President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Thursday evening met with the leadership of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) to discuss the ongoing stand-off between Legislators on one hand and Monrovia Acting City Mayor Mary Broh and Montserrado Superintendent Grace Kpaan on the other.
The meeting which took place upon president Sirleaf's return home from the two-day ECOWAS Summit in Yamoussoukro, la Côte d'Ivoire, comes a day after the Senate unanimously voted to concord with members of the House of Representatives' decision to sentence both Broh and Kpaan to 30 days imprisonment.
The meeting also comes two-days after the forecourt of the Temple of Justice witnessed a scene of complete "madness" when some youths stormed the premises of the court demanding the detention of suspended Madam Broh after she was granted a bail bond by the city court.
The situation turned nasty when a severe scuffle broke out between the youths-many students of the University of Liberia and members of covert groups and the Liberia National Police (LNP). Madam Broh's was taken to the court after the government pressed charges of obstruction of justice against her.
However, the Church leaders requested the meeting to voice their concerns over the ongoing standoff and how the impasse could affect the current peace that is prevailing here.
The LCC leadership offered their assistance to mediate among the parties concerned, to ensure that the nation remains tranquil and all the branches continue to work together in a spirit of harmony toward the common objective of developing the country and responding to the needs of the people.
President Sirleaf welcomed the intervention by the Church leaders, and called upon the LCC to bring all the parties around the table, and to talk about the good of the country, which was greater than one single individual, and any branch of government.
Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, who spoke on behalf of the Council, thanked the President for meeting with the group and sharing her views, and said that the Church leaders had listened carefully. The Council would be seeking a similar audience with the leadership of the Legislature, and of the Supreme Court, to continue to play a mediating role for the sake of the people and of Liberia.
President Sirleaf suggested that there be regular meetings with the Council of Churches to discuss issues relating to the nation and the development objective, and that they be arranged, on a quarterly basis, through the office of the Religious Advisor.
Other LCC members attending the meeting were: Bishop George D. Harris; Rev. Melvin Kennedy; Rev. Foday E. Karpeh; Rev. V. Emery M. David, Sr.; Rev. Jimmy C. Diggs; Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey; Rev. Charles R.H. Johnson; Bishop John G. Innis; Mr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo; Mr. Koptu K. Brown; Mr. James Y. Gayflor; Rev. Dr. Walter Richards; Mr. David Foeday; Rev. Nuwoe-James Keamu; Rev. Joshua Sehkehporh; and Bishop Torgbor Dixon.