Ruling Into LMA Crisis Suspended

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-Due To Judge Suspected Illness

By: R. Joyclyn Wea

The Civil Law Court could not hand down ruling into the ongoing saga or rigmarole between members of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) due to suspected illness of Judge Yusuf D. Kaba Resident Circuit Court Judge.

Marketers who stormed the grounds of the court on September 26, 2018 to listen to the court’s opinion on the matter before it, but, was told that the ruling had been suspended due to the alleged illness of Judge Kaba.

This led to many expressing frustration and dissatisfaction that resulted into a clash between pro-Alice Yeabahn and Anti- Alice Yeabahn group, (the president).

This situation or posture by the marketers nearly disrupted court functions as there were many cases being heard the same day.

Recently, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor with immediate effect suspended the president of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) madam Alice Yeabahn and instituted an interim management team to run the affairs of the Association.

Following the action by the Vice President, the suspended leadership through its President Madam Alice Yeabahn filed a lawsuit against the interim management setup by Madam Howard-Taylor with the Civil Law Court.

Speaking with Judicial Reporters during their September 26, 2018 clash at the Temple of Justice, pro-Alice group alleged that the interim management team setup by the vice president were indicted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to restitute sixty million Liberian dollars.

“Under Alice Yeabahn leadership; employees of the LMA started to receive free Identification Cards unlike pass leadership,” James Zayzay, LMA Budget Director.

Zayzay bewailed “No matter how long, how hard these people try, the office of the Vice President tries to prevail over the civil law court, we will win this case. The Vice President was never right because she has no constitutional right over the LMA; she has no constitutional basis to suspend rather the national assembly comprising of the fifteen counties of Liberia.”

He explained that the National Assembly gathered once a year; to submit activity report; in that if the assembly feels that the leadership its elected into power is involved with act of corruption they can recommend impeachment or suspension.

Zayzay believes Vice President Taylor is trying to temper with the opinion of the court reason for what he termed as deliberate suspension of the said ruling.

“She had been living in error in the past; she did it in bong country and now she want to bring it to the LMA and she will continue to live in error,” he alleged further.

  1. Momoueh Dennis claimed that the suspension by Madam Taylor was wrong as she has no constitutional responsibility to do that noting only the members of the LMA have the right.

He noted that the leadership is opened to any form of audit saying “can you imagine the same people that complained is the same team the Vice President setup to conduct the elections; you cannot be a player at the same time judge, so we say let her appoint independent people to preside over the process.”

  1. Dennis bewailed “the vice president carried gun men the same thing during her husband’s regime to frighten people.”

“Who is Madam Alice today, that cannot be suspended; are you saying that she is a demon god over LMA,” a member of the Anti- Alice group, Joseph Quiqui.

He further noted that “we are saying madam Alice; this corrupt demon must not go back to the LMA we are clear about this, we are going to follow it to the logical conclusion.

Quiqui deferred with those saying that the vice president is in the wrong for suspending the leadership on grounds that madam Taylor is a member of the board and all other executive members work in line with her (Taylor).

 

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