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Twin Adoption Scandal Hangs Over Criminal Court C. Clerk, Knowles Shain
…As US Citizen Files Complaint to Supreme Court...
US Citizen Mrs. Wanda Potter though her legal council has filed a complaint to the Supreme Court of Liberia against Criminal Court C Clerk, Knowles Shain for the manner and form in which he allegedly handled an adoption process.
The US National who is currently in Liberia continues to raise eyebrows over the alleged dubious involvement of Criminal Court C Clerk, Knowles Shain and her ex-husband Estment Harris for the adoption of a twin kids that made her spent over twenty-three thousand United States Dollars.
Madam Putter believes the process which was initiated by Knowles Shain of Criminal Court C was wrongly handled, calling for their persecution.
Investigation proved that Mr. Knowles Shain, as the clerk of Criminal Court C, took part in the adoption process.
It is established that Mr. Knowles Shain’s office was used to hire lawyers like Cllr. J. Abel Knight who filed the petitioner affidavit and other relevant documents for the adoption process currently in our possession
Recently, the US Citizen said she spent around twenty-three thousand United States ($23,000 USD) which she sent to her ex-husband Estment Harris and Mr. Knowles Shain of Criminal Court C to carry on the adoption while in the United States.
The money according to Mrs. Wanda Potter was sent via various accounts.
Madam Wanda Potter told the press, being ignorant to the law governing the adoption of children in Liberia, she decided to passed through her ex-husband and Mr. Knowles Shain to adopt the kids, but was fruitless after spending such huge money.
In response, the Clerk at Criminal Court C denied allegation of duping madam potter as claimed.
Mr. Knowles Shain said he did so after being engaged by Madam Wanda Putter and her Ex-Husband Estment Harris to aid them carry on an adoption of twin kids.
He also denied allegation of making falsified documents for the adoption process in criminal Court C as claimed by the US Native.
According to him, Mrs. Wanda Potter is escaping going through the legally required adoption process which starts from the Gender Ministry and ends at the Probate Court.
He wonders why Mrs. Putter would be seen with the kids after police gave back the kids to their mother.
However, he confirmed having talks with the twin mother not to gave the kids to Madam Putter since Mrs. Potter was yet to complete the legal obligation associated with the adoption, even though his office was used to carry on such process.
It remains questionable on what motive did Mr. Shain had by informing the kids mother not to give the children to Madam Harris since knowing that he was the one being used to hire lawyers?
investigation indicates that the mother of the twin kids acknowledged having all of the activities and engagement at Criminal Court C with Mr. Knowles Shain taking full front which should have done at the Monthly and Probate Court.
According to the kid’s mom, madam potter has not insisted or forced her to getting the kids, but would rather do so voluntarily due to the care the US national continuously showing to she and her children.
Currently, the Liberia National police has arrested, charged and sent to Court madam Potter ex-husband Estment Harris on numerous charges.
The ex-husband who is believed to be a paster was seen handcuffed and escorted to the Monrovia City Court pending trial.
But, as it stands, the Clerk of Criminal Court C Knowles Shain is yet to be apprehended as complaint against him goes to the Supreme Court for redress.
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Self-Proclaimed Pastor Arrested for Committing Crimes Against US Citizen
The Liberian National Police (LNP) has arrested, charged and sent to Court self-proclaimed Liberian Pastor Estment Harris for allegedly committing crimes against US Citizen Wanda Putter.
The arrest comes days after the US Citizen engaged the media on how she was abused by her ex-husband without any redress.
In her quest to seek justice through public means, Madam Wanda Putter told the media about the less effort made to get the perpetrator arrested after numerous efforts.
Upon addressing the press which sparked public attention, the Police exercised steadfastness by arresting and sending the accused to court.
Police investigation established that Mr. Harries who is believed to be a paster got involved in a domestic violence by physically assaulting and insulting Madam Putter.
The investigation also indicates that Mr. Harris impeded on the right of the American Citizen by preventing her and other Gospel missionaries from not entering in the house which she rented with her own money, thus making her to sleep outside for two consecutive days.
