not politicians & lawyers) to take the lead in the fight while the rest work to provide supportive services as advised and requested by the health experts.Nyenkan: “Consistent with Article 72 of the Constitution, let each government official beginning with us at the Legislature waive this September salaries and allowances to help pay health workers who are abandoning the fight and protesting for their salaries.“As a way of motivating our health workers, let us quickly insure and give each of them US$1,000 as stipend for being in harm’s way and continue to provide for siblings orphaned by the death of bread winners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia’s Duo Sealed Deal amidst Ebola Rage

first_imgDespite the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, including Liberia, which became the second utmost Ebola-hit country, two Liberian players successfully penned loan deals with a Jordanian first division football club, Al-Ahli Club (Ammam).According to reports, Lone Star and FC BYC’s central defender, Teah Tennis, who left the country, last July for trial, concluded a one-year loan deal, three months (September) later.In January 2015, another Liberian player, former LISCR FC hitman, Marcus McCauley, joined Al-Ahli as a free agent, in a six-month loan deal.Due to fears of Ebola, reports said the players were thoroughly examined and quarantined and subsequently made their respective line-ups.Liberia Football Association (LFA) vice president for administration Musa Shannon, who was very instrumental in their loan deals, told the Daily Observer that Teah and Marcus are positively making impacts on the team.Mr. Shannon said Teah is in the defense, while Marcus is on the frontline and has scored about three goals in at least seven matches.“Even thought the spread of the Ebola virus has had a serious impact on Liberian football with all competitive games stopped since July 27, 2014, Teah and Marcus are so far the only successfully transferred players,” Mr. Shannon said.“We must be grateful to the players for standing tall in Jordan and we’re optimistic that at the end of their loan contracts, they would be signed normal contracts,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security Council Committed to Ending Ebola Outbreak

first_imgThe Security Council is unanimous on one thing: its commitment to ending the Ebola outbreak.In the first-ever emergency Security Council meeting called on a health crisis, all 15 council members voted to declare the disease a “threat to international peace and security.”The council met on HIV/AIDS in 2000, in a non-emergency session.On Friday, the General Assembly passed, with all 193 member states in favor, its own resolution on Ebola, after holding open debate on the health crisis.The resolution had the most co-sponsors in UN history: 134.Israel’s Ambassador Ron Prosor addressed the Security Council on Thursday and expressed unequivocal support for sending aid workers and funding to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.“Israel is proud to be playing its part,” Prosor said, citing tikkun olam, the Jewish principle that it is the individual’s responsibility to improve the world.According to the Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s leading newspapers, Israel NGOs have deployed to Sierra Leone and Cameroon, the ambassador said, to help train doctors in how to fight the spread of the highly communicable disease.Stable healthcare infrastructure is the first line of defense for combating epidemics such as these, health expert say. Ensuring that patients exposed to the disease know to go to a healthcare facility immediately and not to say goodbye to family members is critical for helping stop the disease.“This must be the moment when we enable nations to become the architects of their health systems rather than its victims,” Prosor said.During Thursday’s meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to respond to the epidemic. UNMEER”s five priorities, Ban said, are “stopping the outbreak, treating the infected, ensuring essential services, preserving stability and preventing further outbreaks.”For weeks, officials from the World Health Organization, other UN agencies and Médecins Sans Frontières have been calling on world leaders to ramp up aid to the affected countries. WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan and UN Systems Coordinator for Ebola Dr. David Nabarro have spoken to the press at UN headquarters on several occasions, pleading for more resources, rather than a de facto policy of isolation.“I estimate that to get ahead of outbreak the level of response needs to be about 20 times greater than it is at the moment,” Nabarro said on Thursday during the Security Council meeting.On Thursday, the Security Council finally responded to doctors’ pleas. In her testimony, the Security Council president for September, US Ambassador Samantha Power, reiterated the unprecedented speed with which this outbreak has spread. The death toll in Liberia is greater than that of the last 20 outbreaks combined, Power said.“Instead of isolating the affected countries, we call for flooding them—flooding them with the resources that are desperately needed to turn the tide in this fight,” the US ambassador said. “The math is simple: the sooner we act, the more lives we save.”During an appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday, former US president Bill Clinton said that the WHO, UN, Médecins Sans Frontières and US Department of Health will speak about Ebola during this year’s Clinton Global Initiative.It will take a “Herculean effort” to isolate and stamp out the Ebola epidemic, he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UHRI Launches ‘Citizens Initiative Registry’

first_imgThe executive director of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), Joe Luamba, Jr has called on Liberians to join the newly established National Citizens Registry (NCR).In a press release issued in Monrovia last Friday, Luamba said the NCR is being launched to enable Liberians to fulfill their constitutional obligation by adding their names, voter registration and electoral districts to the national registry.  “This citizens’ initiative is consistent with the letter and spirit of Article I of the Liberian Constitution which states that ‘All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require,’” he said.He explained that the NCI Registry is open to all Liberian citizens to add their names, voter registration numbers, electoral districts, counties and phone numbers indicating to politicians that 167 years of statehood was necessary.When Liberian citizens value their opinions they must ensure that their servants in government follow their orders and in a situation where a government ceases to serve the common good of society, it becomes the duty of citizens to bring their servants under control.The NCR’s initiative, he said, “is a proven strategy that has successfully guaranteed that public servants remain servants instead of public masters in democracies and thisdates back to 5th century Greece.”He said the initiative is a process of a participatory democracy that empowers the people to propose legislation and to enact or reject the laws at the polls independent of the lawmaking power of the governing body and it exists in Switzerland, United States and the European Union.In order to return from the bottomless pit of despair, underdevelopment and lack of opportunities, Luamba said Liberian citizens must take the lead and begin trusting democratic ideas, not politicians, irrespective of their tribe, religion, education or social status. Luamba urged all Liberian citizens to register to vote as the first step on the path to peace, prosperity and unlimited equal opportunities for all citizens.  They must register at the National Citizens Initiative Registry by calling 0775718065 and the process will continue through email, sms texts, letters, facebook, and websites to be established by UHRI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more