President Sirleaf Commissions 18 Officials Monday

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The President of the Republic of Liberia , Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will commission 18 senior top official of Government Monday, September 15, 2008 at 4:00 P.M. in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia .





According to a Foreign Ministry release, those to be commissioned on Monday include: Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon, Commissioner, Governance Commission; Honourable Marcus Dahn, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication; Honourable Soko Sackor, Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication; Honourable Joseph Geebro, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and Honourable Bernice Dahn, Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare


Also to be commissioned are: Honourable Cletus A. Sieh, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism; Honourable Gabriel I.H. Williams, Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism; Honourable Frederick B. Norkeh, Deputy Minister for Commerce , Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Honourable Andrew S. Allakamenin, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Honourable Hester Williams-Catakaw, Deputy Minister for Instructions, Ministry of Education and Honourable Boakai A. M. Sherif, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Agriculture.


Others are Honourable James B. Logan, Deputy Minister for Planning and Evaluation, Ministry of Agriculture; Honourable Lwopu Kandakai, Deputy Minister for Regional Development, Research and Extension, Ministry of Agriculture; Honourable Peter N. Korvah, Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Ministry of Agriculture;  Honourable Annette M. Kiawu, Deputy Minister for Research and Technical Services, Ministry of Gender and Development; Honourable Rufus Kaine, Deputy Minister for Planning and Administration, Ministry of Gender and Development; Honourable Elizabeth Matu Tubman, Deputy Auditor General, General Auditing Commission and Honourable Winsley Nanka, Deputy Auditor General, General Auditing Commission.


Accordingly, 15 of the 18 senior officials of Government to be commissioned are Deputy Ministers while two are Deputy Auditor Generals and one Commissioner from the Governance Commission. Four are from the Ministry of Agriculture, while two each are from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, Ministry of Gender and Development and two others from the General Auditing Commission.


Meanwhile, the Doyens and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Heads of International Organizations, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, the officials of Government and Heads of Public Corporations are invited to attend the commissioning ceremony.



Moses Blah, Charles Julu, Cyril Allen, Hezekial Bowen & Joe Gbala To Testify Next Week

Former President Moses Blah, ex-Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) chief of staffs, Retired Generals Charles Julu and Hezekial Bowen and former NPP Chair Cyril Allen are amongst prominent Liberians to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) next week.


Mr. Blah, will be the first to testify Monday before commissioners of the TRC to be followed Tuesday by Mr. Joe Gbala, an executive of the defunct Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) and former managing director of the National Port Authority.


Retired General Hezekial Bowen will take the witness stand Wednesday and on Thursday Retired General Charles Julu will testify before commissioners of the TRC.


Former NPP Chairman Allen will climax the hearings for next week with his appearance on Friday.


Their appearance is part of the ongoing “Contemporary History of the Conflict (1979-2003)” Institutional and Thematic Inquiry Hearings of the Commission at the historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.


Under the theme: “Understanding the Conflict Through its Principal Events and Actors,” the ongoing hearings are addressing the root causes of the conflict, including its military and political dimensions.


The hearings are focused on events between 1979 and 2003 and the national and external actors that helped to shape those events.


The TRC was agreed upon in the August 2003 peace agreement and created by the TRC Act of 2005. The TRC was established to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation,” and at the same time make it possible to hold perpetrators accountable for gross human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and October 2003. 

UN Deputy Envoy urges more donor support for Liberia’s County Development Agendas

UN Resident Coordinator, Jordan Ryan Addresses Participants at Launch of County Development Agendas in Bentol City.
Photo: Christopher Herwig, UNMIL


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Bensonville, Liberia – UN Deputy Envoy Jordan Ryan has called on development partners to give more support to Liberia through the recently concluded County Development Agendas – CDAs – which he described as, “the hope agenda through which to lift Liberia out of poverty in the medium-term”.

The Deputy UN Envoy was speaking at the launch of the CDAs, hosted by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who stated, “The Government must respond to the needs of the people; the CDAs are a development pact – an agenda between the people and the government.”  She stressed that implementing and monitoring the agendas would require the participation of all citizens.  

