The plenary of the House of Representatives has summoned Finance & Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and his principal deputies for their continued violations of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Law of Liberia.
The debate on the floor took a twisted turn when several lawmakers frowned on Minister Tweah for his flagrant violations of the PFM Law since he took over as Minister of Finance and Development Planning.
It further mandates each spending entity to provide a monthly report on revenues and a quarterly expenditure performance report to the Minister in the terms, format and within the timeframe determined by regulations under the law.
Meanwhile, in his exposition, Rep. Nyumalin admonished his colleagues that it was now time the “Legislature put its feet down hard” to make the Executive accountable to the Liberian people.
For his part, Rep. Dopoh blamed the re-appropriations of the 2018/2019 budget by the Executive without the Legislature’s consent due to the Legislature’s failure to perform its oversight responsibility, resulting to a flagrant violation of the law.
“The other issue is that if you listen to the President’s speech last year and this year because we are not putting our feet down hard, the president is being misinformed by those who provide the information to him. Last year, they said there were 75,000 chairs [for public schools] bought and distributed around the country but nothing was done. There was no chair procured,” he asserted.
“Today, they gave him a figure that indicates we have a surplus in 2019 of US$34 million which cannot be true. We cannot have a surplus and be looking for money around here. So, we need to bring the Minister here to address the situation now, and not February 15, 2020.
Following a sustained debate over Rep. Seboe’s communication, plenary voted in favor of Rep. Mariamu Fofana’s motion citing the Minister, along with principal deputies this Tuesday, February 4, 2020, with all relevant documents including the belated quarterly reports.