LACC Drawn into Senatorial Politics

first_imgSince releasing its controversial corruption report, which links several government officials to acts of corruption, the graft commission has been dragged into the local and national politics.Latest of them is the local and administrative politics of Sinoe County, Southeastern Liberia.For the first time since he was implicated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) a few weeks ago, Sinoe County Superintendent Milton Teahjay took to the airwaves in an effort to fight back and save his integrity already dented by the release of LACC report.During a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Teahjay in reaction to LACC’s allegation, dragged the commission into a local tribal, political and individual rivalry involving him and Senator Mobutu V. Nyenpan. Both men are certified senatorial candidates in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election slated for December 16, 2014.According to Teahjay, the sole reason he was accused of corruption is because of what he called the “political and academic alliance Sen. Nyenpan has with LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier.”  Teahjay’s assertion was promptly dismissed by Nyenpan who called it a “fairytale.”According to the Sinoe Supt., Sen. Nyenpan was a classmate of Cllr. Verdier so the LACC boss was fronting for his friend. The Sinoe Senator in response rubbished the assertion and clarified that Cllr. Verdier was his professor and he (Nyenpan) never had any close relation with Cllr. Verdier.   Teahjay accused LACC of “stonewalling,” adding that the Commission was not interested in substantial issues linking Nyenpan to massive corruption as presented to the graft commission, but LACC was rather interested in digging up issues that never existed.He accused Nyenpan of establishing “fake and bogus” construction companies that were awarded contracts for local projects in the county meant to defraud the system by not living up to the terms of the agreements.In response, Nyenpan dismissed Teahjay’s allegation and challenged him to provide any material evidence to support his claims.Said Nyenpan, “The companies have managements and they are right here. I know Teahjay, if he had any documents [to the contrary], he would spread them all around the place. I have no connection with (any) company, whatsoever. His claim is I recommended a company to him; does that stop you from applying due diligence and following the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) laws? He’s talking spider story.” In defense of the expenditure of US$7,500 currently under investigation by LACC, Teahjay disclosed that he used US$5,000 of said amount to invest in the communities that host the Sinoe Rubber plantation for which the money was raised from rubber sold from the region.He disclosed that US$17,000 was generated from rubber sold after local authorities were successful in clearing the plantation of illicit economy migrants. According to him, the US$17,000 was used by him to resettle brokers who had initial investments in the plantation prior to government’s action.Mr. Teahjay, who is a senatorial candidate of the county, maintained that he was left with US$7,500 after settling the brokers and the rest was used for operations of the Emergency Response Police, who evicted the migrants from the plantation. Teahjay stated further that a written statement he (Teahjay) provided to LACC implicating Nyenpan to collecting US$421,800 did not interest the commission, but rather US$7,500 an assertion Nyenpan again dismissed, terming it as “lies and fabrications.”Teahjay indicated that it was unfortunate for the Commission to take interest in a bus LACC claimed he procured outside of the PPCC and not a pickup he procured with documents; stating that the Commission further proved its biases.“LACC will not go free with what they have created. I condemn the LACC report and believe it does not warrant listening to in this country,” Teahjay declared. He requested the Commission to immediately remove his name from the report or face a lawsuit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Champions League

first_imgKlopp has the better of GuardiolaLiverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola look destined to compete for the sport’s biggest prizes for years to comeJurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola more times than any other manager, with Tuesday’s 2-1 second-leg win taking the tally to seven victories from 13 meetings.Two German Super Cup triumphs with Borussia Dortmund against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich bolster Klopp’s head-to-head record, but three consecutive successes with Liverpool in the last four months show that the German clearly has the better of his counterpart for now.Even Guardiola said himself before the first leg that the way his City side play is perfect for Liverpool, and apart from a stirring first-half effort from City in the return game, the quarter-final proved exactly that.City still vulnerable after half-timeManchester City captain Vincent Kompany is on the verge of winning his third Premier League titleFor all their possession and excellent attacking football, Guardiola’s City continue to find themselves caught out shortly after the interval.Although Liverpool’s three-goal burst last week came in the opening 45 minutes, they hit City with quickfire goals in the 59th and 61st minutes when they inflicted a first Premier League defeat of the season on the English champions-elect in January.Cruising towards a title celebration in front of their home fans in Saturday’s Manchester derby, City collapsed after the break as Paul Pogba’s 53rd and 55th-minute strikes set Manchester United on their way to a famous 3-2 win.That Achilles heel resurfaced on Tuesday, as after a rousing first-half performance gave them hope, Salah’s 39th goal of the season all but ended the tie 11 minutes into the second period.VAR debate will rumble onMohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser on the night© AFP PAUL ELLISPerhaps the turning point in the tie came shortly before half-time when Leroy Sane had a potentially crucial second Manchester City goal wrongly ruled out for offside.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin in February said that video technology would not be introduced for European competitions next season, citing “lots of confusion”.But VAR will be used at the World Cup and is already in place in Serie A and the Bundesliga. The referee and his two assistants in the Liverpool half failed to notice that it was visiting midfielder James Milner who played the ball back to Sane, meaning that the German winger’s goal should have stood.Dzeko finds cracks in Barca armourEdin Dzeko’s early goal set Roma up for a memorable comeback against Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEAn incredible season had seen Barcelona go 40 matches unbeaten in La Liga and the Champions League, but Roma summoned a fightback that brought back memories of Barca against Paris Saint-Germain last season.Eusebio Di Francesco’s hosts — 4-1 down from the first leg — attacked from the off, with Edin Dzeko the driving force that finally pushed Barca into submission.His away goal had given Roma a glimmer of hope, and his sixth-minute strike kick-started a memorable night. Barcelona struggled under a barrage of crosses and set-pieces, with first-leg own-goal villains Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas completing the job from a penalty and a corner respectively.Runaway league leaders come unstuckBarcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 14, 2018.Manchester City and Barcelona are all but certain to wrap up comfortable league titles in England and Spain this season, but both were unceremoniously dumped out of Europe.While opponents have failed to hurt either team domestically, they have found life tougher in the Champions League. Four of City’s seven defeats this season have come in the competition, with the two by Liverpool following losses at the hands of Basel and Shakhtar Donetsk, while Barca collapsed in dramatic style at the Stadio Olimpico.Juventus look set to claim the Serie A title, but head to the Bernabeu on Wednesday facing a 3-0 deficit. French champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain were dumped out by Real Madrid in the last 16.Bayern Munich, already crowned Bundesliga champions, will hope to be the exception to the rule against Sevilla, with a 2-1 lead to defend in Bavaria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi cut a forlorn figure as he left the Stadio Olimpico pitch after Roma stunned Barcelona© AFP LLUIS GENEPARIS, France, Apr 11 – Roma pulled off one of the greatest Champions League fightbacks to dump Lionel Messi and Barcelona out at the quarter-final stage, while Mohamed Salah continued his remarkable goalscoring form as Liverpool wrapped up victory over Manchester City.Here are five things we learned from the Champions League quarter-final, second legs on Tuesday:last_img read more