Senators divided over Speaker Tyler removal, Signs Resolution Recognizing His Authority

By: Eldred Wlemongar Thomas/GNN Legislative Reporter

Grand Gedeh County Senator, Alphonso Gaye
Grand Gedeh County Senator, Alphonso Gaye

Just few days after it declared a neutral position on the wrangling at the House of Representatives, twelve Senators have signed a resolution recognizing the group of lawmakers in support of Speaker Alex Tyler.

The Senators in the resolution issued Tuesday August 30, 2016 in Monrovia observed that their position to do Legislative business with the constitutionally elected Speaker Tyler is based on Article 29 and 49 of the Liberian Constitution.

The resolution read by Grand Gedeh Senator Alphonso Gaye called on all aggrieved members of the Lower House to honorably return to the chambers of  the House of Representatives and process their concerns and grievances in accordance with the Rule and Procedures of the House and Constitution of Liberia.

The resolution indicated that without passing judgment on the merits and demerits of the situation, it call on the members of the House of Representatives that their actions and inactions are consistent with the dictates of their Rules and 1986 Constitution.

The Senators warned that failure to do so will not only be threat to the peace and security of Liberia especially on the eve of the pending 2017 elections, but will also be a recipe for chaos and lawlessness in the political governance of the state.

“We therefore call on the Lower House to allow reason to prevail as a means of amicably resolving the conflict where there will be no victor of vanquish, the resolution pointed out”

The Senators however called on embattled Speaker Tyler and the leadership of House to create an enabling environment for the transparent hearing and judicious disposition of the concerns of the aggrieved members that constitutes a significant percentage of the membership of Lower House.

Those Senators that signed the resolution include: Sando Johnson of Bomi County, Alphoso Gaye of Grand Gedeh, Francis Paye of Rivercess, and Oscar Cooper of Margibi.

Others are Matthew of RiverGee, Morris Saytumah of Bomi, Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount, Jewel Howard Taylor and George Tengbeh of Lofa and Bong counties.

A copy of the resolution in the possession of Global News Network showed that Senators Marshall Dennis of Grand Gedeh and Dan Morias of Maryland counties did signed the resolution.

According to our Legislative reporter, Senator Marshall Dennis has distanced himself, while Senator Dan Morias is yet state reason (s) why he did not signed the resolution.

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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.