The majority bloc in the third Mano River Union (MRU) Youth Parliament, Liberian Chapter, has endorsed its First Deputy Speaker Mr. J. Fahn Dehgar as Acting Speaker ahead of Regular Session to hold election for a new Speaker.
In a press release issued Wednesday, 7 March, the Secretary General of the majority block and Parliamentarian of Grand Kru County Mr. Tobee Wreh Sudieh said the third MRU Youth Parliament Liberia-Chapter’s regular session is scheduled for this weekend in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.
He says election will be held for a new Speaker as a result of Speaker James Kolleh’s alleged unseriousness to handle the affairs of the parliament. Ahead of the elections, the MRUYP Liberia Chapter is making claims that the current Speaker Mr. James Kolleh is unfit to continue his regular parliamentary duties and responsibilities.
The majority bloc claims gross administrative ineptitude, and the lack of clear vision to lead serious-minded national youth leaders, among other things. The majority bloc claims that the inability of the current leadership of Speaker Kolleh to maintain friendly network (partnership agreements) left behind by past leadership, has isolated the institution from all of its national and international donors and partners.
It says the action of Speaker Kolleh has moved the majority bloc it to apologize to the young people of Liberia and sub-region at-large for gambling their future with electing Mr. Kolleh as their Speaker.
“We say that our decision, though regrettable, was as a result of stress from prolong leadership conflict which gave rise to him as a golden opportunist who accidentally landed in the Parliament’s Speakership yet, have been finding it difficult to settle comfortably,” the majority bloc says.
Meanwhile the bloc calls on the Acting Speaker J. Fahn Dehgar to carry on smooth transition in a timely manner by leading the Parliament to its Regular Session to elect a new Speaker comes this weekend (March 9-10, 2018).
The bloc assures all young people and Liberians in general that it remains committed to the true nature and values of the MRU Youth Parliament and will exert all effort to adhere to its guiding principles.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley