Rep. Abu Kamara Takes Office

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House Speaker Chambers administers the Oath of office to Rep. Kamara.

The newly elected Montserrado County District #15 Representative was on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, sworn into office at the Legislature.

“This shall, therefore, constitute your sufficient authority,” the communication said. The ceremony was performed in the James M. Fromayan Conference Hall at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission (NEC).

“I, Abu Bana Kamara, do solemnly swear that I will support, uphold, protect and defend the Constitution and Laws of Liberia, and bear true faith and allegiance to the Republic and will faithfully, conscientiously and impartially discharge the duties and functions of the office of Representative of District #15, Montserrado County, to the best of my ability, so help me God,” Kamara said, reciting this after House Speaker Bhofal Chambers.

Rep. Kamara’s induction as a member of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature marked the 57th day, Sitting of the 2nd Session of that august body, thus completing their number to 73.

The taking of Oath was in consonance with Rule 11.1 of the Rules and Procedures of the House of Representatives.

Rule 11.1 says: “Each member of the House of Representatives before taking his/her seat, shall take an oath or affirmation to uphold and defend the Constitution and the Laws of Liberia, as well as faithfully discharge the duties and functions of the office as a member of the House of Representatives.”

Rep. Kamara replaced Representative Adolph Lawrence, who died in a tragic motor accident early Monday on March 25, 2019, near the Tower Hill Community on the Robertsfield/Monrovia Highway.

Lawrence was a member of the House of Representatives of both the 53rd and 54th Legislatures from January 2012 until his death on March 25, 2019.

Kamara’s induction as a new lawmaker on the ticket of the ruling Coalition for Democrat Change (CDC), followed the reading of a communication from authorities of the National Elections Commission (NEC), under the signature of Acting Chairman Jonathan K. Weedor informing the House that the Commission has successfully completed the conduct of the by-election as enshrined in Article 37 of the 1986 Constitution.

Article 37 states: “If a vacancy in the Legislature caused either by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the NEC thereof. The NEC shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections”.

The NEC’s communication says: “I am pleased to advise that after the successful conduct of the By-election and a subsequent rerun of 20 polling places held on August 28, 2019, due to a complaint filed and adjudicated by the Commission. The NEC declared Kamara a winner and has accordingly been certificated by the Commission.”

Speaker Bhofal Chambers, in a brief remark, warmly welcomed Rep. Kamara, to the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature.

The chairman of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus, Rep. Thomas Fallah also added his voice to welcome his colleague.

Rep. Kamara expressed thanks and appreciation to the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives for the welcoming ceremony and further thanked the people of Montserrado County District #15 for the confidence they reposed in him.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Okay, Mr. Kamara,
    You’ve been sworn in. Do your job right. Be sure to represent your constituency in a respectable way.

    The Representatives of this nation, of which you’re one, earn $15,000 every month. In other words, your colleagues and now you, will earn more money than your Congressional colleagues of the United States of America. It’s kind of ridiculous that a poor country such as ours is paying its legislators over $175,000 per annum.

    Mr. Rep., the newly elected Montserrado county senator, Abe Dillon, states that he’ll accept a monthly take home pay of $5,000. If Dillon sticks to his call for a salary reduction, he will be considered as one of a kind. In fact, by doing so, Dillon puts a 2,000-pound pressure on his senate and congressional colleagues. If you do as Dillon hopes to do, instead of a 2000-pound pressure, 4,000 pounds will be brought to bear on the lawmakers. The bottom line is that Dillon needs help from people like you.

    Will it be possible for you to call for a salary reduction? Mr. Kamara, this is serious business. Should in case you agree, let it not be done through an act of subterfuge. You seem genteel; and yes, elegance can be added to your charisma. Go head on. Make our day.

    We await your response!

  2. Whoever brought the idea of paying those guys $15,000.00 per months, did not only help destroy Liberia’s economic strength and perpetuate corruption, but also committed Economic Terrorism against the people of Liberia. It puts the purchasing power in the hands of law makers at the expense of the already destitute Liberians….no wonder teenage female prostitution is on the rise.” The goats are in search of the Cassava Leaves”. They (goats), can go on to find it wherever or whatever it takes. Throwing MORAL out of the window. The balance of economic power weights heavily on the side of the lawmakers, making it the only CASH COW in the, ‘room’. Fueling the desire of everyone wanting to become government official. Throwing out competency.

    Let’s revisit the Senate and Lawmakers payroll yah.

  3. Brother Hney, everybody is heaping praises on Hon. Dillon for his utterances. Me, i would rather we wait and see his actions before giving him his flowers. He has not done anything yet to warrant my praise. I am not saying he is a bad man, Im just saying he has to prove himself. Simple as that. As for the lawmakers enriching themselves, the voting populace can only blame themselves. As long as we continue to vote unscrupluous people into power, that’s what will happen. Simple as ABC

  4. Comrade Joe Moses,
    In reference to Dillon, I spoke in hypothetical terms. “If he sticks to his call for a salary reduction………”

    I understand all that you’ve said, Joe. But we just can’t sit on our buns and do nothing. The more we talk, the more it infuriates people. Something has got to crack!

    The voters go to the polls in order to perform a patriotic duty. Sadly, our society is not as developed as Europe or the US. It’s hard to get the message out, but we must not relent.

  5. Brother Hney, I heard what you said, and I know that it is coming from a good place. we must be unrelenting in our quest for peace and justice for all people. I know that it is a tall order, but it can be done with collective will.

    one day you will have to reveal what the F in your name stands for. when you ready

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