As President Weah Begs House To Return To Session To Accelerate Printing Of New Banknotes, Members Decline, Call For Salaries, Benefits Settlement

Capitol Building, Office of the Liberian lawmakers

Recent calls by the Liberian leader, President George Weah  for  members of the National legislators to return from their break in order to speed up all legal machinery which will lead to the printing of the new thirty-five million banknotes for Liberia.

Already two executive members of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC), Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Gray and Grand Kru County District #2 Representative Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, who are leading the campaign to print new Liberian Banknotes, have garnered commitments from at least 56 members of the House of Representatives toward the effort.

The two CDC executive members on social media pledged their respective supports to fulfilling the request of President George M. Weah for Legislative approval of the printing of L$35 billion, with Rep. Gray arguing that the printing of money is intended to pay civil servants. In agreement with Rep. Gray, Rep. Koffa also noted that the printing of new currency is inevitable. “I support the printing of money for payment of salaries as a short term measure. Eventually, we have to change the currency,” he said in a Facebook post.

According to reports, 30 members of CDC in the House of Representatives, including Gray and Koffa, have pledged their support to vote for the printing on new money during the Extraordinary Session which is expected to begin Monday, November 18.

The Chairman of the opposition Unity Party (UP) legislative caucus, Montserrado County District #17 Representative, Hanson Kiazolu, also voiced his support for the printing of new currency in a radio talkshow recently.

According to an unconfirmed report, the UP legislative chairman and 25 members of the opposition bloc, including UP and Independent lawmakers, have also pledged their support, making a total of 56 lawmakers — well over the two-thirds of the House of Representatives required for the President’s request to be officially endorsed.

However, majority members of the House have declined to return to the Capitol Building until what they called their salaries and other benefits are paid by the executive. It is still  not clear as to whether the request made by the Liberian leader asking them to return will be met in the face of delayed in salary payments and other benefits.

Investigation continues

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.