- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 11:53
- Written by Dweh Nimley
...To Provide Explanation
The Liberian Senate has summoned Justice Minister Christiana Tah and Police Director Chris Massaquoi to appear before plenary this Thursday to explain reason why the ground of the Capitol building is not safe.
Senate Pro-Tempt Gbehzongar Findley told Plenary that the two officials have been invited to provide detailed explanation for the insecurity at the Capitol building because they are responsible under the law to protect lives and properties.
Bong County Senator Henry Yallah told plenary that the Capitol Building was vulnerable to criminals and stressed the need for an action to be taken.
Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wortorson said it was illegal for people to enter the grounds of the legislature to effect an arrest, something he termed as grave and disappointing to the Liberian Legislature.
Senator Wortorson said the invasion of the Legislature was very discouraging and it was something that has been unfolding for some time.
He accused the police of having no respect for members of the Legislature, noting that the Executive Branch was giving more attention by the police than the Legislature.
Senator Wotorson said there is no law within the constitution that gives the Executive Branch of government more access to security than the Legislature.
Grand Gedeh Senator Alphanso Gaye said there was a need to know what gives the Police Director and Cabinet Ministers more right than senators and Representatives.
Senator Gaye said there was a need to return to status quo, adding that if the Executive does not give the Legislature courtesy, they as Legislature will not do the same.
In addition, Maryland County Senator John Ballout wondered why senators were being denied protection.
He said something was lacking from the Senate in terms of political will to ensure that they are protected.
Senator Ballout said the Senate needed commitment and coordination to execute their duties effectively.