Montserrado County District #1 Representative Josephine Francis says the refusal of House Speaker Alex Tyler to recuse himself from presiding over session is impeding legislative works at the House of Representatives.
Representative Francis claims that Speaker Tyler has ignored calls from his fellow lawmakers not to preside over session which is resulting into many Representatives abandoning sessions to do the people’s job for which they were elected. The Montserrado lawmaker made the statement over a local radio station in Monrovia on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. She said it is prudent for Tyler to step aside so that he can pay more attention to his corruption case levied against him by the Government of Liberia. The tough-talking Montserrado County lawmaker said while it is true that there were no law on the books to coerce the Speaker to stop presiding when accused of violating the laws of Liberia, it was also expedient for him to be focused on his alleged bribery case. Representative Francis urged Speaker Tyler to step aside in the interest of the Liberian people, and to enable his fellow lawmakers to return to session and do the Liberian people’s work. Speaker Alex Tyler, along with Senator Varney Sherman and others were indicted by the Government of Liberia in May this year through the Ministry of Justice after being accused by Global Witness of allegedly receiving bribes from Sable Mining, a British mining company.