House Speaker J. Alexander Tyler
House Plenary Sends Police Act To Committee Room
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe, LINA
MONROVIA, September 8 (LINA) -The House of Representatives has forwarded to its Committees on Judiciary, National Security and Good Governance a bill to establish the Liberia National Police(LNP) as a semi-autonomous agency under the Ministry of Justice for a two-week review and recommendation.
The Bill titled “ The Liberia National Police Act, 2015”, which was submitted to the House by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for enactment into law, is to ensure that the LNP, acting as an instrument of the state, provides an atmosphere of safety and security, protect lives and property, and foster respect for human rights.
In a communication to House Speaker J. Alexander Tyler, dated August 21, 2015 and read on the 2nd Day Sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the 4th Session of the House, the President pointed out that the bill represents a significant milestone in the process leading to UNMIL's transition.
President Sirleaf maintained that when passed into law, it will fulfill a commitment of Government to the United Nations Security Council to have a new Police Act approved prior to the September 2015 review of the United Nations Mission’s mandate in Liberia.
“In view of the important purpose of this Bill, I ask for its timely enactment into law”, the Liberian Leader concluded.
It can be recalled that the President requested the National Legislature to postpone its recess which in accordance with the Constitution of Liberia should take place September each year and end the following year January, by six weeks to allow the deliberations and passage of some key bills, something the Lawmakers accepted.