Alcohol, speed and the lack of safety devices such as seatbelts or airbags were likely factors in the crash and resulting death. Unfortunately, Liberians will likely let Burrowes’ death be in vain instead of using it to spur changes to lower the chances of such incidences happening in the future.
On the evening of August 7, Liberians began to hear rumors of “strange men” with guns in Bomi, in a scene reminiscent of the start of the various iterations of Liberia’s civil war.
At least since the 2005 and 2011 elections, Liberian newspapers have been running editorials and op-eds claiming that we have way too many political parties.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration has been promoting a decentralization platform since her arrival in office. At last year’s State of the Nation address, Sirleaf promised to work with the legislature to pass the already-drafted Local Government Act; however, the president failed to submit the bill, and her promises amounted to little more than just words.
It is time we change the tone which government officials use to address the Liberian people and the press. Government officials are servants of the people, not lords or masters.
Although this Liberian government is one of the most open the nation has ever seen, its support of transparency is severely lacking. This is despite the fact that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has voiced support for transparency and even supported Liberia joining the Open Government Partnership.
If you are like us, you probably read the news, a lot. And lately, you know that Liberia has dominated the news with reports on its battle against Ebola. But do you know these 25 little nuggets of truth about the country?