According to the police findings, Mr. Harris ill treated the twin kids who are being adopted and took all necessary materials worth over two thousand United States Dollars ($2,000 USD) out of the house where she had rented for both of them to stay in Liberia.
The Police Charge sheet is however in line with the assertion made by the US Missionary against Mr. Harris during her press conference.
The matter is currently at the Monrovia city Court pending trial.
It can be recalled missionary Putter during her press conference alleged that Mr. Harris crooked her by giving 1087.50 USD receipt when she had paid $ 3,000USD for house rental fee on her own expense for both of them to stay in Liberia.
According to her, Mr. Harris made her spent over twenty-three thousand United States Dollars ($23,000 USD) to various accounts for the adoption of a twin which was not realized.
Madam Wanda Putter believes such person should not be allowed in the religious circle.
She wants religious leaders and the government and people of Liberia to be cognizant of people of such nature who purporting to be pastors or religious clergy men at the detriment of ordinary citizens.
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Fight for Raji’s Presidency Meets Resistance
By: Zac T. Sherman
Normal activities at the Liberia Football Association could come to a standstill as series of protests are being initiated against and for the stay of Mustafa I. Raji as President.
Infront of Orange Liberia main office became an interesting scene where two sperate groups gathered, one calling for LFA president Mustafa Ragi resignation, while the other calling for his stay and if possible third term.
The protesters continue to gather Infront of the main office of LFA Sponsor Partner, Orange Liberia to raise public attention about their satisfaction and dissatisfaction on the affairs of the association.
The other segment of protesters who have twice gathered Infront of Orange Liberia main office in Monrovia told the media that their dissatisfaction is on the basis of the poor performances of the National Team in international competitions since Mustafa I. Raji became president of the LFA.
The aggrieved sports lovers pointed out recent two times home defeat of the Lonestar of Liberia in the African World Cup Qualifications, alluding it to the lack of proper preparation and management of the team.
They argued the Lonestar of Liberia under the leadership of Mustapha I. Raji has not produced a win to qualify the national team to next phase of any international competitions.
According to them, LFA President has not been able to monster the courage to terminate current Lonestar Coach Ansu Keita on ground that the national team has performed very poorly in the international sporting arena since taking over as coach.
The Liberia Football Association continue to face mountain of criticism on accounts of the Association failure to make the national team perform to the expectation of sports populace.
Although the LFA President has been hailed for the level of improvement infrastructural wise, but the demonstrators believe it is not enough to give the needed smiles Liberians need.
Meanwhile, the other group of football fan are calling for Mustafa Raji to remain as president of the LFA.
The pro-Mustafa Raji group believes LFA has witnessed series of on-hands and tangible investment since taking over as President of the institution.
The group headed by the Perry street Define Defender Football Club, Terrahson McCarthy along with other sports lovers said LFA President Mustaf Raji continue to implement CAF or FIFA projects as anticipated unlike other past leaders of the LFA.
The group through Terrahson McCarthy believes the LFA President is best suited to drive the association into its deserving status.
They are calling for the LFA Executive members to amend the LFA constitution to allow third term of presidency.
This, the group noted will give ample time to the LFA boss to implement more projects that will give football activities a phased lift in Liberia.
Liberia Enjoys Peaceful Transition
…As Weah Demonstrates Commitment…
By: Zac T. Sherman
Liberia is said to be once more on the top of egalitarianism among its democratic counterparts in Africa judging from the successful nature of scores of consecutive elections.
Since its 14 years of civil unrest, the successful 2023 legislative and presidential elections make it two the number of unchaotic, free, fair and transparent democratic process to be followed by peaceful transition of power in Liberia.
Accordingly, the sequence of peaceful, free, fair and transparent democratic processes speak volume that Liberia is on a horizon of being a source where democracy is actualized.
Under the CDC-led government, Liberia is about to witness another trend of peaceful power transition as President Weah continues to demonstrate and implement the democratic will of the people since November 14, 2023.
