From 2007-2009, Liberia was severely hit by flash flood that doubtlessly affected and displaced huge or sizable number of people especially in Montserrado and other places. According to the National Disaster Relief Commission (NDRC) and Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), in 2007 22,000 persons were displaced by flood in fantitown in Buchanan, New Kru town in Robersport, Grand Cape Mount County. In 2008, the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) online source reported that Monrovia experienced the worst flood that displaced about 1,000 persons mainly in King Gray community in Paynesville and Fish Market in Sinkor.
The Saturday, January 3, 2015 hurry, hurry “certifications” of newly-elected senators by the National Elections Commission (NEC), while there are allegations of electoral fraud before the Supreme Court of the nation; that the elections were, in fact, not “free and fair”; and that Justice Philip Banks of the Supreme Court is right, on target, with a “stay order” Writ of Injunction are the critical case in point.
The deadly Ebola outbreak has been a major challenge for all Liberians. The virus killed thousands of Liberians when it first hit our nation, creating fear and panic among citizens. Liberia became the major headline news stories of international news outlets- probably for the wrong reasons-Ebola. The cases of two of our citizens- Patrick Sawyer and Eric Duncan, as far as exporting Ebola to Nigeria and the United States of America further created the negative perception in those countries about Liberians so much so that our compatriots visiting the United States today are quarantined for 21-days.
Everyone in Liberia knows that genuine recovery and development here depends on stable public electricity. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf pledged to provide electricity for the country in her first inaugural address after the 2005 general and presidential elections. The pledge eventually turned into a popular slogan, "Small Light Today, Big Light Tomorrow." In the early days of her first six-year term, she fulfilled the "Small Light Today" with power grids, connecting slum communities in the suburbs of Monrovia.
Given one of the most critical, prevailing conditions in the 167-year history of our nation - the rapid-spread, infectious, deadly Ebola Disease Epidemic that threatens the survival, in fact, the very existence of the Liberian nation and people - the “Emergency Measures” identified and the “Emergency, Presidential Powers” requested are necessary for success in The Case Against the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia; indeed, the scheduled, October 2014, Mid-Term, Senatorial Elections must be postponed.
( -William Shakespeare)
In the introduction to our support article to Mr. James Torh’s (Remembering April 6, 1996 . . .), we held that “we wrote (from a ringside seat, so to speak) of and about the two men – Alhaji G. V. Kromah and Mr. Charles M. Taylor”, principal actors of those Liberians who brought “hell on earth, in Liberia” and the Liberian people.
Under the topic, “Absolute Power Debate” as indicated above, the newspaper FrontPageAfrica, in an Editorial, says that “we have, no doubt, that eradicating the deadly Ebola virus out of Liberia should be the number (one?) priority of each and every Liberian, but we must tread carefully how we proceed with granting absolute power to a single branch of government . . .”. But “Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis Korkpor threw his hat behind President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s (absolute) power quest. Simply put, the pursuit of absolute power, simply, does not make sense for Liberia at this time”.
It is no joke that the Ebola virus disease doesn’t only kill, but it also discriminates, traumatizes, creates abandonment and to some extent, makes people selfish and heartless to relatives, love ones or friends infected by the virus. The disease, no doubt, has the tendency of making people infected outcasts in society, due to its deadly and stigmatic posture owing to the fear earlier created that “when you catch it, you will die no matter what happens.” This suggests (and in reality) that If an individual gets infected, the first thing that runs to his or her mind is death- no matter how strong he or she is.
Lawmaker & Policy-Maker or Law- & Policy-Implementor: An Apparent Case of Confusion in Liberian Legislature?
I give God the glory for preserving us from all evil & sickness; I thank him for making us to see this day in good health and sound mind. In Jesus name I have prayed, AMEN.