Recently, Acting Monrovia City Mayor Mary Broh resigned her position in the wake of a looming uproar between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government.
Broh's resignation followed accusation that she obstructed an order from members of the House of Representatives for the incarceration of former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpaan. The lawmakers said Madam Broh prevented the detention of suspended Superintendent Kpaan at the Monrovia Central Prison.
Following The Unwarranted behavior of Madam Broh to obstruct the operations of the Liberian government, President Sirleaf suspended both officials indefinitely. But the House of Representatives did not give credence to the President's action instead they asked for the immediate dismissal of the two officials, declaring them as "non-governmental materials".
Few Days Into the indefinite suspension, Madam Broh tendered in her resignation to President Sirleaf indicating that tension was building between the Executive and Legislative Branches of government. Broh said she resigned because she does not want to be a source of conflict between the two branches.
Days later, Madam President called a meeting with the Monrovia City Council where she named former Chief Justice Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper to temporarily head the Council pending the appointment of a city mayor.
Interestingly, yesterday Madam Kpaan also tendered her resignation to President Sirleaf. No reason was provided, but the president thanked the former superintendent and wished her well in her future endeavor.
At the meeting with the Monrovia City Council, President Sirleaf said an independent financial institution will be contracted to handle the financial aspects of the Monrovia City Corporation.
This revelation by President Sirleaf has drawn our attention. The President has raised more questions that could be answered only when Madam Broh and Kpaan are compelled to face an independent audit.
We believe that the call by the president for an independent financial institution to handle the financial aspects of the Monrovia City Corporation appears to be a cleaver maneuver not to subject madam Broh to audit.
While we appreciate the outstanding performance of madam Broh, however, we believe she must submit to an independent audit to determine the level of transparency at MCC during her tenure.
While We Applaud the excellent job done by Madam Broh during the period June 10, 2009 to February 22, 2013 as acting Monrovia City Mayor, we emphasize that it is necessary for her to provide a comprehensive financial report through an independent audit.
We are aware that Madam Broh received grants from the World Bank and several donor organizations in the tune of millions of United States dollars which should be accounted for. It is also amazing for President Sirleaf to contemplate hiring independent financial entity for City Hall without ensuring that Mary Broh is audited.
There Were Too many financial transactions that Broh spearheaded and for her to resign without accounting for those transactions, leave us with the belief that she is hiding something.
Madam Broh should not go unaudited because allowing that to happen, the fight against corruption will continue to be undermined and any pronouncement against the menace will be seen as a lip service.
Equally we believe that Madam Kpaan must also submit to an independent audit to exonerate herself from allegation of misappropriation of over US$261,000 and other financial shenanigan as alleged by Rep. Edward Forh.