Senate to Expel Senator Dillon?

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“Senator Dillon (right) is in the constant habit of throwing invectives at his fellow Senators...,” Senator Tengbeh's (left) communication noted.

-Sources say, as Lofa County lawmaker writes Senate Plenary to Investigate the Montserrado County Lawmaker

Impeccable legislative sources have told the Daily Observer that popular Montserrado County Senator, Abraham Darius Dillon’s days at the Liberian Senate are numbered as a plan to have him expelled from that body is at the point of hatching.

A member of the Senate who asked to remain anonymous, told the Daily Observer on Thursday that majority members of the Senate are conspiring to have Sen. Dillon expelled from the House of Elders.

“About two-thirds of the Senate membership have resolved to expel the Montserrado County Lawmaker,” the source said.

Reports of the conspiracy against Senator Dillon come on the heels of written communication from Lofa County Senator George Tengbeh, calling for the Senate Plenary to investigate Montserrado County Senator Darius Dillon for invectives spewed against that august body.

Senator Tengbeh, in his communication, which was read in the Senate plenary on Thursday, said that his colleague frequently refers to the Senate as “spineless”, “rotten” and “useless”.

“Senator Dillon is in the constant habit of throwing invectives at his fellow Senators and shows no respect to officers of the Senate who try to call him to order,” Senator Tengbeh’s communication noted.

He requested Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie and the leadership of the Senate to investigate Sen. Dillon and give him due process in line with the Senate’s standing rules and apply the appropriate actions, if found guilty of the allegation levied against him.

When asked whether the Senate has any plan to expel Dillon, Senator Tengbeh said his communication is the beginning of such an action, especially if the outspoken Senator does not desist from his actions.

“This communication is the beginning of the conspiracy against Dillon. We will fight vehemently until he is taken from this Legislature,” one of the sources said.

Senator Dillon, a staunch critic of President George Weah, has frequently expressed regret over why the country does not have a very strong, robust and courageous Legislature — as a lot of bad governance practices in the CDC administration and other societal ills would be punished and curtailed.

The Montserrado County Senator, who campaigned on the platform of “lighting up the Legislature”, holds the view that the Legislature has been in darkness from time immemorial as lawmakers only look after themselves and not considering the interest of the country.

Threats of removal from the Senate greeted him on his first day as he was threatened by the President Pro-Tempore during his induction in the Chambers of the Senate on August 15, 2019.

While on his way to the Upper House, Dillon made a number of promises. Among these, he promised to reduce his salary to the maximum of US$5,000 and to “light-up the Senate,” meaning that he will expose shady deals that pose a threat to national security.

Chie, in response to Dillon’s tirades, warned that as per the Liberian Constitution, the Senate has the power to remove him from the Senate, and people who elected him will not be able to keep him there.

“Here, the rules of the Liberian Senate are the Bible of the Senate. This is a political house that you do what it says. You were elected by the people of Montserrado County, but from today’s date, you belong to the Liberian Senate and that is why the framers of the Constitution stated that the power to remove you from here is not with the Liberian people, it is with us here; we alone have that power.

“Here Mr. Senator, we act beyond party lines. We act and think independently; no party dictates to us. Within six months, Mr. Senator, you will understand that we do serious business here because legislative politics is practical and different from church book politics. Here, we are masters of our own rules.”

But Dillon immediately fired back hours later, throwing out a challenge to the Pro-Tempore Chie over verbal threats of his expulsion from the Liberian Senate. “When you expel me, my people will still elect me in the next election as there is no law against that. But as I have promised, I will light up this building,” Senator Dillon said in an interview, adding that he would work in line with the hope and aspirations of those who elected him. He subsequently posted a similar response on his social media page.

However, the 1986 Liberian Constitution does not prohibit an expelled member from contesting again in any election to fill the vacancy resulting from his/her expulsion. As such, Senator Dillon is confident that, when expelled, eligible voters of Montserrado County will re-elect him.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, of course. If Dillon is expelled, we the people of Montserrado will thrust him back to the Senate. Shameless vampires! You all were sent to work for your people and your people are not happy with y’all. The one who has now decided to sacrifice himself for his county in particular and the nation in general is the one you pipo want to kick out. Y’all try it. The whole country will vote Dillon and shiv him back to the Senate because he is the only one we trust for now. Vampires!

