The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: We Detest the Senators' Behavior

editorial

YESTERDAY, A DRAMATIC scene was witnessed in the chambers of the Liberian Senate when confusion erupted between Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson and Grand Kru County Senior Senator Cletus Wotorson using profanity.

THE TWO SENATORS went into bitter exchanges in the presence of Finance Minister Amara Konneh and Defense Minister Brownie Samukai who had gone to explain the operational function and financial implication of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) mission in the West African region of Mali.

THE CONFUSION NEARLY disrupted regular session when the presiding officer and President of the Senate, Joseph N. Boakai, called the two senators to orderand promised that the matter would be taken to the Senate's leadership for settlement.

EVEN WITH THE intervention of the President of the Senate and other lawmakers, there were still side comments across the floor from the two lawmakers to the extent that Sen. Johnson threatened to strike back if his colleague did not apologize.

WE ARE INDEED disappointed over the two senators' immature behavior because not only that they are statesmen but they are prominent individuals and first class citizens who ordinary citizens would refer to as 'godfathers' of the society.

WORST OF IT all, with the names involved and with them both being senior senators, it was expected that one would have conceded for the sake of his name and class even if he felt so much offended.

WE SAY THAT the name 'honorable' carries a huge burden and much is expected of you and to imagine that they would choose to use profanity in the mist of strangers proves otherwise.

IT THEN BECOMES disheartening when law makers choose to become law breakers; who would their constituents run to if they have similar disputes which brings to mind the central point of the novel 'Things Fall Apart' which says when such happens the center will surely not hold.

WE ARE THEREFORE pleading with the lawmakers not to use the sacred hall as a ghetto or place of disorderliness because to whom much is given, much is expected and for old-hands or reservoirs of governance in the First Branch of Government to take on disorderly conduct in public, one wonders if it is the beginning of a chaos in governance structure.

WE ONCE AGAIN crave your indulgence to see reasons to apologize to your consciences before making amends in your behavior and peace with your colleagues to avoid future recurrence and restore sanity to the 'honorable' Liberian Senate.

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