LIBERIA: Senate Divided Over Confirmation Of GAC Indictees

The Liberian Senate on Thursday held a lengthy debate on a letter from Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Lawrence urging the body to hold the confirmation of nominees indicted by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) in an audit report.

Addressing plenary, Senator Lawrence said the letter is intended to enable the Senate exercise “due diligence” in the discharge of its duties, especially in confirming nominees with tainted characters.

She noted that corruption as a virus was eating the fabric of the Liberian society and therefore the fight against the menace must not be compromised.

The letter, however, prompted arguments among the lawmakers with some in support while others were in opposition to the communication.

The communication was then sent to the Committee on Judiciary for review to report to plenary within two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Senate has voted for the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, to appear before its Executive Committee, rather than plenary next Tuesday.

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