Open ArmsBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarIt took many soft hearts like flying cottonThat welcomes the broken and in painsRoom and board for a common strangerWith no known story of if a ghost or realGood hearts brought forth a blissful unionFree to many weary meals fixed with praysAs was told they reflect a good SamaritanOpen ArmsIt will not take away from you but raiseThat perfumes a desolate desperate soulRoom for wisdom free just desire humilityWither quickly as vapor for failure to learnGoodness as grease flows perpetuallyFreedom looms richly near airy fingersAppease any with a warm wide welcomeOpen ArmsDiscourage But Not DefeatedBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarHave the zest to be a force to compete withFaint from the shame that played out beforeLet it loose for you are not the first to stumbleEars fill of the echoes of the many versionsStill and focused to make the win before allWill not easily let go of my dreams plus wantsSurely…..Discouraged But Not DefeatedGot energy to trample those nagging pestsSome with fans of wicked edges that woundsLuring innocent hearts so frail not to rise againSet back by chance still too weak to stand upEnlightened by a touch so divine it lifts higherShall not be dissuaded by the market place noisePurely….Discouraged But Not DefeatedMorning MistBy: Matenneh – Rose L. DunbarMorning MistRefreshing gust of heavens dewSoothing the age lines of yesterdayOn my color coated working faceThe cool morning rain sprinkledMoist stringed droplets right on meA glass hand that hangs on the windDoused my day in calm and beautyI glee for the chance to fell the MasterMorning Mist REFLECTION ON THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM NAH DIXONBy Togba-Nah TipotehYou, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Godly SonHailed from the County of RivercessAs a Child of God and nothing lessThe Rivercess of peopleWho are in body feebleBecause they smell their wealthTorturing their daily health Yet they do not taste their wealthTo build up their daily healthYes, the people do not tasteWhat few others use as wasteThis too is the Country called LiberiaWith all of its malariaThe Country of Smell No TasteWhere big shots are in no hasteTo end the massive povertyThat is still Liberia’s realityThen enters you, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Rivercess SonWith a running visionSet on a burning visionNot for yourself But for otherself Starting a long time ago Exactly some fifty years ago You built the School for the Deaf and Dumb While few others damaged Liberia with their bomb Seeing the people starving When few others were greeding You, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon A Rivercess Son Set out to Feed The People No matter how feeble Then the Civil War came With no better name, it came And made Liberia worse Giving Liberia a curse Then you, ArchBishop William Nah Dixon> A Patriotic Rivercess Son Joined hands with other patriotic Liberians Taking action together as Muslims and Christians To put an end to the Civil War With the people saying NO MORE WARWE WANT PEACE PEACE WITHOUT CEASE You, ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Peaceful Rivercess Son Set on a Peace Mission Directly by your Godly Vision Spoke on the radio wave With the voice to you that God gave This was the voice of the people No matter how feeble The voice that brought Liberia to a standstillWithout any violent societal illOn January 10, 1997With Blessings from HeavenOpening up the People’s GateBringing in Liberia’s most democratic event to dateAs over one million Liberians stayed homeThey were no where in the streets to roamThey stayed home, voting for peace over warAnd the Civil War ended, as we all sawNow, let us memorialize ArchBishop William Nah DixonA Patriotic Rivercess SonBy taking action together for justiceWithout any form of prejudiceBecause it is only justice that brings peaceThe peace that comes without cease Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GECOM chairmanship appealThe Court of Appeal on Friday granted an application to expedite the proceedings filed by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary, Zulfikar Mustapha, who is appealing the High Court ruling that upheld President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).At the first hearing on Wednesday, Mustapha’s legal team, led by Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, had applied for the matter to be expedited given the importance of the case. As such, at Friday’s hearing, the Appeal Court panel, led by acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards, agreed with Nandlall that the matter was one of “national importance” and should be expedited.However, this was not before the court heard arguments from both parties.Attorney General Basil Williams argued that the hearing of the appeal should be postponed to after the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), which were already set, and monies spent for preparations.However, Nandlall, a former Attorney General himself, dismissed those arguments, saying that the Local Government polls could always be rescheduled and pointing out that the Party’s paramount concern was to have the appeal determined way ahead of the 2020 General and Regional Elections so that there was sufficient time for further appeal at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) if necessary.After hearing the arguments of the two sides, Justice Cummings-Edwards set October 4 as the soonest possible date. During this time, the parties will have to file their submissions with regard to the appeal case and the acting Chancellor urged them “to observe the timelines”.The acting Chancellor in her ruling on the ‘expedite request’ said that “…a hearing of the appeal should be conducted in a relatively short space of time …This is not to say we are not mindful of other matters that are before us, but such matters of national importance have been dealt with before”.Shortly after the hearing, Nandlall told reporters that he was pleased with the court’s decision, since the matter could have been fixed at a much later date.Nandlall went on to say that he did not see any issue with the LGE being rescheduled if the court ruled in a particular way since December was initially earmarked for the Elections.On the other hand, AG Williams indicated to media operatives that he would be ready with his submissions, since they would be premised on the same arguments he proffered in court, stating that President Granger properly appointed the GECOM Chair and that Chief Justice Roxane George confirmed that appointment in her ruling last month.However, he was adamant that with November 12 already set as the date for the LGE this year, the appeal proceeding would not affect it.“We made our application on law, that is, when Mr Nandlall filed his action, an election date has not been announced. An election date is now announced and it means that the process has commenced and the courts really ought not to interfere with that process … The law tells you quite clearly, the court shouldn’t stop any election by an application made before the holding of the elections because of the volume of money and activities that would have already been spent and already undergone. It didn’t make sense; it would be more debilitating than progressing,” the AG pointed out.However, Attorney Nandlall contended that no monies were spent.After rejecting three lists of nominees submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, President Granger went ahead and unilaterally appointed Justice Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. This decision had been, and continues to be, the centre of contention.In fact, it was as a result of this that the PPP Executive Secretary approached the High Court to challenge the appointment. But on June 8, 2018, Chief Justice George had ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allowed for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM Chair. As such, Mustapha earlier this month filed legal proceedings to appeal the High Court decision.