Traditional Chiefs Want Article 30 Revisited

first_imgTraditional leaders of Liberia are opting for a Constitutional review process aimed at amending Article 30a of the 1986 Constitution.Article 30a requires that “Citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature: (A) For the Senate, have attained the age of 30 years and for the House of Representatives, have attained the age of 25 years.”According to the Chairman of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL), Chief Zanzan Karwor, the required age for those wanting to occupy said position is “solely responsible for the unpleasant behavior of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.”He noted that until the required age is adjusted through a constitutional process, the conduct of lawmakers, particularly those of the House, will continue to bring shame to the Liberian society.In his wisdom, Chief Karwor believes that more values need to be added to the first branch of government so that the conduct of business in both houses could represent the views and aspirations of the entire country.“How can a 25 year old be representative in the House and all they do there is about boyfriends and girlfriends business. Whole day in the House, all we find them doing is fighting over money; everyday money, money business. We need to look at that part of the Constitution that talks about who is qualified to be lawmaker. If we do that, we will stop plenty of the things that [are] going on in the House,” the Traditional Chief declared.Judging from these situations in the country, Karwor said, “Liberia is now beyond repair and things are not improving.”The Traditional leaders’ assertion is in response to recent standoff on Capitol Hill involving Representatives Roland Opee Cooper and Bill Corneh, of Margibi and Bong Counties respectively.In that commotion, it was established that Opee Cooper physically assaulted his Bong County counterpart when Corneh attempted to calm him (Opee) doing a heated debate in the House’s chamber.According to Chief Karwor, such action does not represent a group of people with high moral integrity, and as such, Liberians must consider changing the rules in order to bring dignity to the Capitol Building.Chief Karwor made the assertions yesterday at a two-day forum organized by Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI) held under the theme: “Working with Traditional leaders to enhance citizens’ participation in LEITI implementation.”  According to LEITI Head of Secretariat Konah D. Karmo, traditional leaders’ participation in LEITI implementation remains cardinal to the work of the organization.Presenting a lecture on the topic: “The LEITI Process — A benefit for every Liberian”, Karmo encouraged traditional leaders to lead the way in making sure that companies and concessionaires abide by commitments on the book for affected communities and people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALED

first_imgThe North West 10k sponsored by Donegal Daily and Brian McCormick Sports was launched this eveningThe organisers of the North West 10K say they are hopeful this year’s event will be the biggest and best to date.This year’s three main charities were announced this evening and they are – the Donegal Mountain Rescue Service, Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and SNAP (Special Needs Accessible Playpark).Donegal Daily is one of the two main sponsors of this year’s event which organisers hope will attract up to 3,000 runners and walkers in Letterkenny on May 5th next. To date the magnificent efforts of the North West 10K event have aided 27 local charities to the tune of more than €614,000.Grace Boyle, chairperson of the event, said a great deal of planning has gone into this year’s event yet again.“We are hopeful it will be even bigger and better this year. We had 2,600 participants last year and we are hoping it could be up to 3,000 this year,” she told Donegal Daily.“We had a very high standard of charity applying for funding and we had some terrific interviews. “We could only pick three main charities but we are hoping to help as many others as possible.“They will have their own sponsorship cards and they will be able to fundraise for themselves.“We will help them but we will ask them to help us,” she said.Sponsorship cards for the event will be available from the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce soon to ensure as much money as possible is raised for all the charities.The cost of entry is €10 for walkers and €15 for runners. The other major sponsor on the day is Brian McCormick Sports while there are also a number of smaller sponsors for the event.Further details on the event will be carried on Donegal Daily in the weeks leading up to the big day on May 5th.All you need to do now is to get out walking and reach a level of fitness you are happy with to get around the 10k course.Chairperson Grace Boyle said the aim of the NW 10K was to get people out and getting fit. “With 3,000 people on the streets of Letterkenny it would not be possible without al the agencies and we have a big responsibility.“It’s a great event and I don’t think there’s anything to touch it. We’re in hard times but so many people come in behind the North West 10K,” she said.Ms Boyle aslo paid a special tribute to the Letterkenny Community Centre for their contribution and their commitment at the centre.Spokespeople on behalf of the charities including Joe Brennan from the Donegal Mountain Rescue, Samantha Robinson on behalf of SNAP and Peter Cutliffe on behalf of the Friends of Letterkenny Hospital outlined their aims and thanks the NW 10K committee for choosing them.An appeal was also put out for 50 stewards to volunteer on the day and help marshall the course along the other services.Mayor of Letterkenny Dessie Larkin said the event has come on a long way and it will soon be past the one million euro mark of money raised over the years.“It’s a wonderful day that is dominated by the families. As a council we are engaging with people to see how we can get them out of their homes and their cars and get healthy.“We are about to spend €80,000 on lineage and signage and cycle lanes. The three charities are also wonderfully deserving charities and need no introduction but it is vital they are supported,” he said.Donegal Mayor of Letterkenny Frank McBrearty finished the night by saying the three charities speak for themselves.“All these charities are wonderfully deserving of the help of the North West 10K and it is fitting that we get behind them,” he said.“The fact that we have 3,000 people participating speaks volumes. These events help communities to come together and when that happens these events can be very, very powerful.“I have seen a lot of positives since I became the Mayor of Donegal but without people behind the scenes these events would not work,” he said.NORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALED was last modified: March 6th, 2013 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:Brian McCormick SportsDonegal DailyNORTH WEST 10K TO BE BIGGEST YET AS CHARITIES REVEALEDlast_img read more

