Speaker of the house of Representatives, J.Alexander Tyler
Lower House Rejects Minister Konneh’s Request
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONR1OVIA, May 8 (LINA) -The House of Representatives has rejected a request by Finance Minister Amara Konneh to allow him appear before it on Thursday, May 15, 2014, instead of two days to address two different issues.
Plenary on Tuesday mandated Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, to invite Minister Konneh to appear before it to provide update on the reported budget shortfall and the process leading to the merger of the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Economic Affairs into the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on Tuesday and Thursday, next week.
But in his response to the Chief Clerk’s letter dated May 6, 2014, Konneh said: “I request that you kindly convey my sincere sentiments to members of the House of Representatives, and inform them that I look forward to appearing before the August body and provide clarity on the issues as they have requested.”
“However, because of my very busy schedule with other issues of national concern, I request that I make one appearance on Thursday, May 15, to address the two different issues,” Konneh said.
Responding to the Finance Minister’s request, Plenary noted that the two issues involved are unrelated, and as such he should appear on Tuesday and Thursday next week to provide clarity on them.
They, therefore, mandated the Chief Clerk to write Minister Konneh informing him that their decision remains unchanged.
In another development, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly has submitted a “comprehensive” report of Social Development Fund and County Development Fund of the 15 counties of Liberia covering the period 2005- 2014 to the House of Representatives.
Although the report was not read in session, Plenary mandated Chief Clerk Sayon to write Dukuly informing him to make available copies of the report to all of the 73 members of the House of Representatives to enable them thoroughly peruse and study it.
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