The CDAs are local plans and projects, such as improved roads, education facilities and clinics, recently formulated through a consultative grassroots process carried out across Liberia.  “The process entailed 132 district consultations between June 2007 and February 2008, as well as workshops across the country, demonstrating the government’s commitment to hearing the voices and priorities of ordinary Liberians,” said Mr. Ryan, who is also the UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia.  

The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Recovery and Governance commended the “many women and men, young and old, some who walked for days from inaccessible areas” to participate in the public forums.  He further stated that public participation and ownership should help shape the vision of a ‘Liberia that is at peace, unified, secure and with people who are prosperous, regardless of ethnic background, religion or gender, having equal access to justice, economic opportunities, improved infrastructure and social services”.

“The UN Family is committed to remain engaged in supporting development at county level” he said, and urged the international partners to “harmonize interventions in order to foster greater alignment and national ownership”.  He also called on communities “to be engaged in monitoring progress to see to it that “the bridges, clinics and schools they prioritized are on course.”

The launch of the CDAs coincided with a visit by a number of development ministers from donor countries who had attended a special session of the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Committee, convened by Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday to discuss “Aid Effectiveness in Post-Conflict and Fragile States.”

Besides the support of the UN Country Team, the CDAs consultations have been supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Government of Ireland, the World Bank, the European Commission and other partners.

Dr. Dunn Named Head of Ad Hoc Group to Investigate Knuckles-Gate II


r. Elwood Dunn, a professor of political science at Sewanee: The University of the South and a former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs in the Liberian government was today, Saturday named the head of an Ad Hoc Independent Commission to investigate improprieties regarding  email exchanges linking senior Liberian government officials to allegations of high crimes, bribery and an apparent use of President Ellen Johnson’s name in concession contracts and the renewal of the Liberian International Shipping Registry(LISCR).


 Dr. D. Elwood Dunn.

Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Wleh Badio confirmed to FrontPageAfrica Saturday that the commission will consist of at most five Liberians being impartial and independent to be selected by the commission head.


Dunn’s appointment brings some credibility to the calls for an investigation and is an apparent response from the Unity Party-led government to name independent and fair-minded individuals to the commission to probe the scandal.


The appointment also comes a day after Sirleaf hinted to some truths in the e-mail exchanges and suggested a betrayal by one of her closest and long-time aides, Willis Knuckles.

Residents at Liberian/Ivorian Border Frightens Of “New War”, UNMIL Dispels Heavy Deployment Rumor

Armor Tanks On Security Patrol

Armor Tanks On Security Patrol

Following reports of fresh deployment of United Nations troops with heavy armor tanks from the Pakistani Contingent of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) along the Liberian/Ivorian borders, residents in these areas are said to be frightened of the movement.

Recently, a founding member of the defunct LURD rebel movement, Joe Wyllie during his testimony at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Thematic and Institutional hearings expressed fears that the estimated 10,000 Liberian mercenaries fighting on both sides in the Ivorian conflict could pose a security threat here.

He told the TRC by saying, that No one knows what the mercenaries are planning ahead of the planned Ivorian disarmament scheduled to take place in that country”, the well trained guerrilla in a serious tone told the TRC.

Mr. Wyllie’s testimony before the TRC was also re-echoed by a former rebel leader and now Senior Senator, Prince Y. Johnson when he testified before the TRC last week.

But the Spokesman of the UNMIL, Ben Malor in an exclusive with a daily newspaper in Monrovia denied the report, saying the mission (UNMIL) has not made any fresh deployment in the area mentioned.

“We have not made any fresh deployment of troops to the Liberian/Ivorian borders”, he said, adding, “Nothing has changed.

However, sources from Nimba County told reporters in Monrovia that they saw huge movement of heavily armed UNMIL troops along the borders.

Meanwhile a team of GNN staff is expected to travel to these areas mentioned to ascertain the facts on the ground as it relates to the security threats posed in the areas, and the news of the deployment of armor tanks by UNMIL.