Information Minister Lewis Brown
‘Nation’s Interest Bigger, Paramount Over Personal Concerns’ - Brown
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, October 9 (LINA) – Information Minister Lewis Brown has said the national interest is “bigger and paramount over any personal or partisan concerns,” and Liberians can only pursue the bigger interests of the nation.
Brown pointed out that former Justice Minister and However Attorney General Tah’s resignation was based on “personal interest.”
He noted that though the former Minister “may be deeply bitter and angry “It is easy to ask others to show respect for the decisions of the courts when they fall to the sword of its judgments but as leaders, we must also demonstrate public respect for the decisions of the courts when we fall to its judgments,” Brown also said.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia on Thursday was in reaction to assertions made by ex-Justice Minister Cllr. Christina Tah at a press conference upon in her resignation, claiming that the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend her license was a “parody of justice.”
According to Brown, since the suspension of Tah’s license by the Supreme Court for six months, the “former Minister of Justice has been bitter and angry” with the Supreme Court and the President.
According to the Information Ministry boss, Cllr. Tah also claimed that her counsels were “browbeaten into offering an apology to appease the judiciary, something, she said, brought her hard-earned professional skill and credibility into question.”, the good was best served in preserving the sanctity of the Supreme Court from presidential interference, “something which may prove to be among the finest moments of this administration and a proud legacy for the institutionalization of the rule of law.”
Brown emphasized that it is sad for the former Justice Minister who superintended the rule of law by her own skill of justice for nearly six years to measure the rule of in her resignation to her own safety and freedom.
He quoted the former Justice Minister as saying “What is the ‘rule of law, if a duly appointed Minister of Justice with oversight for security has grave concerns about what her volitional resignation will mean for her own personal security and freedom as a Liberian citizen?”
The Information Ministry boss told journalists at the press conference that the government welcomes the decision of the former Minister, knowing that “leadership is not about how much power we can each muster, or how much control we can each command.”