For the first time since the inception of the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature, the Senate yesterday failed to hold session due to lack of quorum.
Out of 30 in all, only 14 Senators plus the Pro Temp were present for the 27th day sitting.
By 11:20 a.m., only three Senators including Pro Temp Armah Jallah were present in the Chamber; a situation that forced Jallah to instruct the Sergeant-at-Arms to visit offices of individual Senators to remind them of their duty to represent their people; but up to 11:55 a.m., only 14 of them were available.
Reasons for the absence of 15 Senators yesterday were not clear, but a political observer remarked that some of the absent lawmakers might have trooped to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) headquarters to patronize Montserrado County Senator, George Manneh Weah, a football Legend, who was nominated by his party to run in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
The roll call conducted yesterday showed that the following Senators were present: Sando Dazoe Johnson, Bomi County; J. Gbleh-Bo Brown, Maryland County; Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, Grand Bassa County; Morris G. Saytumah, Bomi County; Albert Chie, Grand Kru County; H. Dan Morais, Maryland County; Thomas G. Grupee, Nimba County; Dallas A. V. Gueh, River Cess County; and Francis Saturday Paye, River Cess County.
Others were Senators Jonathan Kaipay, Grand Bassa County; J. Milton Teahjay, Sinoe County; Daniel Flomo Naatehn, Gbarpolu County; Stephen A. Zargo, Lofa County; and George T. Tengbeh, Lofa County.
Among the three items on the unread agenda was another appearance of outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh.