Grand Bassa Students Demand Lawmakers’ Resignations

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Trouble is brewing in Grand Bassa County as the leadership of various groups, including students, is demanding the immediate resignation of the Legislative Caucus Chair, Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence and the Deputy Speaker, Hanse Barchue.

But Senator Lawrence has described the group as “not credible” without any Article of Incorporation to authenticate their legal existence.

“I cannot respond to everybody without establishing their legality because they may not be the one who voted for me or they are some of the paid agents,” Senator Lawrence responded to a Daily Observer inquiry.

Deputy Speaker Hanse Barchue is yet to respond to the groups’ demand. Efforts to contact him proved futile as his phone was switched off up to press time.

The groups, under the banner of the Federation of Bassa Youths and Students (YEBYS), represented by its president, Melvin Ableejay, and the Patriotic Alliance of Bassa (PAB) Incorporated, represented by the media director, Jonathan A. Nawah, say it has become quite apparent to then that the current chair of the county’s Legislative Caucus, Senator Lawrence, “has instituted serious disunity in the county.”

The group maintained that Senator Lawrence and others have been involved in numerous activities that are continuously promoting disunity in the county.

“Some of these diabolical acts carried out by Madam Lawrence and the chief financer of her ill-established policy, Rep. Barchue, must honorably resign,” the group demanded.

Reasons for their resignation, according to the group, include their alleged involvement in the “confiscation of the county Ebola mobile money account during the height of the health crisis and their refusal to give proper account of how the donated funds were used.”

Her action, the group said, is deserving of impeachment and if she doesn’t respond, “We will impeach her as well as the Deputy Speaker.”

The lawmakers, the group added, have incited and empowered the youths to call for the resignation of the county leadership without an iota of legality, thereby creating unrest among the citizenry of the county.

“We are of the view that the unlawful dismissal of the county’s project management committee without due process was based upon the lawmakers’ action on an undated resolution prepared by the Legislative Caucus chair, but not signed by the secretary-general of the Caucus in the person of Rep. Robert Siaway,” they said.

Another reason for the students’ demand for the lawmakers’ resignations, is that they have unlawfully and tenaciously denied the youths participation in decision making, they claimed.

They also recalled the postponement of the county council sitting without the participation of delegates, which serves as the highest decision-making body at every county council sitting, as prescribed in Section 9 (h) of the country’s budget law.

Therefore, the group resolved that the honorable thing to do is for the two officials whom they described as “political epidemics” to resign or their respective institutions will be left with no alternative but to galvanize citizens across the county to support their cause.

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