Monrovia, Liberia- Information reaching The Liberian Billboard says, some lawmakers in the lower house of the legislature is seeking signatures to remove Speaker Bhofal Chambers, an action which is believed to be a retaliation to the impeachment saga of Justice Kabineh Ja’neh.
Sources with direct knowledge of the issue who spoke to The Liberian Billboard on condition of anonymity said, the lawmakers behind Speaker Chamber removal were not particularly satisfied with the way the impeachment proceeding against Justice Ja’neh was handled, but are citing other issues as cover-up. Issues the aggrieved lawmakers are citing include, “Lack of knowledge on common legislative proceedings, ineptitude in governing the plenary as it relates to the rules, and arbitrarily walking out of sessions for purpose of holding press conferences that has nothing to do with legislative functions”, our sources said.
According to Article 49 of the 1986 Constitution, “The House of representaives shall elect once, every six years, a Speaker who shall be the presiding officer of that body, a Deputy Speaker, and such other officers as shall insure the proper functioning of the House. The Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and other officers so elected may be removed from office by cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House”
It is no secret that since his ascendancy to the Speaker-ship, Hon Chambers has openly identified some fellow lawmakers as his enemies; specifically pointing out Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa who represents Grand Kru County and who also recently joined the CDC as an enemy. When asked if Cllr. Koffa was also behind the resolution, our sources could not confirm nor deny, however, as it can be recalled, Hon. Fonati Koffa expressed interest in the position of Speaker after the 54th legislature was seated, but later opted out when he noticed that he could not get enough votes for the position.
If removed, this will be the third time in less than 13 years that a Speaker has been removed from office. During the administration of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, both former Speakers Edwin Snowe and Alex Tyler were removed from office after fellow colleagues introduced and voted upon resolutions for their removals.
The Liberian Billboard will keep following developments and will bring you updated developments in subsequent news stories.