Deputy House Speaker Hans M. Barchue has described politicians from Grand Bassa County, who are anxious to declare their intention to contest the ensuing by-election in the county, as being totally disrespectful to the people of the county.
Dep. Speaker Barchue, who represents Grand Bassa County District #1 in the Lower House, said Bassaians from all walks of life should at this time mourn the death of Senator John Francis Whitfield rather than concentrating on occupying the vacancy created. He made these comments on Monday, January 28, 2013 when he spoke in an interview with the state owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).
Senator Whitefield, who represented Grand Bassa County in the Liberian Senate on the ticket of the former ruling National Patriotic Party(NPP), died Thursday, January 17, 2017 at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, following an abrupt illness. Senator Whitefield' death has since sent shock waves across the country, with many Liberians expressing sadness over his demise. They described the death of the Grand Bassa County lawmaker as an irreparable loss not only to Grand Bassa County, but the country as a whole.
So far, the Heritage has not gotten any medical report concerning the cause of the Grand Bassa lawmaker's death. This is the second time a prominent son of Grand Bassa County has spoke on this issue. It can be recalled that recently, another prominent son of the county, Mr. Daniel Chea, warned his fellow Bassaians not to see the death of Senator Johnson Frances Whitefield as a political opportunity.
Like Mr. Chea, the Grand Bassa County lawmaker wants his compatriots to see the death of Senator Whitfield as a great loss to the people of Grand Bassa County and Liberia at large and not political vacancy created. "I think is a dishonesty and disrespect to the people Grand Bassa County when politicians from the county are so anxious to declare their intention for the vacant seat rather than mourning the death of our late Senator. We must desist from such act because it creates a negative image for us out there," asserted Dep. Speaker Barchue.
However, he called on Bassaians to solemnly reflect on the death of their fallen Senator, because according to him, death is inevitable.