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.
People with visual impairments in River Cess are saying the lack of any support from the government is forcing them to go begging for handouts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages.
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.
The Incident Management System has ended an orientation and strategic meeting with the Incident Command Systems and political leadership of both River Cess and Grand Bassa.
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