25 February 2013

Liberia: Rebel, Fugitive - House Declares Mary Broh, Supt. Kpan

The House of Representatives has labeled Montserrado County Supt Grace T. Kpan a "fugitive" for evading a 72-hour jail term last Thursday, and simultaneously described Acting Monrovia Mayor Mary Broh a "rebel" for allegedly preventing Mrs. Kpan from being imprisoned last Thursday.

Speaker Alex Tyler announced the categorization of the two officials as such Friday following an emergency meeting to discuss attitudes of the two female local government officials toward the lawmakers.

He informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of their tagging of her two appointees and urged her to dismiss them from her government due to their "continuous gross disrespect" towards them (lawmakers).

House members declared Mrs. Kpan and Ms. Broh as 'fugitives and rebels" respectively and instructed the Sergeant-At-Arms to arrest and jail them for 30 days.

"I move if I can obtain a second, that this plenary instruct the Sergeant at-arms to have Mary Broh and Grace Kpan arrested and jailed for 30 days. That this plenary also informs President Sirleaf that Mary Broh and Grace Kpan are no longer governmental materials to work in this country. That the President of the Republic of Liberia be duly informed to dismiss the two officials," Rep. George S. Mulbah (Bong County), moved as his colleagues overwhelmingly endorsed the motion.

The plenary of the House last Thursday ordered the 72-hour imprisonment of the montserrado County Superintendent for repeated failures to honor mandates to her.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers ordered both Justice Minister Christiana Tah and Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassel to appear before them Tuesday to show cause why they should not be held in contempt following claims they "aided and abetted" Supt. Kpan to evade jail at the Monrovia Central Prison last Thursday.

According to unsubstantiated claims, Mayor Broh, Justice Minister Christiana Tah and Gender Minister Duncan-Cassell mobilized women who engaged in a "non compliance posture" at the Monrovia Central Prison, outnumbered the sergeant-at-arms and allegedly prevented Supt. Kpan from entering the prison compound.

The sergeant-at-arms, up to press time, informed this paper that he was still in search of Mrs. Kpan and Ms. Broh who have already been suspended for time indefinite by President Sirleaf for their actions against the House.

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