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Some members of the House of Representatives say House Speaker Bhofal Chambers has used his office to paint a controversial picture of defiance and non-cooperation of the 54th Liberian Legislature against ongoing investigation into alleged missing $16 billion Liberian Dollars.

U.S. investigative experts from USAID are here to help Liberia probe claims of missing $15.5 billion Liberian Dollars, but Speaker Chambers insisted last Thursday that the Legislature cannot be invited by any institution for questioning.

But he comes under serious attack from a group of seven lawmakers for his recent statement, with claims that he is putting on a grossly controversial defiant posture for saying he not avail the Legislature to an ongoing investigation.

Growing opposition to Speaker Chambers’ comment has pushed the Legislature to make clarity on Friday, 19 October that Chambers will not shield anyone involved in the scandal, but he would require that the proper authority be written for any lawmaker or document that is needed.

Reading a statement on behalf of the seven representatives on Saturday, 20 October in Monrovia, River Gee County Rep. Francis Dopoh said Speaker Chambers used the platform of the Speaker’s Office to launch a stinking attack on former officials of government.

According to Rep. Dopoh, Speaker Chambers paints a controversial picture of defiance and non-cooperation of the 54th Liberian Legislature regarding the ongoing investigation on the alleged missing money issue.The seven lawmakers, mostly from the former ruling Unity Party (UP) point out that the integrity of the 54th Liberian Legislature matters.

They include Francis Dopoh (River Gee, District 3); Thomas Goshua, (Grand Bassa District 5); Dowoin T. Gleekia, (Nimba District 6); Richard N. Koon, (Montserrado District 11); Hanson S. Kiazolu, (Montserrado District 17); and Yekeh Y. Kolubah, (Montserrado District 10).

Speaker Bhofal Chambers announced on Thursday, 18 October that the House of Representatives will never allow itself to be ‘invited’ to an investigation from any institution including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

But Rep. Dopoh says this unilateral and personalized comment emanating from the Speaker is a lone statement and position that does not represent the condensed decision of the House’s plenary and the leadership of the House.

“As members of the 54th National Legislature, we welcome the investigation on the current 16-billion Liberian dollars, and remain cooperative to ensuring a logical conclusion in the interest of the Liberian people,” Rep. Dopoh announces.

According to them, any or all members of the Legislature who for any reason are to be subject of investigation should comply to the extent provided for in the law, and in the interest of the Liberian people.

They warn Speaker Chambers to refrain from the use of the House’s platform in launching his attack on former officials of government. The group note that doing so will sway the debate in a non-productive manner to the detriment of the Liberian people.

-Lawmakers describe Speaker Chambers
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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