They tussle and hustleEach with his own methodThey were meeker than the poorest manBecause they wanted favor for the great positionThey got it, they took over it, they move like giantsEach in his own comfort zoneThey appear in luxuries and belong to another classThey wore attires their ancestors never dreamt ofThey rented elegant mansionsThey flew to the Queensland to soak up the sunThey lavish thousands on the earthly princessesAnd saw the great position like the Atlantic oceansThe lightning strikesThe clouds cover the moonThe cock crowsIt’s a new dawnRome was not built in one dayHence, Rome has many engineersThe great position is no moreThe luxuries have disappeared over nightLeaving their pockets emptyThey roamed the streets in search of buyers for their valuablesThey lived the rest of their lives in shame and frustrationAfter the great positionShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On Sunday, January 18, in the Moulton Corner Community of Brewerville, a teenage girl was raped and brutally assaulted by a man she was able to identify before she died.The late Musu Morris, who was born on March 6, 2002 was described by relatives and friends in her community as a happy teenager. She lost her life to a man who is known in their community. Before anyone could know the child’s final fate, Edward Johnson, her uncle says that Ma Musu and another uncle, Emmanuel Morris were together when they last saw her.“They both walked together to go and buy bread. But Morris says she left him on the road to return home by herself,” Johnson added.The uncle is said to have returned home around 8pm and asked for the child, but no one knew where she was.Fatu Morris, the wife of Emmanuel who the child lived with before her death said she witnessed Ma Musu literally crawling on both knees after the incident. With just a thread of life left in her, the injured child was able to tell her family that she had been raped.“I saw Ma Musu well after 8-9pm crawling on the ground towards me on her knees. I thought she was joking until she started straining as if trying to cry. When she reached me, she dropped right on my lap and told me what had happened to her,” Fatu narrated.Fatu says Ma Musu was drenched from head to toe in her own blood.According to witnesses, Ma Musu had said, “He was huge and smoked a lot of cigarettes,” before she fell unto her aunt’s lap.From Ma Musu’s description of the alleged perpetrator, their entire family knew who the rapist was, according to Fatu.“Ma Musu told me a huge man raped her from up the road. She said he was wearing his underwear and a black t-shirt and smoked a lot of cigarettes when it happened. She then dropped to the ground and started releasing foam from her mouth that reached both sides of her ears,” she recalled. “I flashed my light on her and noticed in shock that all in front of her was messy. Her pants leg on one side was taken off and between her legs was badly messed up and bloody,” she said, describing the aftermath of Ma Musu’s dreadful ordeal.Fatu says that Emmanuel with the help of others placed the dying child on the front seat of their pickup and decided to take her to the hospital. But while on route, they saw the man Ma Musu said had raped her and decided to capture him.“Being that we know the accused man and know that he’s a security at the newly constructed houses where he stays, the children saw him and pointed him out as he tried to run away,” Fatu added.“Emmanuel opened the car door and ran behind him, and after catching him, Emmanuel said he could feel his sweat and smell the cigarette smoke that ma Musu had described,” she added. “Something that ma Musu said she remembered when she crawled to the house was his smoking. While I was sitting in the front seat holding my daughter, she lifted her head up and identified the man whom my husband had caught and pointed at him as the one who raped her. That was the last word she said,” Fatu wept.The alleged perpetrator was arrested by the community and taken to Zone 6 Base in Brewerville within an hour after the incident. The community has identified him as 49 year-old Mr. Kromah, also known as CDC Musa, who lives in the same community as the victim. He is also said to be the caretaker for the property of Wahwusu’s club owner.Edward Johnson, who has been representing the family in the police investigation, said that upon arresting the alleged perpetrator, they were given a slip and told to take Ma Musu to the hospital.“The night she was raped, Zone 6 Base in Brewerville arrested CDC and after finding out what had happened to ma Musu, they gave us paper and we took her to Redemption Hospital. They refused her because she was bleeding too much; we then took her back to Zone 6. The commander on shift escorted us to Faith clinic near the Hotel Africa road and they too refused us because of the bleeding situation; she was bad off,” Johnson stated’“Ma Musu wasn’t talking again. She just sat in the front seat quiet and weak. We tried taking her to JFK, but right at the stoplight in front of the old Ministry of Health, the police at the checkpoint arrested the car. We tried to talk to the police that we wanted to take Musu to the hospital but they got aggressive and started getting violent with us,” he added.The child was never seen by any hospital.Meanwhile, the family of the late Ma Musu stood in protest in front of the Zone 6 Base in Brewerville Monday morning, which brought dozens of officers from other zones to the scene.In the meantime, the body of Ma Musu lay in the back of her father’s pickup, visible for community dwellers to see.According to the deceased’s uncle, Foday, ma Musu had two puncture wounds on each side of her larynx that they noticed the next day.