New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Gender Minister Bows

The Minister of Gender and Development, 'Pinkey' Julia Duncan Cassell apologized to the House of Representatives Tuesday for her role when suspended Supt. Grace T. Kpaan of Montserrado county evaded prison last Thursday.

The House accepted her apology, but ordered her to write an official apology in five of the local dailies and submit same to them at the Capitol.

Earlier, Mrs. Cassell in her explanation to the House, said she is a "law abiding citizen" that would never associate herself with anything that would violate the laws of the country.

She also denied inciting women to rage against the lawmakers at the prison gate.

But after a video redisplay of the entire saga that vividly showed her in action at the prison gate, Minister Cassell bowed in apology to the lawmakers who in turn pitied her by not committing her to jail.

Nevertheless, she was fined LD4,999.99 payable into government revenues and a flag receipt presented to the House.

The House summoned both Minister Cassell and Justice Minister Christiana Tah to appear Tuesday and show cause why they should not be held in contempt over their alleged role in the prison evasion episode of Mrs. Grace Kpaan.

The plenary had ordered a 72-hour prison sentence for Mrs. Grace Kpaan, which did not materialize.

Justice Minister Tah sent a communication to the House requesting for an excuse and a postponement of her hearing to another day.

The House accepted the excuse, but informed her to appear on Thursday.

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