Amidst public speculations that Finance Minister Amara Konneh was earning two paychecks as ministers of both Finance, and Planning and Economic Affairs, senators Wednesday advised President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to appoint a minister for Planning and Economic Affairs or draft a law legalizing the amalgamation of the two ministries.
Since President Sirleaf’s second began in January, no new Minister for Planning and Economic Affairs has been appointed to replace Minister Konneh who was moved to head the finance ministry, fueling speculations he now heads both ministries.
But senators at plenary Thursday protested the report and requested their secretariat to officially communicate the matter to the office of President Sirleaf requesting her to appoint a Planning Minister or draft a law that could merge the two ministries.
“This action by the Minister of Finance is challenging to the legislative branch of government, to the laws that they have created since in-fact there has not been a repeal to the laws that created the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs.
“And we should not be led by omission to believe that this exist; it does not exist. Our counterparts at the executive should be notified that this action should be discontinued,” Sen. Cletus Wortoson noted.
Other senators expressed dismay over the continuous “acting” of Mr. Konneh as a ‘Planning and Finance Minister’ when, according to them, no law to amalgamate both agencies has been forwarded to them for ratification.