Local, Regional Women’s Groups Condemn District #15 Violence

first_imgExpress worry over enmity in LiberiaThe leadership of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) says it is deeply concerned about the deepening crisis among citizens, which the association said are nowadays giving rise to a deteriorating unstable ease in the country.The latest of which was the eruption of violence in Logan Town, Montserrado County between rivals of the just ended District #15 elections on Saturday, August 17, 2019.“This emerging trend of election-related violence is very worrisome as it has the propensity to derail our hard-earned peace,” AFELL said in a release.The statement added, “The incident in Logan Town, which led to personal injuries and property damage is regrettable. AFELL accordingly, condemns in the strongest terms, this wanton and unruly behavior of some citizens. Of particular concern is the impact these kinds of violence have on the mental, economic and social well-being of women and children.”“Therefore, we demand from authorities at the Ministry of Justice to launch an urgent and prompt investigation into the causes of the violence, and also call on the authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to intervene in this matter by conducting an investigation, and hold those actors/parties accountable under the elections law. We say this because electoral violence is one of the greatest obstacles to democratic consolidation. It does not only affect the credibility of the electoral system, but also destroys the democratic system, and the rule of law,” the organization further added.The group reminded Liberians that elections are about the competitions of ideas, and not a show of force. AFELL, therefore, calls upon all those concerned to exercise restraint, and allow the electoral process, as well as the rule of law to run its course.“We are always reminded of our immediate past, and as a post conflict country, Liberia should avoid the looming triggers of conflict such as electoral violence. Finally, without being prejudicial, AFELL strongly condemns and will not tolerate any acts of violence, harassment and intimidation of any female candidate in elections now or hereafter. We call on all parties to exhibit a greater sense of maturity, respect and tolerance towards each other and we intend to remain seized of this matter to its finality,” the release said.Meanwhile, another women’s group, known as the Network of Peace and Security Women in ECOWAS Countries (NOPSWECO) have added their voice to the sweeping condemnations of the Montserrado County District #15 electoral violence.NOPSWECO is a conglomeration of West African women organizations including Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH); Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP); Community Healthcare Initiative (CHI); Girls for Change (GFC); Quidiyou INC.; Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI); and Women & Children Initiative INC. (WACEP).“We are disheartened by the escalation of violence leading to the attack on one of the candidates in the District 15 rerun elections. We condemn in the strongest terms the attack on Ms. Telia Urey and the occupants of the black vehicle,” the group of women organizations said. “A video obtained from the scene of the attack shows riot police standing by whilst rioters violently attacked a black vehicle, allegedly belonging to Ms. Telia Urey, and putting the occupants of the vehicle at risk.NOPSWECO recalls that, following a ruling in the District #15 electoral dispute by the NEC, the Chairman of the CDC stated in a major press conference that the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) will not participate in any rerun.“We call on the leaders of the ruling CDC and the opposition collaborating parties to take advantage of the law and the appeal process to express any dissatisfaction in the electoral process.“We once again call on those in positions of power to refrain from making statements that have the potential to incite chaos. We additionally call on the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Justice to investigate the police officers who stood idly by while this assault took place. We request a full investigation into yesterday‘s incident and the report made public.“We wish to remind our President that 2020 is just around the corner and it is these types of gender-based violence that limit women’s full participation in the governance of their country. We continue to watch with concern as the peaceful situation deteriorates and will hold all involved accountable. Notwithstanding, the purpose of this communication is to prevent further violence– particularly violence against a women politicians.NOPSWECO also called on the Weah administration “to provide increased security presence in District #15 in the days immediately preceding NEC’s recently mandated rerun. The six precincts that fall under this mandate should be the focus of this increased security presence, the group suggests.“In addition, this increased presence should cover the days immediately following the rerun until the day after NEC announces a winner. All security personnel assigned to this detail must be professional in the execution of their duties. They must be seasoned, disciplined and impartial security professionals who take their mandate seriously.“We call on the President to ensure the safety of Ms. Urey in light of this recent provocation. We call on the President to restrain all duty bearers from making inciting comments, posting on Facebook, moderating radio shows that have the propensity to derail the peace. Liberia is all we have and democracy is strong when women and men participate together in an environment free of violence, threats of violence, fear, and intimidation,” NOPSWECO said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Klopp rules out move for France superstar Mbappe

first_img0Shares0000France star Kylian Mbappe is out of Liverpool’s price range says their manager and long-time admirer Jurgen Klopp © AFP / Alexander NEMENOVLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 9 – French star Kylian Mbappe is out of Liverpool’s price range, the Premier League leaders manager and long-time admirer Jurgen Klopp says.The 20-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker — who was instrumental in France’s lifting of the 2018 World Cup — has been linked with Real Madrid. This gathered momentum earlier in the week when Real’s coach Zinedine Zidane remarked that Mbappe had always said it was his dream to play for the Spanish side.Klopp, speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with second-placed Manchester City, had been keen to sign Mbappe in 2017 and met with the player and his entourage.However, he opted to join PSG for £158 million ($202 million).PSG are seeking to extend his present contract and if they were reluctantly to allow him to leave are believed to want more than the record fee of £198 million they paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” Klopp was cited in Saturday’s The Times as saying.“I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappé from PSG.“I don’t see any club. That is how it is. And we are involved in these clubs who cannot do it. Easy as that.“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him.“What a player he is. It is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely, no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”– ‘Space for improvement’ –Klopp, whose side have a six point lead over champions City heading into their match at Anfield, said the minimalist level of activity from him in the transfer market in the close season was down to the money being asked for their targets.The Champions League holders signed teenagers Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg whilst bringing in goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer.“The players we thought about to make this team better were really expensive and we could not spend the money,” said the 52-year-old German.“That is how it is.“To see a player better than him, or with potential to be better or play exactly the same as him is really difficult.“That is what it was. That was the situation.“It was not that we were not ready, but we did not want to make five or six changes. Not at all.“This team is at a wonderful age, there is still space for improvement, completely fine.”Klopp, though, said it is easier than when he first arrived in 2015 to attract top level players to Liverpool.Last year they secured Brazil goalkeeper Alisson and Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk for £65 million and £75 million respectively from AS Roma and Southampton.“I don’t think we have to compare with Man City,” said Klopp.“I have no idea which kind of player wants to go to Man City, but good players obviously did it in the last couple of years, there is no doubt about that.“There are reasons, good reasons why players want to join us, that is clear.“I don’t think we struggle with convincing players.”0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Defending is easier than attacking’ – Klopp wants to see ‘braver’ Liverpool

first_imgJurgen Klopp was pleased his side managed to score four goals on the way to beating Arsenal, but he wants to see defensive improvement from Liverpool.The Reds beat the Gunners 4-3 courtesy of Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane strikes and a Philippe Coutinho double, but they still struggled to deal with keeping the ball out of their own net.This is a problem which has plagued the Merseyside club for far too long, and although Klopp has bought in players to shore up his back-line, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was the only reason all three points were picked up.Klopp was pleased his attackers showed their full potential, but he believes his players should be good enough to avoid conceding three goals in 90 minutes.The German said: “Four goals scored is wonderful, but if you are good enough to score four goals at Arsenal, you’ve have to be good enough to avoid three goals.“I know defending is easier than attacking, but we have the skills for attacking and we need to plan for defending.“Four goals are the definition of brave, but the defending in the first half was the opposite of being brave.”last_img read more