    • Dillon the political trollop and political prostitute should be expelled. He is worse than those and what he criticizes. This thief and opportunist lied that he would give a portion of his salary to the county; only to later end up as a liar who was making false promises he had no intent keeping.

      Dillon criticized legislators using expensive cars, but when he became senator he started using the very cars, and telling people “there is nothing wrong with senators using these cars which some believe are expensive cars”.

      Dillon the high school drop-out criticized legislators receiving huge sums of money every now and then for no substantial reasons.” But when Dillon got elected he started defending the very huge sums as “operational funds.” What an opportunist, political trollop and political prostitute, polluting the senate in general and the senatorial seat of our county in particular! The only appropriate remedy is expulsion.

      • Miltida Witherspoon, by object of your puerile thoughts which are marred in hate and ignorance, “Dillion is a liar because he reneged on his so-called promise of returning portion of his salary“—how insipid and fundamentally benighted can you be to spew such a filth? Also, I am hearing from you that Dillon is a high school dropout.

        You ought to be ashamed for spewing these garbage as a response to the article on Daily Observer. The man you consider a high school dropout is better equipped to handle his function as a senator than your illiterate president who obtained his degrees through a proxy. He sat home and paid someone to do all of his school work at a notorious online University—the Devry University. The result of such academic thievery is self-evincing and there can be no way of glossing it.

        Because of your president’s failure to apply himself at the very nascency of his academic sojourn, he doesn’t know his subjects and verbs agreement; he is so poorly schooled to lead any civilized institution let alone a country. He is a disgrace to the country and to all erudite Liberians, both at home and in the Diaspora. You all helped to bring this shame on Liberia. For you to be calling Dillion a high school dropped out is oxymoronically cowardice, not to call out your illiterate president who is a master of verbal solecism for being an eight grade dropout.

        Dillon kept his promise of remitting portion of his salary to his district development trust fund. He is still honoring that solemn promise except that you are so purblind to behold the extent of his efforts since his election to the senate. In the midst of these spiraling macabre and untamed decadence, Dillon stands out to be the lone voice and a sacred light in tenebris of a failed government headed by the illiterate commander-in-Chief—George Oppong Weah.

        To those supporters of Weah, your disgrace will soon be at hand for supporting this illiterate president and his crazy policies. He will go down with Dillion if he tries it! I think he is tired of stealing and is now inviting the wrath of the people.

        • Jackson Neal, I pity you that your jealousy of someone (Dr. George Manneh Weah) whom THE PEOPLE respect, admire, and love so much on the diplomatic and public planes, is driving you insane.

          This man, your leader, Commander In-Chief, and President, Dr. Weah commands the largest political following in Liberia! And there is nothing you can do against it for the remaining of the twelve years of his sovereign reign!

          He is held in very high esteem by the most powerful capitals and supranational political, economic, and military international actors. This was proven with overwhelming evidence, and proof beyond all reasonable doubt when you and your CoP scumbags were trashed by Washngton, and the diplomatic community in and near Monrovia!

          You are a dangerous communist resented and hated by both the Liberian people, and the international community.

          Realizing your opportunist mentality, nature, and character, Ellen decided to keep you quiet by “locking you up” in her office for twelve years. Under her spell, you believed the twelve years would last through eternity.

          So you see “Jackson Neal”, while we pity you for the self-inflicted agony you are going through, we advise you to rethink as your fellow “comrades”.

          As for your fantasy about Dillon, you better just forget it! Dillonś fate of been trashed out of the senate shortly has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Weah. Dillonś fate has to do with the disrepute, embarrassment, disappointment, that that disgrace-Darius Dillon has brought within the Senate!

          And for this, THE LIBERIAN SENATE (irrespective of political affiliation) HAS DECIDED TO HAVE THE UNRULY HYPOCRITE, PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL DISGRACE AND HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT DARIUS DILLON EXPELLED.

    • FROM ALL EXTRAPOLATIONS OF THIS STORY, AND WHAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS ABOUT THIS CORRUPT HYPOCRITE DILLON, DILLON IS BAD NEWS! HE IS NOT FIT TO BE A SENATOR! HIS VACATION JOB HAS ENDED!

      The story below was written by Gboko Stewart on this very site a little over a couple of fort nights.

