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Bomi County Senator has announced that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf behind closed door apologized to members of the Liberian Senate to drop contempt charges against the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh for a controversial letter written to that august body recently.

Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson of the National Patriotic Party or NPP, in an interview with members of the Legislative Press Pool Tuesday at the Capitol Building said President Sirleaf during her recent visit to the Senate, openly apologized for the reported disrespect shown them (senators) by both Minister Konneh and Deputy Finance Minister, Dr. James Kollie.

He narrated the President also used the time to beg for pardon on behalf of Minister Konneh, terming his action as total disrespect to officials of another branch of government.

Senator Johnson, who is also official spokesman for former President Charles Taylor’s family, added that the Chief Executive called for coordination, cooperation and free flow of information among the three branches of government, stressing at such, issues of government’s related matters will be settled easily.

Meanwhile, Minister Konneh had written plenary of the Liberian Senate, seeking its permission to travel to Washington, D.C., the United States to attend a World Bank meeting.

The meeting is expected to last from March 1 to 12, 2016, and that the invitation is intended to make a financial case for Liberia’s financial crisis. Minister Konneh was invited yesterday, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, to hear the motion of reconsideration filed by Grand Gedeh County Senator G. Alphonso Gaye.

However, the plenary of the senate granted the request of the minister, but Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, said the abrupt travel of the minister is disrespect to the senate on grounds that Konneh is still under legislative oath as such, he should not be allowed to travel. But his argument was wantonly defeated.

Minister Konneh, in a two-page communication dated February 3, 2016, expressed his deepest apology and at the same time begged members of the senate to drop the contempt charges brought against him. Bad blood had earlier developed between the ministry and the Senate over a letter written by Deputy Minister Kollie to members of the august body, informing them of budgetary constraints which would see their (Senators’) overall allotment slashed by US$1 million, and that authorities at the MFDP were attempting to take the appropriation power from the senate.

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