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Liberian Students in China Call on Gov’t to Pay Overdue Allowances

Beijing, China -  The Liberian Student Union in China (LSUIC), the umbrella organization for all Liberian students studying in China calls on the Government of Liberia to urgently come to their rescue and honor the scholarship contract signed between students and the Government of Liberia.

There are currently 65 bilateral students who are affected by this delay from the Inter-Ministerial Scholarship Committee (IMSC) and Ministry of Education.

According to Abimelech Paye Gbatu, representative, the students entered into a contract agreement with the Government of Liberia through the IMSC, but the Government has continuously ignored the terms of the contract signed with students in providing living allowances on a quarterly basis.

This arrangement was changed by the IMSC to bi-annually because according to them, the delay in the passage of the budget cannot permit them to live up to the contract (quarterly) arrangement. But living up to the latter commitment still remains a mystery.

Gbatu says the students are now counting 10 consecutive months since the last allowance was due.

“In all of the many communications to the Head of the IMSC and Minster of Education, Hon. George K. Werner, the responses have been without any excuse, but an indefinite “wait” until a month ago. In reply to one of the many communications between Minister Werner and the students, he informed the students that instead of the usual payment medium of bank transfer to the Embassy of Liberia in Beijing-China, a team from the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Ministry of Education was coming to China to do payments but until the circulation of this release, the team is yet to come on grounds that the team has not presented its reports from Morocco.”

Mr. Gbatu says the delay is very troubling and worrisome because as students, the primary focus is to study and meet up with the required grade point average of the Chinese Government Scholarship as well as the terms stipulated in the contract agreement with the Liberian Government. “

Moreover, the living standard in China has since increased and students now bear the full burden of funding for medical expenses (excluding cases of emergency), text books, dormitory rentals, internet, water bills, electricity and other daily expenses.

All the students here are holders of student’s visa and by the Chinese laws are not permitted to work. As a result, life in China becomes very unbearable when the source of income has been delayed for 10 months.”

Also in this advocacy, the September 2014 batch of students who came to China during the Ebola crisis did not receive their full allowances, when all other students in other countries who traveled the same time as the students in China received their just allowances.

This, according to the IMSC was due to a new policy by the Government of Liberia even though the contracts signed with the Government of Liberia stated otherwise.

The money (US$15,750) was paid by the Ministry of Finance and disbursed to China through the Liberian Embassy in Beijing but later returned to Liberia on orders of the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Hon. Puchu Leona Bernard.

Until now, there has not been any explanation or purported policy communicated to the affected students why they were denied their fair stipend.

The students also present their sincere plead that the IMSC expedites the travel arrangements for prospective graduates of 2016, as they will need baggage and incidental allowances and flight tickets to return home. Many students have already successfully defended their research theses and only awaiting graduation.

Graduates are expected to begin returning home as early as June 2016. Let this medium also serve as a passionate appeal to the Government to also make this matter a priority because of the straight immigration laws here so as to avoid another instance where Liberian students will again be thrown out of student’s dormitories or arrested and subjected to prison because of the unavailability of travel tickets to return home before his/her visa expires. There are no bilateral provisions on visa expiration and the financial penalty attached to this offence is very costly.

The students are meanwhile appealing to members of the national legislature for a timely intervention in asking the IMSC to remit these allowances to China.

“The first engagement has been a written communication to the members of the Inter Ministerial Scholarship Committee, House of Representatives through the House Committee on Education as well as the Senate through its Committee on Education but responses from these communications are yet to be received. Life in China has become unbearable, especially when students have been challenged by financial difficulties. Please act now before it is too late.”

Liberian Woman Confesses to Killing Husband By Poisoning

 
Mandansu Mallah’s confession in open court was made after one of the  defendants in the case testified before the court and jury, pointing  accusing fingers at her of being the one who killed her husband by  poisoning his food.Defendant Samuka Kanneh, 21, who is also  accused of aiding and abetting in the killing of Amara Fofana told the  court and jury that the late Fofana was his boss who he had known for  five years.He stated in his testimony that it was during Ramadan
 in late December 2015 while in the room that the late Fofana told him  that he was scheduled to go to Guinea to marry to another woman who his  parents have selected for him.Kanneh continued in his testimony  that when he asked the victim about his child’s mother, he replied that  his parents were the ones who have selected the woman for him and while  in the discussion, defendant Mallah entered the room and probably  overheard the conversation between them which led to a heated argument  between the defendant and the victim Fofana.According to Kanneh  he advised defendant Mallah not to engage Fofana because the Ramadan was
 coming to an end and thereafter they were going to discuss the matter,  and the defendant agreed.Defendant Kanneh, who is also standing  trial alongside Mallah for murder, said he later left the house after  the situation was calmed and went for a walk in the community. When he  returned, he said, Mandusu decided to prepare an evening supper and kept
 his own and that of the victim.“My food was separated from Amara's. After all of us had eaten our supper that evening, we all went to bed in the same room.At
 midnight, Mandusu woke me up and asked me for us to take Amara out and  deposit him in the septic tank; which I did,” said Kanneh who beg the  court and jury for forgiveness for his action.Defendant Mallah,  who took the witness stand after the testimony of Kanneh to testify on  her own behalf, burst into tears and told the court and jury that she  had nothing to say about the death of the late Amara Fofana.“I  have nothing to say about the death of the late Amara Fofana. I regret  his death and confess that I have done wrong to the state, court and  jury. Please forgive me for such occurrence that led to the death of my  late boyfriend,” said defendant Mallah.According to the court’s  indictment, on July 27, 2014, during the night hours, defendant Mandusu  Mallah prepared spaghetti with some eggs and mayonnaise for the deceased
 and burst three old radio batteries. The indictment continued  that she poured out the acid water from the batteries into the juice,  she prepared for the deceased and after eating the food he began to  experience stomach pain and became helpless while co-defendant Samuka  Kanneh and her took the unconscious body and dumped it in the septic  tank and covered it.Following her confession, the court presided
 over by Judge Boima Kontoe, ordered the case adjourned and rescheduled  for final argument to be followed by a jury verdict.Kennedy

Monrovia - The court room of the Criminal Court “A” at the Temple of Justice was a scene of shock this week when a woman who is on trial for allegedly killing her husband admitted to the act.

Kennedy.yangian@frontpageafricaonline.com

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Do You Know This Man? Corpse of Man Believed To Be Liberian in Holland

Monrovia – A Dutch journalist Marijke Kuin of MediArena 2 is seeking the help of Liberians and other West African nationals to establish the identity of a man who was found dead in Holland in November 2001. For now, authorities are working on the assumption that the young man is a Liberian national but are…
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