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Bong County Senator Henry Yallah has blasted the Executive Branch of Government for the loopholes in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. Senator Yallah also expressed anger at Montserrado County Representative Edwin Snowe’s recent negative utterances against some members of the Legislature, regarding the handling of the Ebola crisis.

He described Snowe’s decision, ask ‘ Legislators to close their mouths and do the government’s job for criticizing the executive” as unfortunate, reminding him about the continuing role of the Legislature in empowering the executive to execute its constitutional responsibilities.

“I don’t understand why Hon. Snowe would choose to reduce himself to a spokesman for the executive, as well as badmouthing his colleagues only because they had raised the issue of accountability and transparency against the National Task Force chaired by the President of Liberia,” he wondered.

He urged the Executive Branch of the Government to do more in the fight against Ebola. According to Yallah, many accusing fingers were being pointed at the executive because donations were being received to buttress efforts against Ebola without proper accountability.

The Bong County Legislative Caucus Chairman told our Correspondent in Gbarnga recently that every Lawmaker was involved with efforts toward containing the deadly virus through awareness and donations in his or her respective constituency, adding that members of the Executive Branch must not be seen as the only ones in the fight against Ebola. Senator Yallah stressed the need for accountability and transparency in all efforts to resolve the Ebola crisis.

Charles Brumskine Urges Liberians

The former Political Leader of the opposition Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine has urged Liberians to consider an Ebola attack on one Liberian, as an attack on all Liberians. The astute Liberian Lawyer wants all Liberians to join the Ebola fight, despite whatever differences they may have.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to Gbarnga last weekend after he presented rice to a few ‘quarantined’ communities in the county, Cllr. Brumskine noted that though Ebola is a deadly virus, it should not break the spirit of Liberians to unite against it, admonishing Liberians to follow the advice of health workers in preventing the disease that has claimed more than 1, 200 lives in Liberia alone.

He blamed the lack of trust, denial and traditional practices for the current wave of Ebola infection in the country. He lauded the Executive Branch of Government for turning its Taskforce coordination to Mr. Dorbor Jallah, whom he believed, was doing extremely well.

Clergyman Urges Gov’t to Redouble Efforts

A Liberian clergyman has admonished the Liberian Government to double its efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. The Reverend Osakata Kollie of the Bethel World Church in Phebe, Bong County expressed the belief that more work needed to be done than talking, urging leaders of Liberia to serve as examples, especially during this critical time of national disaster.

He emphasized the need for leaders to change their attitudes and seek the interest of the nations as a first priority than individuals. Rev. Kollie told this paper in Gbarnga, Bong County recently that more should have been done to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia when it was reported to be in neighboring Guinea.

He frowned at the government for not doing much to halt the spread of the disease at its inception in Lofa County in the north of the country bordering Guinea, adding that the closure of hospitals across the country also attributed to the many deaths reported in Liberia. He is of strongest conviction that  the over one thousand deaths reported, less number was attributed to Ebola.

Reverend Osakata indicated that the fight against the disease was delaying because some public officials were allegedly using the crisis to make money, observing that since the international community announced that it was making money available to the affected countries, public official have been allegedly underutilizing local revenues intended for the health crisis.

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