Rep. Kolubah, LNP Deputy Face-off on Capitol Hill

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LNP Deputy for Operations, Melvin Sackor (left) and Rep. Yekeh Kolubah (in red t-shirt) continue their altercation on Capitol Hill, Monrovia. (Courtesy: KMTV)

— Bringing the ever-busy Tubman Boulevard to a momentary standstill

An intense verbal clash between Montserrado County District #10 Representative, Yekeh Kolubah, and Liberia National Police Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Marvin Sackor, disrupted the free flow of traffic early Tuesday morning on the ever-busy, Tubman Boulevard.

The clash ensued when Mr. Sackor pursued Representative Kolubah’s vehicle from the Old Road Community area and caught up with him on 14th street with the intent of having its occupants arrested and the vehicle impounded at the LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill.

An emotionally charged Sackor, also known by his security code #102, said the lawmaker’s vehicle had violated traffic rules while en-route to session. However, he did not state what section of the vehicle and traffic law the lawmaker violated.  When he caught up with Kolubah, he ordered his men to have the lawmaker arrested for what he termed as impeding the operations of the LNP.

The situation, therefore, brought traffic to an abrupt halt as Representative Kolubah resisted arrest, while also insisting that his vehicle would not be impounded or taken to the LNP headquarters.

“I was home getting prepared for session when my driver called and told me that my vehicle had been arrested while returning from Sinkor to get fuel for the car,” Representative Kolubah, who was dressed in short jeans, a red t-shirt and practically bare-footed, told journalists in an interview. “When he was arrested, I told him to give the phone to Sackor, since he was not picking [up] my calls. Sackor said he could not talk to me after my driver gave him the phone. That is what got me angry and decided to go there.”

He accused President George Weah and Montserrado County District #8 Representative, Acarous Gray, for masterminding the “disrespect” against him.

“Sackor was instructed by President Weah and Acarous Gray to do what he did to me today. He was acting on their instruction,” the tough-talking lawmaker alleged.

In his explanation, Director Sackor said the vehicle was improperly identified as it had a single plate that was placed at the front.  He further noted that the vehicle belonging to Representative Yekeh Kolubah was “recklessly driving” on the third lane and was stopped by the police. The police later ordered that the vehicle be driven to the police headquarters, but Representative Kolubah reportedly resisted after he later arrived at the scene.

Deputy Director Sackor explained: “The driver of the vehicle was driving very recklessly and also on the opposite lane. The man (Rep. Kolubah) was not even in the car, that’s why I told my boys to pull the car over, I told them. This man is very reckless; they should take the car to Central. Instead of the man (Kolubah) asking me upon his arrival on the scene, ‘oh 102, what’s going on,’ he started insulting me and the President.”

As the fracas ensued, few members of the House of Representatives including Bong and Grand Kru Counties representatives, J. Marvin Cole and Fonati Kofa, initially intervened to calm the heated verbal clashes between the lawmaker and the law enforcer, but to no avail.

As Representative Cole and others tried to calm the situation, the LNP Deputy Director insisted on arresting the Rep. Kolubah, though the Liberian Constitution prohibits the arrest of a sitting lawmaker, especially for the offense allegedly committed.

Article 42 of the Liberian Constitution states: “No member of the Senate or House of Representatives shall be arrested, detained, prosecuted or tried as a result of opinions expressed or votes cast in the exercise of the functions of his office. Members shall be privileged from arrest while attending, going to or returning from sessions of the Legislature, except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace. All official acts done or performed and all statements made in the Chambers of the Legislature shall be privileged, and no Legislator shall be held accountable or punished, therefore.

Meanwhile, Capitol Building sources said that the situation was later resolved after the intervention of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, but Representative Kolubah has opted to write a communication to parliament to summon the Deputy Police Boss over an allegation of assault on him.

23 COMMENTS

  1. The greatest injustice in the unequal treatment before the law is not counteraction but inaction. Well-meaning Liberians, religious organizations and international organizations paying deaf ear to violations of the country’s organic law. When violence is fomented from people’s anger, then they will begin the process of mediation. To better solve a problem is to prevent it from happening.

  2. The whole situation is a complete disrespect to the entire legislatures. Do not disrespect the first branch of government. Rebel policing have damaged the good image of the LNP. How this Deputy Director got the job?Is it based on tribal line as usual? This 102 need to be dismissed to bring decency to that security agency or it will be referred to as party police.

  3. Shouldn’t Rep. Kolubah be arrested for impeding a police investigation?? Look, he wasn’t in his car, when it was stopped by the police for reckless driving! So, you cannot say that he was “going to or returning from sessions of the Legislature” (Article 42 of the Constitution). But his interference with official duties of police is a criminal act. Yes, the police have a right to forcibly remove these reckless jackasses off our roads!!

