Rep. Kolubah Under Investigation for Accusing President Weah of Concealing Container of Money

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Montserrado County District #10 Rep. Yekeh Kolubah

The Committee on Rules, Order and Administration of the House of Representatives is investigating Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah for allegedly and publicly accusing President George M. Weah of harboring one of the missing containers of money at his house on the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway.

The committee is chaired by Rep. Mariamu Fofana of Lofa County and is to report in one week.

The Montserrado County lawmaker is also being probed for widely announcing that he would singularly protect veteran journalist Philipbert Brown, should the latter be invited by the House of Representatives to reveal the names of the over 15 representatives who were bribed in the printing of an additional L$10.5 billion, a claim made by Mr. Brown on the radio.

Rep. Kolubah was subjected to an investigation by his colleagues on Thursday, November 15, which marked the 8th-day extraordinary sitting, following a motion from Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous M. Gray.

Prior to the motion, there was a standstill among lawmakers, which lasted for about 20 minutes, especially between Representatives Solomon George and Francis Dopoh.

Rep. Dopoh argued that the House of Representatives is not a “legal counsel of the President, and so Rep. Kolubah should not be investigated about what he uttered.”

On the contrary, Representatives Solomon George, Acarous M. Gray, and Samuel Kogar said the statement of Representative Kolubah is not in a good spirit of coordination, given the public outcry of the alleged missing billions.

The argument among the lawmakers, which subsequently led to Representative Kolubah being investigated, was prompted by a letter from Rep. Kogar, who argued that he should be the subject of any investigation consistent with Rules 40.2; 41.2; 42.1; 43.2; 48.1 and 48.7, respectively, of the Rules and Procedures of the House of Representatives.

“No member may introduce false information or unsubstantiated matter, pretending that it is true,” Rule 40.2 says.

And 41.2 also says: “Members  shall  not  use  their powers  and  duties  for  his/her  own  advantage or for  committing acts of partiality, but for the protection  of the interest of the public and citizens in a just manner.”

Recently, Rep. Kolubah said on radio that the President is concealing one of the missing containers of money, while on Wednesday, November 14, during the OK FM’s evening talkshow, also known as the “Afternoon Conversation” with Manager and Host Smith Toby, Representative Kolubah promised to singularly protect Mr. Brown if he is summoned, after he (Mr. Brown) alleged that more than 15 lawmakers of the 53rd Legislature, 12 of whom are members of the 54th Legislature, allegedly received bribes in support of CBL, through an inappropriate letter to print additional L$10.5 billion.

In a heated debate among lawmakers yesterday, Representatives Isaac Roland, Solomon George, Vincent Kamara, Nathaniel Barway, Matthew Zarzay, Karnie Wesso and Thomas Fallah supported the investigation of Representative of Kolubah while Reps. Larry Younquoi, Roger Dunah, Francis Young and Francis Dopoh, among others, said the investigation would set a wrong precedent.

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