The NEWS (Monrovia)

25 February 2013

Liberia: Ellen Risks Legislative Actions If...

Members of the House of Representatives have mandated the Chief Clerk to write President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf calling on her to dismiss Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpan and Acting Monrovia City Major Mary T. Broh.

The Representatives' action is based on what they termed as disrespect to that august body exhibited on Thursday, February 21, 2013 by the two local government officials.

The House of Representatives on Thursday ordered the detention of Madam Kpan for three days at the Monrovia Central Prison for defying Legislative mandate, but her detention was aborted by Major Mary Broh.

Madam Broh led a group of women including Gender Minster Julia Duncan-Cassel and Cllr. Pearl Browne-Bull at the Monrovia Central Prison and forcibly took away the Superintendent from the custody of General Martin Johnson, Sergeant At-Arms at the House of Representatives.

The representatives said the two officials' behavior was a total disrespect to the first branch of the Liberian government and an act of gangsterism which must not be allowed in the country.

According to our Legislative Reporter, the Representatives did not say what would be the Legislative actions taken against the President if she fails to sack the two officials.

Our reporter said the lawmakers have threatened that if the President fails to sack the two officials, she will either choose to work with the two local officials or have no Legislative branch to work with.

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