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.
ISIS may already be thinking of using Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror, says a national security expert, who notes that the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” and terror groups like it wouldn’t even have to weaponize the virus to attempt to wreak strategic global infection. Such groups could simply use human carriers to intentionally infect themselves in West Africa, then disseminate the deadly virus via the world’s air transportation system. Or so says Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College.
In article under a front-page, emotional headline proclaiming that “Minister (Walter T. Gwenigale of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, R. L.) Warns Senators”, the New Democrat newspaper says “. . . vowing not to reinstate the two (dismissed) men, . . . Joseph Tamba, President, and George Williams, Secretary-General of the National Health Workers of Liberia (New Democrat, October 16, 2014)”.
DAKAR – The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth, and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in the last decade. In order to protect their achievements, the three countries’ governments, which comprise the Mano River Union, must buttress their response to the current epidemic with a coordinated strategy to prevent future outbreaks.