Monrovia – Lofa County Senator-elect J Brownie Samukai is far from taking his Official Office at the Liberian Senate anytime soon as the Movement for Progress Change, a grossroot opposition political party in the country had petitioned the Chamber-Justice of the Supreme Court to halt Samukai’s certification.
The MPC writ for prohibition comes barely a week after the National Elections Commission (NEC) read the Supreme Court’s mandate in the matter and as well instructed its certification committee to set a date for the indicted former Defense Minister’s certification.
The MPC writ filed with the high court Chamber-Justice Joseph N. Nagbe on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, mentioned that people who are in the house of Senate should be Liberians with high value and moral integrity, attributes which elected members of that August Body must possess.
Brownie Samukai is facing series of challenges relating to his certification since his election as senator of Lofa County as he was convicted by the Supreme Court, the final abriter of justive in the nation for misapplying the Armed Forces of Liberia personnel fund.
MPC Chairman, O’Neil Passewa indicated that Samukai was indicted and convicted on multiple criminal offenses by the lower court which was subsequently affrimed by the Supreme Court and as such, it is unacceptable for a convicted criminal to be certificated to take up such a sacred position without serving the penalty thereof.
Passewa mentioned in his writ that Samukai is yet to restitute the US$1.4 million of which he was mandated to pay 50 percent within the period of six months and thereafter enter appropriate arrangements to pay the remaining portion in one calendar year or go to jail for two years, therefore, Samukai cannot be certificated.
Based on the MPC request, the Assoicate Justice Joseph Nagbe who is currently presiding in Chamber at the high court cited both parties to a conference this Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2pm in connection with the above captioned case.
“You are hereby ordered to stay all further proceedings and or actions in the matter, pending the outcome of the conference”, he instructed.
It can be recalled that on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, NEC Board of Commissioners ordered its Certification Committee to officially arrange and work out all modalities for the certification of Samukai as the winner of December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Election in Lofa County.
In respect to the mandate of the Supreme Court among other things confirmed the ruling of the Board of Commissioners declaring Browne J. Samukai as winner of the Special Senatorial Election in Lofa County.
The High Court mandate signed by its Clerk Sam Momolu also instructed the Elections Commission to resume jurisdiction of the Lofa County appeal case of elections irregularities.
The case was surroundimg an alleged irregularities and fraud which was filed by Ahmed and James, Kesselly and Peter of Lofa County in which the Supreme Court ruled that the complaint had no legal standings to challenge the results as they were not political parties and candidates.