The acceptance of results which unfavored him (President George Weah), thereby conceding defeat and subsequently joining victor Jospeh Nyumah Boakai to set a transitional team lays the premise of another remarkable and historic peaceful transition of power in the history of Liberia.
President Weah upon conceding defeat, organized a cabinet meeting which was geared toward the transition of power. The process was continued by a joint meeting with the incoming government headed by Ambassador Joseph Nyumah Boakai for transition of power which is constitutionally mandated to be held on January 22, 2024.
On Friday, November 24, 2023, Liberians saw the two major pollical contenders in hand shake and discussion in a move to ensuring the peaceful transition of power.
The process which was led by President George Weah saw the Liberia outgoing leader leading a set of presidential teams constituting selected officials of the incoming and outgoing administrations at the Executive Mansion.
The daylong event also witnessed President Weah welcoming and showing activities and vicinity of the
“Calm Restored’’ Says Sierra Leone Information Minister
By: Zac T. Sherman
Neighboring Sierra Leone Information and Civic Education Minister says calm has been restored a day after unidentified individuals in the early Sunday Morning, November 26, 2023 made an unsuccessful bid to infiltrate the military facility in Sierra Leone.
Minister Chernor A. Bar said since the incidence occurred, the government though the state security forces have exserted frantic efforts leading to the stability.
Due to the calm restored and for citizens to go about their daily routines, the nationwide curfew was lifted by President Julius Maada Bio.
Minister Chernor A. Bar told newsmen no death has been reported so far, but disclosed only one major injury.
He said security apparitors have arrested two key leaders of the attackers who are security guards of the former president.
The stateman also pointed out that the government has intelligence of the where about of the remaining attackers who escaped as efforts are being made for their arrest.
He narrated “Some of them are former military and state security forces”.
According to the Minister, the coordinated attack which began by 3:00 A.M. at Wilberforce barrack targeted major infrastructures of the security sector.
The Sierra Leone Minister of information and Civic Education informed the media that the attackers managed to lay hands on some of the weapons in the barrack.
Hundreds of inmates however broke jail as the result of the incidence.
Meanwhile, Minister Chenor A. Bar in an interview at a local radio station in Liberia highlighted the government of Sierra Leone’s strong commitment to exserting more efforts to protect the democracy, peace and stability of the state.
Senator Snowe Commits to Support CDC
…As Senate Goes to election…
By: Zac T. Sherman
Bomi County Senator Edwin Melvin Snowed has placed himself on the record to support Coalition for Democratic Change in electing the Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate.
“I will caucus with CDC in determining the Pro-tempore at the Senate” Snow said.
His decision according to him, is on the basis of counts which he believes will create a path for balance governance in the pollical landscape of Liberia.
Senator Snowe indicated the governance of the country will be very crucial under the Boakai’s Administration judging from the narrow gap between the two presidential candidates of the just ended run-off election on November 14, 2023.
The elections of Speaker, Deputy Speaker at the House of Representatives and Pro-Tempore at the Senate will pave the way for the 55th legislature.
It also is a constitution mandate that provides for the leadership of the august bodies and aid in ushing the new government after election in country.
The Bomi County Lawmaker who expressed no interest in contesting for the Pro-Tempore position noted that opposition leadership at the legislature will foster national unity among Liberians in the midst of division after the elections.
The Senator said decision-making at the legislature will be on the basis of criticality and balanced perspectives in the best interest of the Liberian people if the Senate has an opposition leadership.
Senator Snowe who serves as a ranging member at the level of ECOWAS pointed out the need that Liberia emulates same as counties in the region are demonstrating.
As a member of the Economic Community for West African States, Senator Edwin Melvin Snowe named Sierra Leone and Ghana that has had history of opposition leadership in their parliaments.
