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Bong County District #4 Representative Lester Paye


Rep. Paye Calls For Unity In Lower House
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, September 6 (LINA) - Bong County District #4 Representative Lester Paye has called on members of the House of Representatives to put aside their differences and unite to perform their legislative functions.

Paye has also called on Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue, who is now acting presiding officer of the House, to demonstrate leadership by unifying members of the body who were involved in a leadership struggle that stagnated the functions of the Legislature.

The Bong County lawmaker’s statement comes in the wake of the recent announcement by House Speaker Alex Tyler recusing himself from presiding over the plenary due to pressure from over 39 House members calling on him to recuse himself.

The call by these lawmakers for Tyler to step aside was prompted by his recent indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on multiple criminal charges on the allegation that he along with some present and past officials of government received bribe in the tone of US$950,000 from Sable Mining, a UK based mining company, to alter a portion of the country’s public concession law to grant them access to the iron ore-rich Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County.

However, Paye in an interview with the Liberia News Agency on Monday, welcomed the move by Tyler and clarified that his stance on the leadership crisis was in line with the Constitution.

It can be recalled that prior to Tyler's recusal, Paye formed part of a minority group of representatives that contended that the request for Tyler to turn over the gavel of authority was illegal as it contravenes the House’s rules as well as the Constitution of Liberia.

Meanwhile, Paye has expressed his support to acting presiding officer Barchue, hoping that his leadership will ensure the timely passage of the 2016/2017 National Budget and other important legislations that have been dormant before the House.

He is also encouraging members of the Bong County Legislative Caucus to unite and pay serious attention to the completion of development projects in the county, and not allow the recent leadership conflict at the House to divide them.

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