12 July 2012

Liberia: Broh Back in the Streets

Photo: New Democrat
Broh celebrating Liberia’ debt waiver. (file photo)

Monrovia embattled Acting Mayor Mary Broh has returned to the streets of the city after enduring one month and two weeks of intensive public criticism of her activities by member of the Liberian Senate.

On Wednesday Madam Broh and her team ruthlessly engaged streets vendors and passers-by, clearing sidewalks and enforcing city ordinance.

Her return also followed Tuesday's appearance before the Liberian Senate where she described a Holy Bible given to her for the taking of an oath as "dirty."

The Senate had earlier declared votes of no confidence in her after a female staff of the upper House accused the acting mayor of assaulting her.

The embattled mayor's sudden return has generated debate among residents of Monrovia on grounds that the Senate has not made any further clarification relative to its 'votes of no confidence' in Broh.

It could be recalled, that members of the 53rd Liberian Senate declared 'vote of no confidence' in Madam Broh and subsequently wrote President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf about their decision.

On Tuesday, Madam Broh appeared before the full plenary of the Liberian Senate and read a letter of apology to the Senators. Mayor Broh said in her communication that she regretted the action.

"I duly regret my action and that I'm so sorry if my action may have brought any embarrassment this august body in the eyes of the general public. We will closely work with the Liberian Legislature, especially 'the Senate in the effort of building democracy', she said. Following the reading of the communication, the Senate moved that the apology be discussed behind closed door in order to decide the fate of Madam Broh.

Though the outcome of the closed door session has not been made public but Wednesday's return to the street by the embattled Mayor indicates that the Senate may have somersaulted.

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