Monrovia, Liberia- Chaos ensued in the Lower House of the Liberian Legislature on Monday, after a motion for reconsideration by Grand Bassa County District 5 lawmaker, Thomas Garsuah, was denied.
Hon. Garsuah proffered a “Motion For Reconsideration” which sought to overturn a previous motion that cited journalist Philibert Brown of the Hot Pepper Newspaper to appear before plenary, and Hon. Yekeh Kolubah, investigated by the House rules, orders and administration committee.
Last Thursday, the House voted to have the Managing Editor of the Hot Pepper Newspaper appear before that body to aid in the investigation surrounding the missing L$16 billion banknotes, and subjecting Montserrado District 10 lawmaker, Yekeh Kolubah to a committee hearing for allegations made against President Weah for being possession of a container that contains portion of the missing banknotes.
The chaos was ignited after Speaker Chambers granted another motion for consideration of a previous motion made by Rep. Thomas Garsuah. The Grand Bassa County lawmaker making a motion for reconsideration said, subjecting his colleague Hon. Yekeh Kolubah to an investigation is a form of witch-hunt. Making reference to Article 44 of the Liberian constitution, Hon. Garsuah said, disputes between a legislator and non-members which are properly punishable in the courts, shall not be entertained or heard in the legislature.
“My emphasis is placed on the 44th Article of the constitution that say disputes between legislators and non-members which are punishable in courts shall not be entertained or heard in the Legislature”, Hon. Garsuah read.
Hon. Yekeh Kolubah, after Hon. Garsuah’s motion, in what became a war-of-words, challenged President Weah to issue legal actions against him, while vowing to impeach Speaker Bhofal Chambers.
“This Speaker will be removed. The process is on. Have I gone wrong? Why President Weah can’t go sue me? I maintain that President Weah has the Liberian people container to his house,” Hon. Kolubah angrily said.
In an attempt to quell the chaos, Speaker Bhofal Chambers ordered the Sergeant-At-Arms to throw Sinoe County lawmaker, Hon. Nagbe Sloh out of session for not obeying his gavel, however, Hon. Sloh remained in chambers. The Speaker also ordered journalists to cease interviewing individual lawmakers while the chaos was ongoing.
Meanwhile, nineteen lawmakers voted in favor of Mr. Philibert Brown appearing before the body on Thursday, while voting in favor of Hon. Yekeh Kolubah being investigated by the rules, order and administration committee. Ten lawmakers voted against, and three abstained.