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Transcript PRICE L$40 FrontPage Ü   TOP STORIES  pg 7   pg 8 Ü   Ü    EDITORIALWorld News DR. JAMES SIRLEAF’S VOL 8 NO.703TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014 CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA MARKET BUYING AND SELLING RATESLIBERIAN DOLLARS PER US DOLLAR  These are indicative rates based on results of daily surveys of the foreign exchange market in Monrovia and its environs. The rates are collected from the Forex Bureaux and the commercials banks. The rates are not set by the Central Bank of Liberia. Source:  Research, Policy and Planning Department, Central Bank Liberia,  Monrovia, Liberia WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 L$84.00/US$1L$85.00/US$1BUYINGSELLINGL$84.00/US$1L$85.00/US$1L$85.00/US$1L$84.00/US$1 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2014WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014  News Extra - pg.5  POLITICALLY- INCORRECT EBOLA MOMENT  p9 p6  Ü   Ü        I     N     S     I     D     E  Population Hailed For Their Cooperation  NATIONAL ELECTIONS COMMISSION RELEASES LISTING FOR MID TERM  ELECTIONS   News Extra POLITICS  UNDP SUPPORTS CONTACT TRACING IN COMMUNITIES NIGERIA EBOLA-FREE   Orphans are usually taken in by a member of the extended family, but in some communities, the fear surrounding Ebola is becoming stronger than family ties.” - Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s Regional  Director for West Africa.  President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s son Must Apologize to  Healthcare workers in the Front lines of a deadly virus  HOLDS LESSONS FOR  LIBERIA, OTHERS  LIBERIA’S EBOLA SURVIVORS FILLING IN THE GAP FOR ORPHANS ‘WILLING HEARTS’ 15 SEATS, 139 CANDIDATES   Page 2 |  Frontpage   Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Wade C.L. Williams, Monrovia- C omments attributed to Dr. James Adama Sirleaf, one of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s sons in the Wall Street Journal Monday, is hitting the nerves of many Liberians describing Dr. Sirleaf’s assertions that he will not risk Ebola infection by leaving his nine and seven-year-old children in America and return to Liberia just to appease Liberians, as disgusting and unpatriotic. The WSJ quoted Dr. Sirleaf as saying: “The symbolism of me going there and potentially getting Ebola when I have a nine- and a seven-year-old at home isn’t worth it just to appease  people,” Dr. Sirleaf told the Wall Street Journal. “I’ve made a commitment not to live in Liberia for many reasons, and I think my contribution means more.”The statement generated buzz on talk radio Monday with many criticizing Dr. Sirleaf’s choice of words especially contrasting his mother’s call on the International community to rally support and help Liberia ght the virus. Appealing for Aid “Liberia’s resources over the time have been used to ensure that this individual gets all of what he is enjoying today,” said Alvin Wesseh a resident of Monrovia. “For him to make such a remark, that his son, a single individual is better than the thousands of Liberians, who have lost their lives to this deadly disease is sad. This is the same man who few weeks ago came into this country and insulted the Liberian people that they were buffoons.”President Sirleaf on Sunday told the world that the global community has a stake in preventing an unfolding catastrophe in Liberia. She called on nations to provide more medical experts and supplies to confront Ebola epidemic that has spiraled out of control in Liberia Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberians say the President’s call amounts to nothing when her own son, a physician, decides to remain in the U.S while other  people continue to volunteer their service to the ght against Ebola.In an Op-Ed in the Washington Post Monday, headlined: “The long-term cure for Ebola: An investment in health systems”, Sirleaf lamented that many more lives will be lost before this dreadful outbreak is beaten.The President reminded the world that the deadly virus has claimed the lives of 96 health workers and infected more than 209 others. “Recovering is going to be hard. This is a huge hit for a country that had barely 50 doctors to care for a population of 4.4 million at the start of this outbreak.” Citing Uganda Amid Distrust More than ever, Sirleaf went on to say, Liberia would need to rely upon the assistance from partners such as the United States and Britain, and global health organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, to help rebuild our health systems, invest in health facilities, staff and equipment and restore immunization levels. “And it’s not just Liberia — any African nation with a fragile health system is potentially vulnerable to this terrible disease. After all, infectious disease knows no borders.”Critics are also compounded by the President’s use of Uganda as a case study when some ofcials in the administration secretly tried to get the World Health Organization last week to drop Uganda Doctor Dr Atai Omoruto, one of several Uganda doctors currently working in Liberia to help curb the outbreak, as a consultant because she had been strongly advocating for the government to resolved lingering issues with healthcare workers benets. Uganda has lost three of its citizens in Liberia to the virus.Sirleaf said: “Uganda has demonstrated after several terrible outbreaks, the key to preventing a major outbreak is a health infrastructure robust enough to be able to respond quickly and effectively when cases rst appear. Medical staff in Uganda now have the training and means to recognize symptoms and isolate patients immediately, and they have access to appropriate equipment and protective clothing. Similarly, social mobilization networks are in place to get information out to the people to reduce the risk of spread, while laboratory facilities can conrm cases swiftly. It is a highly effective setup that was created with considerable help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it relies wholly upon having strong health infrastructure.”Acknowledging that Liberia is utterly ill-equipped and unprepared, the President appealed to the world to come to Liberia’s aid. “The United Nations has said it is going to take $1 billion to stop this outbreak. Of course, that’s our immediate  priority. But at the same time, countries like Liberia need long-term investment to build up our health systems to prevent outbreaks of this scale from ever happening again. We owe it to the thousands of citizens and health workers who have so far lost their lives to be prepared.” This is why many are bafed at the President son’s comments of not willing to risk his own life while others are risking theirs and more are being asked to.One of those is Richard Darfuah, who lamented that Dr. Sirleaf’s statement shows the level of disservice advocates like him continue to speak of in Liberia. “Many people feel that when we say this we hate people that are in power but this clearly shows that because why would you want to ask other  people to serve and you don’t want your own son or you don’t want to leave your family.”Darfuah lamented the loss of his friend, Dr. Thomas Scotland, an intern who lost his life to Ebola at the JFK last Saturday. “I just came in yesterday and they were telling me and this is somebody who all along was telling me the level at which he was frustrated with this government when it comes to the level of support, a man who just graduated from the medical school has now left his three children, his wife, he has nothing for the future for them. So if the president’s son says so, in deed this is the level of disservice those in leadership try to show to the Liberian people.” ‘Not Sufcient Reason’ In 2005, Dr. Sirleaf returned to Liberia to join his mother on the campaign that led to her election later that year. He was shocked at the state of the country’s public health care. “We needed clinicians,” he said. “We needed everything.”In 2007, Dr. Sirleaf founded Heartt Foundation—an acronym for Health Education and Relief Through Training—to recruit medical specialists and residents to spend a month practicing in Liberia and teach at its only medical school. Heartt sent 70 doctors in 2009 alone to Liberia to train students.The foundation’s last team of four doctors left Liberia in March, just as cases of Ebola were surging. The JFK hospital, where most of the Heartt physicians worked, was ill-prepared for the epidemic. Many healthcare workers died and Dr. Sirleaf and his friends were left with no alternative but to leave, when even local nurses and doctors were abandoning their duties.The head of JFK’s emergency room and the chief of its internal medicine department were among the rst Liberian health workers to die from Ebola.But Tracy Weinnakpei a resident of Monrovia said it is not sufcient reason for Dr. Sirleaf to abandon the country when other people were still sacricing. “I think the comments made by the President’s son; has the  propensity to scare international doctors away from Liberia,” she said. “If he as the son of the President will be saying he cannot come to Liberia to help ght Ebola, but would rather do it from afar, I think it is scaring.”Ironically, Dr. Sirleaf’s comments come at a time when the country’s leading hospital, JFK has instructed more than 100 health workers to report to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare where they are most likely to be ordered to report to various Ebola Treatment Units around the country.Some nurses at the JFK acknowledged that management is requesting them to return to the Ministry of health and Social Welfare for reassignment.The plan by the JFK management comes days after health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale threatened to dismiss all nurses and other medical workers who refuse to work in the various Ebola Treatment Units around the country, saying that they would be replaced by those who are willing to work.Dr. Gwenigale’s position is said to have the backing of the President and the rst family.Sources conded to FPA that the nurses are being forced to go and work in the ETU’s something some of them are said to be rejecting prompting the current action against them. Many Taken Aback  But some Liberians are taken aback by the criticisms befalling Dr. Sirleaf.Abdul Dorley, says Liberians have the history of being very ungrateful. “I’m disappointed in the manner in which some  people discussed our president because her son gave his reason for not coming here.” Mr. Adama Sirleaf told us that the reason why he will not come is  because of his children. You see a brother making interventions helping Liberians and you insulting him?”While visiting Monrovia in August, Dr. Sirleaf encouraged lawmakers to focus on “passing over” the knowledge attained on the prevention of the virus to their constituents, stressing that the awareness campaign is “a volunteer work” that is intended to help educate the citizens through their lawmakers.Dr. Sirleaf came to Liberia in August to set up a protocol for identifying suspected Ebola cases and treating patients without touching them and in collaboration with AmeriCares, a Connecticut-based emergency relief group, Heartt shipped crates of protective gloves, goggles and gowns to doctors in Liberia. The largest shipment so far was a plane carrying more than 60,000 pounds of gear that arrived last month.President Sirleaf said it is the duty of all global citizens to send a message that millions of West Africans will not be left alone to fend for themselves and her son chooses to do it from afar.The World Health Organization said Friday that Ebola has killed almost 2,500 people in Liberia—more than half the global death toll so far. The WHO warned that Ebola could be infecting 10,000 people a week by December if it spreads into larger West African nations, such as neighboring Ivory Coast although Liberia is beginning to show some signs of a slide with ambulances making fewer pickups and isolation units reporting a lot of empty beds in some areas.  Frontpage   Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Page 3  James B. Cooper,, Contributing Writer FrontPage vv   Commentary E DITORIAL PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON-Sirleaf’s apology to Mike Rawlings, the Mayor of Dallas has been heard around the world. Her poignant appeal for international aid in separate letters to U.S. President Barack Obama, letter to the world aired on the BBC and her Op-Ed in the Washington Post Monday hit home her rallying cry for all well-meaning people to come to Liberia’s aid. “It is the duty of all of us as global citizens to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves,” President Sirleaf declared Sunday.IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED Monday, the Wall Street Journal one of President Sirleaf’s son, Dr. James Adama Sirleaf, as saying that the symbolism of him returning to Liberia “and potentially getting Ebola when I have a nine- and a seven-year-old at home isn’t worth it just to appease  people.”THE TIMING OF the statement is suspect. At a time when the John F. Kennedy Medical Center is ordering more than 100 health workers to report to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for reassignment, most likely to Ebola Treatment Units(ETUs), the President’s son is taking aim at the wrong group of people at the wrong time.JUDGING FROM the experiences of the past few months, it is more than likely that some of those who are being reassigned could lose their lives in the process.ADAMA SIRLEAF WHO HAS made multiple trips to Liberia in the past with his Hearrt Foundation to perform free surgeries, pulled out his medical training group due to mounting risks to doctors, the WSJ reported.TO HIS CREDIT, Dr. Sirleaf, of all the President’s sons, has made perhaps the most contribution to Liberia since his mother became President, taking time out of his Albany, Georgia residence where he is Director of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department to pay multiple visits to Liberia with his Hearrt Foundation.OVER THE YEARS, the foundation has been focused on the improvement of care at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) and training of local  practitioners and providers THE FOUNDATION HAS also established a teaching program that trains practitioners and trainers at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) hospital in  partnership with the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts and the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine. The teaching program encompasses  both didactic and clinical learning components. National staff (mid-level  providers, nurses, medical students, newly graduated physicians) are paired