The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 February 2013

Liberia: PYJ - Ellen Must Do the Right Thing

The political leader of the National Union for Democratic Progress (NUDP) Senator Prince Johnson has noted that the recent attitude of suspended Mayor Mary Broh is the beginning of the destruction of the legacy President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has won for the country since her ascendency to the Liberian Presidency.

Senator Johnson said despite being an official of government and close friend of the President, Madam Broh has engaged in acts that are incompatible to the norms of good governance, which is a clear path to destroying the positive achievements of President Sirleaf, if the President failed to dismiss or to reprimand her.

Speaking to The NewDawn via mobile phone on Wednesday, Johnson added that the "reckless attitude" of Madam Broh has brought the entire government to public disrepute; saying now is the time for the President and those involved to do the right thing.

"The President that I know should dismiss Madam Mary Broh and Superintendent Grace Kpaan for disrespecting the first of branch of government, and if the President delays, both of them should do the honorable thing by turning in their letters of resignation," he challenged.

According to him, the decision of the Liberian Senate to pledge political support to the House of Representatives was the best thing to have done, adding that the support sent a clear signal to Madam Broh, Supt. Kpaan and those who may want to follow suit.

The Members of the House of Representatives ordered the imprisonment of Supt. Kpaan last week after she failed to explain why she should not be held in contempt for reportedly refusing to carry out an instruction given her earlier.

The House's Plenary voted overwhelmingly in taking the decision, but while the Superintendent was being taken to the Monrovia central Prison by the Sergeant At-Arm Ge. Martin Johnson, Madam Broh at the head of several prominent Liberian women obstructed the process, whisking Kpaan away.

Last Friday, the House called an emergency session and sentenced Madam Broh and Supt. Kpaan to30 days in prison for "contempt of the Legislature." The duo had been on the run until Broh fell in the hands of angry citizens on Tuesday at the Temple of Justice where her lawyer had filed a bond before the Monrovia City Court.

On Tuesday this week, Mary Broh was arrested by court officers near the fence of the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill when her lawyer from the Dumbar and Dumbar Law Firm was apparently about to turn her over to the City Court on multiple charges levied against her by the Liberian Government, including obstruction of justice, among others.

The government's charges came Tuesday after Madam Broh obstructed the decision of the House of Representatives on Thursday, February 23, 2013 to jail Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpaan for 72 hours in contempt.

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