Budget Was Not Passed At Night -Deputy Speaker Koffa Enlightens Opposition Bloc

The Alternative National Congress (ANC) Political Leader, Mr. Alexander B. Cummings has been told that there is no political corruption surrounding the US$15k as he has been parading around the country via news outlets and should stop exposing his ignorance over issue he has not thoroughly engaged.

Lashing out at the ANC Political Leader

Cummings who called on all lawmakers to return each the US$15k received as Legislative Engagement, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa informed Mr. Cummings that the budget being a legal and public document was not passed in the night and the best thing for him to do is to take the budget, go through it line by line as he (Koffa) used to do when serving as Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party; thereafter he can raise the red flag if political corruption is detected and enshrined in the national budget which is not only law, but public document for all.

At the same time, Deputy Speaker Koffa added that he (Cummings) as one of the staunch political leaders of the four Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), could have instructed the CPP’s lawmakers to reject their share of the Legislative Engagement amounting to US$15k each, despite being legal and justifiable, instead of taking to the airwave lamenting it to be political corruption, when in the first place, he does not know or understand the reason for the budgetary appropriation of the amount.

According to Deputy Speaker, the whole issue Mr. Cummings has with the US$15k is politics; just decided to politicize the entire scenario which contains no iota of politics in keeping with his perception, adding, I took delivery of mine which I’m convinced is legal and in the right direction.

When asked that it is an open secret in the public glare that the Legislature is Liberians’ major obstacle; the august body is not serving the supreme interests of the state and people, generation of bogus concession agreements that fall far too short of internationally accepted norms coupled with sad stories allegedly attending as inducement for the passage or ratification of bills from the Executive; and why that first branch of government has not been audited beginning from the 12 years of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration to the current regime of President George Weah;  the Deputy Speaker said that he is in favor of the Legislature being audited.

-Writes GDJ


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