      Is Darius Dillon Truthful? No! He is a wolf in sheep clothing! Does he have the people at heart? No! His deceptive, insensitive, and bad conduct since he was elected is a proof beyond all reasonable doubts. READ ON!

      “During the period of NOCAL’s boom, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, who was then chief of office staff in the Office of the Special Advisor (OSA) and Chairman of the board, Robert A. Sirleaf, was sent to study at Strayer University, USA.

      During this period, FrontPage Africa reported that students at the Marvi Sonii Public School in Clara Town were learning on the floor due to lack of chairs.

      Thousands of wasted taxpayer dollars on room, board and tuition later, he would drop off and return without a remorse or the slightest consideration about the children in Clara Town who could have benefitted from the money wasted at Strayer.

      It should not be forgotten that it was reportedly on the advice of Senator Dillon to the then board chair of NOCAL, Robert A. Sirleaf, that over US$900,000 was dished out to members of the Legislature to go on a road show in their various constituencies, explaining about Liberia’s black curse.

      And when NOCAL went aground, President Sirleaf was full of praises for the chairman of the board and his team, which included Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, and switched the blame to herself for whatever wrong that may have gone there, rather than ordering an investigation and subsequently prosecution.

      Today, we are left to wonder what really went wrong at NOCAL. Till date, there has been no audit over why NOCAL, once boasting of over US$50 million on its balance sheet, was left with less than US$500,000. The mystery of that is still shrouded in papal secrecy.

      Strangely but not surprisingly, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, who believes in transparency, accountability and is severely jittery anti-corrupt, has not added his voice to the many who are yearning for an insight into the NOCAL’s mystery, since his ascendancy to the Senate.

      Senator Dillon’s voice, weighty as it is now, would come with a lot of bearing on the GAC as the Legislature has oversight on the General Auditing Commission. Sadly, it appears it wouldn’t be because the Liberian saying “hauled rope hauls bush” comes to mind.

      Would NOCAL audit reveal how much the oil company reportedly spent on Senator Dillon’s tuition, and would he be recommended for prosecution for causing financial loss to the state as he refused to complete his courses and graduate?

      But Senator Dillon and others, under the banner of the Council of Patriots, would go on to stage numerous protests calling for transparency, accountability and open governance. But when hard pressed to be an exhibitionist of those qualities as well, he refuses and carries on showboating.

      Venerable Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remains right in his quote: “Sometimes we become what we hate in others.”

      Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, a known critic of all the wrong things of governance, is slowly but steadily becoming what he criticized. First, it was the expensive SUV which he promised not to ride. Later it was the donation of his salary to his office staff, instead of the county as initially promised. Now, it is US$6,500 to pass the state of emergency and the economic stimulus package.

      The future, it is said, hold many things. But in the fullness of time…”

      • You idiot, the NOCAL Audit Report is in the hands of your god Gbekugbeh, who refused to act on it and protect the Sirleaf family instead. Find something different to say about the people’s senator.

        • You IGNORAMUS referring to yourself as “Taylor,” the issue here is not about anyone “protecting the Sirleaf family”.

          The issue is WHY must Darius Dillon who has claimed to be an honest and transparent person be seen today as a BENEFICIARY AND PROVEN CULPRIT in the collapse of NOCAL once boasting of over US$50 million on its balance sheet, was left with less than US$500,000.!

          And on top of that, much of the oil company funds was reportedly spent on the very Senator Dillon’s tuition “causing financial loss to the state as he refused to complete his courses and graduate.”

          • Again, you are a fool. If Taylor is my name, should I call myself Yarkpawolo? You have nothing on ADD so just shut up and find two seats to sit in your little corner. Better yet, try finding a candidate that will go against ADD in 2020……..Oh no, you can’t find a soul.

