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When You Get to the Senate, George, What Will You Do?

first_imgOne of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections.  Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado.   Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family.  His mother is the President.  None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat.  Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less.  Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom?  For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly?  Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then  ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit.  So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate?  First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005?  Remember his campaign slogan that year?  Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.”  The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different.  Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself.  We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator.  Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up.  What were these candidates thinking?  They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected?  She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus.  But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges.  Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing.  Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers.  Has Weah promised them anything?  What is his vision for their future and the future of their children?  Surely it cannot be a disregard for education.  Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and  decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rupununi miner slapped with illegal firearm, ammo charge

first_imgAfter being found with an unlicensed firearm and several rounds of ammunition in his possession on Thursday, 25-year-old Deon Jonas, a miner of St Ignatius Village Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) was on Friday arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charges.The firearm and ammo that were foundJonas denied both charges after it was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse. The first charge detailed that on September 5, at Meer Zorgen Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) he had in his possession a .CZ 7.6 semi-automatic pistol without being the licensed firearm holder of same.Another charge stated that on the same date and location, he also had eight live .32 rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.According to reports, ranks of a Police Anti-Crime Unit patrol were conducting a road block on the Meer Zorgen Public Road, when they stopped motor car HC 1920, which was driven by a 36-year-old a taxi driver of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Remanded: Deon JonasJonas, along with a 36-year-old Venezuelan, were the only occupants in the car, when the ranks informed them that a search would be conducted on their personal belongings as well as the car. During the said search, the illegal weapon and a magazine containing the ammunition were found in the pants crotch of the defendant.While in custody, Jones allegedly gave a written statement under caution admitting ownership of the firearm and ammunition stating that he stole the firearm and ammunition from his uncle a businessman at Oko, Upper Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The prosecution objected to bail being granted to Jonas on the grounds that no special reason was provided by his attorney, Gordon Gilhuys, as to why bail should be granted.As such, Magistrate Nurse remanded the defendant to prison and adjourned the matter until September 9, 2019.last_img read more

Bartica officially declared “a town”

first_img– President envisions great advancementDrumrolls sounded and the crowd grew wild with excitement as the march pass began, signalling thePresident David Granger and Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall unveiled the plaquecommencement of the grand celebrations of the official township status declaration for Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni Mazaruni) on Saturday.Usually a quiet ambiance, the mining community was colourfully decorated in the colours of the Golden Arrowhead and erupted into cheers and applause as families came out in huge numbers to join in the festivities.Despite the light drizzles, residents lined the streets with smartphones in hand to capture photos and videos of this historic moment.The march pass suavely made its way to the Bartica Stelling, where President David Granger, Regional Chairman Gordan Bradford and Mayor Gifford Marshall were awaiting.The ceremony started off with prayers by several religious groups, after which President Granger delivered the feature address.The Head of State, who is deeply connected to the Bartica, was overjoyed that this day has finally arrived.He noted that Bartica has been awaiting its township status for over 100 years, since the ordinance was passed to make Bartica a town in 1887.With having gained its official township status, Bartica can now set the stage for other municipalities to follow.According to President Granger, Bartica can lead the way in becoming a green town, a town that attracts investors from all across the Caribbean, and a town that is a magnet for economic growth.“Bartica has to lead the way, become our first green town… Solar energy, electrical vehicles, wind energy, solid waste management, recycling… Bartica is going to become a laboratory for Guyana’s green economy,” he stated.The President added: “It must be a model town for our green economy, showing all other towns and other regions how Guyana would supply enough energy without depending on fossil fuel.”He envisions that within the next four years, the new town can boast of having the greatest advancements in all integral aspects of development: technology, education, and overall economic development.Amid the pomp and ceremony, the plaque was unveiled and President Granger officially declared Bartica a town, much to the delight of residents.The celebrations continued into the evening with a blast of cultural extravaganza.Among those present for the celebrations were First Lady Sandra Granger, State Minister Joseph Harmon, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally, Health Minister Dr George Norton, and others.last_img read more

SISEC Selects hand Trackers back-to-back losses

first_imgThe Trackers’ weekend began in Dawson Creek, where they and the Selects entered the third period with the score tied at 2-2.Offence was abundant in the third, as the Trackers scored twice, but it wasn’t enough, as the Selects scored three times in the final frame, producing a final score of 5-4, with the game winning goal coming with only 29 seconds remaining in the game.Saturday, the Trackers and Selects squared off at Fort St. John’s Pomeroy Sport Centre, with the change of location not helping the Trackers’ cause, as the NE B.C. & Yukon midget hockey club suffered their second loss in a row, 3-1.- Advertisement -Following this weekend’s losses, the Trackers now sit fourth in the NAMHL’s North Black division, with a record of 3-5-0 with six points.The team’s next game will be held on Friday, November 2, when they welcome the Fort McMurray Barons to Dawson Creek.last_img read more