Good week for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and bad week for Kgomotso Phahlane

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the coveted Mo Ibrahim prize for African leadership — a nice nest egg of US$5m paid out over 10 years and then $200,000/year for the rest of the winner’s life. It is only the fifth time the prize has been awarded since its launch in 2006. Sirleaf, Africa’s first woman head of state, was succeeded by George Weah last month. She took office 12 years ago, at a time when Liberia had been destroyed by civil war, and laid the foundation for reconciliation and nation-building.

Former top cop Kgomotso Phahlane found himself in the dock on charges of fraud and corruption, together with his wife, Brigadier Beauty Phahlane, and used-car salesman Durand Snyman. The charges against the former police commissioner stem from kickbacks he allegedly received for the awarding of tenders while he was head of the police forensics division. On top of that the lieutenant-general and his co-accused had to cough up R10,000 bail each in the Pretoria specialised commercial crimes court.

Source: Business Live

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.