LIBERIA: Senate slams Pres. Boakai On Confirmation Hearing of A Nominee

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What has been described as a slap in the face has surfaced over the nomination and confirmation of Cllr. Moifee Kanneh as Deputy Director General- Designate at the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation of Liberia by the Liberian Senate.

Even though Cllr. Kanneh’s name up till press time is yet to be published on the Executive Mansion Official Website and face book pages respectively, a letter by President Joseph Nyuma Boakai to the Liberian Senate calls for the designee to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate.

However, the House of elders has placed a hold on the confirmation of all tenure positions or officials because matters surrounding such are already before the Supreme Court, which is the final arbiter of justice in the country.

Even though members of the Committee On Social Security, Pension and Insurance received President Boakai’s letter, it did not act on such because they argued that it will be in violation of the very laws that they have enacted over the years should they confirm Cllr. Kanneh who is also a lawyer and should be knowledgeable about legal proceedings.

The decision by the Liberian Senate, which appears to be a slap in the face of the nominee, marks the second of its kind but in different factions.

It can be recalled that Cllr. Kanneh was recently appointed as officer in Charge at NASSCORP but his attempted taking over ceremony was a failed one following questions and inquiries from the former Deputy Director General Cllr. Carmerna Cephas Yeke.

Cllr. Yeke’s decision though taken in right faith as a good administrator but was seen by some hierarchy of the ruling party as an affront and subsequently led to her alleged arbitrary dismissal as a tenure official with an unexpired term left.

Mrs. Yeke as a law abiding citizen, very knowledgeable about the legal issues ran to the court to seek proper redress.

But to the contrary, Cllr. Kanneh was covertly and allegedly nominated by President Boakai as Deputy Director General at NASSCORP when the position and matter surrounding such is currently before the court.

According to the Senate, matter surrounding the position is before the Supreme Court, as such, they will not violate said legal issue.

According to pundits, it appears like, President Boakai’s nomination was done unknowingly in the wake of the court proceedings while others argued that his decision was allegedly done in violation of the Constitution of the country, which he took oath to uphold and protect.

As the court continues the hearing, Cllr. Kanneh’s hope for such position to serve his people hangs in the balance.

Critics also believe that the decision by the Senate is a political minus to the current government especially the nominee who also is a lawyer but appears desperate for the position thereby ignoring the legal aspect.

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