The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has called for a national day of anger against reports of massive corruption among key past and current officials of the government of Liberia.“ULAA will consult with its membership and partners, civil society groups, religious, political, and other interest groups both at home and in the Diaspora to organize a National Day of ANGER in order for Liberians from across the globe and at home to simultaneously stage a peaceful opposition to the promotion and accommodation of corruption by the Government of Liberia,” ULAA’s statement signed by Arthur Weah Doe National General Secretary, stated in a press release.Global Witness, an international watchdog on bad business practices, revealed what appears to be a pay to play scheme of bribery to key lawmakers and government officials to weaken the nation’s laws and award the country’s natural resources to a shady British mining firm, Sable International, said the release. That this massive corruption was done so cavalierly in wanton disregard to the interest of the Liberian people constitutes the tragedy that has befallen “our country, and further explains why the people have not benefited from concessions and other agreements valued at over $16 billion in a small country like Liberia,” according to a press release issued by ULAA.ULAA finds it unconscionable that individuals in positions of public trust will so easily betray that trust and form an alliance with a foreign business entity in an effort to surrender the country‘s resources to that entity. It is even more troubling as the report indicates that the Speaker of the National Legislature and other key officials of government converted their official positions to that of “consultants” for this foreign firm seeking to do business in Liberia, said the press release. ULAA acknowledges that corruption remains one of the major challenges facing the country, but declares that this very extreme and dangerous form of corruption, which has been the hallmark of this government, is unprecedented in the history of the country.Accordingly, ULAA hereby places the government of Liberia on notice that enough is enough. Enough is enough when hospitals lack basic diagnostic and other essential equipment while corruption walks the corridors of power. Enough is enough when health workers, ordinary police officers, teachers, and firefighters are poorly paid, and many primary students in different grade levels are crammed in a single classroom, while government officials are involved in ill-gotten wealth. Enough is enough when schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges are either non-existent or in serious disrepair while the national budget is rigged to pay the salaries and benefits of the top one percent of high government officials, most of whom are very corrupt, the release continued.It further stated, enough is enough when Liberians are dying from curable diseases while key government officials and law makers formed phantom companies to siphon money from the public coffers for their personal benefit while at the same time seeking medical treatments abroad.Meanwhile ULAA views the reaction of the government of Liberia to this damaging report by setting up an investigative committee as nothing more than a publicity stunt intended to play to international theater. Everyone familiar with how this government has handled high level corruption incidents in the past and now knows fully well that this so-called committee will produce nothing of national significance, as evidenced by the appointment of an individual with a colorful background as its head. Finally, ULAA is calling on all Liberians not to despair at this point in the fight against corruption and the flagrant abuse of public office that has now become routine in our land. This is an existential fight for our motherland, and we must rise up to the challenge. Accordingly, ULAA has decided to lead this charge by adopting the following actions in its efforts to mobilize public opinions and escalate the fight against corruption:“Henceforth, ULAA as a matter of policy will no longer invite or share platform with any official of the Liberian government who is implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, or other credible investigative bodies until their names are fully cleared of any wrong doing. ULAA will encourage other Diaspora organizations to adopt this policy.“ULAA is currently examining the legal ramifications of leading a direct protest at the homes and schools of children of government officials who have families in the United States that are implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission or other credible investigating agencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Manchester United had a bid of £72million rejected for Monaco striker Mbappe Manchester United have had a £72million bid for Monaco star Kylian Mbappe rejected and told they will need to pay a staggering £100m for them to sanction a transfer.Jose Mourinho has identified Mbappe as one of his top targets alongside Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann as the club plan another summer of upheaval.United have spent more than £500m on transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson left the helm at Old Trafford, but they haven’t managed to maintain a title challenge since his exit in 2013.Monaco are unwilling to sell at the moment and the Ligue 1 club believe they will be able to secure a figure closer to £125m if they hang onto him for another season, according to the Guardian.Real Madrid is understood to be Mbappe’s preferred destination when he does leave King Louis II stadium.Elsewhere, it is understood United have agreed personal terms with Griezmann, believed to be a £280,000-a-week deal to move to Old Trafford this summer.
WHITTIER – A transient who allegedly started a fire that destroyed a heavily traveled bridge on Beverly Boulevard in Pico Rivera was charged Tuesday with arson.Nelson Gastelum, 28, pleaded not guilty and is due back in Whittier Court Nov. 18 for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.The Nov. 1 blaze destroyed the bridge spanning the Rio Hondo flood-control channel.Gastelum, who was arrested Friday afternoon and held on $20,000 bail, could face up to three years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Veterans Day service canceled WHITTIER – Rose Hills Memorial Park’s annual Veterans Day observance, originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled, Rose Hills officials announced Tuesday.The event was canceled after officials were unable to find a replacement sponsor after the event’s long-time sponsor bowed out, said spokeswoman Natalie Neufeld. Medicare Part D talks conclude MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will hold the final session in a three-part series about the new Medicare Part D benefits from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Wilkinson Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd.This final session, titled “Navigating Medicare Changes for 2006,” will cover specific procedures for Medicare enrollment and various options. Also to be discussed are how to avoid paying penalties for delayed enrollment.Refreshments will be served.For more information, call (323) 725-4333. Officials to present disaster plans WHITTIER – The Central East Whittier Property Owners Association will host a talk on the city’s disaster prepareness at its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Whittier Women’s Improvement Clubhouse, 14148 E. Second Ave.Mayor Greg Nordbak and members of the Whittier Police Department and the city’s Human Resources Emergency Preparedness unit will discuss the city’s plans to deal with a natural or man-made emergency. Holiday toy drive to begin Nov. 20 WHITTIER – The Police Department kicks off its annual holiday toy drive Nov. 20.Collection boxes will be placed at the Whittier Police Department, City Hall, the Whittier Community Center, Whittier Senior Center, the Santa Fe Springs Police Services Center and the Whittier Municipal Employees Credit Union.Residents who wish to receive donations can register at the Police Department from Nov. 20 through Dec. 18.For more information, call (562) 945-8287. Lutefisk supper? You betcha! WHITTIER – The 75-plus-member Nordic Lodge 660 of the Vasa Order of America hosts its annual lutefisk supper at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Greenleaf Masonic Center, 12001 Beverly Blvd.Dinner is $15 for adults, $7 for children. For more information, call (714) 521-3791. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!