‘Secret’ Appointments in Gov’t Worry INCHR

Bartholomew B. Colley.

With barely one month to the expiration of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led government, the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) says it is worried about the secret appointment of government officials without the consent of the Senate.

It may be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently appointed Jackson F. Doe, Jr. and Abu Kamara as managing director and deputy managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC) respectively. They have assumed duties although their appointments have not been confirmed by the Senate as required by law.

Atty. Rev. Bartholomew B. Colley, acting chairperson of the Commission, making  a statement  in Monrovia recently  said the issue of appointed officials allegedly assuming office without confirmation of the Senate remains a serious matter.

Although it has been more than three weeks since we raised this issue, he said, “We are seriously concerned and urge them to intervene; we are glad that they have now become seized of the matter.”

“It is our hope that they will patriotically and diligently seek the facts surrounding this matter and take appropriate measures, as our constitution should at all times be respected.”

According to him, the doctrine of coordination and cooperation among the branches of government must be upheld for the growth and protection of Liberia’s democracy.

Jarlawah A. Tonpo, head of communications at the Liberian Senate, when contacted said he would not comment on the matter.

According to information gathered, the Liberian Senate was expected to deliberate on the matter yesterday,  based on a letter from Senator Thomas Grupee of Nimba County, who told the Daily Observer to reach him in order to be provided with the number of individuals recently appointed in government.

The situation has raised serious public debates as some of the appointments are yet to be announced on the Executive Mansion website.