Debates at the Senate came to a complete halt for more than 20 minutes Thursday, as the floor of its Plenary slipped into a near boxing ring when attempted punches directed at dismissed Congress for Democratic Change or CDC Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff were intercepted by Senate Pro-tempore Gbehnzohngar Findley and Sen. John Ballout.
Bomi County Sen. Sando Dazoe Johnson, spokesman for the family of detained ex-president Charles Taylor had awaken from his seat rushing to beat up Sen. Doe Sheriff, as earlier threatened during the hot exchange before being stopped in mid-way by Pro-tempore Findley and Sen. Ballout.
This follows several minutes of exchange of insults between the two before colleagues senators in session over claims by Sen. Doe Sheriff that former Monrovia Acting City Mayor Mary Broh had ordered the flogging of an employee of the Monrovia City Corporation for failing to execute a cleaning exercise at the Health Ministry last Saturday.
Observers at the Senate Thursday's Plenary Session said it was an embarrassing moment. Both Senators sounded very emotional as they pointed fingers at each other with nasty insults. It all started when Sen. Doe Sheriff informed the Senate Plenary that the former Monrovia Acting City Mayor allegedly ordered the beating of the MCC employee for his refusal to clean the Health and Social Welfare Ministry. According to Sen. Doe Sheriff, upon the resignation of Madam Broh from the MCC, she left in charge five loyal staffers who report directly to her and that she Broh has since refused to turn over the keys of her office. Something she said had left the current acting City Mayor Cllr. Henry Reeves Cooper with no option but to use the MCC;'s conference room as office.
"So I want to know if Mary Broh still in charge of MCC," Sen. Doe Sheriff questioned. But her points on the floor did not go down well with Sen. Johnson, who told plenary that it is time that Liberians make use of the courts rather than forwarding every case to the Liberian senate.
"The Liberian senate is not a court house or a police station that every small thing which happens outside will be brought to the senate." Sen. Johnson said: "It is time that people make use of the court house around here. If it true that Mary Broh beat him, ...let him go to court." The comments from Sen. Johnson infuriated Sen. Doe-Sherif thereby leading the campaign of attacks against the Bomi County lawmaker.
In response, Johnson rained insults and threatened to beat her up if she did not show him some level of respect. In making those comments, the spokesman of the Taylor family took few steps toward Doe-Sherif apparently with the intent to release few punches, before being stopped Pro-tempore Findley and Sen. Ballout. The situation led to a motion by Senator John Ballout requesting that Sen. Doe Sheriff's complaint be documented and send to committee room for further investigation. After the motion was filed, Pro-tempore Findley called for a closed door session with sole intent to resolve the matter.