Since the resumption of the 5th seating of the Liberian Senate on the second Monday of this month, two Senators of Montserrado and Grand Gedeh Counties – George Mannah Weah and A. Marshall Dennis, continue to stay away from the Capitol Building – the official working place for lawmakers.
No official reasons have been released for their conspicuous absence since the return of the Legislators. Senator Weah left the country in late December of last year for Paris, France and later appeared at the ceremonies for the World best Award, organized by Federation of International Football or FIFA, which occasioned the emergence of the Argentine – Lionel Messi, as the world’s best for 2016 for the 5th time.
The Congress for Democratic Change or CDC political leader did not return to the country following the ceremonies, raising eye-brows in certain quarters of the Liberian society. Senators Weah and Dennis were absolutely absent during the President’s Annual Message on Monday to the Joint Session of the 53rd Legislature. The deliverance of the President’s Annual Message is something lawmakers don’t ever afford to miss, but the two senators grossly missed out.
When the Secretary of the Senate – the administrative Officer and Chief Scribe of the senate’s documents , Mr. Nanborlor Singbeh, was contacted yesterday at his Capitol Building office, he intimated that he was not in the authority to know the whereabouts of the lawmakers.
Mr. Nanborlor, however, noted that in keeping with the revised rules of the Senate (Rule 10), excuses are profferred to the Senate Pro Tempore by Senators and not his office. If the Senate Pro Tempore, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah, refuses to grant such excuse(s), it is the right of such lawmaker to go to Plenary – the highest decision-making body of the senate for acceptance.
Following some delays in his office yesterday, Pro Tempore Jallah, in a reluctant tone, said that both Weah and Dennis were excused for foreign travels. According him, Weah was scheduled to visit his family in Paris, France, while Dennis was currently in the United States for a meeting of Grand Gedeans in the Americas.
He added that Weah will remain in Paris until the official opening of the Economic Community of West African States’ Parliament, scheduled for February 3, 2016.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor