Liberia: Sen. Kangar-Lawrence Apologizes to Sen. Joseph for Pouring Cup of Tea on His Head in Session


MONROVIA – Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence has extended an apology to Senator Saah Joseph for pouring a cup of tea on his head during Thursday session as a way of expressing her disappointment over the manner in which he presided over the session. 

Report by Lennart Dodoo, [email protected]

Senator Lawrence in a Facebook post said also expressed regrets over her actions and apologized for disappointing them. 

“Sen. Saah Joseph is my seatmate and he can vouch for my character”, she said in a Facebook post.  

she, however, said it is more frustrating being the only woman “in the midst of 29 men fighting with few men for the redemption of our country”. 

Ate and lost our independence as a senate,” she expressed. 

The Grand Bassa Senator, questioned the hope of Liberians amidst the country dwindling economy, security crisis and the growing fear amongst Liberians.

It can be recalled that the Senate invited heads of various security agencies including the Ministry of Justice, the Liberia National Police, National Security Agency and the Liberia Immigration Service to explain reasons for the current waves of violence and the looming culture of impunity in the country.

Senator Joseph who presided over Thursday’s session denied his colleagues the opportunity to ask the heads of these entities questions pertaining to what they see as a degrading security situation in the country. 

Sen. Joseph who presided over Thursday’s session abruptly adjourned session after a yea/nay vote a motion to allow relevant committees continue the hearing in committee room.

Several Senators walked out of session in anger, with some openly expressing their disappointment. 

In separate interviews Senators Abraham Darius Dillon, Oscar Cooper, Daniel Naathen, Armah Jallah, Conmany Wesseh, and Sando Johnson promised to lead a campaign to remove Senator Joseph as Presiding officer.

“Let the word go forth as of today, I will never sit under the gavel of Senator Joseph. In fact, we will lead a campaign to ensure that he is removed as chair on the executive. This is disappointing, this is really unfair to the many victims of the violence,” Senator Naathen said.

The process started with Minister Myanti Tuan, Assistant at the Justice Minister on behalf of Justice Minister Musa Dean he blamed the National Elections Commission, candidates and the Police for the wave of pre and post-election violence. According to him, before the process of the campaign started, they informed all candidates about providing them security but some of them declined.

The Inspector General of Police, Patrick Sudue told the Senate that the police have been investigating the various riots and acts of violence that have occurred in different places. He, however, said most of the investigations are yet to be concluded due to the non-cooperative posture of persons of interests.