For ‘Misconduct’, CDC Lawmaker Thrown out of Session

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Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Representative Munah E. Pelham Youngblood was Thursday, June 5, "thrown out of session for misconduct."
Rep. Youngblood was escorted out of session by Sergeant-At-Arms, Gen. Martin Johnson, upon the order of presiding officer Samuel G. Karmo.

The CDC lawmaker’s exit was predicated upon her alleged "misconduct" exhibited in session.

Madam Youngblood openly used invectives against fellow Montserrado County Representative William V. Dakel, Sr., terming his ideas and inputs provided in the legislature as "reckless and nonsense."

"I am tired with this 'small girl' posture now, I can't take that nonsense from anybody any longer," she said.

It all started when Plenary held a discussion on the status of the national health system, particularly relative to the deadly Ebola virus and the condition of medical facilities across the country.

Madam Youngblood was recognized by the presiding officer to comment on the matter, as legislative proceeding requires. While making her deliberations, she recounted her experience with some development partners from the US city of Dallas, Texas, who, according to her, declined to visit Liberia based on reports of the health situation in Liberia. She explained that the the partners couldn't visit because of the fear of Ebola. While still making her points, she got interrupted by the sound of her colleagues jokingly calling, "Order, order, Mr. Presiding order."

It was when Rep. Dakel burst into laughter; the nature of the joke is still unclear. Madam Youngblood, provoked to anger, registered her displeasure

"People talking national issues while you there talking nonsense. That is reckless of a so-called lawmaker. If you don't have anything to contribute just shut up. You think we're playing here?” she countered.

In response, Rep. Dakel said, "I know the background you speak from, Munah." That further irritated her, by which time a disturbance had erupted chamber. Cllr. Karmo, the Presiding Officer, then issue his "red card" to both parties.

Outside of chambers, Madam Youngblood spoke with journalists, including the Daily Observer. In her interview, she further insulted her Rep. Dakel and vowed not to apologize.

Madam Youngblood: "I don't regret my action and if I had the [opportunity], I would do it again. I repeat, he was reckless and his thoughts are all nonsense. A mere University of Liberia graduate, what can he say to me? I am a candidate for Masters; [unlike] he that has a mere degree and can't say anything substantial."

Rep. Dakel, for his part, declined to comment when quizzed. Plenary later demanded that Madam Youngblood apologize for her "misconduct" after holding closed door discussion for hours.

She consented and apologized to plenary.

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