Senate Rejects Code of Conduct Repeal Act

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The Senate yesterday unanimously voted to endorse recommendations by its Committee on Judiciary to reject a bill by Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais calling for the repeal of the Code of Conduct (CoC) in its entirety.

The nine-member committee chaired by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman in its recommendation called for the bill to be rejected and set aside, “and if the Senate determines that there are any flaws in the 2014 CoC, such flaws should be handled by amendment, not repeal.”

The committee also recommended that considering that based on the issues raised by Sen. Morais with the CoC, and the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which undermines the code, “that a Special Committee be set up by the Senate to review the CoC, and make recommendations to the Senate sitting in the 54th Legislature.”

In the committee’s report, dated August 7, it noted “with grave concern that a repeal of the 2014 Code of Conduct would mean that Liberia would have no CoC until there is a replacement thereof.”

The Judiciary Committee also observed that a repeal of the 2014 Code of Conduct would then constitute a violation of the Constitution, which mandates that the Legislature shall prescribe a Code of Conduct. The committee noted that the decision is necessary for compliance with the Constitution.

It can be recalled that the Maryland County lawmaker last week submitted to Senate plenary a request calling for the repeal in its entirety of “The Act of the Legislature prescribing a National Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees” of the Government of Liberia (2014).

Morais in his three-page communication read before Senate plenary, argued that his action was in line with the cardinal purpose of the Code of Conduct as prescribed in its preamble, which “has now been reversed by the ruling of the Supreme Court.”

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  1. We say congratulations to a Senate which refused to sit down supinely while unelected justices at the Supreme Court thought it fit to usurp the powers of the Legislature by virtually repealing a law. No wonder, then, the perception that both houses of the Legislature have willing tools of the purveyors of divide and rule, and arbitrary rule. But what did the vast majority get from the obsessive reach for absolute power in the last decade? Apparently, they got arrogant nepotism, abuse of power, misuse of scant funds, uncontrollable vampire, growing poverty, ceaseless crises, and a widening ethnic divide.

    Then we ponder, where has this malaise on the body politic of a Congua – Country divide sprung from?

    Of course, its resurgence can be traced to the lack of responsive, responsible, and accountable leadership which resulted in hard times for all except those at the middle and higher echelons of the politico – economic power – structure created by the powers that be. Universally, it is during economic struggles scapegoats are found to carry the blame for why many are suffering. Such conditions bring to the fore identity politics: sectarian divide, discrimination, and racism. We saw that in post WW 11 Germany where the Nazi blamed the Jews. And, according to his detractors, Trumpism is allegedly fanning a “Them and Us” gulf between Whites and non – Whites in the most powerful nation on planet earth.

    Unquestionably, the dysfunctional governance of the political leadership has put Liberia backward for another twenty years after the missed opportunities of the last ten. That unelected Supreme Court justices boldly welded themselves to the notion that they could throw their weight around without check is just a symptom of widespread institutional presumptuousness. Thanks again, Senators.

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