The Inquirer (Monrovia)

26 February 2013

Liberia: Hunt Still On for Broh, Kpaan

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, Brigadier General Martin Johnson has disclosed that he is under pressure by Plenary (the highest decision making body of the House) to produce the living bodies of Monrovia Acting City Major Mary Broh and Superintendent Grace T. Kpaan for desecrating the function of that first branch of government.

Mary Broh lives just a stone throw from the residence of President Sirleaf in the Fish Market Community while Supt. Kpaan lives in the Logan Town Community.

Speaking yesterday during a brief interview with legislative reporters at the Capitol Building, Gen. Johnson said he has been on major patrol in search of the two government officials since Friday, February 23, 2013, when the House unanimously voted 49-0 and 1 abstention to re-arrest and arrest the two officials.

Gen. Johnson told reporters that Madam Broh and Supt. Kpaan are still on the run and are wanted by the plenary of the House.

"I have been patrolling since Friday for the two officials, though I am just one person trying to catch two persons. I served as a liaison officer between the military and the civilian. Broh's action impeded the work of the Liberian people. I will do all I can to ensure that Kpaan and Broh be apprehended," Gen. Johnson explained.

Commenting further on the saga, Gen. Johnson said he has served the Ministry of Justice the communication written by plenary instructing that organ of government to provide additional police officers to effect the arrest of the two people.

"Madam Broh called me during the weekend to clarify that she did not influence the release of Supt. Kpaan but I told her that I was disinterested in the conservation and only wanted her to turn herself over for immediate action. I have been to City Hall looking for her. As for Kpaan, I just got to know that she lives in Logan Town instead of Bentol," the General narrated.

During the weekend, members of the House appeared unrelenting in their quest in a united front to bring down the two officials from the Executive Branch of Government. They reached a decision to order Broh and Kpaan incarcerated for about 30-days due to their disrespect shown that Honorable Body.

Supt. Kpaan was summoned several times by the House on allegation that she misapplied over US$50.000 and was ordered to restitute the amount and make report on said matter. She earlier agreed to do so but later somersaulted and refused to adhere to the House's mandate. This attitude left the lawmakers with no option but to re-summon her and ordered her detention for 72nd hours.

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