-On Cancellation Of Tenure Positions
TNR, Monrovia, Liberia: Grand Kru County electoral district two Representative, Fonati Koffa says President George Weah is not wrongly proceeding regarding the cancellation of tenure positions as being perceived by some Liberians.
Rep. Fonati Koffa President George Weah
He gave his support to the president last week when he spoke to legislative reporters on numerous issues. The Grand Kru county lawmaker believes the Liberian leader has not violated any law by requesting the legislature to change what he (Weah) believes is not in the interest of the people of Liberia.
Liberians, opposition politicians have frowned at the recent decisions by the Liberian Legislature to endorse the request of President Weah to cancel all tenure positions in the country.
This, critics said is intended to attach more powers to the Liberian presidency.
“The president is doing everything according to law,” Representative Koffa told journalists at the Capitol Building.
He said if the president had not consulted the Liberian legislature and went ahead to undo all the tenure positions, it would have been unconstitutional and unlawful.
The Grand Kru District two lawmaker indicated that the best thing any president can do in any democratic society is to follow the laws of that country.
“If the president has sat and decide within himself to remove all of those who have tenure positions from their positions, then we have a case, but for now there is nothing to hold him for,” he added.
Some of the tenure positions were enacted into law during the administration of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the last part of her 12 years’ administration.
However, President Weah recently requested that all tenure positions be cancelled. The committees on Judiciary and Good Governance that were given the mandate by the plenary of the House of Representatives saw the need to leave the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the National Elections Commission (NEC) untouched.
The removal of tenure positions affected some government entities and integrity institutions including the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), the Governance Commission, the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) among others.
Speaking when he was flanked by the chairperson of the governing CDC, Mulbah Morlu, Representative Koffa went on to say that “you will expect these kinds of challenges for few months, but when the policy takes shape, everyone will be happy”. NR