A faction within the House of Representatives calling for House Speaker J. Alex Tyler to recuse himself from presiding and submit to an investigation of corruption allegations, has somersaulted on their previous position.
The ‘rebellious lawmakers,’ through a communication addressed to plenary recently demanded that Speaker Tyler submit to probe by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for his alleged involvement in a US$10,000 scandal with a contractor.
According to a communication sent to plenary dated January 19, 2015 under the signatures of Montserrado County Representatives Bill Twehway, Samuel Kogar and others, the protesting lawmakers announced a withdrawal of their January 12, 2015 letter that prompted the controversy.
The January 19 letter indicated that the over six lawmakers are now desirous that “LACC and all relevant institutions [would] ensure that the dignity of this body remains intact.”
According to them, “consistent with Rule 48, Section 48.2, where a member is aware of the existence of a breach of the code of conduct and procedure, same must be reported to the House for the appropriate action. Accordingly and in line with section 48.3, a communication was addressed to the Speaker. The evidence of the Speaker being subject of investigation at the LACC is common knowledge and hence there was no need for further evidence.”
Interestingly, the January 12 communication was opened for discussion and plenary subsequently voted on the matter.
During voting in Tuesday, January 20, session, 38 representatives voted that the Rules, Order and Administration Committee headed by Grand Bassa County Representative J. Byron Brown, lead the investigation while six were against and two abstained.
Meanwhile, the ‘renegade lawmakers’ expressed dismay over recent reshuffle action by Speaker Tyler, citing breach of the House’s rules.
According to them, the Speaker, who is a Bomi County lawmaker, had violated Rule 41 of their Rules, Order and Procedures, and as such, they are prepared to as well challenge the decision.