- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 13:55
- Written by Necus M. Andrews
Members of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus have threatened to remain reluctant on the passage of all legislations from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, unless she intervenes and ensures that Montserrado County Superintendent Grace T. Kpan desists from disrespecting the Legislature.
The legislators' action was taken following the reported refusal of Superintendent Kpan to appear before the plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 as scheduled.
Recently, the lawmakers instructed Superintendent Kpan to restitute an amount of US$50,739.50 she singlehandedly withdrew from the Forestry Concession Fund for Montserrado County.
The Superintendent was ordered by the lawmakers to place all funds belonging to the County into a single account, ensure the payment of all scholarship fees for lawmakers in the county and reinstate the dismissed Chairman of the County's Project Management Committee (PMC) Patrick More and report to plenary within one week.
But since the lawmakers' unanimous decision, the superintendent is yet to appear or cooperate, an action the representatives viewed as a complete disrespect to them.
The acting Chairman of the County's Legislative Caucus, Henry Fahnbulleh said if the issue is not urgently addressed by the president, it would further derail the cordial relationship that exists between the Legislative and the Executive Branches of government.
Representative Fahnbulleh claimed that the Superintendent, as an appointee of the President, was constantly involved in insulting lawmakers from the county on various local radio stations, although he did not make specific reference to the local stations.
Representative Fahnbulleh said the Superintendent has refused to apologize to them as instructed by the President.
According to him, it was unbelievable that the President would allow her appointee to constantly disrespect members of the first branch of government without taking actions.
He said Superintendent Kpan has failed to cooperate with them in the management and usage of the County's Development Fund.
“We think this is too much, the President will be made to understand our position; we will communicate our position to her clearly; we are reaching to the point now where the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus will be very reluctant on supporting legislations of the Executive if this matter is not resolved,” Representative Fahnbulleh indicated.
The Montserrado County Legislative Caucus' position was overwhelmingly supported by majority Lawmakers of the House of Representatives, urging the President to act now.
Majority of the lawmakers accused the President of being aware of the Superintendent's alleged disrespectful attitude towards them.