“She had two holes in her neck, one hole on each side of her larynx, and that’s what made us vex because when the police saw her, they tried to wipe the blood from her neck to close up the bleeding this morning. That’s what made us angry and has us out here protesting because the police had no reason to tamper with the crime scene,” he added.They Wasted Our TimeFoday also stated: “while we were trying to get her to the hospital again this morning, the police stopped us at the zone and said they wanted another statement. They wasted our time. Ma Musu died right in the pickup in the parking lot of zone 6 Base,” he added.Foday also stated that the LNP was notified of the child’s condition the night she was attacked, but no officer was sent to investigate the matter.“In fact we called the police from the night it happened up until now and they never came and never stepped there. Before her death, Ma Musu said the man raped her and turned around and put holes in her neck,” he added.The body of the late Ma Musu has been taken to an undisclosed hospital for testing, police reports stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The maxim: “Ninety-nine days for a rogue and one day for the master,” demonstrated itself yesterday when the attention of friends and relatives decorating graves in the Kpeh-Kpeh Town, Lower Johnsonville Community was drawn to a suspected criminal. Suspect Stephen Siaway, 27, was apprehended with several pieces of steel rods and a piece of corrugated iron by community residents, some of whom had just returned from decorating their relatives’ graves. Suspect Siaway did not know that not all the community residents were out commemorating the holiday when he sneaked into a neighbor’s yard and allegedly stole several pieces of steel rods and a piece of iron bar. Shortly after his arrest, suspect Siaway admitted committing the act, but said in a Daily Observer interview that, his action was due to “severe hardship” he endured to cater to his fiancée and their three children.“I stole these items from near my brother’s house, because he had gone to decorate our ma and pa graves somewhere on Duport Road. This is why I went into the house and took those items away.” His confession was interrupted by intermittent slaps from vigilante members.Most grave decorators who were part of the vigilante team were shouting, “These are people who often take advantage of people’s sorrow to commit crimes by stealing from the community.”Siaway begged the residents to report him to the police, rather than carrying out their own justice as they punched him in the face as well as beat him on every part of his body. Meanwhile, grief-stricken residents trooped out yesterday in the Johnsonville Community, some of them for the first time, to identity with or at least take a glimpse of a mass burial site of several of those killed last year by the Ebola virus and whose bodies were dumped in a swamp near the Kpainwein River. Up to yesterday, only a tomb had been constructed by some unknown person on the mass grave site to memorialize those who died from the Ebola outbreak and were dumped in unmarked and unidentified graves.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Simply Thinking ThoughtsIn my regular thinking thoughts, I pondered the recent wave of lawlessness in Liberia and how it is threatening our peace, security and economic stability. Latest reports from Sinoe are that activities of Golden Veroleum Plantation were disrupted by some aggrieved citizens in demand of settlement for desecration of graves and land use; offices were ransacked, and warehouses looted. At least a year ago, Arcelor Mittal, a major mining concession in Nimba County faced similar situation.The frequent mob actions vis-a-vis the burning of trucks full of valuable commodities, vandalizing and burning of police stations, alleged killing of bikers, and the recent stand-off between Finance Minister Amara Konneh and Maritime workers are all gross displays of defiance and lawlessness. In my thinking thoughts I therefore asked myself, “What kind of country did the founders of this Republic, envisage? Was it a country envisaged where the “Rule of Law” would rule men or where men would “Rule the Law” because of their statuses and connections? God forbid!!You see, in 1822, when Elizabeth the Mayflower set sail, it was simply to remove freed slaves from situations of lawlessness against God’s plan of creation, that all men are created equal; in defiance to God’s law, one race of people subjected another as “less human” It was therefore to those ends that in 1847, the colony severed itself from the American Colonization Society and declared the lawfulRepublic of Liberia and not one of lawlessness where people “rule the law” instead of the law ruling them.Mind you, it is these minor stand offs and lawlessness that usually metamorphose and lead to full bloomed disruptions of peace and security. The April 14 1979 Rice Riot, the April 12 1980 vicious takeover, and the 1990 Civil War etc., were all ushered by gross insensitivity and callousness to the plight of the common citizens, resulting to minor forms of lawlessness and defiance to constituted authorities. Having placed those events behind us and enjoyed a protracted period of sanity and civility, there appears to be a renewed trend of lawlessness which could repeat one of those ugly incidents. Ruthless MotorcyclistsIn a conversation the other day with some friends, they intimated, “Per mistake you knocked down a motorcyclist, you better escape the scene or else you get beaten up and your vehicle set ablaze” While hit- and-run is also lawlessness, they maintain, “my man, self-preservation as the first law of nature”Illegally located Mechanic Shops and Trailer Truck ParkingAlong the Somalia Drive from Freeport to Red Light, huge