“We Want Every Security Matter Left with LNP”

first_imgOnly LNP providing security to all parties during elections, Police I.G. ClarifiesInspector General (IG) Gregory Coleman has said that the National Security Task Force is a representative of various security agencies, with the Liberia National Police being the lead actor in providing security services that are required during the electoral process.Inspector Coleman in a telephone conversation on Friday said that the role of the LNP and other security agencies in these elections remains critical to sustaining the peace and security of the country.Making reference to recent reports of some individuals attached to the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as private security, he said it is only the Liberian National Police that provides security protection to all parties during elections.‘‘We have spoken to the standard bearer of the CDC on it and he is currently cooperating with the LNP, and we hope that it continues. We want every security matter left with the LNP,’’ he said.Inspector Coleman, however, reassured the public of the LNP’s commitment to providing maximum security to all and cautioned Liberians to continue the high level of maturity exhibited during the first round of the elections in peace.“In order to sustain the peace and security of our nation, citizens must consider peace at all times as good citizens because if we are peaceful our children will go to school, and development will come as well,’’ he noted.He stated that the LNP is always prepared to provide maximum security to the Liberian people as required by the laws of the state.He pointed to the high level of maturity exhibited by all political parties during the October 10 elections, despite reports of various forms of disputes.IG Coleman underscored the need for all parties to show political maturity in settling issues and to  continue their good examples in order to uphold the hard-earned peace Liberians have been enjoying for the past 12 years under the current regime.‘‘I believe that everyone has his or her political interest, but respecting the rule of law in the best interest of the state should be more prioritized.’’Having understood that security is important in elections, it is important for all Liberians to live within the confines of the law, admonished the IG.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) LNP Inspector General Gregory Colemanlast_img read more

We will not cut down sports funding- Karauri

first_img0Shares0000Dissapointed Kariobangi Sharks skipper Eric Juma receives the second finisher’s cheque alongside club chairman Robert Maoga from SportPesa boss Kevin Twissa and FKF boss Nick Mwendwa. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya Jul 31 – Betting firm Sportpesa says it will continue sponsoring sporting ventures in the country despite the failure by Government to renew their license for allegedly not being tax compliant.CEO Ronald Karauri sought to allay fears raised by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala that the cancellation of the betting firm’s operating licence has thrown the Kenya Premier League into panic of losing their title sponsor. “In terms of sponsorship, I am a lover of sports, I will continues sponsoring Gor Mahia and AFC for as long as I am able,” Karauri on Wednesday afternoon told a sitting of the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee which was meeting over the halting of licenses and permits of betting and gaming firmsThe Kakamega Senator said supporters of the two community based football giants were living in fear of the repeat of a decision by Sportpesa which in January 2018 shocked the sporting fraternity by announcing the cancellation all its local partnerships citing a tax hike.The news follows last year’s announcement by Formula One Management that it had appointed an official gaming partner. Interregional Sports Group will offer live betting on F1 sessions.The gaming firm is one of the biggest supporters of local sports, bankrolling the Kenyan Premier League as the title sponsor to a tune of Sh87mn a year as well as both Gor and AFC, Kenya’s two biggest football clubs.SportPesa also sponsors the Football Kenya Federation Shield as well as boxing and rallying to add on to their Kits for Africa Community Social Responsibility program.Senate Minority Leader James Orengo (Siaya) said it was unfortunate that the betting firm was being targeted because of its flamboyant portfolio which has seen its sponsoring English Premiership side Everton, Championship side Hull City as well as U.K. based Formula 1 Team Racing Point.SportPesa also has sponsorship ventures in Italy and is also Arsenal and La Liga’s Africa betting partner.Senators Mutula Kilonzo (Makueni) and Susan Kihika (Nakuru) defended the betting firm saying the government went back on a court order that had allowed the company to continue operating as it resolved differences on tax issues.“I refuse a country where law is used to suffocate honest business while fraudsters in this country are making money and walking away,” said Kilonzo.Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito receives his Most valuable Player award from SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri on October 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The Ministry of Interior should try institute morality through legislation and not fear-mongering. They should better than to use this to confuse Kenyans and shut companies while leaving others running. I need to know what the distinction was between those whose licenses were renewed and those whose licenses were shut down. Do we have selective enforcement going?” posed the Makueni Senator.During the meeting Kenya Revenue Authority Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Meyo assured the Senate team that they have entered into talks with Sportpesa and 26 other betting and gaming firms whose licences have not been renewed because they had not complied with the new 20pc withholding tax on winnings.However, Karauri explained that the taxman was using a loophole in the amended Finance Act 2018 to demand winnings, a dispute that is before Taxation Dispute Tribunal.“We have paid taxes in the amount of Sh17.1bn since we began operating in Kenya, but KRA are demanding that we now have a debt of over Sh21bn. Our prayer to this Committee is that it rules that we be allowed to resume our operations, because we cannot get into negotiations when we are out of business,” Karauri argued.Mega Jackpot winner Samuel Abisai receiving his cheque.He further stated; “There has to be a level of good faith. Unfortunately when we try negotiate with KRA, they tell you pay first argue later.”But Meyo responded that they were forced to take the action after the firms refused to remit the taxation of the earned through the gross revenue declared through winnings.“The main contentious issue is the interpretation of what a winning is, if the law was changed in 2017 to say that a winning should not be, winning less stake, it cannot be changed later to mean the same thing, because when you look at the Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2017, winnings meant winnings less stake,” Meyo said in her explanation.All betting firms were supposed to be vetted afresh and have their licences renewed by July 1 in a bid to control the growing influx of the companies and ensure strict remittance of taxes.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more