Maintaining Minster Tah Undermines the Law

first_imgCllr. Tiawon Gongloe on Tuesday, January 28, expressed concerns that the decision made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to maintain Cllr. Christiana P. Tah as Justice Minister and Attorney General could undermine the rule of law in the country.“Since the High Court’s suspension of Minister Tah, the President should have acted immediately by declaring that coinciding with the judgment the Minister is hereby suspended,” Cllr. Gongloe suggested.“If that had been done maybe her suspension would have been for a shorter period,” Cllr. Gongloe added.Minster Tah, who is Dean of the Supreme Court, was suspended on January 10 by that High Court from practicing law in the country for six months.She was suspended after the High Court held her in contempt for her role played in releasing FrontPage Africa Managing Editor Rodney Sieh, on “compassionate leave” from detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.  According to the leading human rights activist, the Court’s action was to defend the integrity of the rule of law.“If somebody in authority acts in clear violation of the rule of law, then the High Court is under obligation to take strong action.”“If the Supreme Court can take such an action against the Minister of Justice, then it is protecting the independence of the Court,” Cllr. Gongloe maintained.“In my mind the honorable thing for Minister Tah to do is resign; because the law is the source of the Ministry and if you are Attorney General, you are the nation’s head lawyer,” the rights activist explained.“And if that is taken away from you what can you do as a Minster of Justice?” he wondered.“She is not truly Minister of Justice in my opinion,” said Cllr. Gongloe, “because the functions of that Ministry is to prosecute and defend all actions against the government and to give it general counsel.”“You are to review and authenticate all contracts and give opinions about what the law is to the executive; and to monitor the action of the executive to make sure it is in compliance with the law.”He continued “The only Minister under the law who disagrees with the President on the basis of the law and keeps his/her job is the Minister of Justice.  No other minister can do that and maintain their position.”Commenting further on President Sirleaf’s reluctance to suspend Minister Tah, Cllr. Gongloe maintained that “People— especially those holding high office in government— would have said since the President acted, we will be careful with the High Court.”But, according to the leading human rights activist, President Sirleaf has chosen to remain silent on the issue.“If the President does not obey the High Court’s ruling who you think in the other two branches of government will do that?” Cllr. Gongloe wondered, “It means gradually the court will become irrelevant.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bad choice of areas

first_img– Monica Harmon Los Angeles Think like Americans Your March 1 headline reads “Valley commuters score victory,” and Monday’s editorial is headlined “Victory for 405.” It sounds like a simple car-pool lane is a major accomplishment for mankind. Such braggadocio over a 10-mile traffic lane to serve 10 percent of commuters – and not to be completed for another six years – is absurd. This is America, the country that built the Panama Canal, Hoover Dam and the interstate freeway system and that sent man to the moon in about the same time to be taken to design and pour this pad of concrete. Let’s start thinking like Americans again and build it overnight for one-fourth the proposed cost and open it to all motorists alike. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood Cardenas responds Re “`Fair’ politics” (Our Opinions, March 2): I represent Woodley Park and the many families surrounding the park who oppose having the four-day San Fernando Valley Fair in their backyards – and for good reason. Bottom line: While fair organizers were vying for the new Woodley Park location, they failed to mention to the community that alcohol would be served for four days straight, music would be playing until midnight, and the main traffic thoroughfares would be closed off. Not a good game plan in an area highly concentrated with families and children. Secondly, the fair board already has an existing contract with the city to host the event at Hansen Dam, a more appropriate location, this year as well as next year. In fact, the city put $70,000 into plumbing and electrical infrastructure there to accommodate the fair’s animals. We even waived fees and found additional parking for the event. Fair officials made the decision to leave. Maybe they thought making a buck was more important than considering community impacts. It shouldn’t only be about making money; it should be about how the San Fernando Valley Fair best serves the people of the San Fernando Valley. – Tony Cardenas Councilman, Los Angeles Thanks for nothing Re “`Fair’ politics” (Our Opinions, March 2): Your recent editorial supporting keeping the San Fernando Valley Fair in the Valley should have noted that the previous Hansen Dam site