  2. Whatever the the Maverick Senator from Montserrado County says on the floor, no matters how embarrassing it is about that body or outside of the Chambers are protected legislative free speech. Under the Maverick’s oversight responsibility to his constituents as a lawmaker he has the right and legislative protected free speech to inform his constituents about the operations of the Senate, no matters how painful and demeaning and hurtful and embarrassing his words are of the Senate, his oversight responsibility to inform his constituents is a protected legislative privileged free speech. And article 44 makes it clear what he cannot say or do as part of his legislative protected free speech. If the Maverick Senator used his oversight responsibility as a Senator to inform his constituents how corrupt the Senate is, when did such saying became criminal to say that the Senate is corrupt ? Well, the UP Senator is looking for scapegoat for his constituents in his County. To make a political name for himself. After failing to live up to his promises to his constituents, now it is the time to be seen as tough guy. All because of the midterm elections as to be remembered as the Senator who wanted to expel the popular Maverick Senator of Montserrado County. The Senator has a responsibility to over half of the country’s population as his constituents in Montserrado County. The in-house rules of the Senate can be anything for a “cause” to expel as sucking one’s teeth, health problems as ordos, and can be a number of reasons. But not even the word FUCK YOU can a member be expelled. As derogatory that word maybe or sounds on the floor, article 44 of the constitution regards such as legislative privileged free speech on the floor. And the Senate choses to use that word in his oversight responsibility outside of the Chambers to describe the situation in the Senate to his constituents, it is legislative privileged free speech to his constituents. The in-house rules by the Senate was not meant to control what lawmakers can say or not say on behalf of their constituents. So the cause to expel based on the in-house rules of Senate for speaking derogatorily about the Senate is legislative privilege . Under such legislative privileged, the Senator can speak good about the Senate and he can speak bad about the Senate. That’s constitutionally acceptable legislative protected free speech on the floor and outside of the Chambers. The Senate in-house does not supersedes that of the legislative protected speech of any lawmaker. Well, to the UP lawmaker, you took a gamble politically to be known in your county. This debate will weaken your standing in your county for re-elections. Your constituents will be watching. Read Article 44 again. And follow up on oversight responsibility of a lawmaker’s right to legislative protected free speech to say what is on his mind regarding his oversight responsibility to address the Chambers or to address his constituents. In legislative language, oversight responsibility is fact finding on issues, in the Chambers or outside of the Chambers. That privilege is protected at all times. For a lawmaker saying FUCK YOU, the Senate Chairman may dragged him out or fight him in the Chambers, but can not expelled him. Neither can he be expelled as part of his legislative fact finding on issues outside of the Chambers. Draconian upbringing by most lawmakers is actually what is responsible for their slow interpretation and understanding of the legal principles of the constitution. Draconian upbringing being around for a long time for many lawmakers, coupled with illiteracy of the constitution.

  3. Tengbeh, this goon of a senator who has failed his constituents will end up returning to his native Foya district in disgrace. How dare you put your criminal mouth on our most electable senator. tengbeh has been in the house just to collect his monthly pay checks and sign bogus kickbacks for his personal gains, useless senator.

    I have never seen such criminal senator like tengbeh in the history of Lofa . He will have to be kicked out of that house to return to his swamp land for rice production. This is where his strength lies and should stay in his terrains.

    • Darius Dillonś Dirty Deeds and betrayal of trust!

      “Under immense pressure from the public, she admitted, howbeit belatedly in a curtsy of shame, that their action to accept bribe—coined euphemistically as “operational funds”—to do a piece of job they are overly paid for, was downright wrong and borders on insensitivity and the abuse of human and people rights.

      Her admittance comes in the wake of a vendor reportedly ordered to be beaten by Speaker Bhofal Chambers for staging a protest over due debt for the painting of the grounds of the Capitol.

      As a child of the renowned and revered man of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Rev. Dr. Abbaa Karnga of Grand Bassa County, Senator Karnga-Lawrence knows she would be veering off from the teachings of the upright household she was brought up in if she hadn’t come to penitence over her acceptance of thirty pieces of dirty silver at a time when the children of God have befallen a calamitous fate.

      But her colleague and fellow Bassonian, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County, believes otherwise.

      Furious that the public has vested interest in his acceptance of bribe, amid his professed stance on transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, and continues to hound him and others over this, Senator Dillon remains indifferent, defiant and unapologetic over his acceptance of the US$6,500, much to the chagrin and consternation of his supporters.

      Addressing a news conference at his Capitol Hill Office with the usual characteristic flair of nonchalance, Senator Dillon, rather than apologizing to the public over his insensitivity, error of judgement and inhumane action, threw a gauntlet that he would resign if it is indeed proven that the “operational funds” was a bribe meant to induce them into acquiescence to get the COVID-19 economic stimulus package and state of emergency declaration passed.

      “With all my big mouth about integrity, if I had taken bribe unearth by any news agency or individual, I would resign today but this is a legitimate money, as probably unfair and untimely it may have been this money is legitimate,” he said, according to FrontPage Africa.

