The Informer (Monrovia)

Liberia: Legislative Solidarity....lawmakers Vow 'Non-Compliance' With Ellen Over Broh, Kpaan Dismissal

The National Legislature has threatened a 'non-compliance' posture with the branch the Executive should President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf refuse to dismiss suspended city mayor Mary Broh.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously voted to expel two suspended members of the Executive Branch of Government. The House, amongst other things, voted to mandate its Chief Clerk, Madre R. Sayon, to write President Sirleaf, informing her about plenary decision.

The House also agreed to give the President up to today, Thursday February 28, 2013 to respond to the House's Mandate. The Lawmaker voted to convene a special session Friday March 1, 2013 to determine the next course of action as it relates to the request of the first branch of government.

As the day progress, the Lawmakers are seen to be more united in getting rid of the two suspended female officials, which they considered as 'non-government materials.'

On Tuesday, the Liberian Senate wrote the House of Representatives informing them that the Senate stands by decision of the House to expel the two suspended officials.

In a communication addressed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Liberian Senate said "it has followed the situation involving the two suspended officials and it in full support of the Houses action."

The Senate also informed the House that any attempt for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to disregard the decision of the Legislature will lead to a 'non-compliant posture against the Executive Branch of Government.'

On Tuesday, the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Justice charged Madam Mary Broh and Madan Grace Kpann with disorderly conduct and obstruction of government operation. The charges is under Sub chapter A, Section12, IV LCL Revised of the Liberian Penal Code is a billable offense.

However, the suspended Acting Mayor who was billed out of court by her lawyer, Cllr. George Dumba met stiff resistance from angry youths who demanded Madam Broh's arrest and be turned over to the Sergeant-at-Arm of the House, Gen. Martin Johnson. Announcing the decision yesterday, the Justice Ministry said the private counsel of Madam Broh on Tuesday, February 26 petitioned the Supreme Court of Liberia for a writ of prohibition in response to an order from the House of Representatives that she be arrested.

Madam Broh was earlier charged with obstructing legislative functions by members of the National Legislature.

The suspended Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia Mary Broh yesterday narrowly escaped from several angry Liberians who were on the grounds of the Temple of Justice to view the court proceedings at the City Court.

The controversial suspended Monrovia City Acting Mayor was taken to the City Court at the Temple of Justice due to the Mandate by the House of Representatives, accusing Madam Borh of obstructing justice at the Monrovia Central Prison last week Thursday when the Sergeant-At-Arms at the House of Representatives was escorting suspended Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpaan to jail.

The Lower House informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about its mandate to jail the two female officials for gross disrespect to the 53rd National Legislature.The Liberian government filed a writ to the court charging Madam Broh with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, among others.

The City Court instructed that the suspended Mayor be taken to the Monrovia Central Prison commonly called "Salt Beach".

Counselor George Dunbar, on behave of the controversial Mayor filed a bond at the City Court to disallow his client go to jail.

The court accepted the bond and disclosed that the case will resurface on March 4th 2013.

Focus News has reliably learnt that the two female suspended officials have individually filed a writ of prohibition to the Supreme Court of Liberia.

But the House of Representatives' Legal Council Jonathan Williams said the high court did not put a stay order on the 30 days arrest and imprisonment of Madam Broh and Kpaan The Liberian government filed a writ to the court charging Madam Broh with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, among others.

The City Court instructed that the suspended Mayor be taken to the Monrovia Central Prison commonly called "Salt Beach".

Counselor George Dunbar, on behave of the controversial Mayor filed a bond at the City Court to disallow his client go to jail.

The court accepted the bond and disclosed that the case will resurface on March 4th 2013.

Focus News has reliably learnt that the two female suspended officials have individually filed a writ of prohibition to the Supreme Court of Liberia.

But the House of Representatives' Legal Council Jonathan Williams said the high court did not put a stay order on the 30 days arrest and imprisonment of Madam Broh and Kpaan The Liberian government filed a writ to the court charging Madam Broh with disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, among others.

The City Court instructed that the suspended Mayor be taken to the Monrovia Central Prison commonly called "Salt Beach".

Counselor George Dunbar, on behave of the controversial Mayor filed a bond at the City Court to disallow his client go to jail.

The court accepted the bond and disclosed that the case will resurface on March 4th 2013.

Focus News has reliably learnt that the two female suspended officials have individually filed a writ of prohibition to the Supreme Court of Liberia.

But the House of Representatives' Legal Council Jonathan Williams said the high court did not put a stay order on the 30 days arrest and imprisonment of Madam Broh and Kpaan.

The angry stone-throwing and slogan-chanting mob also roughened the suspended Acting Mayor and physical assaulted and insulted her.

Court officers and some aids to the suspended Mayor managed to rescue and placed her in the Court room of the Monrovia City Court. Officers of the Liberia National Police later arrived on the scene and put the situation under control.

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