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Liberia: Ex-Wife of War Crime Convict and Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor ‘Unapologetic’ for Lawmakers Huge Salary increases

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On her first visit abroad after been removed from United Nations travel band few months ago, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor and ex-wife war crime convict, Charles Taylor says she is unapologetic for the huge salary increases the Liberian Legislature has given themselves, asserting that she sees no reason why the Liberian public is crying foul. ‘We should in fact be paid more than that taking into account our responsibilities and what we do”.

The Liberian lawmaker made the disclosure during  a  dual citizenship   forum in the United States late  Tuesday evening with her fellow countrymen living abroad and are citizens of those countries in which they live.

Senator Taylor’s statement was in response to an attendee’s fury addressed to the lawmaker as to why they gave themselves huge salary increases while her fellow citizens go through the harshest of time and creating a spiral disparity between them and ordinary Liberian citizens.

Senator Taylor told her questioner and audience that the  Executive branch of Government has  a huge payroll, calling specific attention to the country’s Port Authority’s Managing Director who makes US$25,000.00  a month (Twenty-five thousand United States dollars). The lawmaker  says  she is taken aback why her fellow citizens are having qualm about their salary increase despite the huge payroll of the Executive, emphasizing it was the first time in seven years the Legislature has had a pay increase. Senator Taylor implored that lawmakers needed the pay raise because they use their own money from their pockets to help address the needs of their constituents who usually stop by at their offices asking for help.

Addressing the purpose of her teleconference-style Dual Citizen Forum, the Senator said she supports the passage of a dual citizen bill to afford her countrymen who have naturalized to still enjoy the citizenship of Liberia as well, the country of their  birth or naturalization. She also told her audience that the  bill for dual citizenship that body and progress was being until they got caught in budget fight with the Executive Mansion, distracting progress of the bill  but expressed optimism that when they return from recess, the bill will be passed into law and forwarded for referendum in keeping with the constitution.

The Senator also faced concerns of the audience that in recent time it has been proved that the son of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf , Robert Sirleaf, head of that West African nation’s oil sector and Adviser to his mother to be a United States citizen and contrary to the President, his mother’s assertion that he was serving in a pro bono capacity in the two positions,evidence show that he is in fact being paid. Senator Taylor was pressed as to what she would do as a lawmaker if the case comes before her desk. The Liberian lawmaker said she could not comment on issues as an official of government on something which details she is not abreast with but said as soon as she gets back in a couple of days, she would get her hands surrounding those concerns and get back to Liberians living abroad.

 

 

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  2. It is amazing what a trip after a travel ban can do. This warlord fat wife now has the audacity to speak nonsense. 99 days for rogue, Jewel should be right next to her husband.

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    • THE SENATOR MUST UNDERSTAND THAT ONCE THE BILL IS PASSED, IT CAN BE SUBJECTED TO REFERENDUM AGAIN RATHER PASSAGE OF THE BILL IN ITSELF CONSTITUTE A LAW. OF IT SELF.. I THINK SHE NEEDS TO ATTEND THE LAW SCHOOL TO UNDERSTAND HOW LAWS ARE MADE. IN LIBERIA, LAW ARE MADE THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENT, JUDICIAL AND REFERENDUM. THEREFORE SHE ERRED BY SAYING THAT AFTER THE PASSAGE THEN BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR REFERENDUM

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      • HE SENATOR MUST UNDERSTAND THAT ONCE THE BILL IS PASSED, IT CAN NOT BE SUBJECTED TO REFERENDUM AGAIN RATHER PASSAGE OF THE BILL IN ITSELF CONSTITUTE A LAW. OF IT SELF.. I THINK SHE NEEDS TO ATTEND THE LAW SCHOOL TO UNDERSTAND HOW LAWS ARE MADE. IN LIBERIA, LAW ARE MADE THROUGH LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENT, JUDICIAL AND REFERENDUM. THEREFORE SHE ERRED BY SAYING THAT AFTER THE PASSAGE THEN BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR REFERENDUM.

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  3. I don’t know where we are heading to as a nation because the issue of oil business wants to breed chaos in our nation.We need to handle it with care for the sake of Mama Liberia other than when it slips from our hands it becomes detrimental to us all.My advise to us all is let’s us follow the foot steps of Ghana and other African Countries.

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