trailer trucks, some abandoned and others under repairs, from either Guinea or elsewhere, are illegally positioned at odd locations which are apparently mechanic shops or simply parking. I suffice GOL has made attempts to move them but has met with resistance, defiance, and refusal to comply with the City Ordinance and rule of law. The presence of those trucks along that busy highway remains hazardous and more important, serve as complete demonstration of lawlessness.Disgruntle Students and Dishonest TeachersLawlessness is also rampant among students and teachers. Each time teachers put down chalk in protest for something, it is students who go on the rampage as sign of solidarity. As demonstration of lawlessness, aggrieved students set ablaze a Pentecostal Church School near Vamuma House aggrieved students, on another occasion, normal activities in Monrovia and its environs were disrupted few years ago when the Youth and Sports Ministry delayed in paying vacation school students, and lawlessness also occurs when WAEC exam proctors connive with students and principals to cheat.Lawlessness among Government Official and High Profile Citizens While the common man usually appears to be the agitator, I intuit that his action could be a spillover from the rotten culture of lawlessness among people in high places. These days, instead of the law ruling men, men are ruling the law and this is prevalent among Government Officials and legislators.Do not be surprised, for there is a cliché that a fish usually gets rotten from the head and this country is culprit, considering how Government Officials, and legislators themselves disregard the law and “do their own thing” Apparently, it is the examples from the rotten culture they have created that the common people and the greater society are emulating these days. If an RL, SEN, or REP plated vehicle or one illegally using a siren takes on the opposite lane and a taxi follows, both are lawlessly behaved.There are still license plates with HOR and REP in the street whereby one was supposed to replace the other. Isn’t this lawlessness? If GOL Officials cannot observe simple traffic rules, one can only imagine the level of lawlessness unfolding daily in their offices such as violation of staff rights and misuse of the country’s resources.Bitterness and Passive ResistanceEach time these events occur, I sense an air of bitterness and passive resistance amongst our kinsmen over the state of affairs in Liberia. By passive resistance, it appears like everybody is resisting the Government but rather quietly in their hearts; hence, when something ugly like theses disruptions occur, they are derisive, sarcastic, and feel gratified. These days, the moment an opportunity for disruption avails, people immediately rise to the occasion to ransack, vandalize, commit arson, and shed blood or simply stand by, feeling vindicated. Hardly anybody seems to be showing “love for country” these days; people are either bad-mouthing GOL or condemning its efforts. Hardly anybody stops to say, “wait a minute, this is my country and this action will affect my compatriots and my own wellbeing” Fellow Liberians, without equivocation, as we anticipate the 2017 Presidential Elections, if we do not put an end to this culture of “Rule the Law” among us and transform it into “Rule of Law”, we stand to lose more than we would gain. If both the common citizen and GOL officials do not change their comportment, lifestyles, and their exhibitions of lawlessness continues to serve as bad examples, and continue to cause embarrassment and loss of lives and properties, your guess of the repercussion is just as good as mine. The BenedictionJames chapter 4 notes, “1Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don’t they come from your pleasures that war in your hearts? 2 You lust, and don’t have. You kill, covet, and can’t obtain. You fight and make war. You don’t have, because you don’t ask. 3 You ask, and don’t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may consume in your lustful desires”Now to him who is able to present this nation faultless and lawfully before the throne of the Most High God; to him be dominion, glory and majesty, in Jesus name. AMENI am simply thinking thoughtsAbout the authorThe Rivercess man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University.Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, having diligently served the Government of Liberia for two years.The title “Mwalimu-Koh” in Swahili means “Veteran Educator and Scholar”; it was conferred on Blonkanjay in Philadelphia in 2008 by his Swahili colleagues for the demonstration of exemplary scholarship, and when they learned that he (the first African student) had been elected Senator of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mrs. Winniedel Keller SuakweliShe leaves to mourn her loss, two children: Mrs. Aania S. Seide and Miss. Meneta Suakweli; two grandchildren; several adopted and stepchildren to include: Nyearly Suakweli, William Joypue Guzeh, Eresa Winniedel Keller, Christal Cooper, Morris Massaquoi, Cecelia Padmore, Palay Sumo, Mengaa Brown, Nancy Suakweli, Marcia Thorpe, Monue Suakweli, Klingacia Anderson, Feekpee Suakweli Allison, Jimmy and Chris Suakweli; several brothers, to include Joseph P. Keller, Ezra D. Keller, Jr.; sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and abroad.