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Friday, July 19, 2024

LIBERIAN LAWMAKERS STAGE TRICYCLE PROTEST DEMANDING FINANCIAL ALLOTMENTS

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MONROVIA – A group of lawmakers at the Liberian House of Representatives has resorted to strike action, demanding the release of their financial allotments from the Executive Branch. Representatives Yekeh Kolubah, Jacob Debee, Sumo Mulbah, and Zinnah Norman made a bold statement today by arriving at the Capitol Building in separate tricycles, prominently displaying their car license plates on the vehicles.

The lawmakers expressed their frustration over the Executive Branch’s refusal to provide them with their rightful financial benefits. They vowed to continue using tricycles, locally known as “kekeh,” as their mode of transportation until their demands are met. This unconventional approach symbolizes their determination and solidarity in seeking justice for their colleagues.

Insiders report that the Executive Branch is deliberately withholding the lawmakers’ financial allotments as a means to exert pressure on the House of Representatives. It is speculated that their support for Speaker Jonathan Fonati Koffa has made them targets of President Boakai and his officials from the Unity Party (UP), who are allegedly pushing for the removal of the CDC lawmaker as speaker.

The lawmakers’ decision to take to the streets on tricycles has drawn attention not only within the political sphere but also among the general public. Their use of these humble vehicles, typically associated with transportation for the masses, sends a powerful message about their commitment to fighting for their rights and the interests of the Liberian people.

As this strike action unfolds, all eyes are on the Executive Branch to address the lawmakers’ concerns and fulfill their financial obligations. The ongoing standoff between the lawmakers and the Executive Branch raises questions about the state of democracy and the balance of power in Liberia.

Efforts to obtain a response from the Executive Branch, including the Information Minister, have so far been unsuccessful up to press time.

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