with international experts who provide support for clinical care and bedside teaching in addition to didactic learning covering key information needed to successfully implement the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) as designated by Liberia’s Ministry of Health.THE FOUNDATION has also been involved in rebuilding basic health servicesSINCE August 1, 2008, HEARTT has placed an additional 2-4 physicians (per specialty) on the ground for continuous year round support of its  programming for a total of over 70 doctors per year providing clinical and teaching services at JFK, representing a 50% increased to the total numbers of doctors that are available to provide much needed clinical and education services in the country. IN THE WAKE OF Ebola, the Hearrt Foundation has provided shipments of personal protective equipment, IV uids and other life saving supplies worth more than $500,000 to hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers around Liberia. THIS IN OUR VIEW is a commendable gesture and one which much appreciation is due to Dr. Sirleaf. However, we feel strongly that Dr. Sirleaf’s statement regarding not wanting to risk leaving his nine and seven-year-old children in America just to appease people, was in poor taste and warrants and apology to the hard working men and women who are risking their lives to save others and dying daily in the process.THE MESSAGE DR. SIRLEAF is sending suggest that it not OK for him or his family to be at risk but that it is OK for those poor, struggling and underpaid health workers to die in the process.RELATIVES OF PRESIDENTS, particularly the current Liberian President Must know when to speak and when to simply shut up. This is one of those moments when Adama Sirleaf should have taken the “no comment” route and kept doing what has set him apart from the rest of the President’s children.IN ONE SINGLE sound bite moment, Dr. Sirleaf dampened much of the good works he and his Hearrt Foundation has done in the past and continues to do for the health sector in Liberia.THIS COMING in the midst of what many see as a glaring insensitivity  by the government to the plight of health workers on the front lines of the Ebola crisis.HEALTH MINISTER DR. WALTER GWENIGALE’s statement last week that under no circumstances would he allow the leaders of the health workers who have been advocating for better incentives and benets for their peers, would return to work, has not gone down well and he appears to have the backing of not just the president, but the rst family as well. THE INSENSITIVITY DID not stop there. COMMENTARY A llow me some minutes of your busy schedule to differ with you on an issue of the law that, you were discussing with a radio talk show host the other morning. If my memory serves me right, I think it was the host of the 107.9, who is referred to as M. D. Affectionately.In that program you were critical about the statement the Chief Justice of the Supreme made concerning the emergency powers that we the  people of Liberia give the President under a state of emergency. Your opinion was that he should not have said anything concerning the issue until it comes before the court for determination. I respectfully disagree with you.By the way of introduction, I worked with the judiciary and a practicing lawyer of at least six years of experience below my belt. My job does not allow me the opportunity to part take in your public discussions, thus I would prefer, if you consider this an exchange of information between us. You may refer to me as the SPIDER (Nom de plume) herein.I am in no way defending what he said, which I believe was in the right spirit of the law, but rather attempting to bring to you an exercise of legal discussion Herein. I will endeavor to provide legal citations, both statutory and constitutional, in support of my assertions.Quoting what he said from a copy of the New Democrat, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 edition, page 9 “ To contain the spread and bring an end to the Ebola virus, The President of Liberia, pursuant to the powers vested in her by the Constitution, declared a state of emergency on August 6, 2014. Under a state of emergency, certain constitutional as well as statutory rights may be suspended. The declaration is required to outline the specic rights that are or to be affected. However, the constitution recognizes that during the state of emergency, like what now obtains in our country, our courts shall remain functional in order to guide against any accesses by the Legislative or Executive branches of the Government. The Judiciary remains seized with the duty and is authorized even in the environment of the state of emergency to determine the obligations, responsibilities and liabilities of the Government to the citizenry alleging violation of their constitutional rights not suspended under or otherwise affected by the declaration of the state of emergency. And it