Monrovia - The Plenary of the Senate Thursday failed to conduct a public hearing relating to allegations of misappropriation of the country National Reserve by the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Mills Jones after protesters stormed the Capitol building to make their voices heard.
Last week plenary invited Governor Jones to appear before the August body to give reasons for his latest decision to give out money as loans to business groups out of the Country's reserves.
The invitation of the Governor was a result of a concern raised by Senators Gbehzohgar Findley (INDP- Grand Bassa County) and Fredrick Cherue (UP-River Gee County) over the manner in which the Governor was disbursing the Country's Reserves.
Prior to the day's event, citizens from several sectors of the business community gather on the grounds of the capitol to protest the senators' actions.
Many of the citizens carrying placards called on the senators to leave Governor Jones alone to continue his loan assistance program to the business community because, according to them, the process was lifting them from mat to mattress.
One of the citizens who spoke to FPA argued that all actions taken by the Governor is backed by the act creating the Central Bank and not his personal interest as is being claimed by some senators.
Mr. Ezekiel Kamara, Representing the Liberian National Tailor Union told reporters that the CBL has provided $US 3 Million loan to the union at a very low payback rate of 3% compare to the 25% payback rate charged by commercial banks in the country.
Said Kamara; "Leave the Governor alone and allow him to do his work. What the governor is doing is in the interest of the Liberian people. We are the very people who elected them but they have failed to empower us let them leave the governor."
After almost 3 hours of protest by the citizens the governor was ushered into the capitol building with the expectation by many that the governor was appearing before plenary but to the surprise of many observers and members of the press, the governor did not enter the chambers of the senate.
Observers who had gone to witness the hearing were informed that the Senators were having a secret meeting with the governor in one of the offices at the capitol.
After several minutes of discussion between the Governor and the Senators behind closed doors, reporters were informed that the hearing had been rescheduled for a later date.
Senators took an unusual one hour break after the news had been circulated that the CBL governor hearing had been rescheduled for a later date that was not disclosed.
In an interview with reporters, Senator Findley told reporters that the postponement of the hearing was in the Senate's best judgment but could not say what was discussed behind closed doors with the governor.
Asked whether he had some personal differences with the CBL governor, the Senator said: "This is premature for anyone to think that I have a personal problem with the Governor. What I was doing was my duty as senator and Pro-temp of the Liberian senate I have no personal problems with the Governor, let me make it clear for the records."
Earlier during the week the chapter coordinator of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) took serious exceptions to statements made by Pro-temp Findley that the CBL governor was in the wrong.
At a press conference the coordinators condemn the senators' comments and accused them of not being in the interest of the Liberian people who had elected them.
What was more dramatic about the hearing Thursday was the manner in which the Truth FM broadcast crew was thrown out of the proceedings.
According to one of the senators, lawmakers were not informed about the bringing of the Entity's OB with intent of broadcasting the events live.
Several representatives from the Liberia Business Association, The National Tailor Union, The Liberia Marketing Association and other senior staffs of the Central Bank were on hand to witness the hearing.