The Liberian Senate says it will not take up a Supreme Court
order to reinstate the suspended President Pro-Tempore of the Senate until the
senate returns from its current agriculture break in January.
Pro-Temp of the Senate Isaac Nyenabo was suspended last month by his colleagues
for ineptness. But the Supreme Court ruled that Nyenabo should be reinstated.
Some have suggested that the Senate is refusing to adhere to the higher court's
order. Senator Lahai
Lansana is the
acting President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate. He told VOA the Supreme Court's ruling would have to wait until the Senate
returns from its agriculture break some time in January.
don't think the Liberian Senate will in any way disrespect the Supreme Court.
But this is not a ruling from the Supreme Court. It is an instruction given by
the justice in chamber, and when that instruction we were already in the
process of closing. Our agenda had already been formed, and our rule says when
a communication comes from outside of the Executive Mansion or the House of
Representatives, it should take 24 hours before it can form part of our agenda.
And our constitution says that when both House adjourned one of them cannot go
back to do any business unless the two houses come back," he said.
said the senate voted to suspend President Pro-Temp Nyenabo because of
Nyenabo's leadership style.
the past two years we have had series of retreats to try to admonish to change
his leadership style. But to our greatest surprise Senator Nyenable has failed
to change. I think there should be some fights whenever you have disagreement
with your subordinates, but you should not try to put your subordinates' heads
together. It created so much confusion that senators no longer used to meet and
discuss issues. That was not the leadership role that we elected him for,"
said the senate plans to have lengthy discussions on the Supreme Court's order
to reinstate the suspended when it returns from its break.
soon as we return the issue will form part of the agenda; we have lengthy discussion
on it. We will follow the procedures in plenary. But to do it on our
agriculture break would be a bad precedence," Lansana said.