By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas/GNN Legislative Reporter
As the drama for the removal of indicted House Speaker, J. Alex Tyler continues at the Capitol Building for his stance to recuse himself and face prosecution for his alleged involvement in the much talk about Global Witness report which has linked several government officials and others in the Stable Mining bribery scandal, three members of that august body and also main advocators for the Speaker removal have been suspended with immediate effect by their political party.
The executive committee of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has with immediate effect suspended District #9 Representative, Munah Pennoh-Youngblood who serves as Secretary on the anti-Tyler bloc group and also read the resolution that opting the removal of the Speaker, Rep. Acarous M. Gray of District # 8 and Rep. Julius Berrian of District # 10 for their involvement in the anti-Tyler bid removal.
The action by the CDC comes less than 24 hours after some members of the party led a campaign against House Speaker Tyler to recues himself in order to face prosecution over his allege involvement in the Sable Mining Bribery report released by Global Witness on Liberia.
This disclosure was made at a well attended press conference held at the party’s headquarters today, Wednesday in Sinkor on the outskirts of the Capital Monrovia; CDC Secretary-General Janga Kowoh making stressed that those being suspended met the approval of the Executive Committee of the CDC.
The CDC Secretary General Kowoh also noted that the party’s decision is also based on news that those suspended officials have been accused of taking bribe in order to push forward the removal of Speaker Tyler.
Prior to the presentation of the long awaited resolution by Anti Tyler lawmakers, the Congress for Democratic Change had warned members of its Legislative Caucus to abandoned their campaign against the Speaker on grounds that the move was a clever attempt to weaken the opposition bloc ahead of the 20137 presidential and general elections.
But the agitating lawmakers vowed not to, stressing that they will remain unbending in their action to ensure that the Speaker recued himself from presiding over the House’s regular session.
Also speaking at the news conference, CDC Youth Whig Chairman Jefferson Kojie added the campaign calling on the Speaker to recues himself had some sinister motives and at such should be abandoned by their lawmakers.
The Party also while cautioning her members to quit the Legislative battle, accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of masterminding and supporting the plan in an attempt to have an easy ride come the 2017 general and presidential elections. The three Montserrado county Representatives are yet to accept and comment on their suspension.
Representatives Moses Acaroius Gray and Munah Youngblood, Secretary of the Majority Lawmakers have been in the forefront on the campaign which is calling on the Speaker to step aside in order to bring integrity to the Lower House and the Office of the Speaker.
In a related development, an Executive Committee member of the CDC, Representative Saah Joseph has expressed remorse over his initial action to sign the resolution which is calling on House Speaker Alex Tyler to recues himself from presiding over sessions.
Representative Joseph was among several other lawmakers under the banner: Majority Members of the House of Representatives that reportedly signed a resolution calling on Speaker Tyler to step aside on eight counts, including his criminal indictment, and alleged manipulation of the National Budget by him Speaker Tyler and his LPDP Chairman, Lofa County Representative Moses Kollie.
But speaking with reporters, Tuesday, the Montserrado County District #13 also noted that he was misled by the Chairman of the CDC Legislative Caucus, Representative Thomas Fallah around 12 midnight recently, to sign the resolution on grounds that the political leader of the party, Senator George Weah, has mandated all legislators of the party to affix their signatures to the document.
Rep Saah Joseph further pointed out that he immediately consented to the call of Representative Fallah due to the trust and confidence he has in his leadership, without verifying whether a mandate was actually given by the CDC political leader in this direction.
Representative Joseph pointed out that he has officially written his colleagues from the Majority Members of the House of Representatives block, informing them that he is no longer part of their movement and as such, he has revoked his signature.
He maintained that his stance does not in any way propose a split within the CDC legislative caucus, because the National Executive Committee of the party has already given its position on the matter.
The CDC lawmaker added that he is now playing a neutral role in the saga as mandated by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
But the Majority Members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday announced his name as one of those that have signed the resolution, although Representative Joseph claimed to have withdrawn his signature from the resolution for Speaker Tyler to recuse himself from presiding over sessions.