LIBERIA: Rep. Chambers Wants House Return To Status Quo Ante

bhofoMaryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers has called on the leadership and members of the House to return to status quo ante in a bid to restore the dignity of that body.

He claimed that the House is being entangled in an intricate web of misunderstandings and violations of the constitution and rules of the House.

He said this must be averted as those responsible for the persistent rumpus among members of the House are proceeding on the wrong path.

Addressing journalists at the Capitol Building Tuesday, Chambers said the trend of events in recent times at the Capitol is appalling and that he and other law-abiding members of the House cannot sit and be mere spectators to these happenings.

Chambers’ statement comes amidst the action taken Tuesday by some members of the House led by Montserrado County Representative Josephine Francis to continue regular session following a motion of adjournment which was sustained by Deputy House Speaker and Presiding Officer Hans Barchue.

Francis, who was appointed recently by Barchue as Chair on Executive, presided over a total of 45 lawmakers who expressed dissatisfaction over the manner in which the 5th Session of the House was adjourned by the Presiding Officer.

Chambers thinks that the action by Francis and the others was unconstitutional and a violation of the House’s rules on grounds that adjournment specifically in contemporary legislative politics is non-debatable.

“Never before in the history of this Capitol Building have we seen our rules, the constitution and laws of Liberia being violated as in this manner, we cannot remain spectators to these crises in this republic,” Chambers said.

According to Chambers the actions by his colleagues is an affront to democracy, adding, “It is our hope that the international community will not be passive and see our country degenerate into chaos.”


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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.