ends courting Articles 26 of the Constitution.He continues with the Writ of habeas Corpus Which shall remain available and exercisable and shall not be suspended during a state of emergency. Therefore our courts are opened and shall remain opened at all times for regular operations and entertain any petition for the writ of Habeas Corpus, if any there may be led. He goes further to say that, “ Under Liberian law, The Republic of Liberia, as a party litigant, has no special rights and enjoys no special  privileges that are not available to ordinary persons. The Republic may  bring to court or vice –versa. The Republic is subjected to all applicable  procedural rules of court as well as applicable substantive laws and shall  be treated as such.”He gives the acception to the above as during the case whereby there is a compromise of national security or a vital national interest. Finally, he assured the public and citizenry at large of the committement of the judicial branch of government to up hold the law. In what way, does this comment support the President request for what is termed as absolute powers?Amongst other things our headlines have painted a colorful picture of the judicial Branch through its heads as siding with the President. This speech has also come under lot of criticisms from people who have no knowledge of legal and constitutional matters, and some of whom are lawyers surprisingly. The focus point of an argument that, he has compromised his neutrality. This is not true.What then is considered the neutrality of a justice, Judge and magistrate?Article 75, of the constitution gives the Supreme Court the power to make rules of courts for the purpose of regulating the practice, procedures and manner by which cases shall be commenced and heard before it, and all other subordinate courts. Thus, these rules of courts become statutes in support of this provision. In these statutes, judicial canon ten and twenty eight (Essential Conduct of a Judge and Self interest) provides for a  judge to be temperate, attentive, impartial, and since he is to administer the law, interpret it and apply it to the facts, he should be studious of the  principles of the law and diligent in endeavoring to ascertain the facts”.Canon twenty eight “A judge should abstain from performing or taking  part in any judicial act in which his personal interests are involved. If he has personal litigation in the court of which he is assigned, or is resident, he need not resign his judgeship on that account but he should of course, refrain from any judicial act in such a controversy” Impartiality herein refers to the issue before the judge. That is, he must have no previous knowledge of the issue at bar before it is brought  before him. The issue above, is a national one and not of a particular case. In the above statement, is there an issue of a right that has been violated, or in his attempt to educate the public as a member of one of the three branches of government, is there a matter of self interest? We say no. Our reliance are Articles 3, 6, 10, and the Canon 27.Besides being The Administrative head of the Judicial Branch, The Chief Justice is also the head of the third branch of government and has the constitutional mandate to exercise his opinion in relations with the  power of coordination and check and balances of the branches. How does waiting mutely and being conscious of an impending constitutional controversy makes his advice not impartial? If he had expressed his opinion on a matter that had violated the rights of a particular individual or any group for that matter, before said matter was brought to the Supreme Court, then his neutrality can be considered. Let then turn our attention to Judicial Canon 27, This statue provides that, “A judge has exceptional opportunity to observe the operation of statutes, especially those relating to practice, and to ascertain whether they tend to impede the just disposition of controversies, and he may well contribute to the public interest, by advising those having authority to remedy defects or procedures, as the result of this observation and experience.We too have this fear that the public as a whole has for creating a tyranny. But this will not be justied if we were not to consider the  precarious situation our nation nds itself. This fear has justications  based on past experiences. This is the reason, the Fourth Estate has a pivotal and very important role in how information is given to the  public. “Someone said that the pen is mightier than the guns.” Many  journalists have considered this statement, as a kind of revelry between those who used the pen to provide information and the state’s ability to suppress it. Have it dawned on you that your strength as The fourth Estate, makes you more powerful? And that what you say or write can  break or make a nation? (Rwanda)(Germany).Is it not clear, that your nomenclature has an srcin with responsibilities