Liberia CSOs Want Senator Sherman Removed from Judicial Committee

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Loretta A. Pope-Kai, National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia the statement.

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.

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  1. Irrespective of what, Senator Sherman should consider stepping down or he will be asked to step down as more and more civic organizations begin to take a serious look at his situation. Ethically, it just doesn’t smell good for a sitting Senator to be publicly exposed by a foreign country in a case such as his. The legal ramifications are understood. The question is whether it is ethical for Sherman to continue to serve without setting an example to step down.

  2. “Ethically, it just doesn’t smell good for a sitting Senator to be publicly exposed by a foreign country in a case such as his“, but “it smells VERY VERY good“ for a convicted criminal convicted by his OWN OWN Criminal Court and OWN OWN Supreme Court to take his seat in the senate, and of course sit on or even chair a committee within the Senate. Isn’t it, Mr. Hney?

    It actually shocks the conscience and shatters the imagination that learned men would believe that a mere sanction on freezing of assets and ban on entrance into a foreign country has any proximity to criminality. Mr. Hney, get this straight that these voluntary organizations are simply behaving as zombies as a consequence of this ignorance! PERIOD!

    If these so called CSOs

    (1) knew the domestically ontological epistemology of a mere sanction from a foreign country imposed on a single individual who has investments in that foreign country, or the leaders of those so called CSOs had the intellectual or international legal erudition of THE ACT OF STATE DOCTRINE under international law, they would

    (2)know that courts of one country will not and cannot sit in judgment on the validity of another country’s sovereign public acts, and WITHOUT OUTSIDE JUDICIAL MEDDLING OR INTERFERENCE. And this is inter alia why

    (3) the Magnitsky Act or OFAC Sanction, (UNLESS the sanction is violated) DOES NOT seek prosecution, since as a matter of fact or law IS NOT CRIMINAL, but is merely a discretional decision taken by Washington with effects solely within the territorial jurisdiction of America, AND NOT WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION of the one upon whom the OFAC Sanction may be imposed.

    And this why you hear or sea (as culled from FPA in quotation) a sound member of the Liberian Senate “Senator Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County who is currently the acting chair on Foreign Affairs had a different view on the matter. For him, the issue under discussion is personal and has nothing to do with the Senate. He said it’s Senator Sherman’s private matter.“

    “Do not draw the Senate into a matter that does not involve the Senate. Senator Sherman wasn’t representing the Senate for which he’s being accused of bribery. We are too old and experience to allow this to happen let sleeping Dog lies,” Senator Conmany Wesseh. “

    So, Mr. Hney, while these or any voluntary movements, interest groups, pressure groups, etc. as these CSOs with absolutely no ligament to the machinery of the Liberian Government, are entitled to their opinion, they expose their ignorance and hypocrisy by needlessly, unnecessarily, and lackadaisically, ranting about a mere sanction on a single individual by a foreign country…a sanction with no effects within the country of the individual, while they the very CSOs are ipso facto their silence, displaying their lawless and reckless disposition that there is nothing wrong with a convicted criminal convicted by the criminal court and the Supreme Court of Liberia about to be seated as a senator!

    Does such lawless and reckless disposition on the part of these so called CSOs “smell good“, Mr. Hney? NO! Whether “ethically“, morally, or legally, such attitudinal lawlessness and behavioral recklessness on the part of these CSOs “smell“ very very bad!!!

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