Rape case withdrawn on governments decision

first_imgSixteen years ago a teenage girl rape victim in Dhaka’s Keraniganj area filed a case. The police arrested four miscreants including the main accused and sent them to jail. The victim who is very poor also gave a statement before a magistrate at the court.However, in the ninth year, as the public prosecutor upon the decision of home ministry decided against continuing the case, it was withdrawn from Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. Earlier the girl and her family agreed to a compromise after being threatened by the accused.The girl is now a housewife. Last October, this correspondent traced her address. She told Prothom Alo that when she was bathing in the nearby Dhaleshwari river, five neighbours including Billal Hossain raped her.The rape case was filed with Keraniganj police station on 21 July 2002. Next year, sub-inspector of Keraniganj police station Abdul Kader gave charge sheet against four accused- Billal, Iqbal, Mursalin and Abul Hossain after investigating the case.On 22 March 2003, the case was sent to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. However, in 2010, the home ministry decided to withdraw the case. On7 October that year, the then assistant secretary of home ministry Mohammad Abu Sayed Molla sent a letter to the inspector general, Dhaka’s superintendent of police and the public prosecutor. He wrote:  “It has been decided not to continue the case.” He asked them to take necessary measures in this regard.As per section 494 of Code of Criminal Procedure, the public prosecutor can backtrack from any case after taking permission from the court. In that case, the accused are freed. It is written in the registrar of the tribunal that the case was withdrawn by the home ministry on 6 January 2011.The Awami League government after assuming office in 2009 decided to withdraw cases filed “under political consideration” against its leaders and activists during the previous government. A committee formulated by the home ministry withdrew 7,000 cases during 2009 to 2013.There were allegations of irregularities about preparing the list of the cases that were withdrawn. Many rape and murder cases were included in the list and this created controversy. The process was stalled after the controversy. A Prothom Alo investigation last year shows that the accused Billal got bail from the court and he does not live in this area at the moment. The rest of the accused are now outside the country.The victim girl does not know about this fate of the case. She also does not know whether the accused are involved in politics or not. She can only remember that a few years back when the accused were freed from the court, they put huge pressure on them.She said that they are poor. A local leader and influential people put huge pressure on them to compromise. At one point, she and her family members had no other option but to compromise. They were given around Tk 15,000 or Tk 20,000.The family is still poor. All their neighbours have electricity connections but they still use oil lamps.     “We went to every place from police station, hospital and court to get justice. Later, we saw no other option but to compromise,” said the mother of the victim.The victim said, “The poor have no other option but to compromise.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud.last_img read more

Kolkatans start thronging Park Street as Christmas mood sets in

first_imgKolkata: With the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the Christmas Festival on 21 December, people started visiting Park Street in large numbers from Sunday afternoon to soak in the spirit of the festival.Park Street has become the destination of Christmas revellers in the city and the area has been suitably decked up to host the grand festival. The entire stretch of Park Street has been illuminated and the Christmas Carnival has rolled out in its full glory. The event will continue till 30 December. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe festival was thrown open to the public after the Chief Minister inaugurated the festival at Allen Park on Friday. This has become an important event in the year-end calendar of Kolkata. City dwellers thronged Park Street and its adjoining areas and enjoyed the lighting and decorations. The special attraction of the Christmas Festival this year will be the performances from buskers in and around Park Street and Camac Street crossing. The programme would be held on the day of Christmas between 4 pm and 10 pm. The state Information and Cultural Affairs department will organise various cultural programmes at Allen Park during the festive days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPeople stood in queues outside various bakery stalls in the New Market area on Sunday to buy cakes. Various tourist attractions in the city like Alipore Zoo, Victoria Memorial, Science City and Eco Park witnessed large footfalls on Sunday. It may be mentioned that the Christmas Festival at Park Street and its festive fervour draws a large number of foreign tourists as well and the state Tourism department is hopeful that the number will increase further this year. Adequate security measures have already been taken by the city police along Park Street and other areas, which see large footfalls during Christmas and New Year. Watchtowers have been set up at various points to maintain surveillance. There will be additional police personnel deployed at various places in the city during Christmas. Additional policemen have been deployed at Park Street and its adjoining areas to avoid any untoward incident. The entire stretch of Park Street has been divided into two flanks by placing security barricades in the middle of the road. All the vehicles would be diverted through alternate routes during Christmas. On the occasion of Christmas Festival, the state for the first time is going to illuminate seven churches in the state in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong, Jalpaiguri, Bandel, Chandannagore and Krishnanagar. There will also be a cultural programme at Chandannagore church from December 26 to 28.last_img read more