As Supreme Court Cites Parties Battle Intensifies Between Yekeh, Colleagues  

As Supreme Court Cites Parties Battle Intensifies Between Yekeh, Colleagues  

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -The battle between majority members of the House of Representatives and Montserrado County Electoral District #10 Representative, Yekeh Y. Kolubah, has intensified as the Supreme Court of Liberia has cited both parties for a conference.

It can be recalled that the Plenary of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 suspended the Montserrado County lawmaker for “unruly behavior” against the President George Manneh Weah. Rep. Kolubah, who has been vocal against President Weah and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) , was suspended for 30 days sitting of that august body, which basically would amount to four months without pay. Plenary, which is the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives, took the decision sometimes last month, but a motion of reconsideration was filed on the decision by Montserrado County Electoral District #8 Representative Moses Acarous Gray, which was meant to be decided on the return of the House from its Easter break.

But on the heel of the return of the Lower House of the Liberian Legislature, the motion was withdrawn, thus giving grounds for the initial decision (votes) by majority members to take effect. The House’s decision followed a communication by  Montserrado County Electoral District #5 Representative, Thomas P. Fallah, in which he reported the constant habit of the Montserrado County District #10 lawmaker (Kolubah) raining insults on the President and the Offices of the Presidency/ “At long last I have come to a cut-off point with my colleague, Hon. Yekeh Kolubah, Representative, District #10, Montserrado County regarding his constant, direct and deliberate egregious behavior being exhibited against the Liberian Presidency daily which I think this Plenary should no longer accept or condone as pleasant if we are to maintain sanctity and prestige into this sacred institution to showcase the integrity of its members,” read the communication as was voted upon.

Accordingly, the decision taken is in consonance with Rule 48.7 of the House of Representatives. The rule states that: “The House may, according to the circumstances and degree of breach, take the following measures: a. it may give an oral warning; b. it may give a written warning c. it may suspend a member for not more than 30 days of meeting, stop the payment of salary and allowances due him/her for the days of suspension, as the case may be; d. it may expel a member from the House where the breach is very serious or where it is committed repeatedly.” However, the embattled Montserrado County District#10 lawmaker at the weekend filed a Writ of Prohibition before the Supreme Court requesting to issue praying the court prohibit what he considered as an “illegal act” by the House of Representatives.

In his writ, Rep. Kolubah contended that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Blofal Chamber never submitted a complaint to the Committee on Rules and Order, as prescribed in the Constitution of Liberia. Rule 48.4 of the House of Representatives states that the Speaker shall refer matter to the Committee to launch an investigation, after that investigation the Committee shall report and recommend a written document to the House with that the Speaker shall render its decision and such decision is final. According to him, the Committee didn't launch an investigation, which is their responsible to authenticate the truthfulness of the allegation nor submitted a report and recommendation to be examined by the House to render a final decision.

He furthered that he was denied his right to due process as provided by the Rules and Procedure that governs the House of Representatives. Rep. Kolubah also indicated that the House failed, refused and neglected to submit the matter to the Committee on Rules and Order for investigation in keeping with the House Rules and Procedure. According to him, he received a letter from the House under the signature of Chief Clerk Mildred N. Sayon, indicating that he is suspended by the Honorable House of Representatives for 30 days of meeting/session of the Honorable House beginning Tuesday, April 13, 2021 without salaries, allowances and immunities. The controversial lawmaker cited Article 20(a) of the Liberian Constitution as a legal backing for which he should not be suspended in the first place.
 
Article 20(a) states that: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in accordance with due process of law. Justice shall be done without sale, denial or delay; and in all cases not arising in courts not of record, under courts martial and upon impeachment, the parties shall have the right to trial by jury.” Rep. Kolubah prayed the nation’s highest court through Justice-In-Chambers Joseph Nagbe to issue the Writ appropriate to stop the illegal act of the House of Representatives. Based on the request, the Justice In-Chamber  has citied both parties for a conference on Thursday, April 22, 2021 by 3:00pm.

 

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