Nimba County District #9 Representative, Richard Matenokay Tingban, has expressed serious disappointment over the nomination of Madam Mary Broh as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA).
In continuation of the nomination of officials in government, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf over the weekend appointed the former acting controversial Monrovia City Mayor and others in government.
It can be recalled that on March 1, 2013 Madam Broh tendered in her resignation days after she (Broh) was suspended for time in definite along with former Montserrado County Superintendent Madam Grace T. Kpan by the President.
President Johnson-Sirleaf's action stemmed from a communication from the House of Representatives concerning Madam Broh's "role" played in preventing the incarceration of Madam Kpan at the Monrovia Central Prison.
In their communication, the House described Kpan and Broh as "non-governmental materials" and asked the President to dismiss them. The plenary of the house had ordered Madam Kpan jailed for failing to implement its mandate, including the payment of scholarship fees for students on the Montserrado County's scholarship.
But "General" Broh reportedly led several plain clothes security officers and a group of women and forcefully pulled away former Supt. Kpan from the hands of the Sergeant-At-Arm Brigadier-General Martin Johnson in the prison compound.
The Supreme Court of Liberia through the former Justice in Chambers, Cllr. Philip A.Z. Banks, also placed a stay order on the arrest and detention of Broh and Kpaan.
The stay order placed on the arrest and detention of Broh and Kpaan came amid a petition for a Writ of Prohibition filed before the Supreme Court by lawyers representing two of them. The petition for Writ of Prohibition was filed before the High Court on Monday, February 25, 2013 by lawyers representing them.
Sometimes ago, Madam Broh was again, nominated as City Mayor of the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) but was denied confirmation by the plenary of the Liberian Senate.
The plenary is the highest decision making body of the Senate.
According to Rep. Tingban, the continue nomination of Madam Broh is a complete "disrespect to the Legislature."
He said the latest action taken by President Johnson-Sirleaf has the propensity to "fuel division between both the Legislative and Executive branches of government.'
He made these assertions on Monday, September 9, 2013 in an interview with Legislative reporters at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
The Capitol Building is the seat of the national legislature.
Rep. Tingban contended that Madam Broh's nomination is a complete "provocation" to the 53rd Legislature.
He stated that there are lots of qualified Liberians both in and out of government that are willing to contribute their quotas to the rebuilding process of the country, noting, they (qualified Liberians) should be given the opportunity too to serve.
He said Madam Broh does not have the "moral standing to serve in government." The Nimba County lawmaker cited the alleged "flogging of peaceful Liberians and the making of a pregnant woman to pump tyre" as some of the arbitrary behavior carried out by Madam Broh while serving as acting MCC boss.
"Let me establish my disappointment over the nomination of Madam Mary Broh. I just returned from Nimba and saw on the news headline that Madam Broh has been nomination as the new GSA boss.
I just want to clearly sound this out to the Liberian people that the President of the Republic of Liberia is under constitutional responsibility to unify this country; and also make sure that the coordination and cooperation among the three branches of government is cordial. But I see this as a provocation to the Legislature," he stated.
He called on the Liberian Senate not to confirm Madam Broh as head of the GSA adding that, "I am of the strongest conviction that the Senate will not confirm Madam Broh."
Rep. Tingban denied having "personal issues" with Madam Broh, but pointed out that the government is under obligation to uphold the rules of law in the country and not to violate it.