The Inquirer (Monrovia)

28 February 2013

Liberia: U.S. Gov't Speaks On Broh, Kpaan Saga

The week long hullabaloo between the House of Representatives and the suspended Acting Mayor of Monrovia, Mary Broh and suspended Superintendent Grace T. Kpaan has drawn the attention of the United States Government thus throwing it out for Liberians themselves to decide.

US Ambassador accredited to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac at an earlier hour visit on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 to House Speaker Alex Tyler at the Capitol Building said the US Government cannot make a definite position statement on what is obtaining between the House and the two officials from the Executive Branch of Government.

But when legislative reporters met her before the office of House Speaker to ascertain the purpose of her visit, Ambassador Malac disclosed that she and Speaker Tyler discussed series of issues including the legislature's agenda and the US Government's pending support for the 53rd National Legislature. She mentioned that constitutional matters and bills in committee rooms were high on the agenda.

Ambassador Malac further indicated that although her government does not have a position statement to make but the United States believes in the check and balance system in government and so it would be prudent that the government and the people of Liberia decide which way to go.

"We discuss about the constitution and bills that are in the committee's room. We believe in the check and balance system in government. The United States has no position statement on the House and Acting Major Broh, Supt. Kpaan issue. It is the decision of the government and the Liberian people to decide," Ambassador Malac said.

The Plenary of the House of Representatives recently ordered the re-arrest of Superintendent Grace Kpaan and subsequent detention of Monrovia Acting City Major Mary Broh for aiding some influential women whom the lawmakers believed obstructed justice by freeing Supt. Kpaan who was already on her way to prison for 72nd hours.

The two officials have already been suspended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf while attending a state visit in Freetown, Sierra Leone. They have been on the run for some days but the Supreme Court has given the House a 10-day ultimatum to respond to separate writs of prohibitions filed by Madam Broh and Supt. Kpaan.

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