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The funeral of Deaconess Mother Winniedel Suakweli, at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Sinkor on Saturday, January 20, brought together members of seven parishes, other organizations, family, relatives, and friends.For three long hours, mourners delivered tributes to her memory. Deaconess Suakweli was described as one of the strong auxiliary members of the St. Peter and Barnersville Lutheran churches for many years.A discourse delivered to an emotionally charged congregation by Rev. Isaac Sando Dowah, Pastor – in – Charge of St. Peter Lutheran Church, on the theme: ‘Life in Christ Makes the Difference,’ said “Every second, minute, and every day that passes, brings us closer to death.”Barnersville Lutheran Church Congregation Paid Last Respect to Deaconess Winniedel K. Suakweli, “Normal Days” at the Funeral Program at St. Peter Lutheran ChurchHe said, “No one grows younger but older. We experience a lot of signals that point us to the eventuality of death. We are no more the way we used to be. There will come a time that you and I will die. If death is the end of the human story, then life in Christ makes all the difference. If you have a faithful relationship with Jesus Christ, it will make a difference in your life,” said Rev. Sando.The late Winniedel Suakweli departed this life in her 70th year on January 1, 2018 at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia. She was laid to rest in Haindii, her home town, in Bong County.Mrs. Suakweli, was popularly known as ‘Normal Days’ to the motorcyclists in her community, her friends, the youth, and many others across Liberia, because of her pastry business and for constantly reminding everyone about the standards, values and good upbringing of the pre-war years referred to as ‘normal days’. She was the eldest child of Pastor Ezra Dahn Keller, Sr., first bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, and Mrs. Louise Keller, both of whom predeceased her. She was born on November 6, 1947 in Palakwelle, Fuamah Chiefdom (now Fuamah District) in Bong County.Mrs. Suakweli was nurtured under the guidance of her devoted Christian parents, along with her brothers and sisters in Haindii.Congregation of Churches, Family Relatives, Love-ones, Friends and Well-wishersShe received her elementary education at Kpolopele Lutheran Mission, and graduated from Suehn Mission. She got married to Mr. Philip Suakweli in 1970 and they lived together for 43 years. They were blessed with two girls: Aania and Meneta, but they raised several other children, most of whom are now in high positions in the private and government sectors. Her husband predeceased her in May 2013.Mrs. Suakweli worked with the Public Utility Authority (PUA) that later became the Liberia Electricity Corporation. She served as executive secretary for over 30 years and was retired with honor. She was always involved with the work of the Lutheran church where she served in many auxiliary posts, especially at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Sinkor as a senior choir member.Family members of the late Mrs. Winniedel K. Suakweli headed by Mr. Joseph P. Keller, surround her casket paying tribute.She and her family moved to Barnersville, Beh Wehn Community, where she continued in the ministry as Deaconess at the Barnersville Lutheran Church.“Normal Days was a human-centered person,” one pastor said in his tribute. “She was a bold and tough Deaconess who did not hide malice in her heart. She faced her pastors and congregation when given the opportunity and told them what they did that hurt her feelings right in the church. At the end, they accepted and reconciled.”
Author:Mr. Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor is an Educator. He is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D.C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA.; Former Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Bong Town High School, Bong Mines , Liberia; Instructor of Mathematics, Providence School Department, Rhode Island, USA. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) By Edmund Zar-Zar BargblorEducation has a great social importance especially in the modern, complex industrialized societies. Philosophers of all periods, beginning with ancient stages, devoted to it a great deal of attention. Education Trains in skills that are required by the economy; it is a crucial investment in the economy and major economic resources.Let me now examine some of the significant functions of education, for the benefit of my readers (The Role of Education in Society Sociology Essay Published: 23rd March 2015). I will only outline five significant attributes.To complete the socialization process.The main social objective of education is to complete the socialization process. The family gets the child, but the modern family tends to leave much undone in the socialization process. The school and other institutions have come into being in place of family to complete the socialization process.(2) To transmit the central heritage:All societies maintain themselves, by exploitation of a culture. Culture here refers to a set of beliefs and skills, art, literature, philosophy, religion, music, etc. that are not carried through the mechanism of heredity. They must be learned. This social heritage (African culture) must be transmitted through social organizations. Education has this function of cultural transmission in all societies.(3) For the formation of social personalityEducation, everywhere has the function of the formation of social personalities. Education helps in transmitting culture through proper molding of social personalities. In this way, it contributes to the integration, to survive and to reproduce them.(4) Reformation of Attitudes:Education aims at the reformation of attitudes wrongly developed by children. It is the function of education to see that unfounded beliefs, illogical prejudices and unreasoned loyalties are removed from the child’s mind.