Several members of the House of Representatives have expressed serious disappointment in recent statement by United States Ambassador Deborah Malac regarding the pressure the August body placed on the Presidency, which forced the resignation of former Acting City Mayor Mary Broh.
Last Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Ambassador Malac described as unfortunate, the recent political development in Liberia that led to the resignation of Monrovia Acting Mayor Mary Broh.
During Thursday's session of the House, Representative Acarous Gray of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change raised the issue and described the US diplomat's comments as unfair to members of the Legislature, noting the statement was intended to undermine the functions of the Liberian Legislature.
Rep. Gray of Montserrado County Electoral District #8 said: "Honorable presiding, my attention is drawn to recent statement by the U.S. Ambassador accredited to Liberia. We think that statement is unfair against us members of the Liberian legislature and should not be condoned."
He frowned on the ambassador's specific comments that Madam Broh has been an effective and tireless agent of change for Monrovia and Liberia, and a strong partner for the United States and other development partners, but Gray noted that an individual cannot be a partner to the US on behalf of a nation.
Rep. Gray's statement was buttressed by Representative Matenokay Tingban of Nimba County Electoral District #9, who also expressed disappointment in the U.S. Ambassador's comments, noting that domestic issues should be treated as such as they do not require the intervention of foreign nations.
Said Tingban: "The decision plenary took was in line with the Liberian Constitution and was in no way violation of Madam Broh's rights or an attempt to disgrace womanhood. We think the US diplomat's statement was a misinterpretation of our decision." Members of the House heatedly debated the U. S. envoy's statement during Thursday's session.
However, after several minutes of discussions on the issue, House Speaker Alex Tyler asked Representative Gray and those lawmakers interested in the debate to write a formal complaint to his office.
In her press statement last week, Ambassador Malac underscored that lively political debate plays an important role in effective democratic government, and disagreements inevitably arise between branches of government, but they can and should be overcome through responsible and careful deliberation with an overriding focus on national, not parochial, interests.