27 February 2013

Liberia: Ellen's Last Chance

The House of Representatives has given President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf a last chance to dismiss suspended Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan and Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh.

The House gave President Sirleaf up to Thursday, February 28, 2013 to take the decision or face series of legislative actions.

According to the lawmakers, any attempt by the President to disregard their position, they would be left with no alternative but to institute a non-compliance posture on the Executive Branch of government.

The Representatives believed that if President Sirleaf complies, it would demonstrate coordination and collaboration among the three branches of the government.

They urged the President not to prioritize the interest of individuals over the long standing coordination in government.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is expected to convene an emergency session to take the next course of action if the President fails to dismiss the two suspended officials.

It is not clear what action would be taken by the Representatives against the Executive, but it is said to border around none-cooperation to the President's legislative agenda.

At the same time, the Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives to jail suspended Superintendent Grace Kpan and acting City Mayor Mary Broh for 30 days.

Senate Pro-Tempt Gbehzongar Findley told plenary that a communication has been sent to the House of Representatives regarding concurrence on any decision they take.

The Senators in their argument termed the action of Madam Broh and some members of the Executive branch to deny the Sergeant-At-Arms from executing legislative orders as disrespect to the Legislature.

Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson said it is necessary for the Legislature to compel the Executive branch of government to take appropriate actions against those who prevented the detention of Grace Kpaan from going to prison.

The Senators accused President Johnson-Sirleaf of circumventing the constitution by appointing Madam Broh without confirmation.

They indicated that Madam Broh should be check-mated before the country turns into chaos.

Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wortorson said much power has been given to people within the Executive and calls for an explanation by the Minister of Justice.

Senator Wortorson told plenary that a political issue must be treated with stiff action and added that the Executive Branch was encouraging the behavior of Madam Broh.

Senator Wortorson said those within the Cabinet were not activists; as such, they had no right to deny another official of government from going to prison.

The Senators also reached a decision that they would place hold on confirmation hearing of all presidential nominees until actions such as prison sentence for Madam Kpaan and Madam Broh is implemented.

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