The Bomi County Legislator disclosed that CDC currently affiliates with 15 senators all of whom are current and elected, noting that said number puts outgoing CDC in a competitiv
Liberia National Police charges with the alleged crime murder and sends to court suspect Lawrence Williams, the fellow who rammed in jubilant UP supporters
Defendant Williams, aged 31 was arrested on November 21, 2023 after he allegedly rammed into jubilant supporters and sympathizers of the Unity Party on Broad Street following the pronouncement of the UP standard bearer, Joseph Boakai as president-elect by the NEC.
The LNP charge sheet said defendant Williams’ actions intentionally caused the deaths of three victims: Peter Gray, Mariama Kromah and Varney Sulieman with at least 24 others in critical condition at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia.
The police disclosed that the defendant is a militant of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, adding that he deliberately drove an unmarked gray Hyundai SUV with its headlights off and front passenger door open.
He has been charged with the crimes murder, aggravated assault, and recklessly endangering others.
His action violates Chapter 14, Section 14.1, 14.20 and 14.23 of the Revised Penal Law of Liberia pending court trial while he is taken to the Monrovia Central Prison.
Aggrieved football fans demand the immediate resignation of LFA President Mustapha Raji for poor performance and embarrassment to Liberia
Addressing a team of news reporters Monday, November 27, 2023, the group head, Eugene Miller and others stressed that it is important Mr. Raji leave the LFA to prevent further embarrassments to the country and its citizens.
The group said since Mr. Raji took over the Liberia Football Association as President, he has been performing very poorly and making the country shame to the outside world.
They cited a specific incident involving Invisible Eleven (I.E) against Bea Mountain Football Club, where the game came to a standstill due to the unavailability of electricity.
The concerned citizens stressed that there was no fuel in the LFA’s owned generator machine to speedily continue the game until over 20 minutes went into the allotted time.
In a sequential order, the standard bearer of the opposition Unity Party, Joseph Boakai has continued his numerical supremacy over incumbent President George Weah with a margin of over 16,000 votes.
Reading the consolidated national presidential progressive tally report Thursday, November 16, 2023 in Congo Town, the National Elections Commission Chairperson said Ambassador Boakai obtained a total of 712,741 votes amounting to 50.58%.
Madam Daviedetta Brown-Lansanah added that the President and standard bearer of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, George Weah secured a total of 696,520 votes constituting 49.42% in the just ended November 14, 2023 presidential runoff election in the country.
The NEC Boss also indicated that a total of 5,107 out of the 5,890 polling places nationwide have been counted, noting that the number is now equivalent to 86.71%.
The Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) through its Chair, Oscar Bloh has firmly urged all political parties to desist from claiming early victory and respect the authority of the National Elections Commission.
It can be recalled that on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, eligible Liberian citizens went to the polls to either retain incumbent President George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic or replace him with former Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party in a presidential runoff election.
Following the conduct of the election by the country’s statutory body – the National Elections Commission responsible, several supporters, including stalwarts of the ruling CDC and opposition UP took to their individual pages, unconstitutionally claiming victory.
But addressing a news conference Wednesday, November 15, 2023 in Monrovia, the ECC Boss, Oscar Bloh called on those parties to stop interfering in the tallying process.
The ECC also recommended to the National Elections Commission to consider that there are two presidential candidates in the runoff election and as such, the NEC should increase its frequency of reporting the election results to twice a day.
As Liberians remain glued to their monitors, progressive tally results announced by the National Elections Commission have put Joseph Boakai ahead of President George Weah with a vote margin of 5,426.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, the NEC conducted a nationwide presidential runoff election between incumbent President Weah and former Vice President Joseph Boakai amid observed low turnout.
Announcing the consolidated national presidential progressive tally report Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town, the NEC Chairperson Daviedetta Brown-Lansanah said 1,315 of the total of 5,890 polling places have been counted amounting to 22.33%.
According to her, the standard bearer of the opposition Unity Party, Ambassador Boakai so far obtained the total of 193,041 votes amounting to 50.71%, while the standard bearer of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, President Weah obtained 187,615 constituting 49.29%.
