27 February 2013

Liberia: Senate Concord With House - As Broh, Kpaan Saga Takes Dramatic Turn

The Plenary of the Liberia Senate in a regular session on Tuesday February 27, 2013 has concorded with the House of Representative on decision taken against the acting city mayor of Monrovia, the Superintendent of Montserrado County, Minister of Gender and Development and the Minister, Justice.

When the issue was brought on the floor for discussion Senator Henry W. Yalla of Bong County said that the august body should not be a dinner body, as he described the Ellen government as no different from Doe government.

Senator Dallas Gueh of Rivercess County noted that the action of the acting mayor is been supported by the President, adding that she is constantly working as acting mayor in the city, executing duties that are protected by Liberia National Police.

Senator Sando Johnson of Bomi County pointed that his colleagues are only looking at Broh, while there are other government officials who are also involve in stopping Madam Kpaan from going to jail.

He described the action of the Gender Minister and Justice Ministers as barbaric and criminal in nature and that he will a campaign to deny the American Ambassador if the executive does not listen to them.

Debating the issue Senator Armah Jallah of Gbarpolu County said he is in solidarity with the lower house and suggested that the Senate take a recess until those accused are arrested and place into jail as ordered by the Plenary of the House of Representatives.

Sen. Sumo giving her view accused some of her colleagues of crossing the road because they are trying to seek favor from the President.

When asked to name those seeking favor from the President, she pointed out that the Senate Pro Tempore is one of those who always seek favor from the President.

Responding to Senator's Sumo's commit the Pro Tempore said she is ignorant and does not know legislative function.

Meanwhile, the Gender Minster was fined LS 4, 900.99 and was ordered to write an open letter of apology to the Plenary of the House of Representatives and have such published in three local dailies.

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