Reports gathered from the chambers of the Liberian Senate indicate that Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipee has filed a motion of reconsideration on the confirmation of Foreign Minister-designate, Madam Marjon Kamara.
According to sources, the full plenary of the Liberian Senate had planned to confirm the doyen of the Liberian cabinet when the Grand Bassa County Senator discovered Minister Kamara had travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Summit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Senator Kaipee describes as disrespectful to the Liberian Senate for someone, who is still under scrutiny or confirmation to travel in a capacity for which she’s being scrutinized. The Bassa lawmaker argues that the acting foreign minister should make it clear under which capacity she traveled with the President or else, the people of Grand Bassa will vote against her confirmation.
Speaking in executive session recently, he said it is unfortunate and embarrassing for appointed officials, especially of the executive branch of government to overlook the functions of the legislature. It is a rule of the senate that issues discussed in executive session are strictly to be kept secret, which makes it difficult to get the leadership of that august body to comment on such matter.
Under the rules, any senator who files a motion of reconsideration on any debate or decision, has three working days to argue his or her position, and for plenary to eventually vote either to accept the argument or defeat the motion.
Meanwhile, Senator Kaipee is expected to debate his position this week but in executive session why Minister Kamara should not be confirmed by the Liberian Senate. On January 6, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appointed Madam Marjon Kamara, Foreign Minister-designate, subject to confirmation.
Appearing before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee on January 21, 2016, the nominee said she is taking over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with an unwavering commitment and dedication to service. Madam Kamara told the senators she comes to the ministry with vast experience in foreign policy issues and intends to adapt a problem-solving approach rather than complain about existing problems.
The Foreign Minister-designate who described her appointment by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a home-coming, says if confirmed, she would tackle issues of offices, accommodation and residential premises around the world for Liberian diplomats, something she says is a serious concern that needs attention.
Madam Kamara, told members of the committee that her ministry would like to purchase a building in New York, United States of America at the cost US$9 million to serve as Embassy of the Republic of Liberia near that country’s capitol.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor-Edited by Jonathan Browne