    • Why shouldn’t Yeke Kulah be arrested after impeding Police Operation?
      Yeke Kulah is not above the law. Liberians are making this murderer a lion !

  4. The common saying known around the world is, strike the iron when it is hot. That will not applied to all situations as a solution. That may be the best philosophical saying there is, but the wrong thing to do for every situations. And clearly, this was the wrong time and wrong thing to do by the Deputy Inspector General . There are procedures to be followed when engaging high ranking government officials, members of the diplomatic Corps and high ranking members of the religious institutions. That has nothing to do with the idea that such personalities are above the law. But more to do with the procedures that will bring them before the law. When the vehicle was identified, all informations concerning the operator and the vehicle should have been recorded and the vehicle should had been released. With the operator being informed that a citation will be sent to the leadership of the House of Representative for his appearance in a traffic court of law as was charged . As this was only a minor traffic violation. Once the vehicle in question was identified by the Deputy as either a government or a legislator’s vehicle, the procedures should had been followed. The same for vehicles belonging to the presidency involved in a traffic violation. Record all informations about the driver and the vehicle and have a citation sent to the office of the presidency requesting the appearance of the vehicle operator in a traffic court of law. There are procedures to follow. But one thing that stands between the procedures and the law is IMPUNITY, which gives protection to one that they are above the law and gives protection of authority to the other in the execution of the law. But there are procedures to be followed when engaging high profile personalities in that country, but they are never followed. Just like a situation involving the Secretary of the Senate and the court , and the Pro-temp. Concerning the appearance of the Secretary before the law. But the Pro-temp created another situation that puts the Secretary of the Senate above the law through the protection of legislative Impunity ! The procedures are in that country for the law to work. But lawlessness is being supported by the protection of impunity. And so was the embarrassing show down between two top ranking officials of the regime. When a procedure was available to the Deputy Inspector General to follow. Could the Deputy arrest a vehicle belonging to the Executive Branch for minor traffic violation ? Or will he followed the procedure and sent a citation to the office of the presidency requesting the appearance of the driver before the Court of law ? Striking the iron when it was hot, was not the best solution for the Deputy Inspector General. Not the best solution at all. Was not professionally in control. If a legislator’s vehicle is involved in a traffic violation, send a traffic citation to the legislature. Do not arrest the vehicle for minor traffic violations. If the Executive vehicle is involved, send a citation to the office of the presidency. Avoid arresting these officials’ vehicles. They are not above the law, but follow the common procedures that will bring them before the law. Stop striking the iron when it is hot. Someone has to be in control. And as officer of the law , It Is You Who Has To Be In Control Professionally. NYPD, CPR. Courtesy, Professionalism Respect = CPR. Can never get you in trouble.

    • James David,
      Your argument is meaningless and out of law!
      The Police officer acted within the law.
      The representative car broke traffic rules therefore the law requires it to be impounded.
      And if the representative obstructed the police functions, he should have been arrested!
      There are no executive privileges to a representative in Liberian law, the law asserts immunity in their functions, during, and within,.
      This is the nonsense that has got Liberia where she is!
      Yeke Kulabah should have been arrested for obstruction of justice!
      This war criminal is being lionize by the likes of you simple because you want to see Liberia destabilized for your selfish reasons and you know that his actions are incompatible with the law.
      Shame on you and your murderer Yeke Kulabah! Just as Yeke Kulabah shed Innocent blood his blood will be shed one day as well.
      Just a matter of time!

  5. “An emotionally charged Sackor, also known by his security code #102, said the lawmaker’s vehicle had violated traffic rules while en-route to session.” Liberian Daily Observer

    “I was home getting prepared for session when my driver called and told me that my vehicle had been arrested while returning from Sinkor to get fuel for the car,” Rep. Yekeh Kolubah

    According to the quotations supra, the editor and his reporter William Q. Harmon, the Representative Yekeh Kolubah has OMNIPRESENT personalty, and powers. Which is that, he Rep. Kolubah can be in bed or at home, but at the same time with his drivers in traffic.

    Hence, according to some, law enforcement officers should acknowledge and realize the immunity of Rep. Kolubahś drivers and vehicles ipso facto Rep. Kolubahś OMNIPRESENCE, and “avoid arresting” the drivers of Rep Kolubahś vehicles or impounding his Rep. Kolubahś vehicles. IN short, as a result of the Representativeś OMNIPRESENCE, his drivers are above the law when in traffic.

