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Montserrado County electoral district #7 Representative Solomon C. George, has blasted his constituents for not showing gratitude to his leadership despite his sacrifices in the district, saying he went to the extent of solving problems affecting the personal lives of people.

“Some of you here, I paid you and your girlfriend’s school fees, but yet I still get criticized. What should I do in order to have you satisfied with my leadership; because it is not a duty and function of a lawmaker to pay constituents and their social relatives’ school fees, but I do all because your elected me into power”, Representative George said in apparent frustration for his constituents’ lack of appreciation.

According to him, Article 34 of the Constitution of Liberia says the function of the Legislature is to create new counties and other political sub-divisions as well as readjust existing county boundaries, among others, but not to pay people’s children and girlfriend school fees.

He expressed the dissatisfaction over the weekend during a meeting with the people of District#7 to report on his work at the House of Representatives. Electoral District#7 covers West Point Township and Carey Street in central Monrovia.

But rather than telling his people specifically how many bills he sponsored last year on behalf of the district and how many were passed into law, among others, the erratic Congress for Democratic Change lawmaker further vented his anger, this time around, against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, accusing her of failing to meet the demands of the Liberia people.

According to him, Madam Sirleaf fooled the people of Liberia when she promised in her campaign speeches to have restored full electricity in six months period. “You have been in power for 10 years now and there is nothing you can point out to in this country; we should have pipe bone water. Election is around the corner, don’t elect people on the basis of sentiments” he cautioned the electorates of district#7.

“What the Liberian people need is real pipe bone water, real electricity that will cover the fifteen sub-divisions of this country, and looking at the present condition, the LEC is not fully capacitated for such services.”

At the same time, Representative George blamed his colleagues in the House for dancing to the tunes of the Executive Branch of Government, noting that last year, members of the House of Representatives ‘overly operated with’ the President, something which he describes as bad working habit for the honorable House.

“I am highly disappointed in us; the ways in which we conduct ourselves at the House of Representatives to the Executive branch make us to look like buffoons”, he concluded.

By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne

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