to the state? Providing the wrong information at the right time or the right information at the wrong time or not providing them at all, may have serious consequences to the state? You have a legal duty to understand the consequences of what you report. Most especially, during time of national emergency. It is not the government alone that has this ght. You the press are also at the frontline whether you believe or not. Have you considered that the president’s quest for a restricted press today may be as a result of the lack of trust for the press also? The Fourth Estate is the fourth branch of government though, neutral. You are the channel of information assimilation. This lack of trust between you and the state is confusing some of us. Check this up.” Chief Justice takes sides, With Ellen’s power quest”. Headlines, New democrat (Tue Oct. 14 2014) then it claims” towards the achievements of social justice”. The Nigerians say, “yeeah, chinekay!!!”. Is this headline saying the truth or are you reporting what you want the public to know? You are an intelligent person and owe the Liberian people the truth. How are you different from the government you are accusing if what you report is not the truth? Your interpretation of a version of the Chief justice statement is very far from what he was saying. Did you considered that if there was a civil unrest today, what you said could lead to consequences that may not be favorable for him? Only because you did not tell the truth. THE CHIEF JUSTICE CRITICS OFF THE MARK   President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s son Must Apologize to  Healthcare workers in the Front lines of a deadly virus DR. JAMES SIRLEAF’S POLITICALLY- INCORRECT EBOLA MOMENT LAST WEEK, FrontPageAfrica proled Dr Atai Omoruto, one of several Uganda doctors currently working in Liberia to help curb the outbreak.HER JOB WAS at risk only because she made efforts to improve the condition of health care workers in Liberia. Some senior health administrators actually made efforts to have the World Health Organization sent her back because in their view she was meddling in Liberian affairs. How Sad.YET, IN HER OP-ED in the Post Monday, President Sirleaf heralded Uganda as a case study for Liberia when she wrote: “But while these are very much welcome developments, they are nevertheless responses to an outbreak already out of control. After all, military eld hospitals would not  be needed if adequate health-care services were in place. And, as Uganda has demonstrated after several terrible outbreaks, the key to preventing a major outbreak is a health infrastructure robust enough to be able to respond quickly and effectively when cases rst appear.” ADDED SIRLEAF: “Medical staff in Uganda now have the training and means to recognize symptoms and isolate patients immediately, and they have access to appropriate equipment and protective clothing. Similarly, social mobilization networks are in place to get information out to the people to reduce the risk of spread, while laboratory facilities can conrm cases swiftly. It is a highly effective setup that was created with considerable help from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it relies wholly upon having strong health infrastructure.” THE PRESIDENT ADMITTED that Liberia is utterly ill-equipped and unprepared. “What is so tragic is that, until this outbreak, Liberia had made signicant progress in building up its public health systems. With help from organizations such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, we have reduced childhood mortality by two-thirds since 1990, thanks largely to expansive immunization  programs.”SO WHY SHOULD the world help Liberia when we are not willing to help ourselves? When we attempt to throw out good, decent and hardworking  people simply because they are advocating for our own good: If the health workers are happy, they will be motivated to work with all of their hearts, even a rst grader knows that. WHY SHOULD the world help us when a President’s son, even if he is angry, makes a remark condescending toward those on the front line of this crisis.DR. ADAMA JAMES SIRLEAF Must take back his words and apologize, not to his critics but for the hardworking health workers like the late Dr. Thomas S. Scotland, a 2013 University of Liberia’s A.M. Dogliotti Medical College graduate who was an intern at JFK.DR. SIRLEAF must apologize, not to his critics but to the many other nurses, doctors and health workers who have no choice but to risk their lives on the front lines of Ebola, saving others. NO ONE IS ASKING Dr. Sirleaf to suit up and risk his life but in the same vein, he must not demean in a condescending manner, the works of those who are risking theirs without the luxury of choice.   Page 4 |  Frontpage   Tuesday, October 21, 2014 FrontPage  Send your letters and comments to: YOU WRITE; WE PUBLISH; THEY READ! 