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The Critical Relevance of Stability to Development

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first_imgIn her address at the opening of the new Coca Cola Bottling facility in Paynesville Monday, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reminded Liberians that there was “no way that the Liberian economy or businesses operating in the country will boom amid the destruction of properties and businesses by demonstrations that have engulfed the country.”“Meaningful investments that are supposed to improve the lives of the Liberian people and the economy,” she added, “cannot come to the country when investors feel insecure.”This newspaper, the Daily Observer, has in just the past week published two editorials in this connection. The first was about the demonstrations in Ganta, Nimba, during which the thriving hotel as well as the homes of Mr. Prince Howard, a progressive Ganta entrepreneur, were looted and destroyed. Several people have since been arrested and, as usual, the parents of some of the youth involved have come asking for forgiveness.Well, that is the same thing some youth of the same county, Nimba, did to ArcelorMittal Liberia last year, resulting in damages costing millions of United States dollars. Then the parents of the youth came begging President Sirleaf to “forgive.” Have we forgotten what the 1980 coup d’état, staged by the People’s Redemption Council, did to Liberia? It started the brain drain that saw tens of thousands of our educated people leave the country, most of them—and their children—never to return. Then there was the civil war that drove into prolonged, largely interminable (endless) exile the remnants of the educated class. We are talking of medical doctors, nurses, engineers, technicians, teachers, priests and people of every imaginable profession.In his book on Albert Porte, the author, Kenneth Y. Best, quoted Dew Tuan Wreh Mayson, a founding member of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), and one of the leading advocates for change in the 1970s. Mayson told the author, “The day I meet President William R. Tolbert, Jr. in the Great Beyond, I will tell him, My man, you got best,” – a Liberian way of saying I’m sorry. What did Mayson mean? He saw what came after the violent overthrow of Tolbert. Samuel Doe and the PRC not only murdered thousands of innocent people, leading the country through 10 years of terror. They also looted the public treasury. How many people know of the US$21 million mansion President Samuel Doe built in Zwedru and another plush dwelling in his home town, Tuzon? Is it necessary to ask where he got the money from? Remember, too, that one of the prime reasons for the April 12 coup was “rampant corruption.”Doe and the PRC’s excesses led the country to civil war. This led us to Charles G. Taylor who plundered not one, but two countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone.For Mayson, Liberia was clearly better off with Tolbert than without him. There is a popular saying, “Be careful what you ask for.”That is precisely what our second editorial on violent demonstrations, instability and chaos was trying to say. And that is why we are still pleading with those in government who identify with the Student Unification Party (SUP) at the University of Liberia (UL) to go talk to them. This business of disrupting classes at UL is bad for the university, bad for Monrovia, the nation’s capital, and bad for Liberia. Fortunately for us, there are not too many places around the country where youth and students think and behave that way. The UL campus and Nimba County are the woeful exceptions. One of the world’s leading multinational corporations, Coca Cola, which happens to be headed by a young Liberian, Alex Cummings, insists on expanding its operations here and even going so far as to build a first class School of Technology in its Paynesville neighborhood. This is despite the economic downturn which Liberia suffered because of Ebola.What the UL students and the Nimba youth do not understand is that the world is watching. Capital (money, especially those who have a lot to invest) loves peace and stability. Anything else will drive investors away, and where will Liberia be without jobs?With our educational system still “in a mess,” the youths of the country, led by UL students who definitely should know better, should be the first to help fix the problem by doing all they can to maintain peace and stability, and give government and other stakeholders a chance to improve the situation. They should find peaceful means to resolve differences and disagreements. Are UL students truly interested in improving the academic standards of their school, which is at an all time low? We pray that they will heed the voices of reason and not those of recklessness. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South B pip Huruma to maiden Koth Biro crown

