With nearly eighteen months to the holding of Presidential and Legislative elections, the political hustle for power is intensifying with politicians roaming the country all in the name of identifying with the ordinary people. This quest is affecting every sphere of the country especially at a time when Liberians are about to decide the fate of those whom they entrusted with state power to make their lives better.
At the forefront of this hustle bandwagon are members of the National Legislature, most of who are seeking re-election notwithstanding their poor discouraging performance. Resultantly, the chambers of the House of Representatives and House of Senate were on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 virtually empty, reminiscent of ghost halls due to the lawmakers’ refusal to attend to the duties for which they were elected by the people. Due to their absence, normal legislative activities failed to take place in spite of the fact that the return date of lawmakers from their three weeks Easter break had expired. The grounds of the Legislature were seen empty with just few lawmakers walking in both corridors of the building. Out of 30 senators elected by the Liberian people, only eight senators including the Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Armah Jallah were present in the chambers of the Liberian Senate Tuesday for normal business. Due to the lack of quorum, Senate Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah ordered the plenary to postpone normal legislative activities for Thursday April 7, 2016. In a brief statement on behalf of the Liberian senate, Pro- Tempore Jallah thanked partners for their support to the senate and promised that normal legislative activities will resume Thursday April 7, 2016 with crucial bills to be looked at and possibly passed into law. “We have resumed normal Legislative activities today, but session will begin Thursday,” Senate Pro-Tempore Jallah added. “I hope that the Easter was rewarding and individual senators prayed for the stability of the country while on their break,” Pro-Tempore Jallah indicated. Though Pro-Tempore Jallah could not name some of the crucial bills, he disclosed that many of their colleagues sent in telephone excuses with promise to join them Thursday for work. Senators present at Tuesday’s session include George Weah of Montserrado, Gblebo Brown of Maryland County, and Morris Saytumah of Bomi County. Others are Oscar Cooper Margibi County, Albert Chie of Grand Kru County, Milton Teahjay of Sinoe County and Daniel Naathan of Gbapolu County.