Executive Mansion Tightlipped on Tah’s Resignation

By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie

Since the reported news that Justice Minister Christiana Tah has tendered in her resignation to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the office of the President has remained tightlipped on the information.

FrontPage Africa newspaper last Tuesday reported that sources within the Executive Mansion confirmed to the paper that Minister Tah has tendered in her resignation from the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf government with immediate effect.

Minister Tah, who is also President Sirleaf’s legal advisor and Attorney General was suspended by the Supreme Court since October 2013 for what the highest court described as “Contempt”(disrespect) after she ordered the release of FrontPage Africa managing editor Rodney Sieh from detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.

The Court banned Minister Tah from practicing law for six months in the country after finding her in contempt of court. The full bench asked her to explain why she should not be held in contempt for releasing Mr. Rodney Sieh from prison.

The court jailed Sieh for failing to pay a $1.5 million libel fine to former Agriculture Minister, J. Chris Toe. Cllr. Tah said then that her decision to release Sieh on “compassionate” grounds was part of her duty as Attorney General. As Liberia’s chief prosecutor and legal advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, her suspension raised questions for the government.

Following her suspension, President Sirleaf has been mute on the issue but Information Minister, Lewis Brown, at a press conference held few months ago acknowledged that the President was aware of the court’s decision and was consulting with legal experts on the government’s options and rights.

When the INQUIRER contacted the offices of the presidential press secretary yesterday, his assistant, Christopher Sellee, disclosed that Jerelinmick Piah had traveled out of the country.

But responding as to whether Minister Tah has resigned or not, Mr. Sellee told the INQUIRER that the Executive Mansion is not aware of the Minister’s resignation. “I cannot say more than that; we are not aware of her resignation,” Mr. Sellee stated.