House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., says he would neither recuse himself nor resign under an ‘induced and influenced scheme or resolution from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.’Speaker Tyler said he would uphold, maintain and protect the sacred doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in the Liberian Constitution, including maintaining the independence of the Legislature.In a press conference in his office yesterday on the House’s second floor, the Speaker said: “My refusal to recuse or resign is meant to set a precedent in the Legislature over the Executive’s continuous political diabolical ploy by inducing or influencing lawmakers against their leaders.”In an unyielding tone, the Speaker said he would continuously and constitutionally remain the Speaker until he is duly removed.The Speaker told scores of journalists that even if Justice-in-Chambers, Jamesetta Wolokollie, as per his petition, delays to prohibit, enjoin and restrain the so-called and renegade lawmakers from pursuing illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and irregular procedural method and process to remove him, there will be parallel sessions.He however expressed his explicit confidence in the Judicial System, hoping that his petition for Prohibition would be addressed speedily as in the case with Montserrado County District # 6 Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, when he petitioned the (same) Justice-in-Chambers Jamesetta Wolokollie against a day’s quorum constituting a monthly quorum.It may be recalled that in June, the Speaker accused President Sirleaf of blackmail, financial inducement and other dictatorial and undemocratic schemes to unseat him.The Speaker indicated that despite all the intrigues, persecution, intimidation and witch hunt and character assassinations, there were possible threats to his life.In an unrelenting tone, the Speaker also accused the President of being the chief architect of the Global Witness Report to fight against corruption and to unconstitutionally exercise control over the House of Representatives and the Legislature.The Speaker further said the President is using surrogates, firstly by calling for his recusal on what they termed moral grounds, which he rejected as an illegal and unfounded call. He said that it is not moral or legal to punish an innocent person, for the constitution is clear that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction. Speaker Tyler’s claims were rejected and condemned by President Sirleaf’s office.Tyler’s SessionsAt yesterday’s session in the House’s official chamber, Plenary unanimously rejected President Sirleaf’s proposal to the Legislature to increase excise tax on phone calls but endorsed a considerable increment on tobacco, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.There were 32 present, five excused and one sick; totaling 38 that constituted a quorum.Speaker Tyler mandated the office of the Chief Clerk to convey the endorsed act to the Senate, but with the split sessions in the Lower House and establishment of a six-man Senate committee, headed by President Pro Tempore Armah Jallah to help resolve the conflict in the Lower House, some political pundits are wondering whether the Senate would accept the act.The House plenary has meanwhile summoned Education Minister George Werner to appear on next Tuesday, at 11am, due to the dismal performances of 12th graders in this year’s WAEC exams.However, Minister Werner has informed the Honorable House through a letter of the celebration of Liberia’s 169th Anniversary of the National Flag, on Wednesday, August 24, while Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, also officially informed the House of the death and funeral arrangement of Dr. Edward B.McClain, Jr., Minister of State for Presidential Affairs & Chief of Staff to the President.Anti-Tyler’s SessionsThe Anti-Tyler lawmakers have also summoned Education Minister Werner on why students in pre-kindergarten of Public Schools in Grand Kru County should pay tuition amid the government’s policy of free tuition.Minister Werner is expected to appear in the Joint Chambers on Thursday, August 18, at 11am.The Anti-Tyler lawmakers numbered 36, with three official excuses, making them 39.They also set up a committee to investigate the misconduct of “recused Speaker Tyler” for accusing them of being induced to recuse him and bringing thugs in the Capitol Building to boo or laugh at them.The anti-Tyler lawmakers have also agreed to communicate to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia to freeze payment of goods and services of the House of Representatives and other payments excluding salaries, allowances and gasoline/fuels.Justice Minister’s PositionIn a brief conference yesterday with journalists, Justice Minister Frederick Cherue has disclosed that his frequent visit in the Legislature is to protect the peace in the wake of the division in the Lower House. Cllr. Cherue said he has been having meetings with both parties about “Peace and Legality.”Sources close to the anti-Tyler lawmakers, have accused the Justice Minister of leaning on the Speaker’s side.Chief Zarzar Karwor’s MediationAlso speaking, Chief Zarzar Karwor disclosed that his brief meeting yesterday with Speaker Tyler and the anti-Tyler lawmakers “was to put cold water in the fire.” He told journalists that both parties have been asked to come to his office on 24th Street Sinkor for a meeting on Thursday, August 18. He did not state the time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It was a defiant response from Pogba, whose drop in form had seen him lose his starting place under Mourinho earlier this year, although his manager does not expect him to repeat such displays on a weekly basis.Mourinho, however, has told Pogba he wants to see greater consistency from him, particularly in training, with the United manager clearly implying the 25-year-old midfielder has not always hit the necessary standards.“I will tell you what I told him after the (City) match and it’s exactly what I told him — I don’t expect you to be man of the match every week, I don’t expect you to score two goals every week,” said Mourinho.“I expect you to be consistent in a certain level. So, if you ask me, I’m expecting Paul now to be man of the match every week? No. If I expect him to score goals every match? No.“But I expect Paul — and I think that’s the challenge he has to put to himself — to keep a certain stability and not to have the good match and the so-so match and the bad match,” the Portuguese boss added.Pogba’s form, particularly since the January signing of Alexis Sanchez, has been one of the fascinating sub-plots of United’s season with the player reportedly unhappy at the defensive responsibilities he has been asked to perform.Certainly, in a more advanced role, Pogba was devastating against City and Mourinho clearly believes his £89 million ($126 million) star is capable of repeating that form in the future.– ‘Not do anything crazy’ –Pogba has scored five goals in 21 Premier League appearances this term © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL“I think he has to try to keep that level of stability and from that stability of course will appear the special match with the special performance like it happened against City,” he said.“But he has to go for that stability and to go for that stability, the first thing is stability at training level, stability during the working week. And the past two, three weeks I’m really happy with him.”United’s strong recent form sees them take on West Bromwich Albion on Sunday looking for an eighth consecutive domestic victory and has raised optimism among supporters over their prospects for next season.But, despite upsetting City at the Etihad last weekend, Mourinho has urged caution and clearly believes Guardiola will spend lavishly again this summer, while insisting United will not attempt to match his City counterpart’s outlay.“No. We are not going to spend more than we can. We are not going to do anything crazy,” said Mourinho.“We are just trying to improve a little bit more, to give sequence to it. That’s what we are going to try.”Mourinho added: “I think Man City wins the title (this season). They have been the best team during the season and the distance of points at the end of the season will be the consequence of that superiority that they showed.“But it is not about us and them, I think it is about the six teams. Everybody will try to improve like we did from last season.“Last season we finished sixth and this season we are going to finish I believe fourth, third or second – hopefully second – and next season we are going to try and improve but let’s see what happens.“Maybe also Manchester City will invest heavily and they don’t let the others close the gap to them, I don’t know.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba has endured his fair share of criticism this season but excelled in last weekend’s victory over Man City © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Jose Mourinho has ordered Manchester United’s record-signing Paul Pogba to show consistency on the training ground, as well as in competitive action, following his stunning display against Premier League leaders Manchester City last weekend.The France international scored two goals — the first time he has done so in the Premier League — in a remarkable second-half recovery from United as they won the Manchester derby 3-2 to deny City a win that would have seen Pep Guardiola’s men clinch the title.