The former Acting City Mayor of Monrovia, Madam Mary T. Broh, has given reason why she resigned the top post. . Over the weekend, Madam Broh tendered her resignation to the Office of the President.
According an Executive Mansion release, the resignation letter has been acknowledged and is being processed.
In her official letter of resignation dated February 28, 2013 and addressed to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a copy of which is in possession of this paper, Madam Broh said: "Today, tension permeates the atmosphere between the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government and I honestly do not want to be a source of conflict between the Legislature and the Executive. Therefore, Madam President, I hereby tender my resignation as Acting Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation(MCC)."
Madam Broh, who commended President Johnson-Sirleaf for the confidence she reposed in her to serve as Monrovia Acting City Mayor, indicated that she considered it a privilege to serve her people.
Also in her letter of resignation, Madam Broh highlighted the progress and key achievements during her tenure(June 10, 2009 to February 22, 2013).
Madam Broh's resignation came in the wake of an order by the House of Representatives to have her arrested and jailed along with the embattled and suspended Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Tee Kpaan for a period of thirty (30) days each. Both Broh and Kpaan were earlier suspended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf after the President was informed by the Vice President of the incidents involving the two officials and the House of Representatives. The House took the action at a special session held at the Capitol Building in Monrovia. The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature. The lawmakers unanimously resolved to have the two suspended officials incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) based upon the incident that occurred on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the prison compound. On Thursday, February 21, 2013, several plain clothes security officers, including the personal security to Madam Broh and some women group reportedly prevented the imprisonment of Madam Kpaan at the MCP.
According to reports, the plain clothes security officers and women group forcefully pulled away Madam Kpaan from the hands of the Sergeant-At-Arms, Brigadier-General Martin Johnson. The Plenary had earlier ordered the imprisonment of the suspended Montserrado Superintendent at the MCP for 72 hours. The plenary said its action against Madam Kpaan was due to her alleged failure to implement its mandate after she earlier appeared before it.
The plenary had mandated the suspended superintendent to pay the scholarship fees of some students of the county, re-transfer over US$400,000 that was deposited in a separate account, reinstate the Project Management Committee Chairman, Mr. Patrick Moore and restitute the amount of over US$50,000 that was "expended" without the consent of the County's Council. During the emergency session, the House of Representatives referred to the suspended officials as "non-governmental materials." In the emotionally charged session, a motion for the arrest and detention of Broh and Kpaan was raised by Bong County Representative George Mulbah. Upon taking the decision, the House wrote President Johnson-Sirleaf on the matter. The House complained the two officials to the Liberian leader and called for their immediate dismissal from government.
Meanwhile, Madam Broh later filed a petition for a Writ of Prohibition at the Supreme Court against the House's order to arrest and detain her. Based on this, the Supreme Court, which is regarded as the final arbiter of justice, cited to a conference Marach 9, 2013 the House led by its Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Deputy Speaker Hans M. Barchu and others (Respondents) and Co-Respondents-Justice Minister, Cllr. Christiana Tah and all other law enforcement officers acting under the direction and of the Justice Minister; and Brigadier-General Martin T. Johnson, Sergeant-At-Arms of the House of Representatives.
The High Court also instructed the House to file its Returns to this Writ in the Office of the Clerk of the High Court on or before the said 9th of March 2013 and stay all further proceedings in the matter pending the hearing of the petition.
The High Court wants the House to give reason why the petitioner's petition as prayed for should not be granted. In her petition for a writ of prohibition, Madam Broh through her lawyers among other things argues that the arrest and imprisonment of her (petitioner) without due of law is unconstitutional.