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Friday, June 14, 2024

PRESIDENT BOAKAI COULD FACE IMPEACHMENT FOR VIOLATING TENURE OF OFFICE ACT

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA – In a recent controversial move, President Joseph Boakai of Liberia has suspended several key officials, including Chairpersons and Commissioners of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority and the Governance Commission, citing allegations of questionable financial transactions and activities inconsistent with governing laws. This decision comes on the heels of a Supreme Court ruling against his nominations for tenure positions, sparking criticism and accusations of abuse of power.

Former Liberia Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization Isaac W. Jackson Jr. has strongly criticized President Boakai’s actions, labeling them as illegal, inelegant, and shameful. Jackson argues that the President’s suspension of tenure-holders, following the Supreme Court’s ruling against him, constitutes a violation of the law and a disregard for due process.

Citing a landmark case, National Democratic Party of Liberia v. House of Senate, Jackson asserts that dismissal and suspension of tenure-holders are akin to removal and thus require due process. He highlights that the President’s actions violate Article 18, which prohibits employment discrimination based on political affiliation, and Article 89, which establishes tenure laws for various government agencies.

Drawing parallels to historical impeachments, such as that of President Andrew Johnson in the United States for violating the Tenure of Office Act, the former Deputy Information Minister suggests that President Boakai could face a similar fate if he does not rescind his decision. He emphasizes the importance of upholding the law and argues that leaders, including Boakai, should lead by example and not violate laws at will.

Moreover, Jackson criticizes Boakai’s appointment of an individual with a questionable moral character as Ambassador-at-Large for Youth and Sports, questioning the President’s commitment to public morality. He warns that such actions erode public trust and may have serious consequences for Boakai’s administration.

Jackson, a lawyer, calls for President Boakai to rescind his decision to suspend tenure-holders, urging him to respect the rule of law and avoid impeachment. He suggests that appointing new individuals to tenure positions, without employment discrimination based on political affiliation, would be a fair and lawful approach. Additionally, Jackson emphasizes the crucial role of the current legislature in upholding democracy and preserving the dignity of past lawmakers who enacted the Tenure Law.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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