The Female Journalist of Liberia FeJAL and partner Liberia Women Media Action committee LIWOMAC have ended a two day conference with the theme: “Promoting Women in Governance.”The workshop, which started Tuesday, January 28, brought together some key panelists like Madam Ruth Ceaser, chairperson Liberia, National Women Political Forum, Mr. Nathaniel McGill Secretary General for Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Maureen Sieh, Senior Media Specialist IREX-Liberia and others.Serving as panelists Ruth Ceaser said “the history of women in politics shows that women have been discriminated because of societal and cultural barrier.”She further that the struggle of the Liberian women for political emancipation has been one of continuous challenges and opportunities.She also said women’s participation in politics and political process and every area of decision making is significant because it was significant for Liberian and all African women to rise above cultural barriers and put the kitchen behind them.Madam Ceaser said there was a bill that needed to be passed by the Legislature describing it as the 30 percent Gender Equity Bill that will give women the chance to participate in Governance at this percentage.But the discussions was seen arguable when the CDC General Secretary Mr. McGill discussing the future of women in politics disclosed that the 30 percent Gender Equity Bill won’t be passed because the men are not going to compromise with the women that which to contest because the men also want to occupy the seat.“Out of 73 seats in the Legislature women have additional 15 seats and that the men won’t compromise the race for women but they will rather fight for themselves,” he said.Madam Ceaser said, the issue of women being the care takers of home will come to end contributing the lack of women’s participation in politics as the result of ‘Cultural Barrier’ being the set back “We women has seen the light and think cultural barrier won’t be the issue any more because we will make sure to work tirelessly in passing the Gender equity bill that will help us get on the path with males.”At the same time Mr. McGill told the audience that his party the CDC has contributed to promoting women in high place mentioning Geraldine Doe Sheriff as one of the beneficiaries.He said he is not against the bill but his opinion is that the bill won’t be pass stating that since the 50-50 bill was pass and acted into law it has not been implemented but its only on docket “so are you people working to have 30 percent in government when the first 50-50 bill has not been implemented? He said this shows that this will only be passed but cannot be implemented,” he assure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…“Isn’t this a bailable offence?” ‒ accused asks courtJunior John, 32, of Lot 60 East La Penitence, Ruimveldt; Jamal Jeriah, 21, of Lot 236B, Albert Street, Queenstown; and Carlton Bourne, 21, of Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown were on Monday further remanded to prison by Magistrate Judy Latchman on their second arraignment before the court, before which they stand charged with allegedly discharging a loaded firearm at two Police constables.They had first appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer these charges, the first of which alleges that on August 1, 2018, while in the vicinity of Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown, they discharged a loaded firearm at Police Constable Royston Mendonca with intent to maim, disfigure, or cause him actual bodily harm.It was also alleged that, on the same day, the men discharged a loaded firearm at Police Constable Lester Lewis.Defence Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, in a bail application for John, had told the court that his client was never found with a weapon on his person. He further noted that his client was arrested while he was asleep several hours after the alleged shooting.Meanwhile, Attorney-at-Law Kezia Williams, in a bail application for Jeriah, had informed the court that her client was shot as he was being apprehended.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to these defendants being placed on bail on ground of the serious nature of the offence. His objection was upheld and the men were further refused bail.Jeriah has additionally been slapped with two other gun and ammunition possession charges. One charge stated that on August 1, 2018, at Norton and Chapel Streets, he had in his possession a .357 revolver without being a licensed firearm holder at the time. Another charge stated that, on the same day, Jeriah also had in his possession four live matching rounds and one spent shell.In court on Monday, after being further remanded, and before exiting the courtroom, one of the accused asked the court, “Isn’t this a bailable offence?”Their matter will continue on September 24.RecapReports are that the car in which Jeriah, John and Bourne were travelling was intercepted by Police at Norton and Chapel Streets at about 15:00h on August 1. According to the Police, ranks noticed the occupants of the car acting suspiciously and pursued the vehicle.Reports are that as the occupants of the car observed that they were being followed, one of them opened fire in the direction of the Police ranks, jumped out of the car, and headed towards Princes Street, Georgetown. This resulted in an exchange of gunshots, and Jeriah was shot in his right shoulder.He was subsequently picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.
…Town Clerk claims timeframe inadequateAs the audit continues into the financial operations of City Hall, the Local Government Commission has requested officials to submit the organ’s assets register.Acting Town Clerk Sherry JerrickActing Town Clerk, Sherry Jerrick informed during Monday’s statutory meeting that a deadline was given of October 26 to release the documents.“The Local Government Commission has written the Council requesting a copy of the assets register of the Council. There are a number of facets to it and they have given a deadline for submission for October 26, 2019,” she said.Contrary to this, she saw this timeline as an “unreasonable” one, and urged the Council to issue a correspondence asking for an extension. Jerrick then suggested an additional month before the submission can be made.“I’m seeking the indulgence of the Council to write the Local Government Commission, requesting an extension. It is a bit unreasonable. We would not be able to prepare that document and have that submitted on that time…I would suggest one month. I advise on one month. By 26th November, we can have it prepared and ready to be submitted,” the acting Town Clerk posited.Previous acting Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe was sent on administrative leave by the Commission last August for failing to produce certain financial information which it had requested.The Commission is conducting an audit into City Hall based on a recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry which was headed by retired Justice Cecil Kennard. In July, reports surfaced that a large portion of documents was still outstanding for the audit to be completed.During the CoI hearings, finance records from the Audit Office were presented by the Audit Manager, Dhanraj Persaud, which showed unaccountability for millions of dollars. Persaud showed that Central Government, through the Communities Ministry, had supplied funds for city restoration projects at a sum of $300 million in 2015 and in 2016, another $200 million was injected into the initiative which totalled to an overall balance of $500 million.However, when checks were made into the pieces of evidence presented for the expenditure of these projects, $70.489 million was unaccounted for.“For 2016, Council did not produce evidence to account for amount totalling $70.489 million,” he said.It was related that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has a history of failing to source records in the past years. Over the course of six years, which date back to the period from 2006 to 2011, there have been no financial records for the disbursement of monies at City Hall. Additionally for the year 2005, documents were submitted but an audit could not be completed because the files were “damaged”.Persaud said, “A few documents were submitted [in 2005] but those are the ones that were damaged”.The Audit Manager stood before the Commission, stating that his agency would’ve inquired about the absence of the report but no explanation was provided. In 2012, records were damaged but from 2013 to 2015, some amount of files was presented for auditing, for which they were able to inspect and extract information.