27 February 2013

Liberia: Legislature Concurs - On Non-Compliance Posture

Members of the Senate Tuesday vowed to support the decision of the House of Representatives ordering the arrest and detention of Montserrado County Supt. Grace Tee Kpaan and Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh for 30 days at the Monrovia Central Prison.

Members of the House overwhelmingly voted last week ordering a 72-hour jail sentence for Mrs. Grace Kpaan following a contempt proceeding against her at the Capitol.

But Mrs. Grace Kpaan evaded jail allegedly through the assistance of Ms. Mary Broh.

The House subsequently declared both Ms. Broh and Mrs. Grace Kpaan as 'fugitive' and 'rebel' respectively, and instructed the sergeant-at-arms to arrest and jail them for 30 days each at the Monrovia central prison.

But a new development surfaced Monday with reports that the Supreme Court has placed a stay order on the decision of the House pending a conference.

Notwithstanding, Senators Lahai Lansanna and Sando Johnson called on their colleagues to fully support the Lower House in their decision against the local government officials.

The Senate, following a debate, agreed to support the House and resolved to take tougher actions including non-confirmation of nominees forwarded by the President.

Observers suggest that clear lines are drawn for the Legislature to delay interventions from the Executive should the latter downplay the decision of the former.

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