A bill seeking the impeachment of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf at the House of Representatives has been seized by House Speaker Alex J. Tyler.
The head of the communication department at the House of Representatives Isaac Reed said Speaker Tyler used his judgment to temporarily seize the bill.
He indicated that the Speaker is responsible to draw up an agenda for every setting and believes that the bill would be introduced on the floor of plenary next week.
Opposition lawmakers Dr. Bhofal Chambers and Acarous Gray filed the impeachment bill in early January, stressing that they would ensure President Sirleaf is impeached.
Last week, the impeachment talk wasn't raised in plenary, and this week, opposition lawmakers expressed concern over the delay to announce the impeachment bill in plenary.
However, our legislative reporter gathered that House Speaker Tyler has already mandated the House Committee on Claims and Petitions to ensure that all bills, claims and petitions be brought on the floor of plenary.
Interestingly, sponsors of the impeachment bill have failed to cite the exact charges for which President Sirleaf must be removed.
When this paper contacted Representative Gray to state some of the litigious cited in the bill, he said "we have to find time to talk about this."
Dr. Chambers, one of the main architects of the bill, was once a political ally to the Liberian leader, now he's a vociferous opponent to the president.
When President Sirleaf came to power in 2005, Dr. Chambers was literally the mouthpiece of the president, criticizing members of the very party which he joined after their fallout.
It is not clear what may have triggered Dr. Chambers' breakaway from the President. However, insiders of the ruling Unity Party hinted our reporter that the president refused to approve a certain concession which apparently ignited the feud between the lawmaker and the president.
"President Sirleaf and Dr. Chambers were very close. As a matter of fact, Chambers would almost fight or make fuss with anyone who criticizes the president; he was a loyalist, nobody knows what went wrong," a UP official said.
President Sirleaf has not made any official statement since Dr. Chambers broke away from the ruling party. However, as a stand, the impeachment bill appears to be the beginning of a chaotic clash between a resentful lawmaker and a tormented president.