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first_imgComing into the tournament, South B were not considered serious title contenders, but after gaining the anchor of Harambee Stars players Anthony Akumu and Musa Mohammed ensured they did just enough to bag the crown for the first time ever.“When we started, we had very young players and everybody didn’t take us serious. But once the experienced players started coming in, we became a different outfit and we went all the way to win without a loss,” Charles ‘Korea’ Omondi, the South B coach told Capital Sport.“The likes of Teddy, Musa and Oboya are all South B products and coming in here to play with these young boys and inspiring them is great,” the tactician added.South B United’s Harun Shakava vies for the ball with GAA Huruma’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangi during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEven without sensational Paul Were who starred in their semi-final win, South B were still compact. Were returned to his base in Europe just after aiding them in the semis with a goal and and two assists in their 3-2 comeback win in the semis.In front of a fully packed Umeme Grounds, the action on the pitch didn’t disappoint either as both sides produced an entertaining finale, worth every penny of the two-month duration of the tournament.While South B had Mohammed, Oboya, Akumu, Harun Shakava and AFCLeopards’ Mike Kibwage within their ranks, Huruma had Sony Sugar custodian Kevin ‘Saha’ Omondi, his teammate Amos Asembeka, Posta’s Collins Omondi and Mathare United’s John ‘Mavado’ Mwangi.South B had the early chances in the tie with Mugendi forcing off a good save off Huruma keeper Omondi in the fifth minute with a low shot from the left as early as the fifth minute. Nickson Omondi also had a similar effort blocked six minutes later.Shakava was tasked with taking South B’s set pieces and he twice caused some anxiety in the Huruma box, first his curling effort from the left heading straight to the keeper on the quarter hour mark while five minutes later, another effort was spilled and Anthony Ndung’u sent the rebound over.South B United’s Edward Mambo vies for the ball with GAA Huruma’s Eugene Chege during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHuruma, under the tutelage of former Sofapaka and AFC Leopards coach Ezekiel Akwana were slow starters but they ultimately got into the game half through the opening half.In the 26th minute, Eugene Chege had a glorious opportunity with a freekick from good goalscoring range, but he lifted the ball too high.A defensive miscommunication between Gor Mahia centre back pair Mohammed and Shakava almost gifted Huruma an unlikely opener as both went for an aerial ball, Patrick Macharia benefiting but his shot was saved.On the other end, Benjamin Mageson’s spectacular volley from inside the box after a cross from the right evaded the target by inches.In the second half, both teams upped the tempo, the noise at the Umeme Grounds reaching deafening crescendo as both sets of fans rallied their team.South B United’s Edward Mambo goes down under a challenge from GAA Huruma’s Newton Mugo during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHuruma were the better starters and their best chance came just six minutes in when substitute Tyson Otieno who turns out for Mathare United dribbled past three markers with some good skill but his shot was inches over.In the 58th minute, Huruma had another brilliant opportunity when Peter Njoroge with barelyhis first touch of the ball found shooting space inside the box but South B keeper Anthony Obonyo made a save.They paid for the miss two minutes later when Mugendi twisted and turned away from two markers before shooting low past a dazed Omondi in the Huruma goal.After going down, Akwana’s charges upped the pressure but South B’s experience at the back with Mohammed and Shakava as well as Akumu shielding infront ensured Korea’s side retained the lead to the end.South B keeper Anthony Obonyo was named keeper of the tournament having conceded only twice, his teammate Abraham Dawo scooped the top scorer’s gong with six goals Umeme’s Ramadhan Emeka was named young player of the tournament while FIFA Best’s Musa Masika, younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe was the tournament Most Valuable Player.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South B United players celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Ground on January 7, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 7- Former Sofapaka striker Patrick Mugendi scored the all important goal for South B United as the tournament underdogs beat ‘God Above All’ (GAA) Huruma 1-0 on Sunday to lift the annual Koth Biro post-season tournament title at the Umeme Ground in Ziwani.The dust and sun at the Iconic Umeme Grounds coupled with entertaining football from both teams provided a perfect script ending for the two month tournament that was celebrating its 40th anniversary, dedicated to former organizer Charles ‘Soldier’ Handas who passed on last year.last_img read more