      But Senator Dillon needs not look any further for the evidence he is desperately seeking. For, it stares back at him while he feigns blindness. His colleague, Senator Prince Y. Johnson, in an interview on a local radio station, admitted the money was indeed an inducement and, the amount in total was US$6,500, not US6,000 as earlier reported by the Senator of Montserrado.

      Like Senator Karnga-Lawrence, Senator Johnson, no matter his shortcomings, is also guided by gospel of Jesus Christ as a pastor and is perhaps afraid of the divine comeuppance that comes with robbing Peter to pay Paul.

      Senator Dillon’s adamant stance not to apologize, and his refusal to accept he has monumentally erred, is symptomatic of leadership defects on the African continent. Upon assuming leadership, many leaders in Africa, forgetting that leadership is a double-edged sword, believe they can do no wrong and are above reproach, even when the public sees otherwise.

      Such is the sorry state of affairs with leadership in Africa. Elected leaders, like Senator Darius Dillon and others, feel unaccountable in words, actions and their deeds.
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      This was the same attitude exhibited by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, mother of Senator Dillon’s friend, Robert A. Sirleaf, when the once booming National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) went aground.

      During the period of NOCAL’s boom, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, who was then chief of office staff in the Office of the Special Advisor (OSA) and Chairman of the board, Robert A. Sirleaf, was sent to study at Strayer University, USA.

      During this period, FrontPage Africa reported that students at the Marvi Sonii Public School in Clara Town were learning on the floor due to lack of chairs.

      Thousands of wasted taxpayer dollars on room, board and tuition later, he would drop off and return without a remorse or the slightest consideration about the children in Clara Town who could have benefitted from the money wasted at Strayer.

      It should not be forgotten that it was reportedly on the advice of Senator Dillon to the then board chair of NOCAL, Robert A. Sirleaf, that over US$900,000 was dished out to members of the Legislature to go on a road show in their various constituencies, explaining about Liberia’s black curse.

      And when NOCAL went aground, President Sirleaf was full of praises for the chairman of the board and his team, which included Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, and switched the blame to herself for whatever wrong that may have gone there, rather than ordering an investigation and subsequently prosecution.

      Today, we are left to wonder what really went wrong at NOCAL. Till date, there has been no audit over why NOCAL, once boasting of over US$50 million on its balance sheet, was left with less than US$500,000. The mystery of that is still shrouded in papal secrecy.

      Strangely but not surprisingly, Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, who believes in transparency, accountability and is severely jittery anti-corrupt, has not added his voice to the many who are yearning for an insight into the NOCAL’s mystery, since his ascendancy to the Senate.

      Senator Dillon’s voice, weighty as it is now, would come with a lot of bearing on the GAC as the Legislature has oversight on the General Auditing Commission. Sadly, it appears it wouldn’t be because the Liberian saying “hauled rope hauls bush” comes to mind.

      Would NOCAL audit reveal how much the oil company reportedly spent on Senator Dillon’s tuition, and would he be recommended for prosecution for causing financial loss to the state as he refused to complete his courses and graduate?

      But Senator Dillon and others, under the banner of the Council of Patriots, would go on to stage numerous protests calling for transparency, accountability and open governance. But when hard pressed to be an exhibitionist of those qualities as well, he refuses and carries on showboating.

      Venerable Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, remains right in his quote: “Sometimes we become what we hate in others.”

      Senator Abraham Darius Dillon, a known critic of all the wrong things of governance, is slowly but steadily becoming what he criticized. First, it was the expensive SUV which he promised not to ride. Later it was the donation of his salary to his office staff, instead of the county as initially promised. Now, it is US$6,500 to pass the state of emergency and the economic stimulus package.

      The future, it is said, hold many things. But in the fullness of time…

      Written by Gboko Stewart and culled from FPA

    • Sorry, guys. Tengbeh was definitely a mistake. The people of Lofa will soon recall him and send him to Shelloe, where he comes from, or Kpandoni, a community in Foya and where he grew up.

  4. What a useless senator calling himself senator of Lofa County. This fake crook whos noted for just signing kickbacks and sharing stolen monies collected from tax payers will do nothing but to stoop so low for anything. Lets see how he will survive after that senatorial position. this bug headed he goat is just another looser trying to gain relevance at the expense of our most electable senator Dillon. That crap of urs should sty right in Foya and don’t dare bring it to Monrovia. you just stay right in that village of yours with your briberies. criminal senator. foolish man!

