State of Emergency Extended for Another 30 Days

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President George Manneh Weah

In spite of preventive measures put in place, number of confirmed cases and deaths due to Coronavirus continues to rise, Executive Mansion says.

The President of Liberia, H. E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has by proclamation extended the State of Emergency (SOE) by additional 30 days, in consultation with the National Legislature. The President said the decision will afford the government the opportunity to re-examine its COVID-19 response strategy.

According to a release from the Executive Mansion, the President, in his proclamation, issued on June 22, 2020, says that despite the measures that have been put in place to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the country, including the compulsory wearing of face masks, hand-washing and social distancing, cases and deaths from the disease continue to rise.

The Liberian Government declared a State of Emergency in April in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. At the time, movements were restricted and the joint security forces were called upon to help with the enforcement of the set of protocols that were recommended by the health authorities.

Those measures expired on June 21, 2020 in keeping with the SOE’s timeframe. Today’s extension not only reactivates the Liberian Government’s tough response strategy, but also offers the opportunity to examine the measures again.

President Weah has said that the extension takes immediate effect, pending deliberations at the National Legislature in keeping with the Liberian Constitution.

Please See below the Proclamation:

Whereas, in response to the effect of Covid-19 on the people and residents of Republic of Liberia, the President of Liberia proclaimed a State of Emergency on 8 April, 2020, which State of Emergency was approved by the Legislature by a Joint Resolution of the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate on 17 April, 2020, and approved by the President and published into handbills on 20 and 21 April 2020 respectively; and

Whereas, prior to the expiration of the aforesaid Joint Resolution the President of Liberia requested the Legislature for an extension thereof, for reasons that notwithstanding all the measures imposed by the State of Emergency, especially the restrictions on the movements of people and the health protocols (stay-at-home order, social distancing and wearing of masks), the incidence of persons infected by Covid-19 and the incidence of death caused by Covid-19 have increased exponentially; and

Whereas, as at 17 June, 2020, the Information Management Sysstems (IMS) has reported 542 (five hundred forty-two) total confirmed infected persons and 33 (thirty-three) deaths;

Whereas, in the President’s request for extension of the State of Emergency, he informed the Legislature that the extension will provide the opportunity for the Executive to re-examine its response strategy to Covid-19 and thereby better secure and protect the people and residents of the Republic of Liberia against this dreadful scourge; and

Clearly, notwithstanding all the efforts of the Government to control the effect of Covid-19 on our people, especially the SOE Declaration and its attending restrictions on movement of people, social distancing protocols and wearing of masks, the number of people infected by Covid-19 has exponentially increased since the SOE Declaration. This obviously necessitates the extension of the SOE for another period of thirty (30) days, during which the Government will re-examine its response strategy to Covid-19 and introduce a program of action to better secure and protect the Liberian people against this dreadful scourge.

Whereas, pending the Legislature deliberation on the President’s request to decide whether the extension of a state of emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE MANNEH WEAH, President of the Republic of Liberia, by virtue of the Authority in me vested, do hereby declare and proclaim an extension of the State of Emergency for a period of thirty (30) days effective 22 June (the date of its expiration) and ending on the twenty-one (21) day of July, 2020.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA, IN THE CITY OF MONROVIA, COUNTY OF MONTSERRADO, THIS 22nd DAY OF JUNE, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2020, AND OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC, THE 173RD

GEORGE MANNEH WEAH
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT

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GBEHZOHNGAR M. FINDLEY
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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5 COMMENTS

  1. According to the Executive Mansion website (emansion.org-liberia), the time is back to 6:00PM, and the airport will open on the 28th of this month.

  2. The additional 30 days SOE or SAHO is necessary Mr. President to help curtail the further spread of COVID-19, as it is sky-rocketing these few days.

    I hope that the strategies revision will take into consideration of enforcing previous measures ( 6pm – 6am, wearing of face masks or face shields, periodic washing of hands & physical distancing) among others by State Securities, Local & Health Authorities including Communities Leaders without fear or favor.

    My second concern has to do with the government announcement for production and distribution of 1Million local face masks for used of citizens across the country.

    My appeal is for decentralization of the production of the face masks to empower the locals and the implementation of the government Propoor Agenda for Peace, Prosperity and Development.

    If the 100000 (M) / 15 Counties is equal to 6,667 pieces per County, and if divided amongst 20 tailors in a county means that 1 person will be producing 333.35 pieces times approximately $ 50 LD for 1 piece will amount to $ 16,668 LD per person.
    See this great impact the government will make if taken this recommendation in serious consideration?

    Monrovia alone is not Liberia and as such the people considering majority should be remembered during these situations!

    My Passionate Appeal, Even When The Mathematics Is Not Correct!

  3. Good political idea, as playing the role of the devil’s political advocate. When was the 30 million US dollars food distribution started ? Some time in early June, one would say. And within that period the emergency is lifted ? What happened to all that money that was borrowed for the virus and food support ? That is the question to be answered from the regime. So why not extend the emergency measures for another month ? That way the citizens will be under the impression that the food distribution funds were actually used for the actual purposes and all questions surrounding the the transparency will be put to rest. That it took the regime two months to distribute all the food supplies meant for distribution, and the alleged 30 million US dollars meant for the distribution is finished. And so the country can be reopened. One month to reopen the country and the funding for the virus just went into effect, and now every is over ? They spent 30 million US dollars feeding people in just one month ? Of course something is not right, as usual. So it is better to stay ahead of the thinking faculties of the citizens. Cause what they do not know will not hurt them at all. Of course the Coronavirus is real and deadly. Of course it is regrettable that the regime is lacking in technical administrative know how to manage its own distribution strategy, as to win the confidence of its citizens. Outsourcing as the next best thing to do was not actually wrong. But the he says on the part of the regime and the WFP she says concerning transparency and accountability have forced one to play the devil’s political advocate. Since the people in the House of Laws are not interested to find out the facts. The people in the House of laws were not interested in the 16 billion dollars in local currency, they were not interested in the 25 million US dollars mop-up exercise. They are not interested in the he says and she says between the regime and WFP. The only reason that the devil’s advocate can say about this ,is not to make the regime to look bad in the face of the citizens. They do not want the regime to be a reflection of themselves. Their political narrative of conspiracy against the nation is, we all in this together, no matters how and what happened. Because the people in the House of Laws will not act of the concerns of the citizens, there will always be devil’s advocate. For those who time it is to eat there is no citizens’ concerned, but that of the devil’s advocate. But for those who have to struggle for common necessities, they shared the same views as the devil’s advocate. That is , are the people at WFP influencing the regime on the food distribution , or the regime acting on its health information, or is it too early to open up the country and shut down the food distribution? The answer is somewhere in that concerned. The only defeat of any devil’s advocate is the light of transparency and accountability. In doubt about this last sentence, check out the Holy Bible where it speaks about the true Light vs. darkness. And what the Holy Bible has to say about light and darkness to defeat the devil . So where is the transparency and accountability to defeat the devil’s advocate on the he says by the regime and the people at WFP concerning the 9 million or ten million in question ? Where is the light to defeat the devil’s advocate ?

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