The Representative of Nimba County electoral district number eight, Larry Younquoi has rubbished threats of suspension from his colleague Representative George Mulbah of Bong County.
The Bong County lawmaker Thursday called on plenary to suspend his colleague calling for his suspension by the plenary for accusing members of the anti-Tyler bloc for violation.
Appearing on a local radio station Wednesday along with Representative Younquoi to discuss ensuing rigmaroles at the House of Representatives, the Bong County lawmaker alleged that his colleague has accused members of the anti-Tyler bloc for violating the house’s standing rules and procedures by establishing a committee outside of the legal statutory committee to discuss the budget.
When asked on Thursday regarding the threat of suspension, Representative Younquoi termed the threat as a mere ‘big joke’ ‘It is a big joke. I flogged him on the radio and when we came in session I still flogged him. These funny jokes that people make around here are things that can worry our people. To get me suspended you need the numbers and it is by process. Anything I say on the floor is privileged and if my people feel offended they will investigate me and I will defend myself,” he said in defense.
According to him, he was elected to do the work of the Liberian people and as such, he is not deterred by any threats whatever. He has been one of the devotees of ‘embattled’ House Speaker who rescues himself last Thursday as presiding officer of the House of Representatives.
Since the recusal of the speaker, his loyalists including Representative Younquoi have joined the ‘majority bloc’ at the joint chambers of the National Legislature for the extraordinary session.
“I am not comfortable because it is not the place we supposed to be. But we agreed to join them. Even if they say we should go outside and do our work, we will go there because if I don’t go there, district number eight people will not be heard,” he said.
The Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) lawmaker lauded Speaker Alex Tyler for the bold step by recusing and that shows that he was not the problem. “I felt good when the speaker said he was going to recues himself because we have been saying recusal is voluntary. It was a relief for many Liberians,” he added.
He frowned at Representative George Sylvester Mulbah that he should not be defending the majority bloc because he was one of those that misled Tyler’s supporters which landed them at the Supreme Court.
“I told him he was not the best person to defend this bloc because he was with us and he misled us to take a decision that landed us at the Supreme Court,” he alleged.
Representative Younquoi has since vowed to seek redress if the decision to allow the Prince Moye-led committee to discuss the budget is not reversed. “We will not allow individuals to blatantly violate the budget laws of the country and go with impunity,” he concluded.
By Reuben Sei Waylaun