  5. Accompanied by and through due process, Article 38 of the Liberian Constitution stipulates that: Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, may expel a member! For:

    (1) Any contempt, official misconduct, or insults, against THE PEOPLEŚ BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT – THE SENATE OR THE HOUSE is an insult against THE PEOPLE TO WHOM ALL POWER IS INHERENT -Article 1. 1. of the Liberian Constitution!HENCE,

    (2)THE TIMELY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATIVE MECHANISM of expelling a corrupt, immature and inexperienced newcomer whose unbecoming and official misconduct of referring to that august body as “spineless”, “rotten” and “useless” , IS NOT A CONSPIRACY; BUT,

    (3) INDEED, A LEGAL NECESSITY to restore the needed dignity and respect of the Senate – THE PEOPLEŚ BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT!

    • Used the Constitution to support your limited version of Article 44 , as James Davis has done to educate the UP Senator about his draconian upbringing as laws of the land. The Maverick Senator can say Fuck You, other than kicking out of the Senate, No ONE Can Expelled him for his guaranteed legislative free speech privileges on the floor of the Chambers and outside of the Chambers. Cause to expel in the in-house rules of the Senate does not include legislative guaranteed free speech under Article 44 . The Maverick Senator should had told the UP Senator FUCK YOU AND YOUR INVESTIGATION. LEGISLATIVE PRIVILEGED SPEECH. No matters how awful it may sound. So support your argument with the constitution, and stop all the blah blah blah blah blah as constitutional. These days, there is no room for people in that country for people with drastic draconian upbringing. No room. Those days are gone.

      • James Davis, Dillonś unbecoming behavior, misconduct, or very rude bad behavior, has NOTHING ESSENTIALLY to do with Article 44. And this is why we referred to Article 38 which is about EXPULSION. Why do you always gallop into matters you have no knowledge about?

        READ THE TWO ARTICLES BELOW. THE FIRST: ARTICLE 38 IS ABOUT ENFORCING ORDER AND EXPULSION. IN THIS CASE, EXPELLING THIS RUDE SENATOR. ARTICLE 44 IS ABOUT “OBSTRUCTING LEGISLATIVE FUNCTIONS”.

        Article 38
        Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, may expel a member for cause. Each House shall establish its own committees and sub-committees; provided, however, that the committees on revenues and appropriations shall consist of one member from each County. All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution.

        Article 44
        Contempt of the Legislature shall consist of actions which obstruct the legislative functions or which obstruct or impede members or officers of the Legislature in the discharge of their legislative duties and may be punished by the House concerned by reasonable sanctions after a hearing consistent with due process of law. No sanctions shall extend beyond the session of the Legislature wherein it is imposed, and any sanction imposed shall conform to the provisions on Fundamental Rights laid down in the Constitution. Disputes between legislators and non-members which are properly cognizable in the courts shall not be entertained or heard in the Legislature.

        • Pray tells James Davis about how does Article 42 instead of 44 stated in the above post which guaranteed the legislative protected privileged free speech impedes the functions of lawmakers ? Article 38 deals with legislative in-house rules. But that in-house can not be used to restrict what a lawmaker can say on the. Article 42 of the constitution supersedes any in-house rules of the Senate and all its “causes “to expel based on legislative guaranteed free speech on the floor. Even guaranteed the oversight responsibility of a lawmaker to speak his mind. Article 42 makes it very clear on what a lawmaker can not say or do, whether on the floor or out of the Chambers. Mistake to use Article 44 to argue, instead of Article 42 to argue about legislative free speech privileges. With that being said, the Maverick Senator can tell his colleagues FUCK YOU ON THE FLOOR OR ELSE . As awful as it may sound, it a protected legislative free speech privileged. The only thing that can be done is to kick him out or to drag him out of the Chambers. But to expel for his outbursts, No Way Jose ! He can throw that outburst as political frustration, but can not be expelled for the Senate for insults to that body. All the Senate can to for what it may considered as unbecoming a Senator is not put the Maverick Senator on any committee where he can not expressed his political opinions. But can only vote but not be heard. But to expel him based on Article 42, No Jose ! It is very hard to expel a lawmaker based on political insults or his outbursts in Chambers. Very hard . So read Article 42 instead of Article 44 as previously stated. There you will find the reason why the investigation by the Senate is foolishness based on ideas to expel, or short of taking the Senator from participating in every committee concerning important issues.

