The political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Benoni Urey, is one politician who has in recent days accused the Unity Party led government of corruption. At the ALP’s recent political rally in Ganta, Nimba County, where he selected Alexander Duopue as his running mate, Mr. Urey called on Liberians to ensure that Unity Party does not win the upcoming election. “Let’s Remove this corrupt system,” he insisted.The statement in Ganta is not the first that Urey has expressed in his determination to prevent the ruling Unity Party from securing a third term in Liberia. Early this year, Mr. Urey, in an interview with the Daily Observer stated, “I am not wishing that I become President of this country at all cost, but to ensure that this corrupt government does not get a third term in office.”There have indeed been reports of corruption in the Unity Party-led government and by many public officials, most without trial. Of the few that have gone to trial, government prosecutors have lost those cases.The truthfulness of corruption in this government is indisputable, as confessed by President Sirleaf in her last Annual Message last January. Earlier, the President even took responsibility for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) under her son Robert Sirleaf’s leadership. Whatever the case, it is expected in this election that the ruling party will face serious accusation of corruption especially during the campaign period. This will definitely be one of the charges which the UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, will have to contend with. He must first, if at all he can, attempt to distance himself for the widespread corruption that has taken place under the watch of President Ellen Sirleaf and his watch. He must go further to convince the Liberian people, again if at all he can, that his administration will be different.Nevertheless, as politicians, including Benoni Urey, criticize, they must also be realistic enough to tell Liberians the main cause(s) of corruption and provide way forward as to how to go about eliminating or minimizing it. Urey and the rest of the politicians need to realize that the very officials of this government are related to them and are perhaps part of the corrupt system.Let us see the instance with Benjamin Sanvee, former Chairman of the Liberty Party and a beneficiary of the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) fund intended to help Liberian businesses. He took the money, did not pay and kept silent for years until his name surfaced just in recent days.The most frustrating and deceptive aspect is that when the same corrupt officials defect from the ruling party and join oppositions, they are embraced and praised to be some of the good people on earth. Does this not imply hypocrisy and dishonesty? Greek Philosopher, Socrates wrote this about deception: “Man’s mind is so found that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.” While we cannot dispel that this government engaged in widespread corruption, people that wishing to grab the presidency and other elective positions should be fair and honest in presenting their platforms, citing in them definite measures to combat corruption and doing everything possible to convince the public that those seeking office are determined and serious about repeating the terrible mistakes of the past. Criticizing the past is definitely not enough.Now that Mr. Urey is aiming to ascend to the highest position of the land, Liberians will be happy to know what his economic and social platforms are for Liberia. More importantly, he needs to come clean with Liberians and tell them when and how he started business to become the wealthy man that he is. What business did Mr. Urey engage in prior to the ascendancy of Charles Taylor as President of Liberia.People are anxious to know how, now that Mr. Urey anxiously seeks the presidency, how he managed the Bureau of Maritime Affairs during the regime of Taylor.Explanation is needed from Mr. Urey about his connection with Sanjivan Ruprah (alas Samir NASR), an arms dealer named in the United Nations Security Council Report on Liberia. The report states that Mr. Urey was the direct supervisor of Mr. Ruprah, and both of them played key role in arm procurements starting in the summer of 2002.The UN Security Council Resolution 1343 placing travel restriction on officials of the Taylor Administration names Benoni Urey for being one that secured money at Maritime and facilitated purchase of arms through Ruprah. Can Urey make his side clear to the Liberian people in this matter? If he realistically wants to see Liberia moving forward without rampant corruption, can Urey evaluate and tell the Liberian people which of the two governments, the one he served in and the current one, was impactful? In a state of an ethical dilemma wherein one needs to compare the two evils to choose the lesser, what conclusions can Urey draw between the regime he served in as a Commissioner of Maritime and this government of corrupt public officials?We bring all these concerns to remind Mr. Urey and other politicians about the past and present so they may adequately be able to defend themselves to win the minds of Liberians.The challenge is, therefore, yours, Mr. Urey, to convince Liberian voters on things that make you different from current officials who have instituted a corrupt system that has grossly mishandled the affairs of the Liberian people. Pointing the accusing finger is not enough, but dealing forthrightly and convincingly the rest of your own fingers pointing at you is what truly matters.How different are you from the accused? Liberians need your answers!