For the second time this year, the Liberian Senate yesterday failed to convene for regular session due to a power outage on Capitol Hill and the lack of a quorum of the Senate’s membership.
After power outage plunged the entire Capitol Building into total darkness, some senators, who told legislative reporters that the session would convene at 11 a.m., were forced to announce 12 noon as the start of session.
When power was finally restored almost two hours later, only nine (9) Senators were available in the Chamber, a number far below the quorum required for the Senate to convene.
The nine senators, including the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Executive, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, spent some minutes mockingly discussing the “Big Boy 01” and “Big Boy 02” debate around town, but refusing to be drawn into speculations as to who they thought the two persons in the Global Witness report were.
In another development, a member of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications told our reporter that the Managing Director of Libtelco had informed his Committee that the planned takeover deal between his Corporation and Novafone had been called off.
Mr. Sebastian Muah reportedly told the Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence chaired Committee that the decision to suspend the deal was made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
It was also reported that the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), Lemuel Reeves, and the National Security Advisor to President Sirleaf, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, yesterday appeared before the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans’ Affairs behind closed doors in the Chambers of the Senate.
The Steven A. Zargo Committee early this week held similar discussions focused on the UNMIL drawdown with the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, and other members of the security sector.