Monrovia– The out-going Speaker of 52nd Liberian Legislature, Alexander Tyler is being accused of theft of property. According to information from within the Procurement
Department of the Liberian Legislature, Speaker Tyler, shortly after he was elected Speaker, took furnitures including over 75 VIP chairs belonging to the Legislature under the disguise that he was hosting a personal program and needed to borrow them for the occasion, promising he would return them after the program.
Our sources who claim anonymity, said the Procurement Department of the Legislature contacted the Speaker several weeks later after the department realized 75 VIP chairs were not returned as the Speaker promised but he brushed off the department.
Few months after the Liberian Speaker brushed off the procurement department , the department again approached him, emphasizing they were by law under statutory obligation to account for all properties of the Liberian government in use at the Capitol (Legislature) and will have to give account of the whereabouts of the 75 chairs in his possession but was again dismissed by the Speaker who became agitated by the constant pressure from the department, citing them to a meeting hammering them as to why they kept bothering about the chairs.
The procurement Department, having been threatened by the Speaker, reluctantly informed the Speaker that he signed a documentation that he took the 75 VIP chairs and that the department is not responsible for what happens to the chairs but the Speaker to exonerate the department and employees when audited by the General Service Agency, the national procurement entity of the Liberian government.
Speaker Tyler, according to sources of the procurement department of the Legislature has not returned the 75 chairs about four years going and is believed the Speaker has taken the chairs for his personal possession which is “theft of property”.
The out-going Speaker of the 52nd Liberian Legislature is seeking re-election as Speaker of the incoming 53rd Legislature whose election is scheduled for January 9, 2012 and is being backed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who was re-elected to a second term in a controversial election which she ran unopposed after the opposition boycotted the election.
Speaker Alexander Tyler is facing strong resistance for the speakership of the 53rd Legislature, incoming lawmakers vowed not to re-elect him because he and President Sirleaf come from the same county. Re-electing Speaker Tyler, the lawmakers believed ” would be giving too much power to one geographical subdivision of the country which will have an adverse effect on the independence and integrity of the Legislature just as the out-going 52nd Legislature which is nicknamed as “cold water lawmakers” for accusation of cultural bribery by the executive”.