New Republic Special Awards 2016
Associate Justice Ja'neh and former Chief Justice, Madam Scott
A representative from FIND, receives his award as Civil Society of the year 2015
A representtaive from SDI receives his award as Environmental organisaiton of the year
GT bank representaive receives the award
GVL head of Communication receives his award from NEC official
Dr. Mills Jones, CBL governor representtaive receives the award for Dr. Jones
Cllr. Taiwan Gongloe, lawyer of the year receives his award from Associate Justice, Kabeneh Ja'neh
Mr. Charles Zuku, winner of the Civil servant award
An official from Social Security Corrrporaiton receives the award from former Chief Justice, Cllr. Gloria M. Scott
IF ALL LIBERIANS agree that elections serve as conduit for keeping a country stable and peaceful as developed and productive given that it allows everyone qualified under the law to exercise their democratic rights to freely elect their leaders, then those who manage the process themselves must be immaculate to an appreciable degree.
By this, their conducts, interactions or associations should be in line with set principles and guidelines, let alone the laws of the land. One scholar once said: America’s greatness is pillared on its respect for the law. The law is supreme in America and it does not protect anyone, regardless of status. It is a complete contrast that we tailored everything of ours after America but fall short of abiding by the law.
THE INTRO HERE should serve as reminder to all Liberians concerning the smoke that is billowing at the National Elections Commission (NEC) with regards the ‘dual citizenship’ claims leveled against Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya. While the Chairman the entire Commission rebuffed the report, publication by LIBPOLITICS, an online news outlet about Liberia, of Cllr. Korkoya voting credentials in the US signaled a complete twist and solidified critics’ views and concerns and even rendered him somehow disqualified.
THE ARGUMENT IS not that Cllr. Korkoya does not have the academic baptisms, or it is about he being unable to manage the Commission to conduct a free and fair elections, or he will weigh the outcome in favor of someone; rather is about the wellbeing and integrity of the organic laws of the land. As a lawyer, he is aware or he should be aware that it is abominable for any Liberian to act in ways that infringe on the law.
WE THINK NOT that the argument should surround denial and defense as Cllr. Korkoya and the NEC have done, but this issue can be addressed on the back of adhering to the dictates of the laws he swore to protect. Essentially, anyone whose actions are complete abrogation of the law is not worthy of the crown, no matter his credentials or immediacy to the ‘throne.’ We want to leave this with the appointing power - the president – to make a determination of the issue considering the glaring reality presented by the LIBPOLITICS reports.
THE REASON WHY we don’t see it expedient to call on the President to dismiss him –although it is necessary at this point in time - is because we did not ask her to appoint him in the first place. She did so, we believe, because she did not have all the facts available to her. We sure she is also taken aback by the veracity of the information and may be taking otherwise. However, it is safe to say that the stakes are extremely high for something to be done to safeguard the Liberian Constitution.
THERE MAY BE other Liberians in position of trust who are just as culpable as the NEC boss on the issue of ‘dual citizenship,’ but until revealed and proven, they remain legitimate Liberians qualified to serve their motherland. In reverse, it is the highest of honor when one implicated in something unworthy of him/her, as a public figure, to call a quit voluntarily. This is certainly a grave issue that must not be taken for granted because abrogation of the constitution is not negotiable.
MEMBERS COUNTRY THE world over last Friday observed the 70th Anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO), an organ of the United Nations that deals with global health, under the general theme: “Depression.”
IN FULFILLMENT OF the obligation bequeathed onto her by the Liberian Constitution and the recently issued Executive Order #83 which calls for the creation of the office of an Ombudsman, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has satisfied one of the fundamental requirements of the Code of Conduct. The President Wednesday announced the appointment of three Liberians in persons of Cllr. Chris Massaquoi, Atty. Massa Jalebah and another Attorney-at-law.
BESIDES PUTRID ITEMS that liter every street corner and community and creating terrible health hazards for residents is most discomforting aroma that fills the entire landscape from feces pouring out of sceptic tanks and other manholes. The unbearableness of the situation evidenced by the daily experiences of residents, especially those who ply their trades in badly affected areas, leaves many to question the significance of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC).