Monrovia- In order to force the Ministry of Justice to execute the Code of Conduct for public employees, Lofa County Representative Mariamu Fofana has petitioned the Supreme Court of Liberia for a writ of mandamus. In order to enforce the Code of Conduct, the Lofa County District #4 Lawmaker has asked the Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus against the Ministry of Justice. According to the petition, government employees who want to run for office must step down two years before the election.
The ten-count petition stated that some citizens holding various positions in the Liberian public service, many of whom began declaring their intention for elective offices in October this year, have not yet resigned from their respective offices in accordance with the Code of Conduct, which was unfortunate, according to the District #4 lawmaker. The Executive Branch of Government’s code of conduct bill aimed to standardize behavior for all employees and public servants across the nation. On September 16, 2022, the Liberian Senate and House of Representatives agreed to pass a measure revising sections 5.2 and 10.2 of the 2014 code of conduct.
In accordance with Section 5.2 of the amended act, any minister, deputy minister, assistant minister, director general, deputy director general, assistant director general, superintendent, assistant superintendent, and any other official of the government of Liberia appointed by the president in accordance with Article 5 of the constitution shall resign. This requirement also applies to those who wish to canvass elected officials.
Reported by: Joseph N. Kerkula