Two ruling party Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmakers are in serious war of words over the provision of vehicles and allotments for their legislative projects in their various districts that have not yet been received.
Newly elected Sinoe County Representative Nagbe Sloh accuses House Speaker Bhofal Chambers of electing the funds allotted for vehicles and legislative projects.But Montserrado County District# 8 Representative Acarous Gray says his colleague is proceeding wrongly because of his refusal to learn.
Appearing on a local talk show Wednesday, 16 January in Monrovia, Rep. Sloh indicated that since Speaker Chambers’ ascendancy to the third highest position in the country, the Speaker has allegedly brought over three vehicles for his comfort while leaving members of the House Representatives have no vehicles to tour their various districts.
“Since Speaker Bhofal Chambers became Speaker of the 54th Legislature, he has brought more than three cars for himself. He drives one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening while we [are] left with no answer to give to our people that elected us about their project,” Rep. Sloh narrates.But Rep. Gray rejects the claim in defense of Speaker Chambers, saying the Speaker didn’t buy the three cars as claimed.
“It’s a normal process that new Speaker also inherits the vehicle from his predecessor and upon the president taking office, the president brought cars for the former president and vice president including the speaker and others,” Gray explains.He says official vehicles were given to members of the 54th Legislatures, which saw the Speaker’s vehicles increased three.
But Rep. Sloh continues that before the 54th Legislature could take its annual recess, it was concluded among members of the House that the government was broke and could not give both cars and the US$39,000 for legislative project.
According to him, majority members took the car instead. But he says since than, they are yet to receive any of the two.
The two CDC lawmakers were bitter with each other while in studio, and they also received lashes from many callers that phoned in to the program to express their views.
Among the callers, Thomas phoned in from Gbarpolu County, noting that “it’s a shame on you lawmakers to be on air fighting over money while the people that elected you are less taking care of.”
This week, some members of the House of Representatives including Rep. Sloh vowed not to attend sessions until their concerns can be addressed by the House of Representatives.
By Ben P. Wesee–Edited by Winston W. Parley