Some members of the defunct 53rd National Legislature have threatened to have a joint Executive Session in the chambers of the House of Representatives with members of the 54th Legislature if nothing is done to address their salaries delay.
In a communication addressed to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers and read during the body’s Tuesday sitting, the aggrieved former lawmakers said, the Government of Liberia still owes them a ‘legitimate’ salaries and benefits and is yet to address their concern.
The former lawmakers claimed that payment of their salaries and arrears have long been overdue, a situation which they said, is making them impatient.
They expressed their disappointment with the current leadership of the House for failing to support their request, stating that, the leadership of the 54th National Legislature has since adopted a cold shoulder approach in addressing their concerns.
“As former national leaders, we think the attitude of belittling and demeaning those who served the country, is unacceptable and ignoble. Indeed, we should all be reminded that one day each of us, whether current or future national leaders will eventually become former. Hence, it is important to note that town trap has never been restricted to rat alone,” the aggrieved former lawmakers stated in their letter.
Signed by former Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Numene T.H. Bartekwa (Chairman) and former Montserrado County District # 12 Representative, Richmond Anderson (Secretary), the letter of the aggrieved former lawmakers called on the leadership of the House to probe their matter immediately or risked peaceful protest action from them (aggrieved former lawmakers).
“As a consequence of our growing impatience with the unwarranted protracted delays, we have resolved that if nothing is done by June 15, 2018, we will stage a humble collective appearance in an Executive Session of the plenary of the 54th on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, in order to accentuate the urgency of our concerns,” the aggrieved lawmakers exclaimed through their letter.
Meanwhile, following the reading of the aggrieved former lawmaker’s communication by the House Chief Clerk, Mildred Siryon, the body’s unanimously agreed that their former colleague’s issue be handled by the Leadership of the House of Representatives.