Alva Mulbah Wolokolie
The Plenary of the House of Representatives has denied the request of Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh to appear on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 to address two different issues.
Konneh has been under serious pressure to step down or be dismissed for what some lawmakers, including Lofa County Senator, George Tengbe and Maryland County Representative, Isaac Roland, believe that Konneh is incompetent to continue as Liberia’s Finance Minister.
On the basis of this, the Plenary on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 agreed to summon Minister Konneh to appear first on May 13, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. and then later on Thursday May 15, also at 10:00 A.M. He is expected to give account of the state of affairs of the economy and answer to questions relative to consecutive two-term budget shortfall.
The lawmakers argued that the state of the economy has crippled the government and nothing is being done by the Finance boss to remedy the situation.
But in communication to yesterday’s Plenary, Minister Konneh said he acknowledged receipt of the two letters written him by Plenary and he looks forward to appearing before that August Body to provide clarity on the issues that they the lawmakers have requested.
But due to his busy schedule with other issues of national concern, he requested to appear on Thursday, May 15, to address the two different issues.
“I request that you kindly convey my sincere sentiments to the esteemed members of the House of Representatives, and inform them that I look forward to appearing before the August Body and provide clarity on the issues as they have requested. However, because of my very busy schedule with other issues of national concern, I request that I make one appearance on Thursday May 15, to address the two different issues,” Konneh said in his letter.
Immediately after the letter was read on the floor of the Plenary, House Speaker, Alex Tyler who was presiding over yesterday’s session openly denied the request of the Finance Minister and mandated that he (Konneh) appears before Plenary as stipulated in the two letters written him.