Senate Scratches Several Tenure Positions

The Liberian Senate has instituted a major vote by nullifying the existence of several tenure positions created within government entities over the years.

The action by the Senate was taken unanimously through voting in Plenary on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 to repeal all laws creating Tenure Positions within the Executive Branch of government.

The government entities affected by the vote to repeal Tenure Act are Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) and National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

In the minds of the Senators, these affected entities do not deserve tenure status for which they do not see it appropriate. Instead, the Senate is proposing the amendment of the Tenure Act of 2019. Under this act, the Senate said only positions within integrity institutions will be maintained in order to limit executive interference and provide independence for heads of those entities. 

Therefore, the Senate action does not affect positions within integrity institutions, including the National Elections Commission (NEC), General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberia Extra Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and  Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). Other integrity institutions not affected are the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Freedom of Information Commission, Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), Independent National Human Rights Commission (INHCR) and Internal Audit Agency (IAA).

As a result of the Senate action, President Pro Tempore Albert Chie of Grand Kru County has constituted an ad-hoc committee to put into place the Repeal Act for action by Plenary.

The committee, mandated to report within two weeks, comprises Senators Conmany Wesseh of River Gee County-Chairman, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County, Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, Henrique Tokpah of Bong County and Augustine Chea of Sinoe County.       

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