Despite huge criticism over his recent decision to submit to the Legislature an Act intended to remove tenure positions from public institutions that currently enjoy it, President George M. Weah has received commendation for his action.
Speaking to reporters in Monrovia Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Maxwell Grisby -a young an astute political commentator, described the President’s decision as welcoming and a rightful step in fostering true political governance in Liberia.
According to Grisby, the Liberian leader is in no error to seek Legislative approval to remove the tenure clause from major public institutions that execute the functions of the Executive Branch of Government.
He said it beats his imagination when the President who has the legal authority under Article 56 of the Liberian Constitution to appoint individuals to occupy positions in the Executive Branch of government will be later denied to have an exclusive right on their removal.
Grisby wants institutions like the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Liberia Revenue Authority, Governance Commission (GC) and many others that carry out functions of the Executive to be immediately de-tenure so that the President can have an express power which was vested in him by the people to have their country governed the best way possible.
“Don’t get confused, it is not going to be possible to de-tenure all of the positions as the President requested,” he said.
“What the President submitted to the Legislature is just a bill and there are processes involved before a bill becomes law; and so it is not a cast in stone thing, the Legislature will have to make a determination as to what happens with institutions like the Central Bank of Liberia, General Auditing Commission and other institutions that are self-regulated and have tenure positions as well,” he averred.
Grisby attributed the creation of the many tenure positions to the past regime of which he claimed was intended to shield some of the favorite appointees of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who was bent on leaving her political and economic claws on the country’s governance landscape.
“The President cannot jeopardize his positions of trust to people who are having double loyalty, and so it is important that he be given the authority to further execute his pro-poor agenda by working with people whom he believes can help move the country forward.”