“I Am Leaving with a Heavy Heart”

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“I am leaving the Senate with a heavy heart because some of those things that I wanted to see done were not done partly on my part and partly from circumstances I could not control,” retiring Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson has told the Daily Observer.  

The Grand Kru lawmaker who has served several governments for 63 years, made the statement last Saturday, the day the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the final results from the just ended Special Senatorial Elections that is bringing in 15 new Senators.

The exclusive interview took place during a reception tendered by Senator Wotorson for his office staff, and those of Senators Armah Jallah and Peter Coleman.

Standing with his back turned to his magnificent green top structure, Senator Wotorson said among the things that he wanted to see done was for Liberians to take hold of their own destiny, such as enjoying the fruits of their resources in the country.

The former President Pro Tempore of the 52nd Senate, declared that he “wanted to see Liberians take care of their economy such as being in charge of businesses in this country, any and all concessions that came to this country; I felt that Liberians should be a part of it through part ownership.”

Senator Wotorson who chaired the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Environment regretted that he and his colleagues in the Senate just started doing that with the new oil block including all its local content.

“I wanted to see that our people are satisfied; that they get good education, good health delivery which Dr. Vuyu Golakai is fighting to introduce through the Medical College at the University of Liberia, and I hope that which I didn’t do, this Senate will help to do by putting some money in there.”

Senator Wotorson, 76, recounted the many times he traveled on the way to his home and saw dozens of youngsters within his Sewegbe community doing nothing, not engaged. “If they are not engaged, their minds will wander and will do things that are out of the way because they are jobless. The new Senate needs to fight for (them),” he said.

He then underscored the need to ensure that there is stability in the country. “If we are not stable in this country and we go back to 25 years from what we have been through, we will have a tough time in starting all over again; we don’t want any interim government situation here. We want to fight for democracy and that is what this election was all about.

“The just ended Special Senatorial Elections might not have been perfect, but at least we are on the road to something. Unfortunately in Liberia nobody wins the game; you play the game, it ends in either a draw or they cheat you.”

Senator Wotorson concluded by assuring those he associated with over the years that he was not leaving the country, rather he is leaving his job at the Liberian Senate, adding, “ I will be involved in Liberia, I promised you that; and I will be involved forcefully.”

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