Just when she thought she would now enjoy a reprieve from all further grilling from the Liberian Senate, that body has again determined to write and invite Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks to appear before it on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 12:00 noon with her lawyer to show cause why she should not be held in contempt.
The Senate’s decision Tuesday followed the defeat of a motion for reconsideration filed by Senator Alphonso Gaye. The motion was filed last Thursday after that august body decided to invite the Minister of Public Works to appear before the Senate plenary on contempt charges, after having already faced eight hours of non-stop intensive questioning.
Defending his motion in a lengthy communication which took the Secretary of the Senate almost 30 minutes to read, Senator Gaye recalled several instances where the Senate tempered justice with mercy, such as in the case involving Police Director Chris Massaquoi as well as that involving former Monrovia City Corporation Mayor Mary Broh, among others.
The plea failed to change the hearts of eight Senators, who remained adamant that the Minister appears June 17 with her lawyer to face the music from the Senate plenary.
While the Senate was voting Tuesday to decide her fate, Minister Weeks was at the same time undergoing political surgery at the House of Representatives, whose members were seeking clarifications on dossier of documents concerning her Ministry’s recent national and international engagements. They too, are interested in recalling her to face their plenary.