Reports received by this paper from the Secretariat of the Senate yesterday evening, said the President of the Liberian Senate, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will chair a leadership meeting of that body this afternoon at the Capitol Building.
The news which was confirmed by the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, did not however say what will be discussed during the gathering which takes place at 1:00PM.
Authoritative sources close to the Senate however, confided to this paper that the Monday, January 12, 2015 induction of recently certificated Senators elected in the just ended Special Senatorial Elections will be among issues to be discussed.
Another sticky issue up for discussion during today’s meeting is the procedure leading to the announcement of the vacancy for the post of Senate Pro Tempore and the timetable for subsequent election for that post.
The vacancy for the Pro Tempore post was created after the defeat of former head of that body, Grand Bassa Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley in the recent Special Senatorial Elections.
Two Senators are currently in commanding lead; the Senate Chair on Internal Affairs, Governance and Reconciliation, who until last evening seemed to have been playing the second fiddle in the title race; and Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sinoe County Senator Joseph Nagbe.
But unconfirmed reports received by this paper yesterday said the ship of fortune seems to be close to berth at the dock of the Gbarpolu County Senator. The crew in that ship according to our source, are reminded of the “pro Executive role” the former Pro Tempore played, and now see candidate Nagbe as the would be replica of former Senator Findley if he should be given that mandate to lead.
According to the source, some Senators are dissatisfied by what they believe is the direct involvement of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, not only by giving her blessing to Senator Nagbe, but by even trying to persuade the Unity Party Senators to throw their weight behind the Southeastern contender.
In a related development, the Senate Chair on the Committee of Public Works, Senator Oscar Cooper, is inviting Senators to an acquaintance reception at 12: Noon on his farm at Cinta, on the Kakata-Gbarnga highway.
Secretary of the Senate Singbeh told this paper that the invitation is extended to all Senators, including outgoing, just elected and current Senators.
The invitation for the reception, according to an experienced Senate watcher, is more than just a meeting to wine and dine. The issue as to whom members of the Senate “Majority Block” throw their weight behind will be an additional menu item on their plates. It is not clear whether Senator Cooper still has interest in the Pro Tempore post as has been speculated.
Meanwhile, the Senate secretariat yesterday told this paper that incoming Senators are streaming in with their curriculum vitae and other documents as mandated. The issue of declaring their assets to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) comes into focus after they have taken office.