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Sando Johnson cries over spill milk

Senator Sando Johnson, the loud mouth Senator of Bomi County has been crying around of late-not only has he just been crying but has extended his cries over spilled milk, something he’s noted for.

Sando Johnson

This time, Sen. Johnson says he believe to some extent that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf mastered minded the removal of House Speaker Alex Tyler by a two thirds of his colleagues simply because she allegedly told the Bomi County caucus, a county of her origin that she could not work with the indicted former speaker .

Tyler faces criminal charges at Criminal Court “C” in connection with a Global Witness report, which alleges that several government officials both past and present including Senator Varney Sherman, a former chairman of the ruling party received nearly 1 million in bribe money to alter a mining law in favor of a British mining firm-Sable Mining. Tyler has since denied the charges.

“… I will want to agree to some extent because based on the conversation we had with the President, if she can come up and say I don’t want this man and the man is gone or the man is removed, what you think … who you think is behind that?” Sen. Johnson told a host at a local F.M station Thursday September 29.

The President is yet to make any official comment surrounding the removal of the Third – in – Command from his Speaker post by a two – thirds majority colleague in the House of Representatives.

President Sirleaf declined to comment on Tyler’s removal upon arrival from the United States on Wednesday telling journalists that she could not comment on matters that she did not have much information on.

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Tyler a Rep. from Bomi County was removed as House Speaker weeks after he succumbed to recused himself from presiding over session amidst intensepolitical turmoil at the Lower House triggered by a split among his colleagues over a request that he recused himself to face criminal charges against him.

But Sen. Johnson claimed that the removal of former Speaker Tyler was just the beginning of “bringing down of our (Bomi) leaders.” Sen. Johnson who also calls himself the spokesman for the family of jailed ex-President Charles Taylor said he did not trust Global Witness report because it is not credible on grounds that it did not prove allegations made agains timprisoned ex-president Charles Taylor.

While declining to name a particular person, Sen. Johnson alleged that some people were trying “to witch -hunt” the people of Bomi, claiming that today is Mr. Tyler and it could be him tomorrow or Grand CapeMount County Sen. Cllr. Varney G. Sherman who faces the same criminal charges as Tyler.

Sen. Johnson says he has been told that some members of the House of Representatives are going to court to hear what the Supreme Court will say regarding Mr. Tyler’s removal by majority of his colleagues.

Previous Supreme Court hearings and intervention by Liberia’s Tradition Council did not settle the political crisis among there presentatives as Rep. Tyler failed to break a so-called majority block

led by his former Deputy HansBarchue until he was finally kicked outon Tuesday, 27 September. Sen. Johnson has however, expressed dissatisfaction arguing that he does not think that Rep. Tyler was treated fairly. He claimed that there was a newspaper publication suggesting that instead of 49 representatives voting to remove Mr. Tyler as Speaker, there were 40 representatives, which suggests to him that the two – thirds majority was not obtained for his removal.

He claimed that the situation at the Lower House had gone to a point where “the people had infiltrated the Senate” and the Senate got divided, though he declined to name the people that allegedly infiltrated the Senate.

By Winston W. Parley-Editing by Othello B. Garblah

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