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Minister orders immediate enforcement operation to address mining issuesAnother miner died in Guyana’s interior after the mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Issano Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Dead is Lennox Douglas, 33, of Canvas City Wismar, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).Speaking with Guyana Times on Tuesday, the miner’s younger brother, Jermaine Douglas, said his brother recently started working at the location and was self-employed.He said the family received sketchy information about what transpired from the Police. According to the young man, the Police said they are questioning other persons who were also working at the location when the tragedy occurred.Jermaine said he was told that while working, “very hard mud” fell on his brother, which pinned him to the ground. The younger Douglas further related that hisDead: Lennox Douglasbrother was later taken for medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival. “At this time, we don’t have much information. We are still waiting on the young men to come out of the lockups to say what really transpired,” he told Guyana Times. He added that his brother has three children.Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Natural Resources Ministry said it has taken note of this most recent mining tragedy. It added that Minister Raphael Trotman has ordered an immediate enforcement operation to be conducted jointly by the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and the Ministry’s Compliance Division’s Corp of Wardens, to address problems of this nature in the mining areas where there has been an increase in legal and illegal mining activities and accidents. The agencies are expected to provide a report upon completion of the operation, the Ministry added.In September, two miners lost their lives after they were covered by mud when a pit in which they were working caved in at the Mowasi Backdam, Konawaruk, Potaro, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Dead are Deon Sproston, called “Jersey Joe”, 36, of Lot 133 Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and a miner only known as “Shawn”. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on September 17.This publication understands the two men and other persons were working the walls of the pit with metal detectors searching for gold while it was raining heavily.While working, a large portion of the pit wall suddenly broke off and fell on both men, covering them alive.In January, 23-year-old Handel Payne, also called “Daggie”, of Kaneville Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD) died after the mining pit in which he wasA mining pit in Guyana’s interiorworking at 35 Miles, Konawaruk Backdam collapsed.Information reaching Guyana Times revealed that Payne and others were working in the mining pit when a piece of the mud wall collapsed behind them, striking Payne in the mid-section. He reportedly fell unconscious by which time the water began to rise rapidly. He was submerged and subsequently drowned. He was later pulled out and rushed to the Mahdia Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.In April, a miner named Kevin Adams, 25, of Linden, Region 10 died at Chinese Creek Backdam, Mazaruni River, after a pit caved in and buried him alive.One month later, in May, Ken Ranny, 20, a resident of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni River, died after he was covered by mud after the wall of a mining pit in which he was working collapsed at Pepper Camp Backdam, Upper Mazaruni River.Again, one month later, in June, miner Elmo Adams died after he too was covered alive after the walls of a pit in which he was working caved at Imbaimadai, Upper Mazaruni.Back in 2015, 10 persons died in a mining pit in the Konawaruk area after it collapsed. The incident saw 17 miners being buried under a pile of dirt and rubble but seven managed to escape alive with varying injuries.The others remained trapped under the dirt where they perished. The 10 miners were Leyland Jones, Jason Trotman, Vick Bernard, Frank Bernard, Desmond Martins, Raymond August, Brian Bank, Trevon Phillips, Nanmore Kurt and another man identified only as “Michael”.The deaths were blamed on heavy rains in the area, improper mining design and poor safety practices at the mining camp.
All smiles at the 10k presentations at the Mt Errigal Hotel tonight. Photos Cristeph/Brian McDaidThe committee of the North West 10K last night handed over cheques for more than a cool €25,000 to two charities.Anne Doherty over the moon with €12,800 from the North West 10k which was presented to the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund at a function in the Mt Errigal Hotel last night. Photo Cristeph/Brian McDaidThe charities are the two beneficiaries from May’s race which once again attracted a huge crowd of runners and walkers onto the streets of Letterkenny.The two charities to benefit from this year’s event were Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund and the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association. Both charities received €12,800 to go towards their projects.More than €600,000 has been raised by the North West 10K for many worthy charities over the years.All photos by kind permission of Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Studio.Mick Lagan and Treasa Mc Fadden receive €12,800 forLetterkenny Branch of Dyslexia Association from James Boyle, Chairman of the Northwest 10k Committee. Photo Cristeph/Brian Mc Daid NORTHWEST 10K SPLASH THE CASH TO DESERVING CHARITIES ONCE AGAIN was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charitiesdonegalNorthwest 10K