Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium Isaac Nyenabo says the situation that necessitated the establishment of tenure positions in Liberia no longer exists, so President George Manneh Weah is right in canceling tenure posts.
Speaking on Monday, 05 November via mobile phone from Belgium on Truth FM 96.1, he says during the transitional period, about 18 different autonomous agencies, including the Liberia Anti Correction Commission (LACC), Liberia Revenue Authority ((LRA), Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), National Fisheries, General Auditing Commission (GAC), National Elections Commission (NEC), and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), among others were created with tenure positions.
According to Ambassador Nyenabo, tenure positions violate Article 56 of the Constitution of Liberia, noting that tenure positions at the established agencies of government were as a result of breakdown of law and order, and the economy of the country.
He says the international community decided to work with the government in creating tenure positions to conform to present day’s reality, but since the situation that had necessitated it does not exist, there was no need to keep these tenure positions in government.
He argues that President George Weah’s petition to the 54th Legislature, calling for repeal of tenure positions in the government is in the right direction, because it sets the stage for the government to further enhance his development agenda.
Ambassador Nyenabo, a former senator of Grand Gedeh County, says the presence of tenure positions under the Weah-led government would create serious bottlenecks for the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity, if individuals appointed to those positions did not perform well.
He urges the National Legislature to revisit the existing tenure positions to enhance the nation’s development agenda, which is to provide better social, economic and culture benefits for the citizenry.
Meanwhile, several callers on the talk show agreed with the Ambassador, but they stressed that the legislature under former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf erred by not placing timelines to all tenure positions created by her.They argue that since former President Sirleaf allegedly failed to attach timelines to tenure positions, they cannot fit into today’s government because they lack the basis for which they were created.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne