Sinoe County District #2 Rep. Jay Nagbe Sloh has rejected all assignments on statutory committees given him at the House of Representatives, in protest against Speaker Bhofal Chambers alleged dictatorial rule of the House of Representatives.
Rep. Sloh is a member of a newly formed Independent Legislative Bloc that has been pressuring Speaker Chambers and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) – led government to respect others’ views, even if they differed with the ruling establishment.
A number of lawmakers that are part of this legislative bloc continue to complain on a daily basis that their communications to the House of Representatives are often allegedly downplayed by Speaker Chambers, particularly when they seek to have officials of the executive branch address lawmakers on issues of national concern.
In a communication addressed to Speaker Chambers on 22 March, Rep. Sloh notes that he declines all of the five appointments he had on statutory committees at the House because of … the Speaker’s leadership style (dictatorship and autocracy).
Rep. Sloh claims that Speaker Chambers’ dictatorship and autocratic leadership will not permit him (Sloh) to be effective.
He notes that in the 54 years that God has spared his life so far, he has never accepted to work under dictatorship and autocracy.
Rep. Sloh was appointed on various committees including Chairman on Information, Broadcasting, Cultural Affairs and Tourism; Human and Civil Rights; Committee on Resettlement, Repatriation, Repatriation, Relief and Adjustment; Peace, Religious and National Reconciliation and the Delegation to the African Caribbean Pacific-European.
On Thursday 21 March, the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives Mildred N. Sayon, read to Plenary the Speaker’s final listing of the leadership, Statutory and Standing Committees of the 54th Legislature
of the Republic of Liberia.
According to Rep. Sloh, his people elected him to represent their interest in the House, and he pledges to do so.
He adds that his people did not send him to wear nominal titles.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley