Judge Yussif Kaba of the Civil Law Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice on Friday, October 5, informed Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) suspended president, Madam Alice Yeebahn, of her right to pursue legal action against Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, if she felt injured about how she was suspended by the Vice President.
Kaba’s statement came shortly after he dismissed a request by the LMA for him to review the case, because the VP’s action was illegal and contrary to the laws of the Republic of Liberia, and subsequently to restore Madam Yeebahn and her corps officers pending the outcome of an administrative investigation into allegation of mismanagement and maladministration of the LMA.
“VP Taylor’s decision injured our scope of operation and stalled our day to day activities,” the LMA claimed in its lawsuit.
Dismissing the LMA request, Kaba declared Taylor’s action was meted out against Yeebahn and her officers and, therefore, those suspended individuals were the ones injured by the act; they should have filed the action and not the LMA.
“Considering that the action of the VP was an administrative action which must be reviewed by this court, that action was taken not against the LMA as an organization; rather, it was directed at Madam Yeebahn and officers who directly suffered any injury that must have been inflicted as a consequence of the action,” Kaba justified his decision.
He continued, “The LMA does not have the legal standing to ask for the review of VP Taylor’s administrative decision.”
Therefore, Kaba ruled, “The request asked for by VP Taylor to dismiss the matter is hereby ordered and granted and the LMA’s petition for judicial review is also dismissed.”
Prior to that, the LMA had argued that on August 25, VP Taylor suspended Madam Alice Yeebahn from office as president of the LMA and replaced her with a five-member interim leadership, without reference or regard to the Act creating the LMA that calls for a due process of administrative law and proper managerial procedures.
The association also argued that Taylor allegedly ordered armed men to forcibly remove Yeebahn from her office, an act which was illegal and should be reviewed and subsequently declared void by the court.
They further argued that the LMA Act gives VP Taylor “the authority to oversee and control the entity as well as call for auditing based on mismanagement and poor administration of the LMA, if necessary, but her suspension of Yeebahn was based on rumors; as such, the court should review the executive decision of the VP.”
In counter-argument, Taylor’s lawyers said the lawsuit must be denied, because the LMA which filed for the judicial review did not personally suffer any injury as a result of the suspension of Yeebahn and her officials.