As members of the 54th House of Representatives return from their Easter break on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Representative Acarous Gray of Montserrado County Electoral District Number Eight has justified his decision to file a motion of reconsideration towards the suspension of Representative Yekeh Kolubah.
On Thursday, March 25, 2021, the Plenary of the House of Representatives unanimously voted to suspend Representative Kolubah of Montserrado County Electoral District #10 for 30 sitting days (equivalent to almost four months) without pay for “his constant habit of raining insults at President George Weah” following a complaint filed by Representative Thomas Fallah.
Representative Gray, when appearing on a local radio outlet, stated that he made the motion for reconsideration as a means of preventing opposition lawmakers, especially those from the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), from doing similarly.
The Montserrado County lawmaker, who hails from the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), argued that Representative Kolubah’s constant action of using invectives against President Weah has persistently brought the House and the entire Legislature into public disrepute. For this, he has vowed not to write any communication to reconsider Plenary’s action to suspend Representative Kolubah, who was elected as an Independent but now a member of the CPP.
Gray also frowned at Representative Kolubah for consistently raining insults on the seats of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The CDC lawmaker added that those who believed that Representative Kolubah should not have been suspended needed to file a motion to reconsideration and had not less than 48 to 72 hours to write and justify why he should not be suspended.
Gray disclosed that Representatives not in support of the suspended CPP lawmaker could have used their Easter break to lobby with other colleagues to reverse Plenary’s decision in favor of a lessor penalty.
But labelling himself as a veteran lawmaker, Gray said, upon being recognized, he filed the motion to reconsider the decision in order to place the fate of Representative Kolubah into his (Gray’s) hands to decide whether or not within 48 or 72 hours to write a communication upon their return.
Gray declared: “If I don’t write a communication to justify why he shouldn’t be suspended, the suspension holds. Will I write that communication? Let me put it on the record that I am not going to write because I believe he must be punished, and the suspension will hold.”
Meanwhile, Gray then rubbished claims that Representative Kolubah’s suspension is a form of witch hunt for being a vocal critic of the President of Liberia.
However, reacting to Representative Gray, the suspended Representative Kolubah made it clear that as far as he was concerned, he has not been suspended.
Kolubah alleged that he was yet to receive a communication officially regarding Plenary’s action against him.
The controversial lawmaker then pointed out that he awaits to see if the motion is tested and what happens on the fateful Tuesday, April 13, 2021 when the Lower House resumes Session.
“We will start from there. I will love and appreciate if I am being suspended. I am not going to delve into this issue further,” Kolubah concluded.