The Governance Commission or GC and the Constitution Review Committee or CRC, in collaboration with the UNDP, last weekend, opened a high level roundtable debate on dual citizenship and the constitution at the Monrovia city hill in Sinkor.
The chairperson on the Constitution Review Committee, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, told participants that it was important to bring together stakeholders and other Liberians at roundtable to discuss the issue of dual citizenship which has been the concern of many Liberians in and out of the country.
“The people of Liberia concern are not only about dual citizenship, but dual citizenship as a hold-who is a Liberian citizen and who can become Liberian citizen. The committee isplanning for a national conference to discuss issues of the proposal which will subsequently be laid before the Legislature to consider whether or not the constitution should be amendment,” Madam Scott noted.
She said the CRC has concluded its consultations, indicating that the people of Liberia spoke their concerns, including the issue of dual citizenship and citizens of Negros and non-negro descend.
According to Cllr. Scott, the total number of fifty six thousand, seven hundred and twenty nine written views were received by the CRC . She said of all of the suggestions, one thousand, five hundred and ninety suggestions were about dual citizenship. According to her, these Liberians said that there should no dual citizenship, while one hundred, seventy three of the suggestions said there should be dual citizenship.
The Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer admonished participants at the program to speak out their views on dual citizenship and citizenship on the roundtable.
“What we know is that our discussion today will set the pace for discussions dealing with burning issues and at the end of the day, it will put light on the issue that will turn up the heat of the issues. This is why we have deliberately put together a panel of very thoughtful people,” Dr. Sawyer noted.
The debate was moderated by the Professor of the Constitutional Law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Cllr. Cyril Jones, while former Information Minister Emmanuel Bowier, Call. Pearl Brown-Bull, Mamensie Kaba, Student Leader AME University, Mr. Anthony Kessely, Policy Advisor, Office of the Vice President and Cllr. Negbalee Warner, servedas panelists.
The program was attended by political leaders, religions leaders, the student community, Liberian from the Diaspora, members of the Legislatures, as well as Lawyers, among others.
By Ben P. Wesee