The Inquirer (Monrovia)

5 July 2013

Liberia: Acting City Mayor Wants Mary Broh Back

With barley three weeks after the Liberian Senate has risen concern about how the City of Monrovia is being swallowed by mountain of garbage stockpiles, the man who replaced former Acting Mayor, Mary Broh, Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) Acting Mayor, Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper has appealed to the National Legislature to allow President Sirleaf re-appoint Madam Broh.

Cllr. Cooper, a former Chief Justice of Liberia who had gone to defend the expenditure component of his entity 2013/2014 draft budget decided to down play the justification of his budget and appealed to members on the House Committee on Ways, Means and Finance to make it expedient that Broh goes back to MCC.

From all indications, Cllr. Cooper's appearance before the Ways, Means and Finance Committee has proven either he does not want the job or lacks the technical know-how to perform the task of a City Mayor.

It can be recalled that Mary Broh was compelled to tender her resignation under pressure in late February 2013 but her resignation has remained a topic in various street corners with many persons in the public debating and lamenting as she is one of the strongest civil servants when it comes to performance in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration. She has also proven herself to be one of the most reliable lieutenants of the Sirleaf's government with extra energy to get the job done well.

At yesterday's hearing in the Richard R. Tolbert joint chambers at the Capitol Building, Cllr. Cooper later acknowledged that he was not prepared to do a presentation of the draft budget but pleaded with the lawmakers to allow Madam Broh take over the post once more because according to him she has done extremely well to clean the City of Monrovia.

While Acting Mayor Cooper was still in speech, some of the committee members immediately decided to call him to order and warned him not to repeat such a message before them.

Cllr. Cooper being enthusiastic about his predecessor's return to the job got up from his seat and walked to the front roll of the chambers where the committee was seated and decided to argue his case but again he was ordered by the committee to leave the chambers since he did not go prepared to defend his budget.

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