Jeudi 20 Juillet 2017
(Le Soleil 18/07/13)
La Commission économique pour l’Afrique (Cea) en collaboration avec Oxford University Press, a publié la 3ème édition du Rapport sur la gouvernance en Afrique (Agr III). «Alors que l'Afrique a enregistré des progrès remarquables dans la régularité des élections, le contenu et la qualité de ces élections demeurent suspects dans de nombreux pays. Les élections sont devenues source de conflits avec la violence, les tensions et les acrimonies et les divisions d'élite pointue qui retardent les résultats des élections. Ceci constitue une tendance préoccupante à l'avenir démocratique de l'Afrique », lit-on dans le communiqué. Ce rapport retrace la généalogie des élections en Afrique; les infrastructures politiques et constitutionnelles sur lesquelles les élections sont faites, les formes de transition politique par...
(Voice of America 16/07/13)
Liberia's police force says it is cracking down on officers demanding and accepting bribes, following the release this month of Transparency International's 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report. The Transparency International report found 77 percent of people surveyed in Liberia paid a bribe to police in the past year. That has sparked outrage in Liberia, where motorists said policemen routinely demanded small bribes, or as they said in Monrovia, "a small thing before you go." Liberia's police spokesman, Sam Collins, said any officer taking a bribe would be fired and could face criminal charges. "Any attempt on the part of any officer to get involved in acts unbecoming of the police officer, that officer will be dealt with. There will be...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
( 04/07/13)
MONROVIA, 4 July 2013 (IRIN) - In December 1989 Charles Taylor crossed into Liberia from Côte d’Ivoire with a small group of fighters, sparking two brutal civil wars which would leave over 200,000 dead and over one million displaced. This August marks a decade since the end of that conflict. The country is now at peace and has made some progress in infrastructure development - some neighbourhoods in the capital have access to electricity and 70 percent of Liberians have access to clean-ish water - but the reconciliation process has made little headway. Liberia’s peace appears to stem instead from a deep-seated weariness of violence and the presence a large UN peacekeeping force. Have violence perpetrators been punished? Four years...
(Heritage 03/07/13)
Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on Monday, July 1, 2013 forwarded four Nigerians to the Monrovia City Court for the crime of Forgery, Theft of Property and Economic Sabotage. The commission of the crimes Theft of Property, Forgery and Economic Sabotage are in violations of the new penal code law of Liberia, Sections 15.51, 1570 and 10.80. According to a police charge sheet, a copy which is in the position of this paper, on June 21, 2013, Kelvin Okpala, Kelvin Ogbiede, Oliver Ossai and Wesley Ifeanni Silva were arrested, informed of their constitutional right, investigated and duly charged with the above crimes, following a complaint by Mr. Henry W. Benson, Acting Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of...
(Front Page Africa Online 02/07/13)
Monrovia - The lies continue to pile up in the ongoing controversy surrounding the mystery over the alleged diversion of $US13 million donated by the European Union to combat maternal mortality and morbidity in post-war Liberia. On May 23, 2013, Dr. Peter Coleman, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health took Finance Minister Amara Konneh to task for being less than forthcoming in his appearance before the committee. The lawmaker accused Minister Konneh of lying under oath and dismissed suggestions that the EU funds were allocated to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center because JFK had already been allocated in the national budget. “The JFK money has been sealed; the minister lied under oath,” Dr. Coleman told FrontPageAfrica last week...
(Heritage 28/06/13)
The leadership of the Congress for Democratic Change(CDC), Grand Gedeh & Nimba Chapters has jointly praised separate efforts of Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, George Weah, and Grand Gedeh Superintendent Peter Solo, for their positive roles in seeking justice for the 19 Grand Gedeans imprisoned at the Monrovia Central Prison. The CDC is regarded as the leading opposition party in the country. In a joint release, the two counties praised Ambassador Weah, who is also leader of the CDC, for his intervention in the plight of the 19 Grand Gedeans when he met with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf recently. The two leaderships lamented the predicament of the detained 19 Liberians and further hailed the Ambassador’s actions as a strong indicator of his stewardship...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(Front Page Africa Online 10/06/13)
Monrovia - The human resource manager of the Chongqing International Construction Company,(CICO) has refuted recent media reports of bad labor practice allegedly being carried out by the company. Ms. Jacqueline Sogbandi says the company is currently paying workers far above the minimum wage set by the government. A Labor law crafted 35 years ago by the Liberian government provides that a person be paid 0.25 cents per hour. Madam Sogbandi said, CICO employees are receiving medical and transportation incentives contrary to rumors that the company is paying peanuts. Sogbandi said, CICO remains focus on constructing highly standardized road network in post-war Liberia. Madam Sogbandi also described as “false and misleading “of a recent report in a local daily that CICO...
(The News 07/06/13)
The Management of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) says its attention has been drawn to a publication carried in the Tuesday, June 4, 2013 edition of the CORRUPTION WATCH NEWSPAPER with a front page banner headline story entitled: “Ellen’s Millionaire Club Swells” DMD/O speaks of wealth (Part I). According to the Public Relations office, LPRC management explained that the writer of the story claimed that LPRC DMD for Operation, Aaron J. Wheagar, admitted being the “youngest richest” Operations Manager at the entity, among others. LPRC said the paper misrepresented the facts and has allegedly engaged in a smear campaign to blackmail Mr. Wheagar. The company further alleged that the paper’s publication was predicated upon the DMD/O refusal to give...
(Front Page Africa Online 03/06/13)
The human resource manager of the Chongqing International Construction Company,(CICO) has refuted recent media reports of bad labor practice allegedly being carried out by the company. Ms. Jacqueline Sogbandi says the company is currently paying workers far above the minimum wage set by the government. A Labor law crafted 35 years ago by the Liberian government provides that a person be paid 0.25 cents per hour. Madam Sogbandi said, CICO employees are receiving medical and transportation incentives contrary to rumors that the company is paying peanuts. Sogbandi said, CICO remains focus on constructing highly standardized road network in post-war Liberia. Madam Sogbandi also described as "false and misleading "of a recent report in a local daily that CICO told the...
(The News 23/05/13)
The latest assets declaration report released by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) on the verification of public officials' assets has exposed several officials who allegedly refused to allow their assets [already declared] to be verified by the LACC. The verification process by the LACC was intended to show the truthfulness of the assets that have been declared by officials of government. The new strategy by the LACC is intended to fully vet, verify and certify the truthfulness of the assets declared by these officials as demanded by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. The report, released to the public on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, pinpointed several officials who are alleged to have refused their assets to be verified. According to the LACC, those...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...

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