House Speaker J. Alex Tyler Sr. “will not recuse himself or resign,” as demanded by the ‘so-called majority members’ of the House of Representatives and recommended by the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) “unless he is duly removed in Chambers,” says Maryland District #2 Representative, Dr. Bhofal Chambers.
Rep. Chambers, the House Chairman on National Defense, dismissed rumors that the Speaker had already recused himself as of yesterday. “Intelligent people” would not think of the recusal of the Speaker, he said, “because of so-called pressure from the Executive, including desperado lawmakers and chiefs who are being used.” The Maryland representative, who was elected on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), believes that the “un-cohesiveness of the Legislature owing to the interference of the Executive is equivalent to governance madness and such cannot be respected, because Liberia is a country of laws.” Speaker Tyler, he said, will remain Speaker “until the constitution plays out, because no number is considered majority until it is tested in the sacred Chambers of the House of Representatives.
“The President wants to equate herself to a tree, refusing to realize that she is part of the tree, but not the tree,” Dr. Chambers said, adding, “As lawmakers [under] the Constitution, the Speaker will only step aside as per the requirements of the Constitution.” In a session under Speaker Tyler yesterday, 31 lawmakers were present and six were marked present by distance. But Rep. Chambers said it would be disrespectful for the laws of the land not to prevail, but be thrown aside, adding, they should bind every Liberia together.
“We were not surprised over the decision of the Chiefs, because it was the same Chiefs that were used by President Sirleaf to crown former Libyan President Col. Gaddafi as ‘King of Kings of Africa,’” the Maryland lawmaker said. “The President always use and abuse the Chiefs… and
we know money was splashed,” Dr. Chambers said, noting that the Chiefs’ failure to mediate in the 2014 health workers crisis, as well as the Bassa tribe’s stand against Tyler (of which he is a member), as classical examples of the abuses. Chambers even noted Chief Karwor’s own wife’s public rejection to listen to her husband’s advice.
Yesterday’s session under Tyler did not have any communications, bills or invitees to discuss on. For that purpose, Rep. Chambers only spoke on miscellaneous items and the session was adjourned. Noticeably, there were deficits growing in Tyler camp, with two of his supporters, Reps.
Julee Wiah of Lofa County and Maryland lawmaker Rep. Isaac Roland, reportedly defecting to the other side.
Last Tuesday, four Tyler supporters asked to be excused from participating in meetings the lawmakers were holding. They included Reps. Clarence Massaquoi of Lofa County District #3; Alex Grant of Grand Gedeh District #3; Prince O. S. Tokpah of Nimba County District #2; and Sekou Kanneh of Montserrado County District #2.
Yesterday, the presence of deputies of the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Director of Press in the parallel session, including 37 members of the House of Representatives, raised eyebrows. A source told the Daily Observer that the House’s Chamber remains the only venue for business of the
House of Representatives, and that is why it is duly called the “Sacred Chambers” of the House of Representatives.
However, ‘Renegade lawmakers’ have unanimously voted to mandate the Committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Public Accounts to join the Senate’s Ways, Means, Finance and Budget to resume ‘Budget Hearings’ on Monday, August 29.The House’s
Chairman on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning is Lofa County District #5 Representatives Moses Y. Kollie – a member of Pro-Tyler lawmakers. About 17 persons of the 22-member Budget Committee are Pro-Tyler lawmakers. The Joint Chambers’ Plenary has also agreed to immediately replace members who will not be available for the resumption of the Budget Hearings on Monday. Also, a certificate of extension of the regular 5th Session has been issued for one month, commencing Thursday, September 1 to Thursday, September 30. For that, over 25 lawmakers signed and if concurred by the Senate, the extension would hold.