After a late submission of the draft 2020/2021 fiscal year budget and a subsequent delay in the legislature approving the budget, President George Weah has asked the legislature to pass a resolution authorizing the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to use one-twelfth of last year’s budget to allow the government to operate temporarily.
President George Weah’s government has finally submitted the draft budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year to the legislature. The fiscal year has already begun and the draft budget was submitted months later than the legal requirement of the end of April.
Staffers at the National Legislature are threatening to barricade all entrances of the Capitol Building if lawmakers do not ensure that salaries they are owed are paid in three days.
The George Weah-led government may be unable to pay civil servants for the Christmas holiday season, as Senate President Pro Tempore AlbertÂ Chie suggested that the government would be unable to stabilize salary payments until February 2020.Â
Secret resolutions, subterranean activities, and other forms of limited transparency by the legislature do not foster public trust. Instead, they breed cynicism and discontent among the population who, whether rightly or wrongly, assume that legislatorsâ€™ decisions are always motivated by “brown envelopes.”
A high-level Chinese parliamentary delegation is currently visiting Monrovia for three days, upon the invitation of the National Legislature. The Chinese Delegation is headed by Wu Weihua, vice chairman on the Standing Committee of the National Peopleâ€™s Congress.
At least 16 members of Chinaâ€™s National Peopleâ€™s Congress are expected in the country next month for a three-day state visit.
Finance Minister Samuel Tweah has finally presented the 2019/2020 draft national budget to the National Legislature.