Just exactly two weeks after this entity published a story that the Deputy Speaker of the Liberia National Legislature, Representative Tokpah Mulbah was accused by a potential candidate seeking to oust him out as Representative of the 5th District in Bong County of offering $US30,000.00 to bribe him from contesting the election in 2011, when contacted to confirm the allegation levied against him, Hon Mulbah said he could never do such a thing because he knew it was against the law.
Well, if Deputy Speaker Mulbah knew that offering a bribe to a potential candidate seeking to oust him out from his seat to bribe him out of the race was against the law and he could not do such a thing as he asserted, it is a twist to see a lawmaker who professed to believe in the rule of law interfere with the enforcement of the law and ordering and taking part in assaulting a law enforcement officer subsequently leading to that officer hanging to his life now in critical condition at the J F K Hospital.
Lexington Beh, according to details available met his unfortunate ordeal in the hands of Deputy Speaker for only doing his duty as a law enforcement officer-enforcing the law he was employed to enforce by arresting a truck belonging to the Deputy Speaker at Zone 8 Police Check Point in Paynesville on the ELWA-Robertsfield Highway which was in violation of the law. The Deputy Speaker believes by his portfolio, he can live above the law and his truck should roam the streets of Liberia in violation of the law threatening public safety.
The Deputy Speaker’s action to interfere with law enforcement by ordering Patrolman Beh via phone after been contacted by his driver to release his truck though it was in violation of the law and his appearance on the scene with thugs to enforce his order is abuse of his power, disregard for the rule of law, assault on a police officer, and for the near death condition the patrolman is now in adds up the Deputy Speaker’s action to attempted murder.
Contrary to violating the rule of law and an attempted murder against a police officer and a Liberian citizen, the Deputy Speaker and unfortunately some misguided Liberians and partisans from his party, the Congress for Democratic Change, (CDC), the leading opposition party in the country are falsely hiding behind the veil of the very rule of law the Deputy Speaker abused, invoking immunity clause lawmakers enjoy from arrest and prosecution for their actions, works, thoughts and believes in the execution of their duty as lawmakers.
Unfortunately, there is no clause in the constitution and laws of Liberia which guarantees protection of a lawmaker, public official including the President or citizens from prosecution if they choose to breach the peace, commit felony, or treason. The Deputy Speaker’s action was no way in concurrence with conducting a legislative business for which he can not be pursued for his actions, believes, or perception but he has chosen to violate the oath of his office though he swore to defend and protect the constitution and laws of Liberia. Hon. Mulbah bluntly and consciously chose to undermine the rule of law by taking the law into his own hands unleashing lawlessness and committing felony and breaching the peace. These actions on the part of the Deputy Speaker are tantamount to impeachment and more importantly, Hon Mulbah can not continue to remain Deputy Speaker of the noble Legislature after he consciously committed felony and attempted murder.
The disappointing tale to go down in memory is the irresponsible and reckless manner in which the Deputy Secretary General of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC Acarous Gray handled the debacle of the Liberia National Police attempted arrest of Deputy Speaker Mulbah over the weekend by camping arround his residence when he refused to submit to arrest, invoking legislative immunity. The CDC Deputy Secretary General didn’t demonstrate leadership and wisdom but allowed party allegiance and politics to take precedence over the rule of law, life and safety of Patrolman Beh all because Hon. Mulbah is from the CDC. No matter what the circumstances were surrounding the incidence with Hon. Mulbah and patrolman Beh, Mr. Gray should had allowed the rule of law to take its course first before publicly embarrassing his party by using the radio station owned by his party presidential aspirant, Ambassador George Weah to direct partisans of the CDC to amass at the residence of Deputy Speaker Mulbah where police were encamped to enforce the law failing to calculate the inherent danger his action could pose at the already arid and complicated situation and the collective security and peace of the country not to mention the very safety of his partisans who he called on to move on the grounds of Hon Mulbah’s residence.
The CDC Deputy Secretary General’s action begs the reasoning as to whether he was in fact in concert with his party’s core belief as an institution which stands for the common people they articulate from time to time as patrolman Beh is just a common man doing his job and if at all he went wrong as an institution which professes to adhere to the rule of law, they should had allowed the very rule of law they profess to believe in to take its course and not to further insinuate and complicate the tensed and fragile situation. Unfortunately it took 72 hours for the party to figure out a responsible reaction to counter Gray’s actions to do damage control after the Deputy Secretary General had already drove the party into the ditch.
This cultural impulse of disconnects, mix messages, and uncoordinated reactions when the CDC reacts to serious issues and scandals brings in focus the puzzle “who is in charge at the CDC?” Is every official a lord unto himself and can independently without consultation, coordination, and input of the party as an institution act or direct events in the party and when the damage is already done before the party as an institution scrambles to maneuver it from the pigeon hole?
Hon Mulbah is not above the law and can’t invoke legislative immunity because his action is criminal and promotes lawlessness, acts which do not enjoy legislative and constitutional immunity. Hon Mulbah has lost the credibility to lead as Deputy Speaker as such, he must submit his resignation or the House must impeach him swiftly.
The new Liberia we envisage is a country where the power that be is not drunk with power as drunken sailors and abuse their power by injuring any citizen, group, or foreign nationals within our borders. It is a country where no one lives above the law including the President and public officials but on the contrary, if anyone chooses to violate the law, he or she and must face the full weight of the law. And Representative Tokpah Mulbah is no exception, he must face the full weight of his actions and that begins immediately by tendering his resignation as Deputy Speaker and if he can not save himself the self-pride by quietly handing in his resignation, that honorable body must impeach him swiftly to save the country the embarrassment.