Legislature Supports ‘Change’ of Inaugural Venue

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Because the Capitol Building, which is undergoing renovation, is by law the venue for the presidential inauguration ceremony, the legislature was forced to legalize SKD Sports Complex as the venue for this historic instance.

– Adopts, Signs Resolution

Amid controversy about what critics claim is ‘undoing history and tradition’ regarding the holding of a presidential inauguration outside of Monrovia – the seat of Government – the House of Representatives and the Senate have adopted and signed a Joint Resolution to change the venue and city of the 2018 Inauguration from the Capitol Building in Monrovia to the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside of Monrovia.

Members of the both Houses adopted and affixed their signatures to the Joint Resolution on Friday, January 19, during the 1st Day Special Sitting of the 1st Session, for the inauguration of the 24th President-elect and Vice President-elect to be held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex today, Monday, January 22, 2018.

Partial view of the Capitol annex, soon to be completed.

The resolution is styled: “A Joint Resolution LEG-001/2018 Adopted by the Senate and the Honorable House of Representatives in the 1st Regular Session of the 54th Legislature of the Republic of Liberia for the Holding of the Inauguration of the 24th President-elect and Vice President-elect of the Republic of Liberia to be held at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in the City of Paynesville, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia on January 22, 2018.”

The resolution was aimed at legitimizing the SKD instead of the Capitol Building, because of ongoing construction of the two annexes of the Capitol Building, put at a cost of US$23 million, by the People’s Republic China (PRC).

It has been reported that during the sitting of the 52nd Legislature, the law was amended to have the grounds of the Capitol Building – the Seat of the Legislature – be used as the inauguration venue.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Members of the legislative branch of government have recently decreed that dual citizens of Liberia and the US will not be confirmed if their names are presented by the president, Mr. Weah. The decision of the legislators sounds like a big joke! In fact, in all honesty and sincerity, it is a complete joke.

    The very legislators who had sworn not to confirm dual citizens, had a change of mind when Weah’s planners and security staff decided to have Weah sworn in at the Samuel K. Doe stadium. I totally agree that the State Capitol is being repaired. As such, the building would have been unable to absorb 35,000 fans who witnessed the induction ceremony today. The main point that I would like to make is this…..insofar as the legislators were able to override the Liberian constitution for the reason stated above, the legislators’ refusal to confirm dual citizens can and must be reversed.

    It doesn’t make sense at all for Weah’s appointees, (many of whom are dual citizens) to be denied the opportunity to serve in his government. First of all, most dual citizens are more experienced, educated and exposed than their Liberian counterparts. Besides, dual citizens in the diaspora, have helped in the past and even now in the stabilization of the Liberian economy. As an example, consider the issue of sending money to their relatives in Liberia via Western Union, Money Gram and other money transfer establishments. There are over 50,000 Liberians living in the US. If $10,000 dual citizens send $50.00 minimum to Liberia in a month’s time, the total amount sent will be $500,000.00. It’s only a hypothetical. The money that Liberians send home every month is more than $500,000! So, in essence, dual citizens have helped in stabilizing the economy of Liberia. Given this scenario, it makes sense for Weah’s appointees (many of whom are dual citizens) to be confirmed.

    It is incumbent upon the Liberian legislators to go back to the drawing board.The legislators should consider what I call a constitutional accomodation. A constitutional accomodation is a proposal that states that if a dual citizen is educated, experienced, exposed and qualified to perform an assigned task, she or he should be confirmed by the Senate for a 6-year period. If however a dual citizens has been unable to renounce his or her citizenship within a 6-year span, she or he will be ineligible to continue to serve in the government of Liberia.

  2. Also, the sentence should read “If a dual citizen” not as it is written above. Very tired. I apologize to all my readers/followers for my errors. I can certainly do better. 😎

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