A Liberian civil society activist, Prince Kreplah, says one of the basic reasons why the Legislature here has not been able to score the kind of marks anticipated by Liberians “is probably because the Legislature itself does not have an agenda.”
“… Because the National Legislature as a body under the stewardship of the Speaker and Senator [Amah] Jallah [does] not have an agenda – well-written and documented agenda as a legislature that they want to follow to improve the lives of the Liberian people. Whatever the Executive brings, it’s what they’re going to go to,” he claimed.
Appearing on the “Truth Breakfast Show” – a live broadcast on Truth 96.1 FM Tuesday, 12 January in Paynesville, Mr. Kreplah, who is National Vice Chairman of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, claimed “The Legislature is trading on the Executive’s agenda.”
“Solo, you will agree with me that if as Solo – if in your life you didn’t have vision, you didn’t have plan for anything during the rest of your life, anything your friend has as an agenda it’s most likely that you will trade into that. It’s most likely that you will be carried away to follow your friend’s agenda,” Kreplah argued.
Though he believes that there are some individual legislators, who have got good agenda, unfortunately he claimed they are unable to network enough to be able to market their individual agenda to buy in the majority of their colleagues.
As such, he observes that individual legislators, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai are having “scattered agendas” that are being marketed through different institutions, citing the Vice President’s ruling Unity Party; Speaker Tyler’s alleged link to the Liberian People’s Democratic Party and Sen. Pro-tempore Amah Jallah’s National Patriotic Party, among others.
Reacting to Speaker Tyler’s commitment that the Legislature will be robust in its 5th Sitting, Mr. Kreplah argued that the Speaker’s comment might be real and honest, but insisted that if the Legislature does not have an agenda, it will be compelled to work with the Executive.
He says if the Executive comes with an agenda, and policy alternatives or options are not available at the Legislature, obviously lawmakers would pass on what the Executive has brought forth. The civil society advocate therefore says Speaker Tyler’s latest statement was not new, and rather suggested that the public is yet to see the materiality of the US$73,000 allotted to each district out of Speaker Tyler’s proposed US$1m for each of the 73 electoral districts.
Kreplah says he is not thrilled by the Speaker’s pronouncement on grounds that Tyler has made previous commitments which he claims are yet to be actualized. He emphasized that what the Liberian people would like to see right now is bringing into reality what Mr. Tyler has said and not the mere pronouncement made in a very robust tone.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Jonathan Browne