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Article (1) of the Liberian Constitution says “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require. In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution, to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments.”

Given what is clearly stated in the organic law of the country, I am wondering whether Bomi District #2 has been fully represented in the closing year of the Ellen Presidency.

The reason is that since his dethronement as Speaker, Jenekai Alex Tyler who represents the District, has not returned to work to fully articulate the views of his constituents, but rather focused on exonerating himself from an indictment over alleged corruption that reportedly benefited himself.

On September 1, 2016, the former Speaker told the Liberian people and the world that you were recusing yourself as presiding officer of that august body following months of internal wrangling that reportedly strangulated the state as a result of your colleagues calling for your immediate removal because you were indicted for allegedly taking bribes from Sable Mining to change the concession laws.

Since then, he has been replaced with James Emmanuel Nuquay through election, but is yet to be seen in session, although he once wrote asking plenary for excuse to focus on your indictment case.

So, what happens to the constituents? Who is articulating their views in session? Is the former speaker proud receiving salary and benefits as lawmaker of the district? Answers needed.

Know Why The People Of Bomi District#2Elected You:

Lest he forget, Rep. Tyler needs to be reminded that he was elected by the people of district #2 overwhelmingly on two different occasions to represent, provide oversight and make laws that will benefit them.

His election as speaker of that august body was just an added advantage as he played his part as a leader for almost ten years. The position led him to where you are today.

Astonishingly, the very colleagues who elected him as speaker removed him also and it is high time he focused on his district rather than abandoning the job the people elected you to do.

House’s Rules:

RULE 21.1 of the House of Representatives clearly states that No House member shall stay away from sessions without the expressed approval of the House for a period of more than two weeks; for a period less than two weeks, permission may be sought from the Speaker. Violators shall be penalized in a manner deemed appropriate by the leadership of the House in consultation with plenary.

This is a great concern because since September 1, 2016 when you address the Liberian people that you were recusing yourself as presiding officer, you have never attended any session.

“Therefore, if my recusal is the ultimate sacrifice that will move our country forward and end this current quagmire, I am herewith recusing myself from presiding over the plenary of the House of Representatives so that the business of the Liberian people can be fully addressed,” Tyler.

Responsibility Of The Elected:
In a democracy, when citizens converge to exercise their political franchise by casting their ballots to elect a leader, they are expressly upholding the tenets of democracy which is a free choice. However, that does mean that democracy ends there; it starts from there.

In this instance, the leader must then abide by the Constitution and laws of the land he/she swore to defend, protect and uphold. Any attempt to do otherwise, would be detrimental to the state and people. Why should we violate such sacred instrument?

The state of our unity may be fragmented, but our new democracy has proven to withstand shocks that could have resulted in crisis, perhaps under previous governments... credit goes to the Liberian people who fought for many generations to reach this stage.

Moreover, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf also takes credit for patiently nurturing the nascent social order”.

The Public Perceptions:

Since the inception of the 53rd legislature, public sentiments against members of the House remain to be negative because some members of the public have not understood the workings of the Legislature or are deliberately involved with these negative perceptions for political reasons.

Ordinary Liberians believe the need of the Republic of Liberia is the first priority of their elected officials.

Tyler’s Intention:

It’s unbelievable to imagine that former Speaker Tyler had actually forgotten about attending session despite representing a district that needs a vocal and ever-potent lawmaker in order to taste development.

It is insinuated that the vast majority of the Liberian people and perhaps the people of his district will not progress further in your political career. No electorate will want a man who puts himself above others when the intentions of an elected official must be to serve the community he/she represents.

The direction of LEGISLATIVE ARROW is meant to analyze the sincerity attached to the speaker of the first branch of government. Every Liberian no matter his/her status must at all times muster the greatest courage to shun corruption in all forms and manners. Furthermore, when it has to do with the greater good of the Liberian people and their country.

No mater our political affiliation, status or affluence, no Liberian should stand in the way of transparent justice in Liberia. Legislative Arrow is pleased to appeal the former Speaker to come to session and do the work he was elected to do.

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