25 February 2013

Liberia: We Demand Coordination in Gov't


IN RECENT TIMES we have heard and seen the lack of coordination between the three Branches of the Liberian Government especially between the Executive and the Legislative Branches of government something that is creating confusion amongst public officials.

THE LACK OF coordination between the Legislature and the Executive has become so embarrassing to the extent that officials of the government feel that they are not accountable or answerable to the other branches of government and therefore, can do what they think is necessary since they are still enjoying the will and pleasure of their bosses.

SOME OF OUR public officials have forgotten to know that the Constitution of Liberia which is the organic law of the Republic provides that though the three branches of government are separate but must coordinate their activities. In other world, this means working together but without interference for the common good of the country and its citizens.

WHAT WE ARE saying here is that while we agree that the Legislature has an exclusive Legislative Contempt Power with the usage of such power to be prescribed by them we think that it must sometimes be done after every effort has been made to contact the Executive without success, then the Executive must be informed about the attitude of such an official who is to be punished by the lawmaker and if nothing is heard from that organ of government then the lawmakers must go ahead in exercising their power.

BUT IN RECENT times what we have observed is that the contempt power is being used by the Legislature with no disregarding to the Executive though that individual (whether a minister or director) was appointed by the President and enjoys the will and pleasure of the President. We believe that that is not the spirit of coordination.

UNDER THE RULES of coordination, the other party must be respected by involving them in the decision-making process so as to get their input in a matter; to avoid unilateral decision-making and to avoid being blamed though the action may be right.

THAT IS WHY we call on the three branches of government to better coordinate so as to avoid the ongoing embarrassment involving the Superintendent of Montserrado, Madam Grace T. Kpaan and Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh on one hand and the House of Representatives on the other hand.

BETTER COORDINATION BREEDS better implementation of government's policies and development; that is why we demand better coordination in the government.

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