Former Senators of Grand Kru County Cletus Wotorson and Blamoh Nelson have frowned at politicians who according to them are doing everything possible to put aside the Code of Conduct for their hidden political agenda.
Mr. Nelson noted that the state is in its building process and as such politicians should sustain and obey the law of the state, adding, “We should not allow our interest to make us put aside the law that governs our country”. He spoke at the Capitol building yesterday during the re-opening ceremony of the Legislative Library and Archives held under the theme “A NEW LEGISLATIVE BEGGINNING”, anticipating a more effective 54th Liberian Legislature. He said idea of some politicians advocating for the Code of Conduct to not be implemented in the October 10 presidential and representatives elections is not a good idea and as such he as an individual does not support it. Adding his voice Senator Wotorson noted that it is disgusting to see politicians who were in the advocacy of the Code of Conduct from the beginning are the same ones who are now against the COC because of their own selfish aim. “Those people who are saying that we should forget the Code of Conduct now are the same people who used to come to me in order to push this thing. Now that it is in action they go against it because they have somebody underhand who they are supporting and would be caught by application of the Code of Conduct,” he added. The Temple of Justice was recently a scene of shock and disbelief after three of the five justices of the Supreme Court favored the 2014 National Code of Conduct Act, with the remaining two going against it. The three reached their decision following a tense legal argument and voting process, in which Associate Justices Philip A.Z. Banks and Jamesetta H. Wolokollie opposed their colleagues' decision to accept the Code of Conduct. Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, together with Associate Justices Kabineh M. Ja'neh and Sie-A- Nyene G. Youh were in favor. The three justices said the Code of Conduct was enacted on the wisdom of the Legislature in the supreme interest of the Liberian people to protect the resources of the country from abuse by public officials and to create a level political field for all contesting candidates. Their decision also said, "The act is not, in our opinion, repugnant to or in conflict with any provision of the Constitution to warrant its declaration as being unconstitutional as contended by the petitioner.” It can be recalled, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson-Mappy filed a petition to the Supreme Court against the passage of the Code of Conduct which was submitted by the Executive Branch of Government in 2009.