Liberia: Speaker’s Office Blames ‘Pilot Car’ For Traffic Accident ‘That Could Have Been Tragic’

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In a Facebook post, Mr. Watkins, pointing out “half-truth”,  accompanied by a photograph of the speaker’s vehicle which was not impacted by the accident, suggesting that the speaker car was not directly involved in a multi-car accident that near killed pedestrians and commuters on their way to work, eventhough the “pilot car” was escorting the Speaker.


Monrovia – Mr. George Watkins, Press secretary in the office of the Speaker of the House of Representative is laying the blame of an accident in which the speaker’s motorcade was involved on the pilot vehicle, escorting the speaker.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Watkins, pointing out “half-truth”,  accompanied by a photograph of the speaker’s vehicle which was not impacted by the accident, suggesting that the speaker car was not involved in a multi-car accident that near killed pedestrians and commuters on their way to work.

The accident involving the Speaker’s motorcade took place around 9:30a am, during the busy early morning traffic, when the Speaker, escorted by several vehicles, including his assigned REP 1 vehicle, driving in the opposite lane hit several vehicles and injuring a few people. 

Eyewitnesses say, the speaker and his motorcade were on excessive speed although many cars en route to Monrovia were also trying to get to work and their daily affairs.

The accident took place right on front of Whiteflower, the home of former President Charles Taylor in Congotown near the Palm Springs Hotel.

The accident comes amid mount criticisms of wanton abuse of traffic laws by both elected and appointed officials of government.

In March, a three-year-old little girl was hit by a speeding vehicle driven by Deputy Justice Minister Cllr. Nyenati Tuan. That little girl is still fighting for her life after she was severely hit on March 1, 2020 as a result of the Deputy Minister’s reckless driving. 

The issue is becoming a daily headache for commuters at the other end of town on the busy Vai Town Route where officials bulldoze their way into incoming traffic to the detriment of commuters and pedestrians.

“I have disagreed with the Speaker on many national issues, but in this case when traffic is blocked, where do you want the speaker to pass? Apparently, when we suggest it, we can work toward the change. In my honest opinion, speed should be limited on 3rd lanes to avoid casualties. My regret to those affected  but the speaker in 3rd lane is no violation as of now, until we amend the law.”

Rep. Rustonluyn Suacoco Dennis(Independent, Montserrado County, District No. 4),

The controversy comes amid mounting concerns that members of both houses of the National Legislature secretly passed a law granting them excessive use of the traffic including driving in opposing lanes.

“I spoke against the law and didn’t’ vote for it. I have mentioned several times that it was very selfish. You can navigate your way in traffic but you can’t make a law that will set you free when you injure or kill people in the process. Why make a law to do wrong. The law is bad.”

Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence(Liberty Party, Grand Bassa)

That law has not been signed into handbill and never distributed in the public domain or the press. 

An onlooker who said the accident nearly ran into his little boy, said: “This bigshot thing needs to stop. We voted for these people but the treat us like dogs. This could have been really bad and tragic.”


Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence(Liberty Party, Grand Bassa) who says she voted against the law was devastated when contacted Wednesday. 

“I spoke against the law and didn’t’ vote for it. I have mentioned several times that it was very selfish. You can navigate your way in traffic but you can’t make a law that will set you free when you injure or kill people in the process. Why make a law to do wrong. The law is bad.”

Rep. Rustonluyn Suacoco Dennis(Independent, Montserrado County, District No. 4), posting on FPA’s Facebook page disagreed. “I have disagreed with the Speaker on many national issues, but in this case when traffic is blocked, where do you want the speaker to pass? Apparently, when we suggest it, we can work toward the change. In my honest opinion, speed should be limited on 3rd lanes to avoid casualties. My regret to those affected  but the speaker in 3rd lane is no violation as of now, until we amend the law.”

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