The NEC Boss also disclosed 380,656 as the total valid votes amounting to 100%, adding that the total of 5,420 invalid votes was recorded, while the total votes cast amounted to 386,076.
United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas Greenfield has commended Liberians for their dedication to exercising their right to vote broadly and peacefully during the just ended November 14, 2023 presidential runoff election.
The statement comes barely a day after the conduct of the country’s presidential runoff election constitutionally presided over by the National Elections Commission.
A press statement from the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy of the US Mission to the United Nation Wednesday, November 15, 2023, Ambassador Greenfield said Liberians reaffirmed their commitment to democracy in the runoff election.
She noted that the United States will continue to promote accountability and will call out anyone who undermines the electoral process through fraud, violence, or intimidation.
At the same time, Ambassador Greenfield emphasized that the United States remains committed to helping Liberia to become a beacon of peaceful citizen-centered democratic governance in the region.
President George M. Weah has relieved Deputy Foreign Minister Henry Fahnbulleh of his position with immediate effect.
The Liberian Chief Executive took the decision on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, and attributed the decision to “administrative reasons”.
Fahnbulleh, a former Representative of District #4 Montserrado County, and a stalwart of the former ruling Unity Party, served in the position of Deputy Foreign Minister since 2020, when he was appointed by the Liberian leader.
Fahnbulleh’s dismissal comes just two days after he was heard on a phone call, defending the right of a female staffer of Liberia’s Permanent Mission.
He answered a video call placed to him by the staffer, Ms. Wynee Cummings, who claims she was sexually assaulted by Foreign Minister Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah. In September 2020, Cummings, who has worked at the office of the Permanent Mission, filed a sexual harassment complaint against Kemayah, who was Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York at the time of the complaint.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that there is an investigation ongoing, though it has been more than forty-eight months since Cummings filed her complaint.
On Monday, November 6, 2023, Cummings showed up at the office of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, claiming she was still assigned there as an employee of the Government of Liberia and had shown up for work. However, she was met with stiff resistance when the officials of the Mission called officers of the New York Police Department to remove Cummings from the building.
In the hallway just outside the office of the Permanent Mission, Cummings started a Facebook Live video recording of her interaction with the two police officers who responded to the Mission’s call. In an effort to validate her claims of employment at the Permanent Mission, she told the cops she was calling the President of Liberia to attest to the cops that she is employed at the Mission. It is not clear whether she really called the President. However, she placed a video call to Deputy Minister Fahnbulleh who, she told the cops, had seniority over the officials of the Permanent Mission.
During the call, she told Fahnbulleh that Maggie Gurley Gibson, the Third Secretary at the Permanent Mission, called the police on her, claiming that she (Cummings) is not a staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and not authorized to be in the building housing the Permanent Mission.
“My name is Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Fahnbulleh said, introducing himself to one of the cops over the video call. The cop asked to see his identification and he obliged, displaying his official Foreign Ministry identification card over the video call.
As the cop was suggesting that Fahnbulleh talk with the officials of the Permanent Mission to let Cummings have access to the premises, Fahnbulleh began to explain.
“There’s a complaint against the Minister,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said. “I think the U.S. State Department, everyone, is aware. And I supervise the Foreign Mission and the investigation is ongoing. This is a matter of reprisal against someone who has lodged a complaint of harassment, sexual intimidation and exploitation. So the matter is registered.”
“So why would the secretaries and everybody here not let her in, then,” the cop asked.
“They are operating at the behest of the alleged perpetrator,” Fahnbulleh replied.
“I can’t force them to let her in,” the cop told Fahnbulleh.
“This is not a police matter. No one is breaking anything, no one is hurting anybody, you understand. So she has the right to serve her country,” Fahnbulleh told the cops in Cummings’ defense.
The cop asked if Cummings would consider working from home in order to avoid confrontation. In response, Cummings alleged that the office staff “jumped me to fight in the office” and, this time, “I will fight back”.
