9 September 2013

Liberia: Lawmaker Terms Broh's Nomination As Complete Legislature Provocation

Barely days following her nomination to head the General Services Agency, by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former Monrovia city mayor Mary Broh has come under fire from a member of the legislature.

Representative Matenokay Tingban (IND-District #9 Nimba County) has termed as complete Legislature provocation President Sirleaf's decision to nominate the controversial former mayor of Monrovia who aided the escape of a legislative prisoner Grace Kpaan former Superintendent of Montserrado County.

Tingban said, the president's decision is only intended to sour relations between the executive and the legislative branches of government.

He said, despite the position of the lower house of Representative to declared the former Monrovia City Mayor a non-governmental material as a result of her action to obstruct justice and undermine the mandate of the Legislature, he was disappointed that the president could go ahead to nominate her for one public position after the other.

Responding to a question of violating Madam Broh's Constitutional rights to participate in National development and work in government without hindrance and discrimination regardless of ethnic or religion background, the lawmaker said Broh as a citizen has undermined the very constitution by obstructing justice and should be punished.

The Nimba lawmaker said, he had nothing personal against Madam Broh but stressed the need to set precedence to avoid re-occurrence of such act of obstructing Justice perpetrated by the Former Mayor.

He called on his colleagues at the level of the senate not to confirm the former Monrovia Mayor, in relation to a commitment made to them previously during the saga between them, Broh and Former Montserrado superintendent Kpaan.

Tingban said:"I know that the Liberian senate has people of standard, and impeccable character and I am optimistic that they will do the right thing to reject that character call Mary Broh and maintain our stand in declaring her non-governmental material."

Tingban described Broh as someone who lacks moral standings as detested by her action against the ordinary people during her service as Monrovia City Mayor, where he accused her of flogging pregnant women, destroying people properties and businesses.

Broh since her dismissal from the Position of Mayor of the City of Monrovia as a result of pressure from the legislature on the President, was re-nominated to the same position which was strongly rejected by the senate as a result of a commitment made to their colleagues in the lower house during the saga.

Broh nomination nearly brought a split between the two houses as some senators were in favor of her confirmation but some stressed that she could not be confirmed as a way of maintaining coordination between them and the lower house which requested the senate not to confirm the controversial mayor.

Some of those who stood firm in favor of the confirmation of Broh were Senator Isaac Nyenabo (NDPL-Grand Gedeh County) Jewel Howard Taylor (NPP-Bong County) and Senator Sando Johnson (NPP-Bomi County) amongst others.

During their argument at the time the senators argued that the Commitment made to their colleagues in the lower was not constitutionally banding and that they did what they did at the time in solidarity with their colleagues and that situation was over.

Others also argued that the mayor be confirm in the name of National reconciliation and allow the past be the past.

But contrary to their colleague's views, senators including; Johns Ballout (UP-Maryland County), Dan Morias (NPP-Maryland County), Geraldine- Doe Sheriff (CDC-Montserrado County) and Senator Prince Johnson (NUDP-Nimba County) saw the re-nomination of madam Broh at the time as an insult, challenge, and a cleaver attempt by the President to render them irrelevant to the public.

Broh recent Re-nomination letter was read Monday during a special regular session conducted by senate and was sent to committee room to be decided on by Wednesday of this week.

Broh Nomination is among several other nominees made by the President but as a result of her controversial and infamous picture portrayed by members of the public of her name has taken center stage.

Some members of the public, members of the House of Representatives, the civil society are watching to know the outcome of the senate committee room hearing on whether or not the legislature will resolve to confirm Broh to put an end to the soar relationship that has existed between her and many lawmakers.

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