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

Boro go top of Championship as Tony Pulis gets one over on former club

first_img EFL result 3 Daniel Ayala’s stoppage-time strike ensured Middlesbrough go top of the Championship after securing a 1-0 victory over Tony Pulis’ former club West Brom at the Riverside Stadium.It looked like Boro were going to rue missed opportunities from forwards Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga but centre-back Ayala showed them how it was done in front of goal to continue their great start to the season. GREAT NEWS Boro shaded a fairly uneventful first-half but nearly fell behind when Aden Flint’s rash clearance struck his own bar early on.Pulis’ men then began to turn the screw and should have had the lead on 34 minutes when Braithwaite’s ball found Jonny Howson who expertly laid the ball on a plate for Assombalonga – but the striker failed to anticipate his team-mate’s pass and the chance faded away.Assombalonga’s strike partner Braithwaite then had a guilt edge opportunity of his own when he latched onto Flint’s knock down only to blaze the ball over in the box. They carried on the good momentum straight after the break and Ryan Shotton nearly broke the deadlock when he headed a cross over the bar after good work by Assombalonga.Darren Moore’s side were then guilty of lacking composure when Dwight Gayle was put clean through on goal, however, the former Newcastle striker took too long to pull the trigger and Adam Clayton made a great last ditch block.It looked like the game was drifting into an uninspiring draw but Ayala had the final say when he controlled a lofted free-kick and fired the ball into the corner of the net.Replays suggest Ayala initially used his hand to kill the ball but the goal stood as Boro ended the evening on the Championship’s summit, while the Baggies lie seventh.LINE-UPSMiddlesbrough: Randolph, Ayala, Flint, Fry, Shotton, Howson, Clayton, Downing (Besic 72), Friend, Braithwaite (Hugill 81), Assombalonga (McNair 86)Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Leadbitter, Fletcher, WingWest Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo (Dawson 69), Hegazi, Bartley, Phillips, Livermore, Brunt, Gibbs, Barnes (Morrisson 69), Rodriguez, Gayle (Robson-Kanu 83)Subs not used: Myhill, Burke, Barry, FieldCHAMPIONSHIP TABLE Gayle missed a great opportunity for the visitors in the second-half Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Latest Champoionship News Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship impact Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off ROUND-UP 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 3 stalemate Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues goalless REPLY Ayala’s goal was all that separated the two sides Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place last_img read more