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Friday, June 14, 2024

TENSIONS FLARE: KOLUBAH’S OUTBURST EXPOSES ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION WITHIN LIBERIAN LEGISLATURE AND EXECUTIVE

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MONROVIA – In a dramatic turn of events at the Capitol Building today, Hon. Yekeh Y. Kolubah, known for his outspoken nature, caused quite a stir as he was initially barred from entering the House Chamber by the Sergeant at Arms. The Montserrado County District #10 Representative, undeterred by the obstruction, later engaged in a heated exchange with legislative reporters, shedding light on the inner workings and tensions within Liberia’s political landscape.

The altercation stemmed from Kolubah’s allegations against fellow Representative Thomas Fallah, whom he accused of engaging in corrupt practices. Kolubah’s frustration was palpable as he expressed his dismay over what he perceived as underhanded dealings within the legislature. “That’s what they decide from the navy inside there,” Kolubah exclaimed, emphasizing his belief that certain individuals were manipulating proceedings for personal gain.

Central to Kolubah’s impassioned remarks was his assertion that lawmakers should prioritize the interests of the Liberian people above all else. He vehemently opposed any notion of aligning with figures such as Amin Modad and Joseph Boakai, whom he believed did not have the nation’s best interests at heart. “We were elected by the people. We are here to talk for the people,” Kolubah proclaimed, underscoring his commitment to representing the constituents who placed their trust in him.

Kolubah’s accusations extended beyond his fellow legislators, as he also called into question the integrity of certain members of the Executive branch. He singled out Commerce Minister Amin Modad of informing the Minister of State Hon. Sylvester M. Grigsby, alleging that some lawmakers were soliciting bribes—a practice he vehemently condemned as a betrayal of public trust.

Amidst the chaos, Kolubah reiterated his dedication to his role as a Representative of the people. “My job is not to build roads. My job is not to build houses. My job is to put in the budget and ensure that the Executive enforce what we put in the budget,” he declared, emphasizing his duty to hold the government accountable for its actions.

Prior to the commotion, Kolubah had expressed optimism about returning to office and continuing his advocacy for the Liberian people. However, his confrontational approach and unyielding stance against perceived corruption have undoubtedly added fuel to the already simmering tensions between the Legislature and the Executive.

As Kolubah’s impassioned outburst reverberates through the halls of the Capitol Building, it serves as a stark reminder of the challenges facing Liberia’s political establishment. Whether his actions will lead to meaningful change or further exacerbate existing divisions remains to be seen. One thing, however, is certain—Hon. Yekeh Y. Kolubah is not one to back down from a fight for what he believes is right.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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