VP Taylor (4th from right with hands crossed) poses with local officialsCitizens demand that she apologize and desistSeveral Bong County citizens have blamed Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the confusion in the county because of statements attributed to her. The citizens condemned the Vice President’s statements and called on her to return home to make an open apology to the people.Some of the citizens, who spoke on the community radio station’s Saturday morning phone-in program on June 2, claimed that the VP’s recent statement threatening the dismissal of local officials who will not join the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has the propensity to further divide the locals and stir up confusion in the minds of their leadership.The citizens made the statements on several radio talk shows like the Kwatekeh, “Open Platform, which is Radio Gbarnga Rendezvous and the Super Bongese Morning Show.Recently, VP Taylor, who served as Senator for 12 years, while installing local officials into their respective offices in Gbarnga, said it is impossible for the government to work with people with whom she does not share the same political ideology.“The Bible says how can two walk together if they don’t agree. For us to agree, we must be on the same side, so if you think you can’t make it, tell us and we’ll find somebody else,” the VP warned the local leadership. “If any chief wants to see me, you have to get to Representative Marvin Cole and the Superintendent of Bong County, Madam Esther Walker. If you don’t get to them and approve your problem, please don’t come to me,” the Vice President told the inducted officials.“I am not scared of anybody, only God and the President of Liberia, so if you feel you will not work with us, you’ll be replaced,” Madam Taylor informed the local officials. The Vice President, who is known for making controversial statements, said similar actions were taken during the Unity Party regime when people were made to join the ruling establishment at the time.Barely a week following the VP’s threat, some of the citizens have raised objections to her statements which they said were causing further confusion in the county, adding, “the Vice President is the highest government official there, and should therefore be the one to take the lead to reconcile, but not to make these kinds of declarations. It scares us as citizens,” each of the callers emphasized.The citizens said it was unfortunate that anyone in the county who holds a contrary position to the ruling Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) were being subjected to intimidation and harassment with the use of the coercive apparatus of the state.“Most of the people who worked with the local government have been removed from their posts by Electoral District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole, and replaced by CDC partisans, a situation that is creating bad blood among the citizens” the talk show callers stated.Jackson Quianbian, a supporter of the former ruling Unity Party, who opposed Rep. Cole’s election in 2017, was replaced by the secretary-general of the CDC in Bong, Sayblee Weyea as Labor Commissioner, while Quianbian’s Deputy, William Summorward, chairman of the People’s Unification Party (PUP), was replaced by C. Tarwoe Walonfa, a fanatic of Rep. Cole.A week ago, on the recommendation of Rep. Cole, the County Education Officer, Samuel Koenig, was replaced by James Zuannah, a staunch supporter of the CDC in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of the champions for the restoration of the Ward Theatre, the late chairperson of the Ward Theatre Foundation, Ruby Martin, was remembered at a benefit concert held on November 18 at the Institute of Jamaica Lecture Hall, on East Street, downtown Kingston. The concert, organised by the Foundation and titled, ‘Remembering Ruby Martin’, was staged on the date that would have been Mrs. Martin’s birthday. She had led a campaign to save the theatre and had organised several Sunday morning concerts over the years, before she passed away on April 17, 2012. Among the performers at the event were: Dr. Curtis Watson (bass baritone); Archie Dunkley (piano); the Brandenburg Singers, Movements Dance Company and Rosina Moder (recorder) and friends. In his remarks, Chairman of the organising committee, Cedric McDonald, said that Mrs. Martin was relentless in her pursuit to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the theatre until the time of her passing. Her final work, he said, was the implementation of a business plan and power point presentations to stakeholders and potential sponsors. He noted that some $6.9 million is needed to restore the facility and appealed to corporate Jamaica and all sectors of the society to support the initiative. Custos of St. Mary, the Hon. A.A. ‘Bobby’ Pottinger, who represented patrons of the Foundation, the Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, said the concert was a fitting tribute to the life, work and memory of Ruby Martin. “Her commitment was unmatched anywhere in Jamaica and through her tireless efforts while in charge of the Ward Theatre Foundation, the project to restore the theatre received prominence, both locally and internationally,” he said. In his message, the Governor General said that the Ward Theatre, situated in the centre of Jamaica’s capital, was the birthplace of the National Pantomime and hosted presentations from Jamaica’s accomplished cultural icons, such as Ranny Williams and Louise Bennett (Miss Lou). He urged Jamaicans to honour her contribution, not only by reflecting on what the Ward had contributed to the development of our culture, but by ensuring that it retained prominence as “a beacon of light, hopes and dreams for Jamaicans everywhere.” The theatre, established in 1912, is closed as it needs extensive repair and restoration. It was donated to the city of Kingston by the then Custos of Kingston Colonel Charles James Ward.
TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted.Twyla Wyteria Coleman, 32, is last known to be living in the area of Clover Road in Tuscaloosa. Coleman is wanted on charges of property theft.Marshall Wade Brown, 42, is last known to be living in the area of Coco Lane in Brookwood. Brown is wanted on property theft charges.Brandon Oneal Bush, 33, is last known to be living in the area of First Avenue in Tuscaloosa. Bush is wanted on charges of possession of a controlled substance.If you have any information on these or any others wanted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, please call 205-464-8672 or visit tcsoal.org. You can also visit TCSO on Facebook here, or on Twitter here.