By Jefferson D.Tweh
Independent Youth Activist and Lecturer at the AME Zion University, Mr. Ali Sylla has strongly opposed the Level Plain Field Bill due to what he termed as ‘it’s discriminatory, segregating,’ which he says is not in the interest of the Liberian people.
Mr. Sylla who is also Legal Coordinator at the Ministry of Justice, quoted Article 8 of Liberia Constitution which states that; ‘The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.’
Mr. Sylla threatened that he will use whatever legal means to repeal the bill since the Level Plain Field Bill is in discriminatory and segregating manner. “If the Senate passes the discriminatory Bill, we the citizens in the county will boot them out through the electoral process,” he added.
The young advocate further stated that if nothing is done to make amendments on the bill, they will vote the lawmakers out during the mid-term Elections in 2014 and Presidential Elections in 2017. He also pleaded with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf not to sign the bill since it is not in the interest of the people of this country.
Mr. Sylla also reminded the lawmakers to reflect on Article 18 which states: “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religious, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”
He cautioned all Liberians to speak against the Level Plain Field Bill since it has the propensity to put the citizens out of elected positions, something that is against their constitutional rights.
The Level Plain Field Bill was introduced by Maryland County Representative James Binney and the bill says all executive appointees have to resign two years before contesting for elected positions in the country.
Since then the Liberian Senate is yet to deliberate on the bill, as she is currently taking every measure before placing hand on the document.