House Speaker Allegedly Orders Flogging Of Contractor Who Protested For His Pay

In tears, Mr. Winn explained that he borrowed US$19,000 from GN Bank to pre-finance the work and he is being harassed by the bank for payment. (Photo credit: FPA)

The grounds of the Capitol Building was a scene of action when a contractor on Tuesday who had gone to request members of the House of Representatives for his just pay in the tone of US25,000 after rendering services that august body was reportedly flogged by private security assigned to the House of Representatives for staging a protest in demand of his pay.

The victim, Guss A. Winn, said he entered into an agreement with the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives about four months ago to paint the Capitol and since that agreement was sealed and job done in keeping with the agreement, they have refused to fulfill their part of the agreement.

The amount owed the local contractor is in the tune of US$25,000.00. The security guards assigned on the Speaker’s security detail attempted to force him out of the premises when he had just entered with the lids of two cooking pots, banging them together in protest for his payment.

In tears, he also explained that he borrowed US$19,000 from GN Bank to pre-finance the work and he is being harassed by the bank for payment. This, he said is causing him to lose sleep as he has been threatened with jail by the bank.

“I prefer to be sent to jail by Speaker Chambers than to go to jail by the Bank. Because when I am in jail or dead, they wouldn’t pay any attention to my wife because I have been here many times and they are paying me less attention,” he said.

He also told journalist that on many occasions he has been asked out of the office of the Speaker by the Speaker and threatened to be sent to jail by Representative Marvin Cole of Bong County who is co-chair on the House of Representative Rules and Order Committee.

Up to news time, the office of Speaker Chambers didn’t issue a response to the accusation against the him but earlier this week Mr. Isaac Redd Director or Press at the House of Representatives told newsmen that payment for Mr. Winn is in process.

Three lawmaker shared the money?

Meanwhile, well-placed sources in the House of Representatives have confided in FrontPageAfrica that the amount in question has been raised and collected and shared amongst three members of the House of Representatives to include; House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Representative Muna Pelhm-Younblood (CDC-District #9 Montserrado County) chair on Executive House of Representatives and Representative Marvin Cole (NPP-Bong County) Co-Chair on Rules, Order and Administration.

Credit: FPA

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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.