LIBERIA: Governor Jones Blast Lawmakers For Making Laws In Their Favor

The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) today opened up on how Liberian lawmakers are making laws that only suit their interest, and downplaying the interest of the Liberian people who elected them in their respective counties.

Dr. Joseph Mills Jones spoke on Friday, November 28, 2015 at the graduation program of the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, said Liberian lawmakers careless about the needs of those who elected them in power.

Speaking further, Dr. Jones disclosed that his position as Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia is not a life time position, and said he can leave and give way to another Liberian to serve. But as a Liberian it is his right to live as a Liberian as long he decides.

Liberian lawmakers last year enacted law that would compel the Governor of the CBL to relinquish or resign his position in three years before craving for any elected position.

But the CBL Governor has vowed to argue the request by the lawmaker at the Supreme Court of Liberia, a move many Liberians welcomed, noting that many of those lawmakers who are advocating that Dr. Jones should not take part in any elected offices if he fails to resign in three years described them as enemies of progress.

“Some those lawmakers who are pushing for the Governor to be denied his rights to contest for any elected position are jokers, they are afraid of him during the upcoming 2017 general and presidential elections; because he is a heavyweight for this election,” Amos Kollie, a Liberian businessman who claimed that Dr. Jones will be the best presidential candidate come 2017 told our reporter in a chat.

Last year, 2014, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, a human rights lawyer, speaking  on the CBL amended act terming the act as discriminatory, noting that while it was true that Governor Jones has politicized the micro-loan scheme, the action taken against him by the Lawmakers was discriminatory and breached Article 11 section (C) of the Constitution.

The Constitution states that all persons are equal before the law and therefore entitled to equal protection under the law. “Laws should not be discriminatory, laws should be for all”, said Gongloe.

Gongloe added that when Lawmakers breach the constitution, the citizens have the right to take the issue to court. He threatened to join the bandwagon in defense of the CBL Governor if called upon, but added that it will not be on the basis of politics.

“The control and supply of money in the country are the sole priority of the Central Bank,” Gongloe stated.

He said what the Lawmakers should have done was to remove that portion of the Act that allows the Central Bank to provide loans from the country’s reserve since indeed the issue of loan given out by the Central Bank is causing uneasiness.

“Let us revamp the Agricultural Bank and mandate it to provide loans,” said Cllr. Gongloe. He said that the action taken by the Lawmakers should have been extended to all public institutions and not only the CBL.

“What will happen when the Maritime Commissioner announces that he will provide fishing boats to all fishermen in the country from Cape Mount to Maryland Counties? Will the Lawmakers say the Commissioner is politicking and amend an act creating the Maritime Authority?” Gongloe asked.


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