The Acting Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor, Charles Sirleaf has apologized to members of the Liberian Senate for failing to appear before that Body on Monday July 9, 2018 to discuss the worsen state of the country’s economy.
The CBL Acting Governor apology was contained in a communication addressed to the plenary of the Liberian Senate which was read during the Senate Thursday’s session on Capitol Hill.
“I sincerely apologize for my nonappearance on Monday, July 9, 2018, as it was not a deliberate act of defiance that should hold me in contempt to this august Body,” Acting Governor Sirleaf noted in his communication.
Acting Governor Sirleaf further stated that given the citation for Thursday, July 12, 2018 for his appearance before the Senate, he has earlier been cited by President George Weah to a meeting concerning the same economy situation in the country.
Governor Sirleaf also turned down another invitation by the Liberian Senate to appear before that body on Thursday, July 12, 2018, something which led him to writing an apology to the Liberian Senate.
As a result of the Acting Governor failure to appear before that body Monday, July 9, 2018, the plenary of the Liberian Senate agreed, through a motion proffered by Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Cllr. Varney Sherman that the Acting CBL boss be summoned to answer to the Senate why he (Acting CBL Boss) cannot be held in contempt.
Acting Governor Sirleaf asserted that due to the meeting with the Liberian leader and the Economic Management Team (EMT) of the country, he could not have been present at the legislature.
It can be recalled that on July 9, 2018, the Liberian senate invited Acting CBL boss along with the Minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah, the officer in charge at the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) and the Minister of Commerce, Professor Wilson Tarpeh to brainstorm on the current state of the country’s economy, but the Acting Governor did not appear.
However, the Senate on Thursday, July 12, 2018 during its 46th day sitting granted his excuse and at the same dropped the called for him to appear to show cause why he should not be held in Legislative contempt.
Meanwhile, the Senate has again from a motion proffered by Grand Gedeh county Senator G. Alphonso Gaye voted unanimously to invite the acting Central Bank Governor Charles E. Sirleaf to appear before the Full Plenary of that august Body in session on Tuesday July 17, 2018 at 11 am to discuss the state of the economy.