Discussions with the senators which lasted for several hours took place behind closed doors.
At the end of the meeting, President was seen walking down the stairs under tight security. But she remained noncommittal on the subject of her visit when asked by reporters. She was the rushed to her convoy and driven away.
But according to highly placed sources both at the Senate and the Executive Mansion, President Sirleaf has requested members of the Senate to relax their decision on Madam Broh.
However, the expression on the faces of senators who attended the meeting showed visible signs of dissatisfaction.
Even though the President and Senate declined to comment on the visit, sources told the Daily Observer that discussions to “reconsider Madam Broh” and other national issues were addressed.
Another source at the Executive Mansion confided in our reporter that the President favors Madam Broh as Mayor of Monrovia, and as such, she wants the Senate to pardon the Acting Mayor.
The vote of no confidence was passed against the mayor for her failure to appear before senators after being cited to explain the circumstances of surrounding the face-off between her a senate employee in the streets of Monrovia.
Interestingly, most of the fourteen members of the Senate that voted against Madam Broh were not in the meeting with the President. They included Maryland County Senator Dan Morias who was seen holding separate discussion with some foreign officials in his office as the meeting was ongoing with Madam Sirleaf.
“The security situation in the country and the approach from prominent people in society were also highlighted.
“Particular concerns from Grand Gedeh County were among those issues the President and Senate talked. “As you know about the situation with Ivory Coast, the Liberian Government intends to address that the best way possible to avoid a negative image on the country,” a source at the Legislature hinted.
The government last week issued an alert for 10 persons who were suspected of having involvement in the bloody cross-border raids which resulted in the deaths of 7 UN peacekeepers and a number of civilians. The incident resulted in the government of Liberia closing its border with Ivory Coast and sending military reinforcement to the area to squelch the developing border crisis.
Conversely, Grand Gedeh County Representative Alex Chersia Grant, reacted to government’s list of suspect, terming it as “widely-held perceptions and accusations that the people of Grand Gedeh were the masterminds behind the recent mercenary attacks.”