US, GOL Take Stringent Security Measures

first_imgAmid lingering security fears in the country, especially as UNMIL’s mandate comes to an end next month, the United States and the Liberian governments continue to institute measures aimed at not just securing Liberia’s borders but also preventing internal threats.The two governments on Monday launched a new joint partnership to develop what is termed “The National Security Radio Communication Network” to further strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of Liberian civilian security agencies.The network was launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and US Under- Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield. Secretary Greenfield is a former Ambassador to Liberia, who formed a close bond with the locals while serving in the country.The partnership is expected to provide public servants with the necessary communication infrastructure to help protect Liberians and bring perpetrators of violence to justice.President Sirleaf described the launch of the network as another milestone for Liberia as UNMIL’s drawdown ends. She said Liberia is striving to meet a lot of milestones to take the country along the path of readiness to take over the security of the nation.The National Security Advisor to the President, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh Jr., attended the launching which was also attended by security chiefs from the National Security Agency (NSA), Liberia National Police (LNP), Liberia National Fire Service, Executive Protective Service (EPS), Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA), Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), among others. Ambassador Greenfield, who is on a visit to the country, said the launch represented a strong partnership in the US-Liberia relationship.She indicated that the U.S is interested in seeing effective communication services for Liberia and has committed US$5.5 million as part of the United States government’s support to making the system effective.The US diplomat noted that one of the responsibilities of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration is to safeguard the peace and stability of Liberia, adding that the US government has been a long time true partner of Liberia.“The project is for Liberia,” the Ambassador said. “Therefore the government should continue to invest in it and make it sustainable to protect Liberia from all security threats.” Dr. Fahnbulleh is the man at the center of the project. He said the ceremony was launched in line with the drawdown plan of UNMIL.He said a key component of the launch is to ensure that the nation’s civilian security radio communication covers the entire country. This process, he said, will upgrade the rule of law and the communication services of Liberia.He disclosed that the first phase of the service will be to link up Liberia from the north to northwest, and then move onto covering the entire country.Dr. Fahnbulleh said with the launch, Liberia will have an effective and efficient security system, which will build the public’s confidence.The second phase will cover the entire southeastern region of Liberia, and further connect to the northwestern parts of Liberia thereby bringing the whole country within reach of the National Civilian Security Radio Communications Network.The US government, through its Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, is in the final stages of awarding a multi—million dollar contract to rehabilitate the national security radio communications system of the government of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Isuza extra time curler sends Kenya to CECAFA final

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Whyvonne Isuza’s goal against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 14- Whyvonne Isuza’s 95th minute curling effort from inside the box saw Kenya’s Harambee Stars sail into the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.On an afternoon that Kenya’s performance was wanting, Isuza handed Stars the last laugh, scoring five minutes into the first period of extra time off a Samuel Onyango assist. For most part of the match, Burundi was the better team creating more chances, but it was the hosts who got luckier as they keep the hunt for a fifth CECAFA crown.The Burundians boasting a strong squad including the returning Abdul Razak Fiston who had been in Angola to negotiate for a transfer started strong.In the 10th minute, Patrick Matasi was called into his first save of the tie, tipping the ball over from a curling corner taken by Shasir Nahimana.Harambee Stars winger Ovellah Ochieng strolls forward against Burundi’s Moussa Omar during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later Musa Mohammed was forced into a goal-line clearance after Shabaan Hussein headed in from a Laudit Mavugo cross with keeper Matasi already beaten.Burundi continued to dominate, knocking the ball around with ease while Kenya struggled to keep possession. The usual fast movement the players have been accustomed to over their past four games was a far cry against Burundi.In the 28th minute, Shabaan had a shot fly over from distance after gliding his way smoothly past Kenyan markers on the right before shifting to a favorable shooting position.Towards the end of the half, Dennis Sikhayi made a superb tackle inside the box to deny Nahimana who had broken into the box from a Fiston ball on the left which had left Matasi for the dead.In the second half, Burundi continued to dominate and just two minutes in, centre back Moussa Omar saw his header off a Kwizera corner drop just wide at the far post.Kenya v BurundiThere were back to back chances in the 65th minute, first Matasi doing well to get behind a shot from Mavugo while on the counter launched, Ovella’s shot from the right went straight to the Burundi keeper.Stars were dealt a major blow with skipper Musa Mohammed limping off injured and in his place came Duncan Otieno who was slotted straight into defense, away from his usual preference in midfield. George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was also substituted for Kepha Aswani.Harambee Stars striker Kepha Aswani vies for the ball against Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAswani had a chance five minutes to time when he met a long throw from Wesley Onguso, but the effort went over with the keeper off his line.Another injury blow was meted on Kenya with Oburu limping off injured and replaced by Onyango.Onyango proved his worth five minutes into the first period of extra time, slicing in a low cross from the left and Isuza curling in the ball from inside the box unmarked.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more