25 February 2013

Liberia: House Chastises Broh, Kpaan - Increases Punishment, Indicts Two Ministers

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

The House of Representatives during a special session over the weekend ordered the re-arrest of Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaah and the arrest of the Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh to be incarcerated at the Monrovia Central prison for thirty days each with recommendation to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that both be relieved of their posts.

At the special session the body also unanimously agreed that Justice Minister Christina Tah and Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell be summoned on Thursday to show why they should not be held in contempt and called on all security institutions to support the sergeant at-arm in arresting the two suspended public officials.

The motion which was passed by Representative George Mulbah of Bong County, 46 voted in favor with non against.

The action of the House of Representatives came in the wake of action carried out by the suspended acting city Mayor and some female government officials obstructed the justice process at the Monrovia Central Prison.

It can be recalled that on Thursday February 22 serious tensions sparked off at the Capitol Building when Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan was sentenced to 72 hour imprisonment at the prison facility but refused to board the vehicle of the of the sergeant-at-arm which is a normal routine when declared prisoner by the House.

The tensions sparked off between supporters of Supt. Kpaan and concerned citizens of the county when one of the security guards assigned to the superintendent forced her to changed course and boarded her parked private vehicle.

The concern citizens barricaded the gates of the compound along with the two vehicles that demanded Montserrado County Superintendent to come down to ride with the sergeant-at-arm.

The House's decision came in the wake of a motion by Nimba County district#2 Representative Jeremiah Koung to detain Supt. Kpaan for 30 days.

The House Plenary's decision was finally agreed upon to have the 30 days reduced to three days instead.

The House of Representatives gave the superintendent four counts since last month to repaid the US$50,775 from the Forestry Development Authority or to reinstate the Montserrado County project management committee chairman and to bring the county money under one account.

Meanwhile, upon Rep. Snowe intervention Supt. Kpaan agreed to ride with the Sergeant-at-arm as the angry crowd jeered, banging her vehicle endlessly.

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