The Inquirer (Monrovia)

27 February 2013

Liberia: Let the Law Settle the Dust!

editorial

IN RECENT TIMES, there have been much public sentiments drawn by the House of Representatives upon their mandate to incarcerate Superintendent Grace Kpaan and Acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary T. Broh as well as the immediate suspension of the two government officials ordered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

THE INCIDENT EMANATED from last Thursday's drama when the House of Representatives ordered Superintendent Kpaan sent to prison for 72 hours for her failure to restitute over US$50,000 misappropriated from the County Development Fund as well as her gross disrespect to honor what she was mandated by the Plenary of the House of Representatives.

WHILE THE HOUSE Sergeant-at-Arms was effecting that order at the Monrovia Central Prison, it was alleged that Monrovia Acting Mayor Broh led thugs under the banner of 'Women in Solidarity' with Superintendent Kpaan and obstructed the commitment of the Montserrado County Superintendent.

THIS ATTITUDE ON the part of the Acting City Mayor prompted a suspension of the two members of the Executive branch of government while the House enforced its mandate of having the government officials jailed for 30 days backed by the House's quest for their dismissal.

AS THE EVENT continue to heat up, debate in all quarters on various talk shows in Monrovia, yesterday, angry crowd flooded the premises of the Temple of Justice where Madam Broh had been taken to be charged for obstructing government's operations at the Magisterial Court.

ACCORDING TO NEWS gathered, citizens began throwing stones when it was noticed that Madam Broh was whisked inside the court room upon seeing thousands of citizens who had gone to the court to physically arrest Madam Broh who is said to be a fugitive.

THIS ACTION LED to the arrest of residents, journalists as well as the seizure of journalists' equipment while vehicles were said to have been damaged on the court's premises leaving the police with no alternative but to spill tear gas to disburse the crowd.

WE ARE FLABBERGASTED over the unfolding of these events in recent times over a matter that should have been resolved to constitutional redress even though those who should have understood the law chose to dishonor their positions by their actions.

AS IT IS said that what is not done legally is not done at all, so it is with the unfolding episodes and we are actually taken aback that Liberians will continue to deal with matters on perceptions and not facts or the legal instruments. In as much as we see the need to punish those to whom punishments are due, we challenge all Liberians to use the law no matter what the situation.

AGAIN LET THE law settle the dust or else we will erode the fragile peace gained so far as some people are still bent on returning this hard fetched stability into lawlessness and to this, we must all say no., no matter the perception or who is involved. Indeed let the law of the land settle the dust for the peace we are enjoying so far to be sustained.

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