Did Police Director Apologize to Senate?

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An authoritative source close to the leadership of the 53rd Senate has confided in the Daily Observer that embattled Director of the Liberia National Police, Christian Clarence Massaquoi, has finally written the Senate a letter of apology as ordered by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

President Sirleaf recently informed the Senate that she had reprimanded Director Massaquoi and suspended him for two days; giving him time to write a letter of apology and hand deliver it to the plenary.

The communication from the Police Chief, according to the source, was one of several items placed on last Thursday, January 30,  Agenda/Oder of Business, but failed to go through the normal plenary procedure of it being firstly read, and if necessary, debated and adopted to form part of the working tool for that sitting.

Before the Secretary of the Senate could go into the proposed agenda, the presiding officer, Senator Clarice Jah, then informed her colleagues that she had received a request from Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for an audience with that body for five minutes. This meeting ran for hours and eventually ended unceremoniously due to the day’s scheduled activities.

The current ‘bad blood’ between the Executive and Legislature (Senate) is resultant from unfinished business brought forward from the second session. This situation arises from a complaint from Gbarpolu Senator, J.S. Theodore Momoh, against Director Massaquoi for insulting and threatening to assault him while en-route to work.

The plenary there and then presided over by Maryland County Senator, H. Dan Morias, in a vengeful mood agreed that the Senate request President Sirleaf to disrobe Director Massaquoi and prosecute him for  an act of mutiny after he deployed a large number of police on the grounds of the Capitol Building last September.

It was announced weeks later, contrary to an earlier decision to call for disrobement of the Police boss, the Senate was requesting President Sirleaf to take appropriate action to serve as a deterrent against Mr. Massaquoi in line with her Constitutional provision.

Late Monday, unconfirmed reports filtered in that the leadership of the Senate was expected to meet with President Sirleaf last evening upon her return to the country from Ethiopia.

Whatever outcome transpires between the two branches of Government, members of the 53rd Senate will this morning fulfill their Constitutional mandate that dictates they hold plenary sittings twice a week to discuss national/international and bilateral issues for the development agenda of the country to make laws that are in the best interest of the country and its people.

If the 7th day sitting goes ahead today in accordance with the Constitution, the long-awaited report from the Committee on Banking and Currency; the report from the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget  Committee on the “Act to provide Fifteen Percent of the Fiscal National Budget for County Development will be conspicuously present on the agenda.

Also expected on the agenda is the controversial communication from the House of Representatives on the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget and subsequent budgets for development purposes.

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