          • Article 42
            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 statement made in the Chambers of the Legislature shall be privileged, and no Legislator shall be held accountable or punished therefor.

            James Davis, you are dumb! All the craps you are ranting about articles 44 and 42 have no ligaments to the soon to be expulsion of that corrupt little rat Dillon.

            What inter alia actually proves your dumbness is you believing that the phrases “opinions expressed in the exercise of the functions of his or her office”, or “All official acts done or performed and all statement made in the Chambers of the Legislature shall be privileged” include signature or perpetual unbecoming conducts, official misconducts, unruly behavior, rudeness, etc. etc. NO THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED!

            Darius Dillon is ipso facto the now collective MAJORITY WILL of the Senate, thrown out; based on THE FIRST CLAUSE OF ARTICLE 38! And very unfortunately for him, neither the Chief Justice nor the entire judiciary has any “fish to fry” in the mechanism of EXPULSION ON THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE! For this is not impeachment, but ABSOLUTE EXPULSION.

            Article 38
            Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, may expel a member for cause.

            Based on the first clause of article 38 of the Liberian Constitution, and the IMPLIED, EXPRESSED, AND INHERENT, DOCTRINES of Constitutional Law which are been invoked by the majority of the Senate, there is no amount of politics, witchery, or prayers, which can ever have the potency of preventing or forestalling the expulsion of that Darius Dillon.

            Two quotes from one comment above: “Sometimes we become what we hate in others;” AND “The future, it is said, hold many things. But in the fullness of time…” have become the fate of Dillon who, by now, is realizing that : “One may fool ALL the people, but cannot always fool all the people all the time.” They THE PEOPLE WILL CATCH YOU!!! JUST AS DILLON HAS BEEN CAUGHT.

            What really had me floored is his defeatist reaction about ” I am waiting for the letter to show it to my lawyer”. Dillon, who told you this is a judicial matter? This is about NUMBER AND POWER! And those are what the majority already have! And you do not have an inch of such number or power!

  6. THE TIMELY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LEGISLATIVE MECHANISM of expelling a corrupt, RUDE, immature and inexperienced newcomer whose unbecoming and official misconduct IS NOT A CONSPIRACY; BUT, INDEED, A LEGAL NECESSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Honest Dillon is the light in the senate, any accept to remove him by draconian strategy would be met with popular resistance from the people who elected him.
    Stop, Lazy Tengbeh. You failed us in Lofa but the people Montserrado county will allow you to fail them.

  8. Honest Dillon is the light in the senate, any attempt to remove him by draconian strategy would be met with popular resistance from the people who elected him.
    Stop, Lazy Tengbeh. You failed us in Lofa but the people Montserrado county will not allow you to fail them.

  9. Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah and Matilda Witherspoon. You guys are at it again? I though I rendered you two buffoons irrelevant a few months ago. Matilda, you have the nerve to call someone a high school drop-out. What is your level of education? It is obvious from your writing that you didn’t even complete high school. You better be careful of the words you use. Calling someone trollop might just be referring to you. Look up that word and see what it means. You and Kandajaba shouldn’t be writing anything. You two buffoons are still in the habit of writing awkward sentences marred by grammatical and punctuation errors. Both of you are untutored, unschooled, untaught, uninstructed, unenlightened, uninformed, uncultivated, unlettered, ignorant, unaware and shallow.

  10. Brother Jerome Zack Boikai,

    The reason why Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah and Maltida Witherspoon continue to make the same

    mistakes is simple: They are one and the same person under different pseudonyms and that is why their

    writings are the same. So the only good thing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde know is to insult anyone that challenge

    their feeble thinking.

    Don’t pay them any mind, Brother Boikai. Let them continue to wallow in their ignorance and misery as we
    discuss issues of substance.

