28 December 2012

Liberia: Grand Bassa Lawmaker Sees Flaw in Code of Conduct

Grand Bassa Senator John Whitfield has identified serious flaw in the proposed Code of Conduct Bill currently before the National Legislature for passage into law. Senator Whitfield said those who drafted the Code of Conduct for Government officials did so hurriedly and as such there are certain insertions that do not correspondent with good governance and respect for those in authority.

Citing an example when he appeared on the popular Senator Whitfield 'Truth Breakfast Show', aired on Truth FM yesterday said a clause in the Code of Conduct indicates that for a government official to make public statement or pronouncement, he or she must seek permission or abrogation from their supervisor.

Senator Whitfield wondered who the supervisor of the legislators is if it is not the people who elected them to office. "Do we have to always go back to our people before speaking on their behalf and interest?" the Senator asked.

The Grand Bassa County Senator who was elected to the Liberian Senate during the 2011 Elections on the ticket of the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) said the Code of Conduct Bill is now before the National Legislature and discussion relative to its passage has started.

Senator Whitfield said following the deliberations by legislators, the Code of Conduct Bill will be returned to the Executive Branch of Government to make the necessary adjustment that will make it proper and befitting a civilized society.

Senator Whitfield said since the beginning of the current vacation for legislators, the leadership of both Houses has been at the Capitol Building deliberating on issues of National concern.

There have been calls in several quarters for the passage of the Code of Conduct into Law if Liberia will have to standardize its administrative and other structures for the benefit of the entire country.

Civil Society Groups after one another have called for the passage of this all important bill which has been at the National Legislature since the 51st Legislature.

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