The embattled Acting Mayor of Monrovia, Mary Broh, has finally quitted the job, days after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended her following a row with lawmakers who accused her of preventing Superintendent Grace Kpaan of Montserrado County from going to jail for 72 hours as ordered by the House.
"Suspended Acting Monrovia City Mayor, Madam Mary T. Broh, over the weekend tendered her resignation to the Office of the President," a press release from the Executive Mansion website said Sunday.
According to the release, the resignation letter has been acknowledged and is being processed.
Despite her resignation, bittersweet Mary Broh, who is on temporary bail valued at $30,000, is expected to appear in court today for allegedly
"Obstructing Government Operations" under Subchapter A, Section 12, 1V LCL Revised of the Liberian Penal Code.
Violence erupted at the Temple of Justice last week when Mary Broh appeared in court on a writ of arrest secured by the Ministry of Justice. Angry youths asked the police to surrender her to them so that, according to one irate you: "we will teach her a lesson for doing so many things to us since she began her city cleaning ordinance."
"With the help of reinforced police unit and other he supporters, I secured safe passage to my vehicle and was whisked away to safety, one local newspaper quoted Ms. Broh as saying.
"Based on the petition filed by the Ministry of Justice on Thursday, on behalf of Supt. Grace Kpaan, a writ of Prohibition was issued along with a stay order to halt the arrest and incarceration of Mrs. Grace Kpaan until the matter is heard by the full Bench of the Supreme Court," the Justice Minister said few hours after her appearance in court.
Madam Broh, who is credited for creating conducive environment in Monrovia and its suburbs, has been at odds with the public after the demolishing of various structures and the clearing of the streets to give the city a face-lift.
She was once in a row with the legislators after a staff had a brush with the city cleaners. The latest straw that broke the camel's back came recently when the legislators tried to detain the superintendent on contempt charges. She was accused of obstructing justice in the circumstances.