The Chairman of Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, has said that it is incumbent upon his fellow Senators to explore the assertions made by former Justice Minister Christina Tah upon her resignation.
Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah said such a move would be in the interest of protecting the values that underpin the fabric of the society.
In his communication to the Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley and fellow Senators dated October 9, Senator Jallah noted that “cognizant of the current unfortunate national security crisis posed by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease, which demand our focus at this time, it would be prudent that we undertake further investigation into this matter at a later date, so as to afford us the due diligence required to address such a matter which threatens our democracy.”
The Gbarpolu lawmaker said his call is predicated on the constitutional fact that there are three separate and yet connected branches of government, and the Legislature has oversight responsibility relative to the other two branches (Executive and Judiciary).
“In light of the resignation of Justice Minister Christina Tah, and noting the damning assertions outlined in her open letter to the nation, it is my belief that it is incumbent upon us to explore her assertions made in the interest of protecting the values that underpin the fabric of our society.”
Counselor Tah recently tendered her letter of resignation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, followed by a press conference during which she narrated a number of reasons for terminating a position she held for almost six years.
Among her accusations, Counselor Tah said: “It has become unbearable to me to preserve in name as the dutifully appointed Minister of Justice of the Republic of Liberia when in reality concrete actions indicate a determination to systematically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness.” She vowed not to continue to fill the position of the Justice Minister in name without the substantive support of the Chief Executive.
“Amidst the prevailing interpretation of the doctrine of separation of powers and the ensuing blurring of the rules and roles of engagement,” Counselor Tah lamented, “even in the executive branch of government itself, the investments of national and international stakeholders promoting the rule of law is being eroded by actions that contradict the values that underpin the fabric of our society.”
Minister Tah concluded by vowing not to continue to “struggle to vindicate the portfolio designated for the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice…when it is eviscerated and reduced to a pretext to legitimize and perpetrate arbitrary activities and inscrutable practices under the guise of the rule of law.”