9 August 2013

Liberia: Broh Withdrawn

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has withdrawn the re-nomination of Madam Mary T. Broh as Mayor of Monrovia.

"Mr. President Pro-tempore, by this letter, I hereby withdraw the nomination of Ms. Mary Broh from the position of the Mayor of Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).

"I am sure by this action, you will be able to proceed with the confirmation of other nominees in order that they can go to work to address the multiple needs of their concerned cities," President Sirleaf's communication to the Senate read.

Madam Broh, who resigned the post earlier this year following rifts with some lawmakers, was amongst several individuals recently nominated by the President to serve the country in various capacities.

But her nomination sparked outbursts and criticism from many people who insisted that the President was in error for re-appointing the one-time Mayor of Monrovia.

Some members of the House of Representatives, where she was declared as a "non-governmental material," also opposed her re-nomination saying that the President's action was 'disrespect' to them.

At the Senate also, attempts to get her confirmed by that august body failed as many senators including Sen. H. Dan Morias, Sen. John Ballout, Sen. Geraldine Doe-Sheriff and Sen. Cletus S. Wortorson resisted her return to the post.

Her nomination was withdrawn from amongst other nominees through the influence of some senators who saw the once feared and controversial Mayor of Monrovia as a "tyrant and dictator."

Another attempt by Sen. Isaac Nyenabo to have the letter returned to the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs for perusal and a possible confirmation also failed as 12 Senators voted to thrash his motion for reconsideration.

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