The political dust at the Capitol Building, the home of the Liberian legislators has finally been put to rest with the removal of the indicted Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bomi County District # 2 Representative, J. Alex Tyler after recuing himself following series of protects by his colleagues asking him to step down.
The drama at the House’ Chamber was interesting when forty-nine (49) lawmakers, comparable to two-thirds of members of the House of Representatives agreeably affixed their signatures on a ‘resolution’ to unanimously remove Bomi County District # 2 Representative as the Speaker.
The decision which came aftermath of the row over the criminal indictment against him arising from relating to the controversial Global Witness Report citing bribery and illegally tweaking the law.
The resolution referenced Article 49 of the 1986 Constitution and Rule 9.1 of the House’s Rules and Procedures as the basis for the Speaker’s removal on Tuesday, September 27, during the 8th day extraordinary sitting.
Article 49 of the Constitution says: “The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other Officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House” and Rule 9.1 of the House’s Rules and Procedure states: “The Speaker,
Deputy Speaker and other Officers of the House, may be removed from office for cause by a resolution of a two-thirds majority of the member of the House.”
Rep. Tyler served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from April 7, 2007 to September 27, 2016. He is the second longest serving Speaker, next to the late House Speaker Richard Henries.
The resolution said, “Whereas, forty-nine (49) members of the House of Representatives, representing two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the House, have affixed their signatures to the attached document to remove the Speaker; Now therefore, we, the below signed members of the Honorable House of Representatives, have resolved that: Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr. is hereby removed as Speaker of the Honorable House of Representatives, 53rd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia… and this resolution takes effect this 27th September 2016.”
Those who signed the resolution included: Reps. Tokpah Mulbah, Prince Moye, George Mulbah, Edward Karfiah, Corpu Barclay, Alfred Koiwood, Gertrude Lamin, Hans Barchue, Mary Karwor, Gabriel Smith, J. Byron Brown, Robertson Siaway, Marais Waylee, Numene Bartekwa and Eugene F. Kparkar.
Others were Reps. Julia Wiah, Roland Cooper, Ballah Zayzay, Stephen Kafi, Emmanuel Nuquay, Isaac Roland, Josephine M. Francis, Bill Tweahway, Henry Fahnbulleh, Thomas Fallah, Edwin Snowe, Solomon George, Acarous Gray, Munah Youngblood, Julius Berrian and Gabriel Nyenka.
The remaining lawmakers included Richmond Anderson, Saah Joseph, Adolph Lawrence, Edward Forh, Jeremiah Koung, Prince Tokpa, Samuel Worleh, Garrisue Yealue, Samuel Kogar, Ricks Toweh, Worlea S. Dunah, Richard M. Tingban, Johnson Chea, Christian Chea, Charles Bardyl, Byron Zahweah, Jefferson Kanmoh and Jeremiah Mccauley.
The latest development from the House of Representatives seems to massively increase the unbearable problems of the dethroned that is currently on sick leave out of Liberia.