US$10,000 Haunts Alex Tyler

first_imgFrom all indications House Speaker J. Alex Tyler’s involvement in the US$25,000 controversy under investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is causing him (Tyler) bad press, serious embarrassment and most importantly, his position as Speaker of the House of Representatives.Since LACC announced the launch of an investigation into a US$25,000 scandal linking Speaker Tyler and Representative Adolf Lawrence, the Capitol Building has been very uneasy for Speaker Tyler particularly upon hearing news of a plot to remove him.Both lawmakers are under probe for their alleged role in a consultancy contract awarded to a Liberia consultant, Michael Allison, which according to Rep. Lawrence was pre-financed with US$12,500 by Speaker Tyler with the expectation of being reimbursed when the contract was fully completed.Representative Lawrence admitted to the Speaker’s involvement in the transaction noting that his (Lawrence) role was to take delivery of the US$12,500 intended for the Speaker.Based on these claims and counter claims, over 48 members of the House of Representatives are resolved to dismiss their first amongst equals.According to sources at the Capitol Building, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday meetings at Bell Dunbar Farm and RLJ Kendeja Resort, Montserrado County, respectively have all been directed to the Speaker’s removal.“The Speaker of the House cannot be presiding while undergoing investigation by a graft commission. We’re demanding that he recluse himself from the presiding role and submit to either an internal investigation or openly submit to LACC.“The House is as well interested in probing Speaker Tyler for several reasons.“The issue of the US$12,500 is one part of the story and we’re demanding other information such as the full amount released by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for the entire Nationwide Oil and Gas Consultation.“US$1.2 million was released by NOCAL to the Legislature for the consultation. US$200,000 was disbursed to the 30 senators while US$1M was intended for the 73 members of the House. Interestingly, Speaker Tyler was able to convince us that the only money received was US$900,000 thereby pocketing the rest.“Regrettably, the entire money used for the consultation was disbursed before the start of the consultation so I don’t understand when Rep. Lawrence says the Speaker acted based on expediency. Money was not in short supply so how could the Speaker dig in his own pocket to fund government’s project,” our sources asserted.Another reason lawmakers are citing for his removal include an act of “double standard,” the ruling Unity partisans accused him (Tyler) of, against the party of which he is executive member.According to some UP Legislative Caucus members, Speaker Tyler has been successful in recruiting several of his colleagues to his new political establishment while at the same time collecting compulsory US$200 from their salary monthly as dues to his party while holding allegiance to the ruling party.By his actions, a stalwart of UP in the House disclosed; “Many UP lawmakers are supporting the removal action and consider his action as a betrayal to the party.”However, our sources disclosed that Speaker Tyler has admitted to these allegations and has requested for forgiveness.During Sunday’s meeting at RLJ, our sources explained: “Speaker Tyler admitted to pocketing the US$100,000 from NOCAL and agreed that he used his position to collect money from colleagues as dues for his new political establishment.”“He attempted using existing rivalry between him and Representative Emmanuel Nequay to evade the issue but we told him that was not the forum for that.“We demand a probe into the report that he (Tyler) gave US$15,000 to Amb. George Weah to ensure that one of the ringleaders behind his removal, Rep. Acarous Gray is sent out of Liberia until the political tension can reduce,” our source declared.When contacted, Speaker Tyler, via mobile phone, refuted the report, stating: “There are no plans to remove me.”He confirmed the meetings involving fellow lawmakers, but denied the assertion that his removal was ever discussed.“The meetings were held to discuss our private matters. I don’t know about any money from NOCAL because I was not directly involved.  You know who was in charge of the nationwide consultation,” Speaker Tyler declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal man’s astonishing ‘Troubles’ collection set to go on display

first_imgThe largest known private collection of memorabilia charting the history of Ireland and the Troubles has made its way to the Tower Museum in Derry and has been marked this week with the official launch of the ‘Peter Moloney Partnership’.Peter Moloney, a retired London-based architect was born in Buncrana, Co Donegal, and has spent 50 years accumulating his unique ‘Troubles treasure trove’ – a labour of love that began when he was just 15.His collection contains over 48,000 items – including political propaganda, pamphlets, posters and photographs, as well as badges, cartoons, stickers and t-shirts. As the years passed, the collection became an archive covering Bloody Sunday, the hunger strikes, peace initiatives and other events. Peter’s unique historical collection has attracted interest from major museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Guernica Peace Museum in the Basque country, but he has chosen the Tower Museum in Derry to be its home and hopes what he has created will be “a motivator for peace and reconciliation and common understanding”.Donating his unique collection to the Council’s Museum & Heritage Services, Peter said: “Some of my collection may upset people but we can’t rewrite history. My only wish is that people see it and learn from it.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends who have assisted me with the collecting process over many years.“I would also like to pay tribute to LibrariesNI for the invigorating and exciting conversations I have had with them when initially considering donating my collection.” Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh referred to Peter Moloney’s artefacts as a ‘gem of a collection’.“I am old enough to remember the events and the locations included in this fantastic collection. Indeed, the artefacts are so important to the city as ‘a resource in every sense’. In a non-judgemental way, we can look back and be fascinated by the tapestry of material included in this collection.”Jim OHagan, Chief Executive of LibrariesNI explained that they were delighted to be involved with the Peter Moloney Partnership and were really looking forward to “promoting it for years to come.”Robin Percival, Chair of the Bloody Sunday Trust said that the Museum of Free Derry was ‘over the moon’ that Peter has made his comprehensive collection of nearly 50,000 items available – not least for younger generations.“At the Museum of Free Derry we welcome young people from across Ireland. They want to know about their own history. Peter’s donation will therefore enhance the experience for our young people. It is a tremendous resource for education” he said. The Peter Moloney collection has been physically transported to Derry from Peter’s home in Camden, London, and is now under the care of the Tower Museum.The Tower Museum is working in partnership with LibrariesNI and the Museum of Free Derry to develop a programme of activities to highlight the significance of the collection and create access to it for a diverse range of audiences.Already LibrariesNI have agreed to take custodianship of the 2,000 books and 3,000 journals which Peter has collected over the years – making these available as a reference collection that will be accessible to the general public.After the Easter break on Tuesday April 10th at 7pm, Peter will be delivering a talk at the Tower Museum highlighting aspects of the collection from an insider point of view and recounting some tales of his travails while collecting items during ‘troubled times’. The event is free and places can be booked by contacting Tower Museum reception on 028 71372411. Donegal man’s astonishing ‘Troubles’ collection set to go on display was last modified: March 31st, 2018 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDerryPeter Moloneytroubleslast_img read more