is actually located within Council District 7, whose seat is now vacant but possibly to be reclaimed by its former occupant, newly elected Assemblyman Richard Alarcón. Neither Alarcón nor Councilman Tony Cardenas did anything to retain the fair within the Valley. Quite the contrary, it was Cardenas’ political power play more than two months after the city signed the agreement to use Woodley Park that forced the fair to leave the Valley entirely. Thanks for nothing, guys. – Glenn Bailey Encino Anti-troop? There is proposed legislation to give troops proper equipment and training – for the first time during this war – that is being called anti-troop. How can this be? As the cousin of a man who led the first wave into Baghdad and survived a 14-month tour without proper body armor, I feel this has gone beyond all acceptable bounds. How can it be bad to give troops proper equipment and training? I can’t think of a single reason how this could be, and I am left baffled and horrified. We need to send a message to our politicians that this is unacceptable. – Alex Manugian Sherman Oaks Seems like a cop-out It would have been more realistic if President Bush had gone to the less-affluent parts of New Orleans that are still in shambles. Instead, he went to some rich person’s house that was rebuilt to talk about what has been accomplished. His remark that “if the rest of the city is having problems with the rebuilding, they should have the state contact the federal government” seemed a cop-out to me. – Donald Jolliff Van Nuys Needs a rewrite Re “Levine wants to put teeth in pet population control” (March 2): Lloyd Levine needs a new light bulb if he thinks his spay/neuter bill is going to reduce pet overpopulation while guaranteeing that any purebred dog or cat can remain intact. There is certainly no evidence that purebreds are healthier than mixed-breed pets, as verified by reports on puppy-mill puppies or by reviewing the genetic health defects rampant in purebred dog or cat bloodlines. This is nonsensical legislation, which proposes funding spay/neuter service for millions of dogs and cats statewide from $500 fines paid by lawbreakers who refuse – or perhaps can’t afford – to alter nonpapered pets within 30 days. Spaying and neutering pets, both mixed and purebreds, is a good thing. Levine needs to have the strength of his convictions, call it what it is, and write it so it works. – Denise A. Justin Los Angeles Marathons Re “New course a site to see” (March 5): I once lived in the San Fernando Valley, and as a former resident I was glad that the course of the marathon has begun a new era with the starting line moved to Universal City. I am also glad that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had to use extra trains to bus the runners and walkers from downtown L.A. to Universal City. Boy, what a sight to see! On that same day, I competed in the fifth running of the Little Rock Marathon in Little Rock, Ark. Let’s hope that they are held next year with both events running on the same day. – John Huerta Warren, Ark. Marathon head start I must say it came as a shock to me when I found out that women get a 20-minute head start in the L.A. Marathon. I find this somewhat sexist in an age of gender equality. Is Los Angeles guilty of admitting that females are the physically weaker sex and need special considerations? Does Los Angeles follow this policy when hiring females in physically demanding jobs, such as jobs of firefighters and police officers? – Jeff Shirey Woodland Hills Palmdale airport Re “Flight plan is taking shape” (March 3): Finally, after a very long time, something is being done to utilize Palmdale Regional Airport. Even though it may have a modest beginning, the potential for growth is wonderful. Good luck. – Cliff Hall Chatsworth160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Valley sites to house homeless” (March 6): I have a question for Mayor Villaraigosa: Are you not aware that those sites where you want to build housing for the homeless are in gang-infested areas? By building those housing units in those areas, you are putting the citizens in jeopardy – by putting them in the middle of drive-by shootings and other violent crimes. In my opinion, there is a lack of common sense in building these units in the area that the mayor has indicated before cleaning up the gang problem. – Mort Sherman Woodland Hills Financial disclosure Re “Officials soft-pedal cop threat” (March 3): Councilman Bernard Parks states, “It was put into place to instill public confidence that we have an honest police force.” Because of Parks’ poor leadership and lack of management skills, the Rampart corruption scandal occurred right under his nose when he was chief, and the consent decree was implemented. The Los Angeles Police Department also lost 1,000 officers during Parks’ tenure. Now our LAPD officers are dealing with the consequences of Parks’ failure, and our city is at risk to lose more than 600 LAPD anti-gang and narcotics officers if asked to disclose their financial records. I wonder how our politicians would be reacting if they were asked to disclose their financial records. last_img