Almost for two weeks in Liberia, the country’s political scene has not gone unnoticed as two branches of government-Legislative and Executive have exhibited power play. The underlying issue at the moment is the exercise of power without the interference of people from another branch of the government thus violating the right of the other.
Read more: Legislative Contempt That Brings House & Executive To Public Debate
This week, scores of local dailies in Monrovia captured interesting headlines- ‘Stay Order’ On Liberian Oil, Legislature Rocks NOCAL-Slaps With A Moratorium On Giving Out Oil…. The headlines derived from a report the Senate Special Committee on Petroleum Transformation Agenda presented to Plenary which prompted a decision at the Capitol Building on Friday, February 15, 2013, aimed at ensuring a proper management of the Liberian oil sector that is currently in its exploratory stage.
No matter how unprecedented it might have been, the family decision was upheld and the news told Thursday morning in a number of newspapers in Monrovia. If one knows what happens after death, perhaps the fallen Grand Bassa County Senator, John Francis Whitfield, could narrate in the other world what transpired during his state wake keeping in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.
Read more: Family Protest Stalls Protocol At State Wake-Keeping
As the Liberian Constitution dictates, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf remarkably performed perhaps to expectation by addressing the nation at the 53rd National legislature about progress the Liberian Government made in 2012. Of course, such deliberation calls for a wide range of issues of national concerns including security, economy, governance, infrastructure development, bilateral engagements and the list goes on to be addressed by the President.
Read more: Ellen’s State of The Nation Address At Capitol Building
In the wisdom of a fallen Liberian writer- Wilton Sankawolo, one of his captivating titles of books he published before his death in recent years is “Why Nobody Knows When He Will Die?” This is a pondering question for anyone to ask in a perplexing death situation like that of the departed Grand Bassa County Junior Senator, John Francis Whitfield, whose sudden demise seemingly would be recounted in many years to come.
Read more: Sharing Empathy For The Demise Of Senator John Francis Whitfield