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54th Legislature Cancelled Tenure… AJULAP Asserts, Takes Issues With LTA Commissioners

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MONROVIA: The Founder and Executive Director of a Civil Society Organization (CSO), Access to Justice and Legal Aid Program (AJULAP), has seriously frowned at the deportment of some Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) “for raising false alarm” and threatening a lawsuit against President Joseph Nyuma Boakai for allegedly violating the laws of the Republic of Liberia.

In a statement issued in Monrovia Wednesday, Mr. W. Omecee Johnson, Executive Director of AJULAP said, it was a total contradiction for the LTA Commissioners to protest their removal or replacement from various positions on grounds that they are serving tenure positions.

Mr. Johnson indicated that all of the LTA Commissioners who are threatening lawsuit against President Boakai during their confirmation hearings before the then 54th Legislature acknowledged the cancellation of Tenure positions by the Liberian Senate at various public corporations and agencies.

In a video audio, a copy of which is in position of AJULAP, Johnson said, Montserrado County Senator, Darius Dillon can be heard loudly asking the nominees at the time: “Do you also know that by the removal of the tenure security, once confirmed, you will be serving at the will and pleasure of the president”?

According to AJULAP, all of them unanimously agreed and said yes to Senator Dillon’s question.

AJULAP recalled that while the 54th Legislature was in session, former President George M. Weah, removed former Central Bank Governor, Nathaniel Pattry, and former head of the Liberian National Lottery, Martin Kollie, who were occupying tenure positions.

Mr. Johnson who is a veteran courtroom reporter social justice advocate has also described the latest position of the LTA Commissioners to withdraw their initial quest to go to court as a well-calculated plot against the Boakai’s regime.

“If President Boakai’s government is capable to liquidate those who will be affected as a result of removal from various positions as President Weah did in the case of the former CBL’s Governor Nathaniel Pattry, then the two presidents will be acting in good faith in the interest of the country”, AJULAP’s boss also added.

He indicated that the mission of his organization is to sensitize the citizenry about the laws, their rights and the legal system through civic and public legal education, strategic litigation, among others.

Mr. Johnson stressed that when citizens are informed about the legal system, they will be equipped to effectively engage in the democratic process, and hold their leaders accountable.

He emphasized that in this direction, public officials are obligated to respect all laws of the Republic of Liberia as enshrined in PART IV, Section 4.2 of the Code of Conduct for all public officials.

AJULAP asserted that it was disappointing for some public officials in the former government of President Weah to grossly violate PART 5, Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct which prohibits all public officials from participating in political activities, using their offices and public assets mainly to engage in political propaganda for a then candidate for a public office.

Mr. Johnson used the occasion to laud the former Commissioner General of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), Lenn Eugene Nagbe, who resigned his tenure position because he realized that it was a violation of PART 5, Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct for Liberia public officials.

At the same time, the AJULAP cautioned President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to set up the office of the Obudsman to perform its statutory functions in accordance with the Code of Conduct.

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