The head of a local civil society group, Liberians in Defense of Democracy, Alexander Mantee Pewu has admonished members of the House of Representatives who are against the leadership of Speaker Alex Tyler to return to the Capitol Building and seek the removal of the Speaker, and not self-impose sanctions.
Mr. Pewu told members of the anti-Tyler to return to the Capitol Building and provide reasons why Tyler should not preside over session instead of perambulating on radio stations giving reasons for their action. Recently, several lawmakers including Representative Edwin Snowe and others said they were seeking support from their colleagues to remove House Speaker Tyler for acts incompatible with his status as presiding officer of that august body which they said brought the honorable house into public ridicule. Speaking to journalists at a local restaurant in Monrovia on Friday, Mr. Pewu said the Capitol Building is the battle ground, and not radio stations. He intimated that while it is true that his organization does not support any Liberian that has been indicted by court on criminal charges, they do not support anyone who intends to undermine the Government or the laws of the country. Mr. Pewu noted that the anti-Tyler group may have some genuine reasons in their arguments but the platform being used is inappropriate. Hence, he wants them to return on the floor and discuss the issue. He described the perpetual absence of anti-Tyler group from session as a “total disregard to the Liberian people” adding that such action is offensive. The LDD Executive Director noted that people cannot be staying away from jobs and at the same time receiving salaries from Government. He also describe it as “receiving money under false pretense” which is a violation of the law. He averred that while the Liberian people are not supporting Alex Tyler and others for the act allegedly committed by them, equally so all lawmakers irrespective of diverse views are under obligation to do the Liberian people business. Mr. Pewu said it will be in the interest of the state and its people for the group to put their issues on the floor for further deliberations rather than taking the radio stations denigrating their colleagues.