“Tone Down, Calm the Storm”

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-Former Pro Tempore Wotorson’s Passionate Plea to Senate

Former President Pro Tempore of the 53rd Legislature, Cletus Segbe Wotorson, made a surprise entrance into the Senate Chambers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, and threw out a passionate plea to Senate plenary to help tone down and also calm the political storm currently looming over the country.

The former Grand Kru Senator, who decided not to seek re-election during the 2014 senatorial election, was succeeded instead by Albert Tugbe Chie, a geologist like himself. Chie, who won the senate seat as an independent candidate, also became Senate Pro Tempore.

Chie’s rise to the position of the Senate Pro Tempore may have been propitiated, according to sources, by the fact that he Pesident George M. Weah are from the same county, Grand Kru.

Meanwhile, Wotorson told members of the 54th Senate, presided over by Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, that too much confusion is going on in the country, specifically through the news media.

“I want to look at my elders, whether by age or position, to see what they can do to tone down to calm the storm. In situations like this, what the whole Senate could possibly do is to ask a meeting with the Executive, and remind of the problem currently facing the country. In my opinion, I think it is the moral responsibility of the Senate to seek that audience,” Wortorson said.

He suggested a closed door discussion among themselves as plenary to have a unified approach for what would be talked about so that the discussions can be substantive.

“You can stand with the senate leadership to take responsibility to make sure that the meeting takes place, because we are in a situation and we cannot go back to the days of old. So my dear colleagues, I look up to you for a responsible approach and don’t let us shift or transfer our responsibility to the Council of Churches; it is your national responsibility to calm the state, and I think you can gladly embrace that. A suggestion from an old man, who sat here before.”

Vice President Taylor, who is also the President of the Senate, assured Mr. Wortorson that the Senate, through its leadership, will look into that suggestion as to the way forward.

“We are grateful that you could come and remind us of where we are as a nation, and what each of us must do to bring sanity to the issues in our country to move forward…,” Vice President Taylor said.

According to sources, following Senate session yesterday, the Senate went into ‘executive session’ — an instance which, though undisclosed to the public, suggests an apparent heeding of the former Pro Tempore’s advice.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Gntlemen, I will and always respect Hon. Wotorson as one of Liberia finest and good politician. Look what the Hon.man just told those fool. They can not see what is going on in the Countr?

    • Bro., the elected guys have been tone-deaf from the day each of them took their seat on that august council. Anyways, thank God that they are waking up! Papa God, have mercy.

  2. IT TAKE A VILLAGE AND YES WE CAN IF WE ALL NEED A WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE OLD LEADER ,GOD AND A MAN LIKE HONOURABLE WOTORSON WHO SERVED THE COUNTRY OF LIBERIA AND TO BRING A WORD HEALING AND THE JUNE 7 MASS PROTESTS IN LIBERIA. BECAUSE THE NATION OF LIBERIA FOR PEACE AND PRAYER IS A GREAT WAY FOR LOVE,CARE AND NATION BUILDING TO ALL LIBERIAN AND ABROAD TO BE BLESS THE NATION OF LIBERIA AND PRESIDENT GEORGE M.WEAH ADMINISTRATION. SIR WOTORSON I DO RESPECT YOU FOR YOUR CARE AND HOPE TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO BE A BLESSING TO ALL LIBERIAN.

  3. The Media should keep talking. We want everything to be based on Open Door Policies?

    Liberia is functionally illiterate!

    Most of their degrees will not stand international standards; fake degrees. There are no rules in the country. Liberia has not gotten started yet.

    Most of the people talking do not also know what it takes to develop a nation. Most Liberian said education was not important and it was on that believe they selected the current people in power?

    Liberia will only move forward when we start the industrial sectors and develop them. We must build our rubber, steal, etc areas ourselves. Of course that will need people with high education. We need to enhance these products before exporting?

    Once things gets to be based on proper resume, most of these people and evils will disappear instantly.
    I have not seen any proper resume from any Liberian in such needed areas? All BOOKS (educations) are NOT equal. Is this difficult to understand? Put your best needed educated ahead to move the country forward?
    But most illiterate Liberian feel they can run the country?

    The Media should keep talking. We want everything to be based on Open Door Policies?

  4. I would imagine that President Weah is still a popular president and still has a lot of political capital. He is well loved by his base and core of supporters. And with such popularity, he could seize the moment and use his bully pulpit to send a resounding message to the country that even though times have become tough, but he is still the president and is able to deliver on his promises. Why then is he choosing to crack down on unarmed protesters?

    World History is replete with the records of many charismatic and popular leaders whose times in office were tumultuous as they faced challenges both at home and abroad; and sometimes it nearly led their countries on a brink of war with other countries; but, however, those leaders used their political capital to divert the casus belli (provocation), and it won for them more love and admiration from their respective citizenries. One prime example was the event that occurred between Cuba and America during the administration of the late charismatic leader John F. Kennedy.

    The provocation with Russia and Cuba on one side and America on the other, nearly led to a major world crisis. But however, President Kennedy used his rhetorical and political astuteness to triumph above the situation. And Not one blood was shed.

    President Weah has it all to his advantage. He has the executive powers, and he commands almost an imperial control over the judiciary and legislative branches. Instead of his government resolving to a campaign of threat; repressive tactics; and a blood bath against unarmed protesters, he could use his persuasive powers to turn the situation to his advantage.

    Caving in to fear mongering and hysteria whether from his party or the opposition, is very dangerous.

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