    • True and False Nationalist, this whole failure on the part of CDC Deputy Inspector for operation has nothing to do with immunity, but more so about procedures. The CDC Deputy Inspector knows where the lawmaker works for whatever reasons. And if the Deputy Inspector wants to still enforced his arrest arrest, send the warrant or citation to the leadership of the House of Representatives. It is about procedures and not about immunity . The lawmaker can still be arrested, but the manner of operations carried out by the Deputy Inspector for Operation was wrong. Not about immunity or being above the law. The constitution says that the lawmaker can be arrested for disturbing the public peace, sessions or no sessions. Such arrest has to be done within the unwritten guidelines that exist between the government officials and the law for minor offenses. Many lawmakers wanted by the law were turned over to the law by the leaderships of the legislature. Nothing to do with immunity from arrest, or above the law. But more so about procedures. And that was not the professional way that it should had been done by the CDC Deputy Inspector for Operations. Simply put, He Messed Up Big Time. The Deputy Inspector should learn to stay within the law, and leave out the politics about the lawmaker insulted George. And so what, True and False Nationalist ?

      • James Davis, so you do not only suffer the drunkard´s mentality syndrome, but you also suffer the confirmation bias syndrome; now developing into the negativity effect mentality and the narcissitic personality characteristic.

        What proves the above is your extremely poor and bizarre inability to understand what the crux of the matter is and respond intellectually sound. Here infra is the matter. ACTS, OMISSIONS, OFFENSES, OR VIOLATIONS, COMMITTED BY THE LAWMAKER´S AIDES OR DRIVERS ARE NOT IMPUTABLE TO THE LAWMAKER.

        So, rescind such rubbish as: “And if the Deputy Inspector wants to still enforced his arrest arrest, send the warrant or citation to the leadership of the House of Representatives.”

        “The lawmaker can still be arrested, but the manner of operations carried out by the Deputy Inspector for Operation was wrong.”

        Here infra is the matter spelled out by the lawmaker:

        “I was home getting prepared for session when my driver called and told me that my vehicle had been arrested while returning from Sinkor to get fuel for the car,” Representative Kolubah, who was dressed in short jeans, a red t-shirt and practically bare-footed, told journalists in an interview. “When he was arrested, I told him to give the phone to Sackor, since he was not picking [up] my calls. Sackor said he could not talk to me after my driver gave him the phone. That is what got me angry and decided to go there.” Rep. Kolubah – the lawmaker

        James Davis,ACTS, OMISSIONS, OFFENSES, OR VIOLATIONS, COMMITTED BY THE LAWMAKER´S AIDES OR DRIVERS ARE NOT IMPUTABLE TO THE LAWMAKER.

        So, neither the Deputy Director nor any other law enforcement officer has to do what you are illogically ranting here.

        • That is exactly why you are greatly known as False Nationalist of CDC propaganda. Even the communist Chinese propagandists can , just can’t compared you to any qualified people. You are just a failure in that position at the Information Ministry of propaganda. But here is a lesson. As recently, the Justice Ministry has written the leaderships of legislature to hand over lawmakers wanted by the court of law. Even this present lawmaker was one. Former Senator Roland Kaine( never mind his full name) was turned over by the Senate to face the law in an alleged murder case . The judge hearing the case involving the Secretary of the Senate did not have to seek the Senate leadership approval to have him arrested. The court just the same send its agents or officers to arrest the Secretary anywhere and at anytime. But there is an established protected cooperation of engagements between the political institutions of the government. Lawmakers do not wake up in the morning to learn that their colleague is arrested for traffic violations. If so there are many arrests to be made. Including the two lawmakers that were there to stop the arrest of one of their colleagues. Do wish to have them arrested for obstructing the functions of law enforcement officers ? You Mr. False Nationalist, could be arrested for interfering with the duty of law enforcement officers. So why not have those two lawmakers arrested ? Are they above the law ? That you False Nationalist could be arrested, but not them for interfering with the administrative functions of an officer. They could be arrested on the spot just like you. That is a very serious charged as the one the lawmaker is accused of. So there is an established cooperative engagement between the three political institutions. As to keep their functions within the law and in its proper prospective. The established protocol or cooperative engagement between the political institutions is meant to avoid such public embarrassment could be handled differently. No serious crime was committed that the high ranking offer could not handled through the established protocol of engagement. Simply put, you just don’t know.

  6. Welcome back Mr. True Nationalist. You were missing in action for a few days and to be frank with you, I was concerned. Had I not heard from you today, I would have gone full blast in search of you. I hope you and your family are well.

    • Thanks compatriot, Hney!!! We took a little sabbatical. We hope we could have such omnipresent powers, nature, personality, and physical body, as Rep. Yekeh Kolubah to have been on sabbatical while been concurrently here in this great intellectual marketplace of ideas. Thanks once again, great and good compatriot!!!