Fahnbulleh then offered some suggestions to Cummings about how to approach the situation — which was not very audible — and apparently that was the end of the video call.
Cummings said that she had also sent a message to President George Manneh Weah, saying that the officials of the Permanent Mission had called the cops to arrest her.
The cop who spoke with Deputy Minister Fahnbulleh was granted access to the office of the Permanent Mission to speak with the officials, but their conversation was not disclosed.
Meanwhile, on Cummings’ live video, the cops told her they were not there to arrest her, only to “escort” her out of the building. But she insisted that she would stay in the hallway just outside the office of the Permanent Mission.
Foreign Minister Kemayah has categorically denied the allegations leveled against him by Cummings.
“You’ll have to arrest me,” Cummings told the cops. “It’s injustice. [They have] no right,” she said in tears.
In a lengthy statement issued yesterday, Cummings said: “For the last six (6) months, Minister Kemayah has refused to authorize my salary payments and ordered that I be removed from payroll. However, for service to country, I have continued to go to work regularly with the hope that all the complaints made to senior officials of government in Monrovia regarding my treatment at the Permanent Mission in the hands of Minister Kemayah and cronies will yield fruitful results. Also, quite recently, he ordered that I be prevented from entering the office. To date, all appeals to address my situation have fallen on deaf ears as I have not received a penny of my salary owed me.”
Ex- Defense Minister Brownie Samukai clarifies that his appearance at the Forkay Klon Jlaleh Church as seen in a photo with President Weah has no political links.
Early Monday morning, a group photo in which President George Weah and Mr. Samukai were sitting side by side in the church, surfaced on various social media platforms raising curiosity in the minds of many.
Some political pundits and citizens, who responded to the photo, believed that the former Defense Minister is now striking a political deal to join the re-election bid of the Pres. Weah in the ensuing runoff election.
But reacting to these claims via a mobile phone call on OK FM in Monrovia, Mr. Samukai clarified that he was simply responding to an invitation from the President George Weah.
Former Finance Minister and Gbarpolu County Senator elect, Amara Konneh has accused the Weah-Taylor government of practicing tribalism and abandoning the southeastern region of Liberia over the last six years.
Officially endorsing the presidential bid of former Vice President and standard bearer of the opposition Unity Party Joseph Boakai, Mr. Konneh stressed that the CDC regime of President George Weah has distributed key government officials to southesterners.
Speaking at the Rescue Center of the UP Monday in Monrovia, the former Finance Minister noted that despite other qualified Liberians not being given the space to serve; President Weah has allegedly failed to develop the southeastern parts of the country.
According to him, no patriotic citizen will ever prefer giving the Liberian leader a second term of the presidency over former VP Boakai during the presidential runoff election slated for November 14, 2023.
The Gbarpolu County Senator elect stressed that his decision to support the presidential bid of Ambassador Boakai is based on effective policy making and good governance.
Since the conduct of the October 10, 2023 elections, report says the flag bearer of the ruling CDC, President George Weah will address thousands of his partisans this Tuesday, October 24, 2023 for the first time.
His address to his party members is coming at the time the National Elections Commission is also poised to pronounce the run-off election between him and the standard bearer of the opposition Unity Party, Joseph Boakai.
The report said President Weah’s address to members of the ruling CDC will take place at the party’s national headquarters in Congo Town at 2PM.
Meanwhile, the Liberian leader has by proclamation declared Tuesday, October 24, 2023, as “United Nations Day” and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a working holiday.
The Liberia National Police has arrested and is investigating eight persons in connection with the snatching of two ballot boxes in vote-rich Nimba County.
Nimba County is the home of the long term serving Senator Prince Johnson and the vice presidential candidate of the opposition Unity Party, Senator Jeremiah Koung.
Speaking in an interview with the VOA Day Break Africa, Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue said the ballot boxes snatched by the suspects were of those containing the vote for legislators and not the presidential votes.
According to him, the eight persons have been investigated for breaking the law, stressing that if found guilty, they feel the full weight of the law regardless of which political party they belong to.
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