Protesters Want Speaker, Others Suspended Over Global Witness Report

House Speaker Alex Tyler, Senator Varney Sherman and Rep. Morris Saytumah
House Speaker Alex Tyler, Senator Varney Sherman and Rep. Morris Saytumah

A Group of protestors that converged at the main entrance of the Capitol Building recently is calling for the immediate suspension of House Speaker Alex Tyler and two senators named in an alleged bribery scandal revealed in a Global Witness (GW) report.

The senators are Cllr. Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County and Morris Saytumah of Bomi County.

Under the banner of “Concerned Liberians,” the protestors, who began a sit-in action in the early morning hours of Thursday, said their decision was in reaction to the report released by the international corruption watch group.

It can be recalled that Global Witness in a report released recently alleged that top officials of the Liberian government, including Tyler, Sherman and Saytumah, among others, took bribes from Sable Mining, a British mining company.

Global Witness said Sable Mining, through Cllr. Sherman, who served as its legal representative when it arrived in Liberia in 2010, dished out huge sums of money to the named officials and others to obtain mining rights to the Wologizi Mountain, which is believed to have a billion tons of iron ore.

The protestors want the trio to be suspended for time indefinite and submit themselves to ongoing investigations being initiated by an independent committee being constituted by the House of Representatives.

According to them, this will ensure a smooth and credible investigation process where the independent legislative committee will do its jobs without external influence.

Meanwhile, the National Legislature was unable to convene regular session on Thursday as the result of the lack of quorum in both Houses.

The absence of many lawmakers at the Capitol was attributed to the sit-in action, although the protestors did not enter the premises of the building.

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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.