Ellen’s Impunity Bill Faces Senate No

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Senators are unwilling to endorse former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Transitional Act seeking immunity from prosecution and retirement benefit for top elected officials.

Senator Varney Sherman, the Chair of the Senate committee on Judiciary and Human Rights said in plenary session Tuesday committee members could not reach an agreement to pass the bill, five months after its submission.

“I write to reluctantly return the presidential retirement bill to plenary session after Senators could not agree to act upon the bill in committee room,” Sherman said.

The Proposed Presidential Transitional Act of 2017 stipulates amongst others that tenured officer holders are untouchable and that their “unlawful” removal from office will require the new administration paying their salaries and benefits in one lump sum.
Part V (Section 3) of the bill states “tenured appointees should not be affected by this act and shall continue in their appointed positions until the end of their statutory appointment or may be removed in accordance with the Act creating the position. If a tenured appointee is unlawfully forced to resign his or her tenured position, he or she shall be entitled to full payment of salaries and benefits through the rest of the tenure payable in one lump sum.”

Writes Titus E. Dessie