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Prez. Sirleaf suspends Sup Kpan, Mayor Broh

By Dyrus Zinnah
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(lbsonline/Liberia)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has suspended Montserrado County Superintendent, Grace Kpan with immediate effect.

Following consultation, President Johnson-Sirleaf has also suspended Acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh.

The Liberian Leader suspended the two female government officials Friday, 22nd February, 2013 after she was informed by Vice President, Joseph Boakai, about their acts of disrepute to Members of the House of Representatives.

The suspension action was taken against Superintendent Kpan and Mayor Broh for their roles in obstructing the orders of the House of Representatives to have the former detained. The Liberian President is in Freetown, Sierra Leone, attending President Earnest Bah Koroma’s inauguration.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has increased Superintendent Kpan’s detention period from three days to 30-days for using influential Liberian women to prevent Superintendent Kpan from being detained.

At the same time, Acting Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, has been rendered a 30-day jail sentence for her alleged role in women’s protest against the detention order by the Lower House.

The House’s decision was taken at a special session Friday, 22nd February, 2013 at the Capitol in Monrovia. In a related development, the Justice Ministry has clarified that embattled Montserrado County Superintendent, Grace Kpan, is not in jail as ordered by the House of Representatives.

Assistant Justice Minister for Correction, Hilary Sirleaf, confirmed the report.  Assistant Minister Sirleaf said: “While Superintendent Kpan was being taken to the Monrovia Central Prison, a group of people, including prominent Liberian women, stormed the prison compound and prevented her incarceration.”

The Montserrado County Superintendent was ordered detained Thursday, 21st February, 2013 at the Monrovia Central Prison for three days.

The Lawmakers said: “Our decision follows Superintendent Kpan’s refusal to pay back more than US$50,000.00 development fund for Montserrado County.”

In recent times, there have been hauling and pulling between the embattled Montserrado County Superintendent and the House of Representatives over the usage of the US$50,000 Development Fund.

Early this week, Superintendent Kpan was summoned by the House of Representatives to appear before it to give reason why she should not be held in contempt for the manner in which the money was expended.

During her meeting with the House, the Superintendent allegedly admitted withdrawing the US$50,000 from the county’s forestry account, among other budgetary violations.”

According to the House of Representatives, based on her admittance to the illegal withdrawal of the amount from the county’s Forestry Account, it ordered that she refund the money within 72 hours, or go to jail for three days,
Meanwhile, Defense Council, Cllr. Pearl Brown-Bull, reacted to the House of Representatives’ action, immediately following its detention order.

“The Representatives’ decision to detain Madam Kpan is a violation of the Superintendent’s constitutional rights,” Cllr. Brown-Bull said.

The Montserrado County Superintendent’s Defense Counsel then threatened to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia for redress.

According to reports, the Superintendent’s where-abouts is unknown. In the meantime, another prominent female government official has refuted reports that she masterminded a protest to stop Superintendent Kpan from going to prison.

Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, denied gathering women at the Monrovia Central Prison Compound to stop Madam Kpan from going to prison.

Though Minister Duncan-Cassell admitted that she and 30 other women went to the prison compound to observe happenings there, but upon their arrival, Superintendent Kpan had already left the scene.

She said: “The women who went along with me at the prison were representatives of women groups who were meeting at the Genda Ministry.

The women groups were discussing their planned trip to New York for a conference. The Minister of Gender, has, however, blamed the Media for misinforming the public and urged them to be factual in their reportage.

Madam Cassell also denied having knowledge of the Superintendent, noting that she had been in communication with House Speaker, Alex Tyler, on the situation.

She, however, refused to comment on the actions of her fellow women regarding the disruption of the Superintendent’s imprisonment.


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