Senators Warn Presidential Appointees

Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh has raised concerns over gross violations of Article 54 of the Constitution of Liberia by some presidential appointees.

Article 54 states, The President shall nominate and, with the consent of the Senate appoint and commission cabinet ministers, deputy and assistant cabinet ministers.

Same apply to ambassadors, ministers, consuls; and the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, as well as judges of subordinate courts, members of the military from the rank of lieutenant or its equivalent and above; marshals, deputy marshals and sheriffs.

It states further that the President will nominate, and with the consent of the Senate, appoint and commission superintendents, other county officials and officials of other political sub-divisions.

In his communication to his colleagues, Senator Tengbeh said he has observed that some of those appointed by President George Weah are already executing functions at their respective institutions, without been confirmed by the Senate.

The Lofa County Senator made specific reference to the Mayor-designate of the city of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee.

Fellow colleagues, it was carried on various media as a turning over ceremony at the MCC last Friday, where, the Mayor-designate assumed power from the HR, Senator Tengbeh said in his letter to the plenary of the Liberian Senate.

The Lofa County lawmaker also called on plenary to hold a conference with President George Weah to bring to his attention the attitude of some of his appointees, who are ignoring several processes, including confirmation by the Liberian Senate and commissioning by the President.

For her part, Grand Bassa Countys Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence called on the Senate not to confirm any nominee, who has not appeared for a confirmation hearing and is already executing his or her function.

But Maryland County Senator J. Gbleh-Bo Brown wants his colleagues not to base their judgment on mere accusations, but should instead do an extensive investigation of the matter before taking action.

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