11 December 2012

Liberia: Lawmakers Shun Vision

Photo: Liberia Governmnet
Cross section of delegates at the conference.

Most of the over 100 members of the bicameral legislature were conspicuously absent Monday at the opening program of the Vision 2030 in Gbarnga, central Liberia.

Barely four senators including President Pro temper Gbezohngar Findley and nine members of the lower house were present at the program which attracted Acting Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, other top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and citizens of all walks of life.

Senators Edward Dagoseh (Grand Cape Mount), Isaac Nyenabo (Grand Gedeh), Sando Johnson (Bomi) attended the program, while Bong County Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor and Henry Yallah were conspicuously absent.

Speaker Alex Tyler was also absent at the opening program, but Bong County Reps George Mulbah, Togba Mulbah, Corpu Barclay, Josephine Francis, Prince Moye and Bill Conneh were present.

Zubin Cooper, a member of Vision 2030 program committee, told reporters in Gbarnga that invitations for the program were sent to all lawmakers.

When contacted from Gbarnga via mobile phone, Sen. John Whitfield (Grand Bassa) confirmed that that invitations were sent to lawmakers to attend the program.

But Rep. Acarous Gray, in a separate telephone interview with our journalists in Gbarnga, denied receiving any invitation to the program. "No one invited me to attend the program in Gbarnga," he insisted.

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