Liberia’s Supreme Court has requested the organizational chart of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA), amidst disputes against claims that Atty. Isaac Jackson’s appointment as Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is legally a Deputy Commissioner of Maritime position tenured for five years.
Atty. Jackson is challenging his removal from the position by President George Manneh Weah at the Supreme Court, arguing through his lawyers that former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf appointed him as Permanent Representative to the IMO on 13 September 2016 and commissioned 28 October 2016.
Justice in Chambers Jamesetta Howard – Wolokolie on Wednesday, 11 July instructed Supreme Court Clerk Atty. Sam Mamulu to request the LMA to forward to her the institution’s organizational chart consistent with the LMA Act of 2010.
“Her Honor Jamesetta H. Wolokolie, Associate Justice presiding in Chambers, directs that I request you to kindly forward to her, the Organizational Chart of the Liberia Maritime Authority, consistent with the Act establishing the Liberia Maritime Authority, approved on September 6, 2010, relative to the above captioned case,” the communication reads.
During a follow up with the Clerk of Court Atty. Mamulu on Thursday, 12 July to ascertain if the entity had responded, he referred journalists directly to Justice Wolokolie’s office.
But an office staff said the instrument had not yet been forwarded to the Justice at the time of journalists’ visit there.
The organizational chart appears to be a key instrument that may help in addressing concerns if Atty. Jackson’s position is also legally a Deputy Commissioner of LMA as claimed by his counsels.
Atty. Jackson says he has spent one year and nine months on the job as Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO as of the date of filling the position.He claims that the only reason for his replacement by President Weah is purely on political grounds.
Earlier in similar case decided this week, Cllr. Stanley S. Kparklin said Justice Wolokolie ruled that his client Ms. Agnes Effiong should return to work to end her tenure as Deputy Director General at the National Lottery Authority (NLA), after challenging her replacement by President Weah.
By Winston W. Parley-Edited by Othello B. Garblah