  7. When will Liberia become a country of laws and not strong men, God?

    How come under this sun a police officer will dare to arrest a representative of the people without parliamentarian or executive order?
    How come under this sun a representative of a people will show up in the public with a T-shirt and short jeans to get into intense verbal exchanges with a police officer?
    Do both of you know the image of Liberia you are portraying? Do you think sound businesspeople can invest in such country of men but not laws?

    My heart is sore to read such humiliation of Liberia. I pray we can have a professional and rebel free police force like the current standing army, and a rebel free house of representatives to bring sanity to our dear country Liberia.
    Shame on both of you guys. You deserve short-term prison sentences to teach you ethics of law enforcement and comportment of an elected official.

    May God forgive Liberia!

    • Peter (aka Petarus ) Dolo,

      You are nothing but a coward, hypocrite 100%. You are a known Alexander Cummings butt licker and butt kisser on this site.
      You know very well that this thug of a lawmaker belongs to your party ANC of your demigod Alexander Cummings and you are trying to sugarcoat and give a deceitful water down so called balance version of the event. We will call you out each and every time.

      Your ANC LAWBREAKER Yeke have a set of lic plates for one car, he instead placed the 2 plates at the front of 2 different cars, leaving no lic plates at the back of either cars. I’m sure you watch the video online and saw the very clothes you describe that your party lawbreaker was wearing, the words that was coming out of his mouth which coward like you Dolo always attributes to Cdcians and the statement from LNP spokesman that the officer was right to pull the car over because of no plate in the back and can use discretionary power to ticket it or impound it.

      No wonder Hon. Sulunteh #2 man in the ANC left citing BETRAYAL. Peter aka Petarus, does that word Betrayal (30 pieces of silver) rings a bell ? Your answer is a big YES because its in your gravy seeking deceitful blood. “Like father like son”.
      Alexander Cummings did not have the skills to negotiate within the CPP a favorable outcome for his #2 man Hon. Sulunteh, who was not just any ordinary partisan of the ANC to be placed on the ballot in Bong for senator even if the ANC had to give up another county because of the sacrifice Hon. Sulunteh made to run with a man like Cummings who had no political experience and no governmental work history.

      Peter aka (Petarus) Dolo, your demigod Alexander Cummings is a betrayer like you, He lacks the skills to convince the other 3 political leaders in the CPP and votes to have his #2 man on the senatorial ballot for Bong, You and him should really be dreaming as usual for them to have Alexander Cummings as their standard bearer.
      Don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure that one out. Go figure. The Standard bearer position has been allocated to UP. That’s CLASSIFIED. The CPP will not allow political dummy like you to see that part of the contract.

  8. Sr. Engineer, Geophysicist: Peter Curran (Yarkpajuwur N. Mator 2017-Independent Presidential Candidate)

    What did the constitution say about such issues? Please solve this issue through the Constitution in order to teach everybody.

  9. Very good thoughts James! I am always enlightened by many of your writings because you do not only articulate your ideas with forcefulness of thoughts but you also do so with forcefulness of logic.

    Now, please permit me to suggest one idea. And that is, could you break your chain of thoughts into units of paragraphs? My reason for making this suggestion is paragraphs do make an essay or article easily readable. And as you might just be aware, paragraphs do produce sets and subsets of thoughts and by this token, the readers will read your article with greater clarity and precision and moreover, make distinctions between the arguments you are making.

    Once again, thanks; just a thought.

    • Welcome your thoughts, Mr. Patrick Samolu. Just plan lazy, and two , not presenting a college paper. Free fall internet writing with errors and less corrections. Restricted writing is something that James Davis is very tired with. Kind of enjoying what is known only by James Davis as free fall internet writing with errors and less corrections. Don’t stand by this kind of bad writings though, but tired of restrictions. Sorry about that.

  10. Hope everyone is reading the section of the Liberian Constitution quoted in this article. You be the judge! That’s all!

  11. James Davis,
    My computer knows your full name. I may have told you this before. Every time I type your first name in the browser, your last name shows up. Maybe the computer is telling me something about your use of independent thoughts.

    You accused me the last time of being a CDCian. Far from the truth James. I don’t know why some people associate me with the CDC. What I do is this….if I feel that someone is being maligned, I will jump in the ring to put up defense. I can do the same for you. In Weah’s case, barely into his government, a cadre of righteous people began accusing him. Weah is not perfect, neither is anyone of us. But, the guy deserves a break. Times are hard man. Do you really, really think I am pleased with the slow pace of development in Liberia? And frankly, it didn’t start from Weah. Weah’s predecessor handled more money than he. Unfortunately this time around, the international donors are not as liberal as they once were.

    Lastly James, break your independent thoughts up into paragraphs. Patrick Samolu is one of the best writers in our neighborhood. If Samolu thinks that the use of paragraphs is good for your independent thoughts, you know I was right when I told you.

    Peace

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