Power Struggle in the House Is Totally Unconstitutional, Even Treasonable!

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first_imgIt seems that neither Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and his rebellious cohorts in the House of Representatives nor the Executive branch of government seem to care that due to the impasse in the House the very government of Liberia has become paralyzed.This paralysis, which renders the GOL incapable of doing anything, is due to the fact that GOL has no money to operate or pay anyone anything because of the stifled budget hearings. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee cannot meet to discuss and approve the National Budget 2016/2017 because the Committee is divided.Part of the Committee is headed by the rebel Deputy Speaker, Hans Barchue, while the majority of the membership is headed by House Speaker Alex Tyler, who is supported by the majority of Committee members.The question of who is to blame almost seems irrelevant given the fact that the entire GOL is paralyzed because of the budget hearing impasse and there is no money to run the government, to take care of our national security—the Army, the Police or the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization—or even to run our health services and care for the nation’s sick and dying. This is far more serious than anything else.But what does that matter to the rebel Deputy Speaker, who is so interested in the Speaker’s job that he and his cohorts are prepared to defy the Liberian Constitution to accomplish their aims? The Constitution states that in order to remove the Speaker for any reason there must be a two-thirds majority voting in chambers. The faction headed by the Deputy Speaker and his cohorts has refused to submit to the gavel of the Speaker in order to try this vote; but has rather decided to hold their own session in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature, whose door they first broke down in order to enter. As we said in an earlier Editorial, that was an assault to the Upper Chamber, the Liberian Senate, which jointly shares the Chamber with the House.We call on all who read this Editorial also to read Counselor Tiawan Gongloe’s Op-ed Piece in today’s edition. All must read it, including the Deputy Speaker and his rebellious cohorts. They need to read it to realize that what they are doing is unconstitutional and therefore TREASONABLE. This warning alone should immediately end this stalemate in the House and return to the status quo ante, which means that until he is removed by a two-thirds majority vote, Speaker Alex Tyler is the only constitutional presiding officer in the House of Representatives. No one else! It is most unfortunate that the Executive branch of the government has decided to do business with the rebel faction, which is also a clear violation of the Constitution. Stop playing with fire, we once again caution the Executive. Clearly, the entire government is in crisis. You are talking about the Legislature itself, meaning the Senate and the House, as well as the Executive which, because of its dangerously unconstitutional interference in Legislative matters—more specifically its internal feud, is now embroiled in the self-made budgetary crisis.Alas, even the Judiciary, too, the third branch of government, is also involved because the matter was brought before it by the Speaker seeking protection but the High Court failed to deal forthrightly with it. Why did the Court not take a decisive action to help the first branch in its internal feud? After all, the High Court is the interpreter of the law of the land and it is clear to most people that Deputy Speaker’s faction was—indeed is—in contravention of the law by splitting the House into two instead of following the Constitution and pursuing a two-thirds vote in the House to remove the Speaker for alleged wrongdoing. Alas! the Executive, by its own overweening intervention in matters beyond its constitutional scope, has itself contributed to the legislative crisis that has resulted in this viciously stalled budget hearing process, by which the very Executive has become very seriously embarrassed—and so has the country, the people and even their security. Deputy Speaker Barchue, end your rebellion—you and your cohorts and return to plenary—the one House plenary provided in the Constitution. That is the only way forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgMonths after contact awardedThe continuation of the paved road from the airstrip junction to the North West Secondary School area in Region One (Barima-Waini) is at a standstill and according to Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley, no effort is being made to commence works on the project.Ashley, in an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, said that to date the contractor who was awarded the contract in 2018 is yet to turn up at the site to begin preliminary works.“Up to now, the contractor has not turned up not even to show that they are mobilising to get the work done. Things like that are incomplete in this region. This was a Ministry of Infrastructure project that was awarded since last year.”In addition, other projects, Ashley said, which should have already commenced for 2019, are yet to begin.The sum of $3.4 billion was approved for the Region One Regional Administration during budgetary allocations in December 2018.Ashley posited that three months have passed since the budgetary year began and the region is only now in the process of advertising for the capital projects.“It is in the third month and the region is yet to… it was expected that these projects would have been awarded at least by the 2nd week to the 3rd week of January. They should have started advertising so that by now the contractors would have been able to at least be awarded the contracts for what they are for so that work could have started,” he told this publication.He also stated that at the end of this year, if the monies from 2018’s budgetary allocation have not been utilised then they would be returned to the national treasury and many of these projects would have to be “rolled over” to 2020.“Some of these projects are for the construction of health facilities, enclosure of buildings, gridding and shaping of roads, rehabilitation to health and education facilities, purchasing of vehicles and ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) etc.”On December 12, last year, under the education capital programme for 2019, the sum of $151.200 million was approved for rehabilitative work to the Port Kaituma Primary and Secondary Schools and extension of White-Water Nursery School. The sum also catered for the construction of sanitary blocks at Waramuri, Port Kaituma and St John’s Primary Schools and the construction and enclosure of living quarters at Unity Square and Manawarin. Some $21.9 million was to be spent on school furniture and equipment Including equipment for smart classrooms, desks, benches, cupboards, tables, chairs, racks, fire extinguishers, musical and sports equipment at several schools in the region.$15.7 million was also allocated for transportation. The money caters for boats and outboard engines at Moruca, Barama, Pawaikuru, and St Nicholas, Waramuri and Santa Cruz Primary and Santa Rosa Secondary Schools among others.In the area of health, $101.1 million was allocated for the completion of an X-ray room at Pakera District Hospital and staff quarters at Mabaruma; construction of a maternity waiting home at Santa Rosa, health training complex at Mabaruma; health post at Parakese and incinerator at Kwabanna; enclosure of living quarters and upgrading of the central duct system at Mabaruma Regional Hospital and provisions for hot water baths. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more