A Representative candidate is calling for the enactment of a law that will protect all former Presidents of Liberia from arrest, charge, and prosecution for acts committed in the execution of their duties.
Sinoe County District #2 Representative Aspirant, Jay Nagbe Sloh, says it is necessary for former Presidents to be given immunity from any suits, actions or proceedings, judicial or otherwise, and from arrest, detention or other actions for any act committed in the discharge of their duties.
He said passing such law will encourage Liberian Presidents to willingly relinquish power at the end of their tenures or even earlier.
He made the call over the weekend when he spoke to journalists in Greenville, Sinoe County.
Mr. Sloh regretted that none of the presidential contenders in the 2017 election has demonstrated in words and in deeds that they will ensure full and unconditional protection for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf when she relinquishes power.
He said President Sirleaf inherited a failed state practically buried under international isolation, national disunity, and economic hopelessness but has since restored international recognition, sustainable peace and economic prosperity.
According to him, after such enviable achievements, Liberia must honor and appreciate her with unqualified protection as the first living former president in the country.
Sloh called on all presidential candidates to make such public declaration as an indication of their unflinching commitment to maintaining the peace and unity that President Sirleaf has presided over for the past 12 years.
The Sinoe District #2 Representative candidate reminded presidential candidates of the adage that “Rat trap is not for rat alone,” adding, “What goes around will surely come around again.”
Sloh, a veteran journalist, said Liberia has nothing to gain from witch-hunting its former presidents, adding, “Our only benefit will be disunity and insecurity.”
He promised to introduce the “Former Presidents Protection Law” in the 54th Legislature, if the 53rd Legislature fails to pass it, when he wins his seat.
Mr. Sloh said the framers of the Constitution had similar vision when they included Article 97 which prohibits executive, legislative, judicial or administrative action against the People’s Redemption Council or any persons, whether military or civilian, for any of its decrees.