The House of Representatives has rejected an appeal for reconsideration from the suspended Sergeant-At-Arm of the House Brigadier General Martin T. Johnson.
Gen. Johnson was suspended on September 1, for two months without pay by Plenary and subsequently mandated to turn over all government properties in his possession, including vehicle for alleged gross insubordination.
But in a communication addressed to Deputy Speaker and Presiding Officer Hans Barchue dated September 5, 2016, he appealed to the august body to please reconsider its decision and drop his suspension.
“In view of the aforementioned, I would like to use this medium to officially extend my sincere apology to Plenary for the misleading information you got concerning me during the internal crisis within the Honorable House of Representatives that led to my suspension by this August Body. Against this backdrop, sir, I am kindly appealing to this Honorable Body that you please reconsider your decision and drop the suspension”, the Sergeant-At-Arm pleaded
On August 11, 2016 the majority members of the House of Representatives headed by Deputy Speaker and Presiding Officer Hans Barchue suspended the Sergeant-At-Arm of the House of Representatives for gross insubordination.
But Gen. Johnson acknowledged receipt on September 1, 2016 a communication under the signature of Representative Jeh Byron Brown, Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration, reprimanding him upon directive of Plenary for gross insubordination to the August Body, which includes two months suspension without pay, benefits and subsequent turning over of all Government of Liberia properties in his possession.
Gen. Johnson’s letter was read in Tuesday’s session presided by Deputy Speaker Barchue with 56 lawmakers present. Subsequently, the Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration, Representative Brown made a motion to reject the communication and Bong County Representative George Mulbah seconded.
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