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MIND Warns Against Acts That May Undermine Legislative INDEPENDENCE… Cautions Speaker Koffa To Remain Focused

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MONROVIA: The Movement with Integrity for National Development (MIND), says its attention has been drawn to allegations that are trending on social media, originating specifically from Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District #10 that a well calculated plot is being orchestrated by some members of the 55th Legislature to remove House Speaker, Jonathan Fonati Koffa, from his position.

MIND pointed out that such allegations by Lawmaker Kolubah against some members of the 55th Legislature were issued coupons, valued US$4,500 each, to acquire office supplies from J-Mart, a furniture supplier in Monrovia, for the purpose of removing Speaker Koffa has the potential to undermine the independence of the current 55th Legislature.

“While we cannot come to terms with the possibility that usage of payment to conspirators will be dictated by the person engineering this entire saga, let’s condemn in the strongest terms any attempt in this direction,” MIND said in a statement.

MIND also questions the decision of anyone or group in getting involved in a design to disrupt the independence of the First Branch of Government, the Legislature.

The civil society advocacy group pointed out that it is “cognizant of past regimes ineffectiveness at accountable, democratic governance and service delivery as a result of the compromise of the independence of the Legislature.”

Therefore, MIND reiterated its disdain for such actions as claimed by Representative Kolubah against the House Speaker that may seek to under the independence of the current 55th National Legislature.

The advocacy group assures that it will not sit idly by and watch an attempt to disrupt democratic governance goes into effect.

The statement pointed out that House Speaker J. Fonati Koffa, against whom this alleged undemocratic plot is directed, in fact, has demonstrated commitment to using the authority of the House Speakership to assist in bringing the government’s agenda to successful conclusion for public good.
MIND assures that it will not sit idly by and watch an attempt to disrupt democratic governance goes into effect.

The statement pointed out that House Speaker J. Fonati Kofa against whom this alleged undemocratic plot is directed, in fact, has demonstrated commitment to using the authority of the speakership to assist in the bringing of the government’s agenda to successful conclusion for public good.

MIND would like to recall that of recent, as evidence of the speaker’s willingness to complement the workings of the Executive Branch, against opposition from some members of the House, he supported the authorization of emergency spending and justified his action by saying at stake was the survival of the more than 65,000 public servants and the upkeep of the economy under difficult times.

Additionally, in regards to the President’s agenda for the establishment of the War and Economic Crime Court, the Speaker complemented the preference of the Executive Branch in this direction, MIND added.

In the face of these demonstrated acts of support for bringing the agenda of the Executive Branch to fruition, we find it highly selfish and disruptive to the public good that anyone or group would want to remove the House Speaker, MIND stressed.

MIND also cautions those who may be engineering any attempt of such to disengage forthwith and focus on service delivery and democratic and accountable governance, rather than pursuing selfish agenda at the detriment of the coordination between the two branches of government and the stability of our country.

At the same time, MIND uses the medium to caution House Speaker, Jonathan Fonati Koffa to remain focused and as a determined public servant he is, by continuing to do the urgent and most important work of the Liberian people.

The Government of Liberia (GOL), through the Minister of Information categorically denied any knowledge of the purported plot to remove the House Speaker, as alleged by Representative Yekeh Kolubah, describing such claim as a distraction.

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