31 January 2013

Liberia: Near Fist Fight, Insults in Senate's Chamber

The Chambers of the House of Senate was a scene of invectives and near fist fight between Senators Cletus Wortorson and Prince Johnson of Grand Kru and Nimba counties respectively.

The bitter exchanges between the two lawmakers began when Senator Wortorson told plenary that he was disappointed with the Senate Committee on Defense for failure to brief that august body on the security implications of sending troops to Mali.

Senator Wortorson said it would have been prudent for Senator Johnson who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Defense to brief his colleagues on security matters prior to the arrival of the Liberia Defense Minister Brownie Samukai.

However, the comments by Senator Wotorson apparently did not go down well with Senator Johnson thereby prompting an instant reaction with an angry tone.

"You were not here when we discussed this issue because you are always sick; so sick man we discussed this issue already," the Nimba County Senator responded.

The response from Senator Johnson brought an uproar between he (Johnson) and Wotorson who also responded harshly by saying "you killer, let me tell you that sickness is something normal and natural; anybody can get sick so don't tell me that."

Following Senator Wotorson's outburst, Senator Johnson told the Vice President Joseph Boakai who presided over the Tuesday session that he (Johnson) did not like the manner in which senator Wortorson addressed him and demanded an apology from him (Wortorson), but the Grand Kru County Senator refused to do so.

Senator Wortorson: "Mr. President of the Senate, you were all here when Senator Johnson referred to my sickness and nobody said anything about it, now you are asking me to make an apology, I will never do that and if I do then I will resign from the Senate," he said.

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