Montserrado County Electoral District #6 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe has told his fellow lawmakers to resign from the government, if indeed they felt that the administration was not working in the interest of the people or shut up and continue the work of the Liberian people.
Rep. Snowe described the attitude of some of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to ‘bad-mouth’ the government on needless issues as reckless, irresponsible and foolish.
“It is reckless, irresponsible and foolish for some of my, colleagues in the Legislature to be badmouthing this government that they part of; interestingly, at the end of every month, they rush to the bank for salaries and other benefits, and yet they sit here and say all kinds of negative things about the administration.”
“I’m telling them if they are serious enough that the government is not working in the interest of the people or that government has failed in the fight against Ebola,…. resign or simply shut up,” the Montserrado County Representative warned.
Some members of the Liberian Legislature, including Senators H. Dan Morias of Maryland, Sando Johnson and Lahai Lassana of Bomi County, as well as Representatives Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Gabriel Nyenka, Gabriel Buchanan Smith and Acarous Gray have been critical about the manner and form the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration was engaging and handling the current national health crisis.
Speaking to reporters at his Capitol Building Office in Monrovia, the former Speaker noted that it made no sense for Lawmakers, who are senior officials of the regime with access to the presidency at all times, to continue to use the media to raise negative issues about the government.
Rep. Snowe also cautioned his colleagues against seeking re-election for the Senate, as well as those from the House of Representatives seeking election to to the Liberian Senate not use the Ebola situation as means to market themselves to the Liberian people. “It is unfortunate that some of our colleagues seeking re-election in the senate and those wanting to leave us in the Lower House for the upper House are using the Ebola outbreak to market themselves.”
“Why will politicians put his or her picture in a bucket to be donated because of Ebola outbreak; this is sad and only shows that some national leaders do not care about the welfare of the people, but were only fighting to be elected by the people,” he noted.
Commenting on the issue about the government’s failure in its quest of combating the Ebola Virus, Representative Snowe- also a member of the national task force, differed-suggesting that the government only lacks the capacity to seriously combat the epidemic, further indicating that the government was now constructing more holding centers within Monrovia and its environs, including the renovation of the incomplete Defense Ministry in Congo Town, the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and the transfer of the call center from the General Service Agency to the LIBTELCO Compound on 18th Street in Sinkor.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue has announced to his colleagues in plenary that President Johnson Sirleaf has agreed to include a Lawmaker from each county on the national task force so as to ensure that targeted groups are met and catered to.