Several River Cess communities are expected to soon be certificated by the Liberia Land Authority to take legitimate ownership of their customary lands. The mapping exercise, which the Sustainable Development Institute conducted in December 2020, saw four clans in River Cess settling their respective land disputes.
Former River Cess superintendent and independent candidate Wellington Geevon Smith has been declared winner of River Cess’s senatorial seat for the third and likely the final time.
As a commander of the Small Boy Unit —a brigade of child-soldiers of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia — Emmanuel Gaye guarded civilians his adult commanders captured on a goldmine in River Cess. He monitored their movement and activities. Nearly 18 years after the war, the 36-year-old has returned to the mines. But this time, he’s a civilian – a husband and father of two.
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.