The crafter of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has clarified that after drafting the new Liberian Constitution and submitting it to President Samuel Kanyon Doe, the President adjusted some parts for reasons not disclosed.Dr. Sawyer has over time been accused by some Liberians for crafting a constitution that made Liberia a secular state and gave lengthy tenures to legislators and the president.Based on this concept, the Constitution Review Committee, now headed by Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, has solicited the views of citizens on the tenures of the president, senators and representatives, which will form a part of the referendum expected to be held next year.Making clarifications in an exclusive interview with this newspaper last weekend at his Governance Commission office, Dr. Sawyer indicated that he and his 25-member National Constitutional Commission structured the tenures of president, senators and representative as six years for senators and four years each for the president and representatives.Contrary to this structure, said Dr. Sawyer, President Doe recommended 9 years for Senators and 6 for the President and Representatives.Dr. Sawyer also told this newspaper that the appointment of Superintendents was structured to be done by the President in consultation with local leaders who would recommend three persons from among whom the President would choose one for each county. He also said the drafted constitution demanded the setting up of a judicial service committee to evaluate the Chief Justice and other justices of the Supreme Court and the judges, but that was left out by President Doe when he reviewed it.On the issue of making Liberia a secular state as enshrined in the 1986 Constitution, Dr. Sawyer said that in order to not create the feeling of discrimination and exclusion by any group, they agreed to make Liberia a secular state with everyone practicing his/her religion without harm to the other.He also argued that the 1847 Constitution did not make Liberia a state of one religion, but clearly stipulated that Liberia is a country wherein everyone is free to practice his/her religion without harming or offending others.The Constitution of 1847 Article 1 Section 3 states: “All men have a natural and unalienable right to worship God, according to the dictates of their own consciences, without obstruction or molestation from others: all persons demeaning themselves peaceably, and not obstructing others in their religious worship, are entitled to the protection of law, in the free exercise of their own religion; and no sect of Christians shall have exclusive privileges or preference,over any other sect; but all shall be alike tolerated: and no religious test whatever shall be required as a qualification for civil office, or the exercise of any civil right.”Arguing on this provision and the need to enjoy peaceful coexistence in the country, Dr. Sawyer said he stands opposed to the call for making Liberia a“Christian state” and that it will not mean well for the country if such a decision is made.He said the National Constitution Commission that drafted the 1986 Constitution did better work and reached all Liberians with the message than the current Constitution Review Committee (CRC). Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The University of Guyana cricket team, the UG Trojans, will be departing these shores on September 20 to participate in the 2nd Cyril Bonar Memorial T/20 Cricket Competition, to be held at the DR Snelle Park in Paramaribo, Suriname between September 22nd and 23rd.The University of Guyana Cricket team (Trojans) competing in the upcoming tournamentThe matches are scheduled to be played on September 22, 2018 from 9:30 am to midnight; and September 23, 2018 from 9:30 am to 10:00 pm. Guyana’s very own Tremayne Smartt, part of the current West Indies Women’s T/20 World Championship Team, is expected to be there. Smartt, a right-arm medium bowler, has an impressive economy rate of 5.51, and best bowling figures of 3/9 at the T/20 level.Speaking with Guyana Times Sport, Coach of the UG Trojans, Kenroy Joseph, said, “The team is expected to win the tournament, simply because we have been doing commendably in all formats of cricket at present, plus the team spirit is high”.Joseph warned that the Trojans should not be taken for granted, although it is known that the other teams have made them a study.He said the recent GCA first division tournament, in which the Trojans had participated up to the semi-final stage before being defeated by the DCC because of Christopher Barnwell’s heroics, produced players that should definitely be feared in the upcoming tournament. Those outstanding players are Omesh Danhram, Ershad Ali and Linden Austin, all of whom are valuable all-rounders who have performed well in the GCA cricket.He said the most impressive characteristic of his feared players is their pace lineup, which can claim wickets early in the power play overs with the likes of Ray Newton and Suresh Danhia leading the charge from the front.The squad participating in the 2nd Cyril Bonar Memorial T/20 Cricket competition is made up of D Dodson (Capt) L Austin, O Danhram, E Ali, D George, S Dhania, R Newton, D Heywood, G Matthew, P Persaud, M Persaud, N Bollers and K Greene.