Senators Want Police Director Dismissed

By Alva M. Wolokolie

After the huge deployment of police officers on the grounds of the 53rd National Legislature, the plenary of the Liberian Senate has instructed its secretary to officially communicate with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to strip off the position of Col. Clarence Massaquoi as Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP).

The Senate’s decision also comes against the backdrop of a complaint filed by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Jallah alleging that Col. Massaquoi last Wednesday insulted him and ordered the parking of his vehicle while enroute to work.

Upon this complaint, the police boss was summoned before plenary to answer why he should not be held in contempt and he was expected to appear on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 10.00 A.M. precisely.

The plenary of the Senate waited for several hours for the arrival of the police boss but he failed to show up and based on a communication written by him (Col. Massaquoi) he was executing a national duty in Gbarnga, Bong County.

Due to his delay to appear at the Senate, members of the Senate decided to go into a closed door session at which time they reached a conclusion to send him a communication to appear within two hours.

It was based on this ultimatum that prompted the deployment of police officers along with Col. Massaquoi who immediately proceeded to the office of the Vice President for a consultation meeting before his appearance with plenary. There was no information from that meeting to the press.

But on Thursday, September 12, 2013, Col. Massaquoi appeared before the plenary of the Senate to know why he should be held in contempt.

The police boss took the stance followed by the administering of oath. The presiding officer, Senator Dan H. Morais of Maryland County asked the police boss to state his name and position and tell the Senate whether he is the Inspector General of the Liberia National Police. The Maryland Senator also inquired from Col. Massaquoi whether he ordered men and women of the LNP to take over the ground of the Capitol Building.

In response, Col. Massaquoi called his name, position and told the Senate that he is the head of the LNP. Answering as to who ordered the deployment of the police at the Capitol Building, the police boss said he was not aware and based on Col. Massaquoi’s response, the presiding officer Sen. Dan H. Morais instructed the Sergeant-At-Arm to discharge the police chief so that the plenary can proceed with its special day session.

After several hours of legislative works followed by closed door session, Sen. Morais told the press that the Senate has reached a decision to inform President Sirleaf that Col. Massaquoi should be disrobed from his post immediately and forward him to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution. The Senate has charged him with mutiny (uprising).

Meanwhile, following her confirmation hearing on Thursday, September 12, 2013, Monrovia former Acting Mayor Madam Mary T. Broh has been fittingly confirmed as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA).

Madam Broh’s confirmation took place on Friday, September 13, 2013, after the Senate Standing Committee on Autonomous Agency chaired by Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard Taylor when she presented her report to plenary for action.

Sources in the corridors of the Capitol Building hinted the INQUIRER that the confirmation of Madam Broh took place behind closed door and has been sent to President Sirleaf.