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Macaulay Sombai ,, 077217428 COUNTY NEWS TEAM Grand Bassa, Alpha Daffae Senkpeni , 0777432042Bong County, Selma Lomax,, 0886-484666Sinoe County, Leroy N.S Kanmoh , leroy.kanmoh@frontpageafricaonline.com0886257528BUSINESS/ADVERTISING Kadi Coleman Porte, 0886-304-178/ 0777832753, E DITORIAL TEAM WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR STORIES ON THE WORLDWIDE WEB   The Reader's Page  EDWARD ROYE · TOP COMMENTER · LIBERIA COLLEGE Madam Tah's resignation is wrongly timed. investigating the head of the national security boss, I am not aware of the NSA being a part of the justice ministry. the justice ministry controls and manages the: national police, immigration bureau, DEA, national re service,  NBI but not the NSA. the NSA head reports directly to the president and not anybody else. that is statute that created it. the NSa boss is subject to impeachment should there arise something questionable about his/her activities. so, Cllr. Tah, I think u should have allowed the Liberian senate to institute investigation about the NSA boss. in this case, I think u made a mistake. the NSA and the former SSS now EPS are not under the justice ministry. Cllr. Tah , u have never  been proactive in the execution of your duties and responsibilities. countless audit reports were passed to u for prosecution but u always said there was no evidence, u swept it under the carpet. only the former boss of LTA(Bropleh) u arrested in his morning robe and dragged to prison. Tell the Liberian people, your real reason for resigning. R_FILIPS (SIGNED IN USING AOL) You are funny in that where the NSA takes on the function not assigned its mission, the Justice ministry must step in to investigate or indict. NSA's role is limited to data collection and coordination. It cannot directly affect an arrest in a matter that is within the purview of the Ministry of justice. Please see below other responses:1. The post of NSA director is not an elected post and serves at the  pleasure of the president of Liberia. Only elected ofcials can be impeached.2. The constitution empowers the minister of justice to investigate all reports of criminal activities. The NSA director is suspect of converting or illegally seizing personal values of complainant - an act inconsistent with the administration of justice.3. one of the reasons Minister Tah resigned is the lack of cooperation from the President. How sure are you that she was not undermined  by the president in doing her job? Do you expect the ministry of  justice to turn blind eyes? JESSE FAHNGON · TOP COMMENTER · METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY Who determines a person right to resign, referenced, timing? JAMES YONLY · UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA A sycophant infected with drum major instinct is waiting take the Job. Any way. to many Liberians, holding a post in government is about getting a pay check with nger full of fringe benets. Then there they go, bullying their mother or father if the president demands so. thank you Madam. You've made the difference DEGAN BALLAYAN · TOP COMMENTER · CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE AT CURRENTLY WORK AT HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, COLLEGE PARK - GEORGIA Madam now former Minister of Justice, you probably did the right thing, though sort of late. Having studied law in both the United States and Liberia, even helped to re-write some of the laws on the  books in Liberia as I was informed or read, you should have kept your integrity intact at all times, regardless of the ies that were making noise in the market or in the political arena. Principles count in every job or in appointed positions - especially in government. To just sit there pushing paperwork, conducting legal businesses of behave of the people in the same, corruption practices was not reputable. In other words, the same more, same more, cancerous, epidemic impunity continue to exist. This is unacceptable in the 21 century!! Why allow a mountain of cases go unresolved in a country of 43,000 square miles. HARRIS GBAHN · TOP COMMENTER · WORKS AT SELF-EMPLOYED Whom is Madam Tah accusing of preventing her from doing her  jobs? What I know is, it is only the Constitution of Liberia that can  prevent her from performing her duty when she is not in the right direction, because no one, not even the President is above the Laws of the Land. Moreover, her justication for her resignation here is still not clear. The rst said resignation letter submitted to the President was understood by the public to be her reaction to the action of the Legislature by stopping her from practicing her career; if there were any motives besides that, it is today we are getting to know. Again, her present resignation letter will be considered by Liberians as a deliberate and long-awaited plan so as to exit from the government and nd her way out to America because of the fear of Ebola. What I believe is that if she loves her people and her country, and as a cardinal government ofcial, and even if she has  been encountering so many problems from her boss as alleged, this is not the right time to resign. No matter what she explains now it will be considered by the public as a point of cover-up for her fear for Ebola. DISTRUST, BETRAYAL PUSHED ‘TOUGH SKIN’ TAH OUT OF EJS GOV’T Letter for BBC Radio :Dear World I n just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their nal moments. There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states  – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualied doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go,  but the future was looking bright.  Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to  be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed. The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufcient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster. But one thing is clear. This is a ght in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now nally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply  pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away. This ght requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selessness for the benet of those most in need. From governments to international organisations, nancial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have little defence. The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”Yours sincerely,Ellen Johnson Sirleaf The Editor, F irst of all, thanks a million for all of the information that you have been reporting thus far from mother land, Liberia. I am home away from home. My physical body is in California  but my heart is in Liberia. Again, thanks to you and your staff/co-workers for doing a great job. I appreciate your work!!“BLOOD Transfusion”, blood from Ebola survivors does work. Use it!!! The survivors are “the blessed ones”. “They have the gold in their blood that enabled them to survive this serious disease.” Use it!!!I am a Liberian residing in Sacramento, California. I am not in the medical eld but I have been following if not all, but most of the  publications on Ebola outbreak in other countries and now in West African countries - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. From what I have been reading,1. Blood transfusions worked on several patients infected with Ebola during a 1996 outbreak in Kikwit, Congo. Only one of the eight patients died. “All were seriously ill with severe asthenia, four presented with hemorrhagic manifestations, and two became comatose as their disease progressed.From my elementary math class at the Bible Way Mission School in Liberia, when you do the division: 1/8 = 0.128 = 12.8%. The result was signicantly lower than the overall case fatality rate (80 percent) for the Ebola outbreak in Kikwit and now in the 3 countries in West Africa.Three Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia and were own to the United States for treatment all recovered. One of the Americans, Nancy Writebol recovered. I don’t know if she received blood in Liberia as well.2. In late July 2014, Dr. Kent Brantly received a unit of blood from a 14-year-old boy who had survived Ebola in Liberia and recovered.3. Dr. Kent Brantly gave blood to Dr. Richard Sacra, a Boston  physician. He recovered.4. Dr. Kent Brantly gave blood to Ashoka Mukpo, a U.S. journalist. He is recovering.5. Dr. Kent Brantly gave blood to Nina Pham, one of the nurses from Dallas. She is recovering. As I saw on the news today, she was sitting up and looking very great (thanks be to the Almighty God) when she was being transferred to Maryland.Again, “my people”, from my elementary math class at the Bible Way Mission School in Liberia, when you do the division: 4/4 = 1 = 100%. The success result here is real, it’s a fact.What are we waiting for or what are we waiting on? This is a life and death situation. I saw 25 photos of Liberians who recovered from Ebola on Yahoo news this morning. “25 blessed ones”. “They have the gold in their blood that enabled them to survive this serious disease.” Use it!!! Call them in, take some BLOOD and check them for other diseases like HIV or hepatitis C. If it clears, please use it to treat other Ebola patients. As far as I am concern right now, Ebola is  by far worse than HIV or hepatitis C.“Blood Transfusion, (blood from survivors work)” from what I have  been reading, it works. Use it!!! Use “the blessed ones. They have the gold in their blood that enabled them to survive this serious disease.”If you have any questions, ask Dr. Kent Brantly. He is a medical doctor, he has experienced the work of the blessed one and he is also one of the blessed ones.From: Warnerlyn Becky Warner EJS LETTER TO THE WORLD: EBOLA HAS BROUGHT LIBERIA TO A STANDSTILL “BLOOD TRANSFUSION”, BLOOD FROM EBOLA SURVIVORS DOES WORK. USE IT!!!
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