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Prez. Sirleaf Vetoes Security Bill

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

( Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has rejected the Bill seeking to re-establish the Ministry of National Security and the National Bureau of Investigation.

President Johnson-Sirleaf’s action was contained in a communication addressed to the Senate Monday, September 9, 2013.

The President said: “Most of the provisions in the Bill were identical to already existing ministries and agencies.”

“Section 40.3 and 41.3 of the Bill have components relating to inter-alia, anti-fraud matters, eradication of corruption and investigation of homicide are functions of the Liberia National Police,” She also said.

President Johnson-Sirleaf’s communication also points out section 40.4 of the Bill that she vetoed for the Ministry of National Security to coordinate the activities of the security services.

The Liberian Leader further noted: “This is under the National Security Agency and that no rationale was given for such change.”

Section 40.8 of the Bill seeks to grant ‘search and seizer’ powers, but the President Johnson-Sirleaf added: “This could be contrary to the constitutional requirements of a valid court order.”

“Should the Bill becomes law, it will create additional financial burden for government.”

Following the reading of the President’s communication, disagreement ensued in Plenary on Capitol Hill.

During the argument, Senators Prince Johnson, Abel Massaley, among others, called for a quick debate to finally lay the matter to rest, but Senator Mabutu Nyepan disagreed with his colleagues.

Senator Nyepan emphasized: “I preferred a motion for the Bill to be forwarded to the relevant committee.”

According to Legislative reporter, each House of the Legislature needs two-third vote to over-ride President Johnson-Sirleaf’s action.

The Bill, the first to be vetoed by President Johnson-Sirleaf in the 53rd Legislature, emanated from the Lower House and was Concorde by the Senate.


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