12 November 2012

Liberia: Gardnersville Resident Frowns At Lawmakers - Says Lawmakers Turn Rights Activists

A resident of the Hilltop City Community in Gardnersville, Mrs. Oretha G. Doe, is calling on members of the National Legislature to refrain from being human rights, civil societies or political parties activists and focus on the work of the Liberian people for which they were elected to perform.

Frowning at the lawmakers, Mrs. Doe said all members of the National Legislature were elected by their respective constituencies in the 2011 general and presidential elections with the hope and confidence that they will uphold the mandate and responsibility enshrined in the Liberian Constitution.

She pointed out that these responsibilities should not be assorted or pull with any interest less than that of the people they represent, cautioning, lawmakers to at all times remember that it is incumbent upon them to justify the confidence reposed in them.

In an interview with this paper over the weekend in Gardnerville, Mrs. Doe said that recent stance taken by Legislators to engage one another in media warfare with the Executive Branch on issues with the oil saga is not in the best interest of the public.

"Lawmakers should be concerned about the unemployment rate, including the reduction in public school fees considering the high cost of living coupled with increase in the price of basic commodities instead of fighting each other.

Speaking further, Mrs. Doe made specific reference to recent statement by Montserrado County electoral District # 6 Representative, Edwin Melvin Snowe which disclosed that a major conspiracy to remove the Speaker of the House of the Representatives J. Alex Tyler as was done in his case.

She quoted Rep. Snowe as sounding a caveat to the perpetrators to beware that this time around; their conspiracy would fall at what he called "their down steps".

"Statement like these coming from our leaders could force opposition parties to get involved in conflict that could plunge the entire country in another round of deadly war again." Mrs. Doe stressed.

She emphasized that the lawmakers have the power as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution to summon anyone who might needs to appear before the House and answer questions or to comment on problem they are confronted with..

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