Attempts by Finance Minister Amara Konneh to 'buy time' regarding his appearance before the Legislature has been rejected.
Konneh was summoned by the House of Representatives to appeal before that August Body on the 13th and 15th of May, to answer to many questions relating to the Liberian economy.
However, the Finance Minister communicated with the House requesting that he (Konneh) appear just once – on May 15th only – to respond to inquiries from Capitol Hill.
In his letter addressed to Madam Mildred N. Sayon, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Minister Konneh argued that as Finance Minister, he has a "very busy schedule with other issues of national concern," and as such, he will appreciate if the House could stick to a single date to allow him address all the concerns about the state of the Liberian economy.
The House angrily rejected the request and demanded that Konneh make a double appearance next week.
In legislative assembly Thursday, May 8, Plenary took serious exception to the Minister’s appeal , stressing that the status of the economy remains very uncompromising and, as the Legislature, there is a need for immediate action to save the State.
Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been longing for the removal of Konneh and his team, a system they believed is responsible for the continuous budget shortfalls Liberia is faced with regularly.
Konneh has, in turn, blamed the Legislature for the budget shortfall.
He accused Capitol Hill of projecting additional revenue after the Executive had already drafted and agreed on the National budget. But lawmakers harshly reacted to his comments, stressing that the Minister's assertion is false and misleading.