(5) Education for occupational placement:An instrument of livelihood. Education has a practical and it should help the adolescent for earning his livelihood. It should enable the student to take out his livelihood. Education must prepare the student for future occupational positions; the youth should be enabled to play a productive role in society. Accordingly, great emphasis has been placed on vocational training. This is where the vocational, technological and agricultural skills are instilled, helping the Liberian child to earn his livelihood.According to UNICEF and other international organizations, West and Central Africa (WCA) is the region of the world with the largest percentage of young people (32%, UNFPA, 2016) and the highest gender disparity in education. Interestingly, Upper secondary school completion rates are 35% for boys and 25% for girls (UNICEF, 2016). Several factors are responsible for the persistent gender disparities in education. Among them, early and unintended pregnancy, which is often linked to child marriage, poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) including HIV infection, and school-related gender-based violence (GBV) have a marked impact on the education and prospects of young people (UNESCO, 2016).UNICEF estimated that three out of five unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are young people, mostly surviving in the informal economy. In Mali, technical and vocational education and training is being offered to youth in conflict-affected regions of Mopti, Timbuktu, Gao, and Kidal. UNESCO Dakar has also been instrumental in developing a common format for TVET curricula and learning materials for West African countries.I will briefly review the Technical and Vocational Education /Training within one of Africa’s successful countries in this endeavor. Rwanda, at the end of her civil war years, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was an important component within the Rwandese policy to end poverty; effective school management is high on the agenda of the Rwandan government.The objectives of any vocational-technical education program usually, according to Dr. El Mohamed Sheriff, contain reflections like to one or more of the following attributes:To provide opportunities for persons who are technologically unemployed to prepare for vacant positions in other occupations.To reduce the rate of unemployment or underemployment caused by insufficient education and training.To provide sufficient opportunity for the practice and the establishment of ethical habits and values of alert diligence in all citizens (those who desire it).To provide sufficient opportunities for all persons who have an interest and would profit from such instruction.To provide basic elements for additional specialized vocational or professional education.To provide personal group relationships and to make persons more responsive to appeals by civic authorities for personal responsibility, etc.(https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=7471&context=rtd).Rwandan ExperienceIn Rwanda, ‘vocational training is a system which aims at providing recipients with the necessary knowledge and skills to exercise a profession to be integrated in the labor market. Vocational training includes initial Vocational Training and continuing Vocational Training.’ And Technical Education, is a ‘structured system aimed at providing recipients with the necessary knowledge and skills to continue their studies at tertiary education level or to exercise a profession to be integrated into the labor market Technical Education, on the other hand puts more emphasis on theoreticaleducation’(http://planipolis.iiep.unesco.org/sites/planipolis/files/ressources/rwanda_technical_vocational_education_policy.pdf).RecommendationLiberia ’s education system needs to be rebuilt around vocational skills, agriculture economy of business, food production and exporting goods. The system should be redesigned to properly educate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.To achieve these objectives, a National Service –Peace-Corps program needs to be put in place. This program should provide teachers to all parts of Liberia. All students coming out of high schools would be sent into the interior to teach in elementary schools for one academic year as graduation requirement. Students graduating from Cuttington University, the University of Liberia and other universities or colleges, must do two years of national service as teachers in all high schools located in the various counties and upon completion, they will receive their diplomas.TVETStudents from agricultural schools such as the University of Liberia ’s Agriculture College and the Agriculture facility at Cuttington would help with seasonal planting and harvesting of food. Like national service plans elsewhere, student participants would be paid a stipend to cover necessities such as room, board and transportation. During the junior year of both high school and university, students would receive instructions in teaching strategies and methods. In this endeavor, all students coming from overseas studies must perform one year of national service to be qualified for gainful employment in government or the private sector of the Liberian economy.Thomas Jefferson was correct when he said in a letter to one of his friends in 1816: “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of day.”The Ministry of Education must endeavor to provide equal education opportunities to all Liberia’s children. The success and durability of the Liberian democracy depends on the availability of an educated middle class. The greatest peril to stability in Liberia is illiteracy of Liberian youth. The 14 years of war have taught us the lesson of illiteracy. When seventy-five percent of a country’s population is uneducated and unskilled, it is not a laughing matter; it is a time bomb waiting to explode.