23 February 2013

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Suspends Mary Broh, Grace Kpan

Photo: New Democrat
City Mayor Mary Broh celebrating Liberia'’s debt waiver.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Friday suspended from office Acting Monrovia City Mayoress, Madam Mary Broh and troubled-prone Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan a day after an attempt to detain the latter was foiled.

The House of Representatives on Thursday ordered Madam Kpan jailed for failing to adhere to instructions passed onto her including the payment of a fine, the reinstatement of the Chairman of the Project Management Committee of Montserrado County and placing under one account all monies under the CDF (County Development Fund).

The money which is part of the County Development Funds for Montserrado County were directed to projects that did not go through refined and established process.

More besides, she was instructed by members of the House of Representative to also reinstate the Montserrfado County Chairman of the Project Management Committee whom she had laid off when confusion ensued between them over the expenditure of the moneys appropriated in the national budget for development in the county.

As a matter of justification, she told the lawmakers that she used the money on the construction of schools for girls, but her assortment was debunked as it was said to be unilaterally done without

But as the Sergeant-at-arms of the lower house who led her (Kpan) to the Monrovia Central Prison approached the compound, group of women led by Acting Mayoress Broh emerged and stopped Madam Kpan from going to jail.

They fought with the Sergeant- at- arms who was reportedly alone and managed to get their subject away from the scene.

A reporter who witnessed the fracas said the women who wrestled with the Sergeant-at-arms forced Madam Kpan in a black jeep and whisked her away.

The foiling of the Lawmakers' sentencing of Madam Kpan ignited public debate with many suggesting she did not act in isolation, meaning she might have been instructed from above.,

But President who is Freetown, Sierra Leone for the second inauguration of President Ernest Bai Koromah wasted no time in acting by ordering the suspension, with immediate effect, of Madam Kpan and Madam Broh.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Information Friday quoted the president as frowning on the action of the two female officials of government.

It is not known how long the suspension will last and whether Madam Broh will adhere to the conditions thereof this time around.

The last time she was suspended for unruly conduct against members of the Liberian Senate, she did not observe the conditions of the suspension as she went ahead demolishing structures in and around Monrovia.

At the same time, the House of Representative held a special session Friday and unanimously ordered that Madam be sent back to jail.

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