Even though not many Liberians have a record of relinguishing their post upon discovery of unethical or moral deficiency on their parts, the civil society organizations of Liberia, Anti-Corruption Coalition and National Civil Society Council of Liberia have called on the Plenary of the Liberian Senate in a written communication to remove Senator Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to avoid bringing the Liberian Senate to public disrepute.
Loretta A. Pope-Kai, National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, made the call on behalf of the groups on Tuesday February 9, 2021 at a news conference in Monrovia.
Mrs. Pope-Kai said the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia believe that the US Department of Treasury’s Sanction on the Senator has a strong moral and integrity implications and as such, the presence of Senator Sherman as Chairman of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee does not only undermine the credibility and integrity of the Senate Judiciary Committee but also has greatest propensity to bring the entire Liberian Senate to public disrepute.
“The Liberian Senate inaction to distance its administration and leadership role assigned to Senator Sherman will further interpret its encouragement of corruption and or disregard to adhere to the US strategic policy direction to defeat corruption, hereby engendering bilateral partnership and technical cooperation enjoyed by the Liberia’s Legislature, the Government of Liberia to the People and Government of the United States of America. It shall also affect other strategic institutions and nations aligned with the US Foreign Policy,” Mrs. Pope-Kai said.
Mrs. Pope-Kai said Senator Sherman lacks the moral rectitude to preside over judicial matters at the Liberian Senate and therefore, he should step aside to seek judicial redress with the US Government and save the Liberian Senate.
“The Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia followed the recent debate held at the Chamber of the Liberian Senate on this issue and want to clearly state that Senators arguing that the matter is personal and should not be an issue of the Liberian Senate is not just only weak and lazy, but a calculated attempt to undermine the entire Legislature and the country at large,” she said.
The groups called on the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to take appropriate and timely action that promotes good governance to save the Liberian Senate by voting for the removal of Grand Cape Mount County Senator, Varney Sherman as Chairman of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as possible.
“The Senate strategic relationship shared with US Congress and broader bilateral and multi-lateral institutions supported by the US Government – serving as prime partners to Liberia sustainable reconstruction endeavor is highly valued over an accused and sanctioned Senator,” Mrs. Pope-Kai who read the statement said.
She continued: “We are prepared to implore people’s power approaches as guaranteed by Article 1 and Article 17 of the Liberian Constitution in ensuring that Senator Cllr. Sherman is removed as Chairman of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Mrs. Pope-Kai said the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia will continue to advocate and promote transparency, accountability and integrity in the governance framework of the Republic of Liberia.