31 January 2013

Liberia: 'Pro-Temp Did Not Walk Out of Joint Chambers'

The Office of the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate says it has observed with outmost disappointment, widespread reports in the media and some quarters of the public that the President of the Liberian Senate, Sen. Gbehzohngar M. Findley walked out of section on Monday January 28, 2013 while the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was delivering her annual message to the 53rd National Legislature.

According to Mr. Moses Wenyou, President Secretary to the Pro-tempore, the news is not only shocking but a complete misrepresentation of the facts and circumstances that precipitated the departure of the Pro-Temp from the Joint Chambers of the Capitol Building during the Program.

Presenting what he described as the facts of the information, in the early hours of Monday, Pro-Temp Findley felt some internal discomfort that was deemed as minor.

Mr. Wenyou disclosed that the Pro-Temp, cognizant of his role and the relevance of his presence at such important National event, proceeded to the Capitol Building but while the Program was going on, Pro-Temp Findley felt some sharp pains that strongly suggested the illness had exacerbated.

According to Mr. Wenyou, he then orderly departed the Joint Chambers followed by his wife and Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman. The release said after some preliminary examinations and subsequent laboratory tests recommended by Dr. Coleman, it was established that Pro-Temp Findley came down with malaria.

"As we speak, the Pro-Temp is responding to treatment and will return to work as soon as his condition improves. We encourage the media and others in the public to seek clarifications from this office at all times in case of any doubts," Mr. Wenyou concluded.

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