Ellen Withdraws Broh’s Nomination

The Capitol, home of the Liberian Legislature

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has had to abandoned her quest to return Madam Mary Broh to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) as mayor for the second time.

The Liberian Chief Executive reluctantly withdrew the nomination of Mary Broh after many unsuccessful bids to convince the Senate to confirm her presidential nominee to the post of City Mayor of Monrovia.

In a communication addressed to the Senate Plenary (full-house) on Thursday, August 08, President Sirleaf did not state the reason for her reversal; instead, she informed the Legislature that she had ‘changed gear’ on the subject, and as such, there was no need to proceed with the ill-fated (miserable, unlucky) confirmation.

The information came as no surprise to some of the Senators, many of whom had previously opposed Broh’s reappointment to the position.

Interestingly, Madam Sirleaf’s communication appeared on the Senate’s agenda just when lawmakers had made up their minds to decide Mary Broh’s fate: either reject or confirm her nomination on the same day.

However, the Senators faced another problem in debating Broh’s confirmation proceedings: whether to entertain Senator Isaac Nyenabo’s Motion of Reconciliation, filed when the Senate agreed to reduce plenary to a single committee to address the nomination, or reject the motion when the President’s communication arrived.

The re-nomination of Madam Mary Broh to head the Monrovia City Corporation had been considered in many quarters as “the most bizzare” thing ever done in politics. This has been the stance of the national legislature, which has been in a constant tussle with the former energetic acting MCC boss, and they saw to it that the nomination remained DOA (dead on arrival).


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