The governing Unity Party (UP) has declared the “beloved son” of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Robert, as a character with moral deficiencies too “appalling” to contest the ensuing senatorial election as a candidate.Robert Sirleaf, the President’s “beloved son” as indicated in her memoirs, has placed his name on the ballot to stand in the upcoming election as a candidate for Montserrado; Liberia’s first and most populous county.Sirleaf has opted to campaign against his mother’s political party that was fielding a candidate, Ali Sylla, who later declined. Another candidate in the race is former soccer star and Peace Ambassador, George Opong Weah.Addressing a news conference over the weekend, Unity Party Secretary General Wilmot Paye announced that it has not, and will not support Robert Sirleaf because he (Robert) “lacks the moral credentials and credibility to earn our party’s trust.”UP asserted that the party is convinced that while Robert may have become rich overnight, he stills does not deserve the vote of the people.The party further warned members of the Executive Committee, including Robert’s mother, President Johnson Sirleaf, to be fully aware of the consequences in taking the decision to support Robert, adding. “Pledging her support to him would be done at his or her own risk.”Unity Party said: “Besides, it will be foolhardy for any member and leader of UP to support a man whose conduct and activities have the trademark of an avowed enemy. Moreover, any member seen or caught undermining any of our candidates will be treated like an enemy of the Unity Party-like Robert Sirleaf.“The marauding bands of individuals with appalling moral deficiencies have nothing to offer and will be crushed in their mischief. We cannot allow Liberia to fall prey to their whims and caprices.“We complained that this Sirleaf was an emerging monster determined to impose his abominable will on our society.“We have every reason to believe that this Sirleaf is determined to undermine the UP, this he is pursuing religiously, using privileges and resources that he did not have nine years ago.”Paye on behalf of the party said, making Sirleaf senator at this moment will be the “most horrible crime of the 21st Century.”Explaining the party’s ordeal with the President’s son, Paye lamented; “In the meeting of Tuesday, October 21, 2014, which he had called, Robert Sirleaf hurled insults at the UP and its leadership.“He went as far as describing the assembled youth leaders as being “malnourished.” He threatened that “they will remain poor for the next three years of this administration if they don’t support his senatorial bid.“This is no idle threat, and so we detest it in the strongest possible terms! We must stop this creeping monster once and for all.“Our patience has run out! No longer will we tolerate Robert’s unprovoked actions against us. Although not so privileged, as he is, to reap from where he did not sow, we will yet expose his grand design. Henceforth, we will treat him as an enemy. He was no friend of UP, is no friend even now, and will he be in decades to come,” the UP statement concluded.Meanwhile, when reached for comments, the Robert Sirleaf campaign team agreed to officially respond to the UP’s assertions this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put watches proceedings during Kenya’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 15-Harambee Stars head coach Paul Put has urged fans to turn out in their droves on Sunday when the team plays in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final, insisting on the importance of the 12th man.Stars have found favor among fans in the two games played in Kisumu and Kakamega, but the atmosphere has been hugely underwhelming playing at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Giving an example of his time at the Burkina Faso national team when he led the side to the African Cup of Nations Final, the Belgian tactician says the fans have a huge role to play if Kenya will go on and win the tournament as well as succeed in future assignments.“When I came to Burkina Faso, there was a problem. Players were afraid to play at home because of the public. I told them that once they came behind the team, we will see better results and we ended in the AFCON final. I hope our fans will push our team in the final on Sunday and also for AFCON with the senior team,” Put said.He added; “I hope it’s the same with Kisumu because the fans came. If you have the support for example for AFCON and it’s 12 v 11, you have the advantage. We need people to come.”Fans enjoy proceedings during the opening ceremony for the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHarambee Stars will be seeking their seventh Senior Challenge title, having last won it in 2013 when they beat Sudan 2-0 at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.Put is however worried with the fitness of his side after a grueling tournament that has already cost him three dependable players. Massoud Juma is out of the tournament after picking an injury against Libya on match day two.Musa Mohammed and Vincent Oburu were both substituted in the semi-final against Burundi on Thursday.“It will be tough for the players because we have had very tough matches. I don’t know whether Musa and Oburu will be available again; we will have to see over the next two days. But if they are out it will be an opportunity for other players to stand up and show themselves,” the coach said.He has also admitted they got lucky against Burundi who he said were the better team, but blamed it on difference in fitness.“We played four matches, Burundi had three. They were sure of qualification after two games and rested six of their players. For us we played with same players for four games. Add on that we had to travel a long way and you can’t really blame the players,” Put said on his side’s performance.Harambee Stars players line up for a group photo before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added;“We are not Barcelona, we are not Real Madrid; we have to be realistic. The first half Burundi was better and I was disappointed. We have to understand that we have played many games in a short period. We were lucky in first half because Burundi is a good team.”The tactician now says they will put in their best effort to ensure they win the tournament, saying the players have a chance to show their best infront of the whole continent.Kenya has a good history in playing CECAFA finals as they have won six of the seven finals they have played in. Their only final loss was in 2012 when they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Uganda Cranes in Kampala.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
David de Gea Incredible De Gea save to deny Matip sees him extend impressive Premier League record Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 20:35 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images David de Gea Manchester United Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League The 26-year-old denied the Liverpool defender with his feet when he seemed certain to score, much to the delight of Man Utd fans on social media David de Gea showed why he is widely considered to be the Premier League’s best goalkeeper with his first-half performance against Liverpool, with one particular stat standing him out from the rest.The Spanish goalkeeper made a terrific save with his feet to deny Joel Matip from point-blank range, helping his side head into the break level at Anfield.5 – No goalkeeper has made more saves from big chances in the @premierleague this season than David de Gea. Stretch. #LIVMUN pic.twitter.com/karSzZ6kNr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 14, 2017And that save proved to be the fifth he’s made this season to deny clear-cut, ‘big chances’, with no goalkeeper in England’s top flight having made more than the former Atletico Madrid man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. De Gea has already kept six clean sheets from United’s opening seven matches and was in top form once again against Jurgen Klopp’s side as he kept out Matip with his left boot.Man Utd 4/5 away to Benfica in UCLAnd United fans clearly enjoyed the latest show of heroics from the 26-year-old, taking to social media to heap praise on their No.1 goalkeeper.When manage to get past Man United’s back 4 and you approach David De Gea pic.twitter.com/R4gBQix9U8— luisa @itsluisagibson) October 14, 201770% of the world is covered by water, the rest is covered by De Gea. #LIVMUN— Nima’s Spartacus (@AsiakJohnson) October 14, 2017If you think any goalkeeper is better than David de Gea you are deluded..— Aidan Walsh (@AidanMUFC_) October 14, 2017David De Gea best in the world simple as that!!— BAKERMUFC(@BAKERMUFC1999) October 14, 2017David de Gea be like… #LIVMUN pic.twitter.com/ep89UDZmud— SlashFootball (@slashfootball) October 14, 2017David de Gea. Simply The Best.— Utd (@RantUtd) October 14, 2017When you finally dribble past United’s back4 and you meet David De Gea. pic.twitter.com/9u4EgmD3ys— JM (@Mourinholic) October 14, 2017De Gea missed out on the Golden Glove award for the most clean sheets in England’s top flight last season, with Thibaut Courtois claiming that award after 16 shut-outs.His save ensured that United held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield, going top of the Premier League table at least temporarily with Man City playing against Stoke City at 3pm UK time.