Monrovia Acting City Mayor, Madam Mary T. Broh, has bowed to public pressure here, sending in her resignation to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. A two paragraph Executive Mansion release said Madam Broh's "resignation letter has been acknowledged and is being processed."
The controversial Acting Mayor has been in the news repeatedly for her heavily detested actions, including physically assaulting residents for violating city ordinance, demolition of private homes and business centers and disrupting religious gatherings, all in the name of keeping Monrovia and its environs clean.
In the execution of her mandate, "Gen. Broh", as she has popular been called, had adapted a posture of ignoring all other state functionaries, unanswerable to anyone not even lawmakers here.
Perhaps in what was seen as the last straw that broke the camel's back occurred on Thursday, February 23, 2013 when Madam Broh led a group of women to the Monrovia Central Prison and defiantly obstructed the decision of the House of Representatives to have Montserrado County Superintendent Madam Grace Tee Kpaan incarcerated for 72 hours for contempt.
Broh, in her usual militant move, allegedly assaulted the Sergeant-At-Arm from the House of Representatives, who had taken Superintendent Kpaan to the prison compound, and whisked her (Kpaan) away, a move that has enraged members of the House and the public in general with call for her to be dismissed.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf subsequently suspended both Broh and Kpaan for time indefinite, but it seemed that the President's action was not enough, and officers from the Monrovia City Court arrested the controversial Mayor last week Tuesday 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 by the state, including obstruction of justice, among others.
However, intense scuffle erupted between protesting youths and state security forces last week when Magistrate Nelson B. Chinneh granted Broh bail. The youths instead, demanded that she should be incarcerated.
But it remains to be seen whether her eventual resignation would ease the tension that has flared between the Legislature and the Executive in the last two weeks, invoking public condemnations, leading the Liberia Council of Churches to offer to intervene. But speaking to The NewDawn via mobile on Sunday, a source said Broh's resignation was expedient to safe the country from political tension.