22 July 2014

Liberia: Senate Abandons 1.5 Million Ebola Fight

After failing to outsource US$1.5 million to combat the Ebola virus in the country, the Liberian Senate has concurred with the House of Representatives over the usage of the July 26, 2014 Independence Day celebration funds to help battle the human killer in Liberia.

Plenary of the Liberian Senate concurred with the decision after the lower House sent the resolution for concurrence.

The resolution was passed by the House of Representatives in the wake of the pervasive outbreak of the virus from point of the country to another.

The lower House indicated that with the cancellation of the Independence Day celebration, the funds can be redirected to fight the Ebola virus.

Senator Peter Coleman and several of his colleagues pleaded with their colleagues for the funds to be used to combat the human killer.

But, Senate Pro-Tempore G. Milton Findley stressed that the actual amount earmarked for the Independence celebration is unknown and, in fact, some has already been given to contractors. Senator Findley indicated that even the US$1.5 million is insufficient to fight Ebola in the country, and that the Liberian Senate should not rely on the money.

But, Senator Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County objected to the Senate's decision to divert the July 26 Independence Day celebration's funds to fight the pestilence in the country.

Ambassador Nyenabo indicated that constitutionally the Independence celebration cannot be cancelled, and that its funds cannot be used for different purpose. The Grand Gedeh County lawmaker pointed out that the constitution is the supreme law of the country and should not be compromised. He mentioned that the action is a violation of article 2 of the Constitution of Liberia which states that the Constitution is the supreme and fundamental law of Liberia and its provisions shall have binding force and effect on all authorities and persons throughout the Republic. Any laws, treaties, statutes, decrees, customs and regulations found to be inconsistent with it shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no legal effect.

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