The Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Information Ministry in Monrovia may still be firm on his categorization of some members of the Legislature.
As if his negative public comments against the Lawmakers outside of the Capitol were not enough, Deputy Minister Isaac Jackson, in their presence, repeated himself, describing some of them as “counterfeits.” Deputy Ministry Jackson claimed that the Legislators don’t represent the interest of their people on the national scene.
Appearing before the House’s standing committee on Broadcasting and Information on Monday, October 27, Jackson re-emphasized that some members of the first branch of government were ‘counterfeit’, making particular reference to Montserrado County Electoral District #8 Representative Acarous Moses Gray. He described Representative Gray as someone who does not understand the rudiments of governance, despite being the House’s Chairman on Good Governance.
Earlier, opposition Lawmaker Gray had branded the Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs as a ‘mad lawyer’ who does not respect the Constitution of Liberia.
But Deputy Minister Jackson rejected such description of him by Representative Gray , saying it was he (Rep. Gray) who has been showing “signs and symptoms of madness.” Mr. Jackson said “with all the money Rep Gray makes, he still possesses a mutilated personality”, reminding him to realize that he no more livs in the past.
The Deputy Information Minister said he was neither embarrassed nor moved by Rep Gray’s characterization of him, because the CDC lawmaker still lives in the days of agitation, refusing to work on his ‘mutilated personality’. Mr. Jackson, however, denied branding the entire Legislature, but added that some members’ utterances, especially Rep. Gray, were counter-productive to the functionaries of the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration.
The ‘war of words’ ensued between the two officials of government when President Johnson Sirleaf wrote the Legislature, requesting additional powers to combat the Ebola virus. Rep. Gray then termed the request as an abuse to the Constitution of the land by the President, and that such request, if granted, will buttress the tyrannical and dictatorial tendency of the Liberian leader.
Adding his voice to the debate, Information Minister Lewis Brown said both the leadership and members of the House of Representatives reneged when Rep. Gray attacked his deputy but in responding to attack, the lawmakers only developed interest in summoning his junior minister, describing the action of the lawmakers as unacceptable.
Minister Brown pointed out that every official of government should understand that, “this was one government, but with three separate coordinating branches of government.” The action of the two officials of government was in clear violation of the Code of Conduct recently passed and signed by President Johnson Sirleaf with a penalty of fine.
Meanwhile, the committee is expected to report to plenary this Thursday, its findings for its decision against or in favor of Minister Jackson.