The National Elections Commission’s River Cess office has announced a winner in the county’s Special Senatorial Election.
A long-standing dispute over land that is the focus of mining and forestry interests erupted into violence early Friday morning, leaving two men shot and the village of Jay in Central C Administrative District burned.
River Cess officials have received L$650,000 (US$3,250) in bribes and gratuities from illegal miners operating in the south-central county. The situation is a typical example of how local and county officials meddle in mining administration—a major challenge in the mining sector for decades.
River Cess is experiencing one of its worst economic periods since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Liberia. Small businesses are struggling as a surge in new cases is creating uncertainty.
Barely two weeks after River Cess recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case, the county health officer has announced three additional cases.
After going without a confirmed COVID-19 case for months, River Cess has registered its first case. A now-deceased 21-year-old woman tested positive of the Coronavirus.
Built in remote places with no presence of county authorities and law enforcement officers and plagued by crimes, including prostitution, and illegal drug smuggling, many artisanal mines in River Cess run quasi governments to maintain law and order.
The first person to be suspected of COVID-19 in River Cess has died hours after he was taken to the St. Francis Hospital for observation.Â