Montserrado County Attorney Says Rep. Kolubah Has Crossed ‘Constitutional Red Lines’
Monrovia – Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Edwin Kla Martin has against accused Montserrado County District #10 Lawmaker Yekeh Kolubah for the second time in less than two days.
This time, Cllr Martin says the Montserrado County lawmaker has crossed the “Constitutional red lines” that protect lawmakers from arrest and prosecution.
Cllr. Martin latest statement comes after the lawmaker turned down an invitation to come for a conference at his office on Tuesday, April 15, 2019 to clarity statements he allegedly made during a protest in his district on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
According to him, the lawmaker is planning to remove the CDC-led Government of President George Weah from office within three months for what he said the lawmaker considered “Weah’s government inability to govern the country in the wake of a worsening economy and high unemployment rate”.
One of the statements attributed to the lawmaker by the Montserrado County Attorney reads: “We will make the government of President George M. Weah to run away from power”.
While another statement he (Attorney Martin) alluded to Rep. Kolubah states: “We will move and they will solve the problem, enough is enough when you need us tomorrow, we’ll be available to tell this president, this squatter will soon be leaving, in less than three months because he is not able the country”.
Cllr. Martin also stated that as the Attorney of Montserrado County and chairman on joint security of the county, nobody will make reckless statements, rain insults, challenge, and issue threats against this government and go unpunished.
Speaking to reporters in an interview, Attorney Martin expressed frustration over the lawmaker refusal to provide clarification on his recent statements against the government, noting “The conference was for him to come and clarify the statements he made against the president and government officials of the state”.
The Monsterrado County Prosecutor maintained that in his mind, and from the overwhelming evidence in his possession, those statements made by the lawmaker (Kolubah) are troubling and intended to destabilize the peace that Liberians have fought for over the years, adding that his office will take another recourse against the lawmaker in consistent with the law but failed to state the recourse.
“If you cleverly look at Article 42 of the 1986 constitution, it’s clear: ‘No member of the Senate or House of Representative shall be arrested, detained or prosecuted or tried as a result of an opinion expressed or votes cast in the exercise of the function of his office’.”
Cllr. Martin continues: “Member shall be privilaged from arrest while attending, going to or returning from a session of the legislature except for treason, first-degree felony or breach of peace”.
When contacted, Rep. Kolubah said, “I have no regret because I am elected by my people to serve and speak on their behalf and that I was speaking on the reality unfolding in the country”.
The Montserrado County District #10 Lawmaker vowed not to appear before the county attorney for questioning or investigation for his alleged statements.
“Go and tell that kitchen boy that I will not appear before him for any conference. If he is under the influence of drug, I am not. I was elected by my people and not appointed like him,” Kolubah said.