Crisis at the Capitol Endless, As Separate Sessions Held; Anti-Tyler and Pro-Tyler at Each Others Throats

By Endred Thomas/GNN Legislative Reporter

One of the sessions presided over by indicted Speaker Tyler
One of the sessions presided over by indicted Speaker Tyler

The leadership crisis at the National legislature for the removal of indicted House Speaker, Alex Tyler has continue to widen among lawmakers many of whom who feel that at the end of the day they will win at all cost.

Yesterday, August 11, 2016 the grounds of the Capitol Building was very tensed with the deployment of huge armed police from the Liberia National Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) had the entire building barricaded with the mandate to keep the building secure in the face of leadership crisis at that legislative branch of government.

The anti-Tyler lawmakers are requesting the Speaker of the House of Representatives to recues himself after being indicted by the Global Witness for receiving bribe from the Stable Mining in order to change laws in favor of Stable.

For the past two months members of the National Legislature have not been doing their legislative job at the taste of those who elected them due to their stance to unseat their Speaker on grounds that he should not preside over them because he has been indicted.

In continuation of their bid another drama unfolded with the hold of separate sessions as indicted Speaker Tyler still maintained his gavel and presided over one session in the regular chamber where a roll call showed that the body obtained a quorum with a total of 34 lawmakers present while three were distant representations, making a total of 37 lawmakers.

On the other hand, anti-lawmakers presided over by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue had an attendance record showing that a total of 34 lawmakers were present and four were distant, thereby summing up to a total of 38 lawmakers.

Both sessions were conducted in the building at difference locals without interference.

In the chamber of the lower house, Tyler conducted the order of business without interference.

However, having called the session to order, and following a motion on the way forward, Bong County Representative George Mulbah demanded the presence of the Chief Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms and other chamber staff.

According to our reporter, Montserrado County Representative Henry Fahnbulleh was instructed to invite the requested staff, but he returned with none of them as could not be located, while the Chief Clerk was in office but could not come as a result of illness.

A decision was however reached by the body to select two staff among workers in the House of Representatives to serve as support staff to the body

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.