  11. At the beginning of 2018, thanked to the many challenges the Weah led government began to face, the free fall of the economic ( hyperinflation of the exchange rate, the sharp increase of commodities on the Markets, the devaluation of the Liberian currency which largely went against ordinary Liberians to make living) and sadly coincided with the irreparable lost of Senator Jeraldin Doe-Sheriff, have awesomely contributed to the ascendency of Abraham Dillon’s as senator. The opportunist gained full control when the Weah led government was scratching head to look for answer about the myriad problems facing the economic. The ordinary Liberians couldn’t have understand what’s led to the fast falling of the economic, whether recession or the country was mismanaged by previous government or not; their lives were changed overnight, many people lost jobs because UNMIL and other NGOs almost closed at the same time, businesses were not moving as compare to previous days. All theses propagandas were preached and neatly fitted the Weah led government at the time that unconditionally have to pave way for another person as the people of Montserrado were seeking for speedy response to problems.

    The so-called ‘LIGHT IN THE HOUSE’ as been claimed by followers, ironically have shown no basis to substantial this claim. Dillon’s as senator, always in the light of speaking outside of the constitutional mandates. although I am not a supporter of the Weah led government, as a real light in the house, we expects Sen. Dillon to propose decent bills that could benefit all Liberians, but not standing on the fence to give free talks, or moving behind his colleagues when all of them finished doing their clandestine deed and come to irresponsibly voice it out to face save for his darker side in order to conjure voters and bring his colleagues to public ridicules. I am not in support of Sen. Dillon being expelled from the senate, but what we expects more than these from Dillon’s. Liberia’s is almost like a Virgil country, there are many cardinal things that are here untouched, as a wise and a patriotic senator these are opportunities that you can go after, but not standing orally to castigate your colleagues or the entire Senate.

  12. This is exactly what happens to any Nation that vote in Senators and Representatives who do not Understand the Constitution, because of little or no Education, no Managerial or Legal Experience, and their Constant Appetite to STEAL our Money! The War and Economic Crimes Court will be their Greatest Nightmare! Our Government is packed with a lot of THIEVES and INCOMPETENT Senior Government Officials!

  13. Expel ADD and make him permanent senator and possibly president. Nothing Sen. Dillon has done that elevates to the level of expulsion. All he did was hurt your corrupt feelings, and that is not illegal.

  14. If these rules are for the Senate, than Dillon is heading for a big disgrace.

    When a petition, signed by two thirds of the
    membership of the Senate, addressed to the Liberian
    Senate, against a Senator is presented to the Secretary
    of the Senate, same shall be forwarded to the Plenary
    for consideration.

    After the petition has been read and considered by the
    Plenary, a vote of 2/3 majority of the total
    membership of the Senators duly seated shall
    determine the merit or non-merit of the
    petition.
    Section 1:
    ASenator may be suspended or expelled from the Senate:

    a. When a petition, signed by two thirds of the
    membership of the Senate, addressed to the Liberian
    Senate, against a Senator is presented to the Secretary
    of the Senate, same shall be forwarded to the Plenary
    for consideration.

    b. After the petition has been read and considered by the
    Plenary, a vote of 2/3 majority of the total
    membership of the Senators duly seated shall
    determine the merit or non-merit of the
    petition.

    e. The expulsion of a member of the Liberian Senate
    shall conform to Article 38 of the Constitution of
    the Republic of Liberia.

    Article 38
    Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, may expel a member for cause. Each House shall establish its own committees and sub-committees; provided, however, that the committees on revenues and appropriations shall consist of one member from each County. All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution

    By this, the Senate is on the right path to the investigation.

  15. Thank you Mr. Johnson for spelling this out.

    Who this rotten and spineless Goat called Dillon thinks he is to constantly insult the Liberian senate in and out of chambers and thinks the senate rules don’t apply to him.

    No official of the Liberian government or citizen dare go in the chambers of the senate to address them and call the senators rotten and spineless because they will apply their rules and hold you in contempt, then order the sergeant in arms to throw you in jail.
    Given that Dillon a member and cannot be jailed for his views or comments, he can be sanction, suspended or expel for his behavior per their own senate rules.

    If the senate rules meant nothing, why did Senator Nyonblee Karnga apologize to Senator Saar Joseph after wasting a cup of water on him in chambers since the senate is a lawless environment where every senator is protected by law to act like a MONKEY ?

    If we as a people are require to respect our senators or be held in contempt if you are in their chambers, senators are also require by their rules to respect themselves and behave responsibly or be sanction, suspended or expel.

    Senator Chie and the Senate leadership, if you have the numbers apply your rules, One Monkey can’t stop the show.

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