Representatives to Hold Retreat on ‘Reconciliation, Unity, Integrity’

(From right) House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Rep. Alex Grant and Rep. Acarous M. Gray

The House of Representatives will hold a Special Retreat on Sunday, October 28, 2018, in which members are meant to discuss reconciliation, integrity and proper execution of their mandate and to assess the political and economic situations in the country.

The one-day retreat will be held at the Millennium Suites on 5th Tubman Boulevard in Congo town.

The Co-chairman for Operations of the Organizing Committee of the 2018 House of Representatives Retreat, Bong County District #3 Representative J. Marvin Cole, told journalists in his Capitol office that the Retreat might last for nine hours, from 8am – 5:00pm.

Rep. Cole said all 73 Representatives are expected to be in attendance including Speaker Bhofal Chambers and Deputy Speaker Prince K. Moye. The Deputy Speaker is the architect of he Special Reconciliation Retreat.

The Bong County lawmaker said Rev. Foday E. Karpeh and Father Dennis Cephas Nimene will speak on topics Reconciliation, Unity and Integrity respectively.

Rev. Karpeh is a motivational speaker, the President/Founder of the Oasis-Synergy of Kingdom Initiatives and the Senior Pastor of Life Center, located on Symthe Road, Old Road.

Rev. Dennis is one of the renowned and zealous Catholic priests and is the Secretary General of the Catholic Church of Liberia (CABICOL).

“These are the only two invited facilitators for now and the rest of the speakers will be from among us,” Rep. Cole said.

The chairman of the organizing committee of the 2018 House of Representatives Retreat is Nimba County District #9 Representative Johnson Gwaikolo.

Mixed reactions from Legislative pundits said the Special Retreat is intended to address the buzzing news of rumored coup in the House of Representatives in which that about 38 lawmakers have already affixed their signatures (11 signatures are remaining to give majority vote) to remove Maryland County District #2 Representative Bhofal Chambers as Speaker. The rigmarole on the rumor about ousting of the Speaker started since June 2018.

Some lawmakers in discussion

Pundits also hinted that the Retreat intends to curtail the maligning of lawmakers against one another or stop their “insults” and “hyperbolic criticism” of each other in the public glare.

Pundits argued that though it seems like “fun” for lawmakers to throw insults at each other, they are damaging the reputation of the “Honorable House of Representatives” and bringing it into “disrepute.”

Meanwhile, following the nine-hour reconciliation meeting, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate are expected to reconvene for the second Extraordinary or Special Session from Monday, October 29 to Friday, November 30 in order to discuss and act upon matters of national concern.

The first Extraordinary or Special Session ran from September 1 – 15, 2018.

Under review of the Sitting of the House of Representatives, the Lower House has acted upon (ratified) 15 laws (bills) during its 1st Session of the 54th Legislature, containing 57 regular day sittings and six (6) Special Sittings respectively.



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