Nuquay’s Request to Retain Current Lawmakers Ridiculed by House Aspirant

UNIFICATION CITY, Margibi – Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has called on citizens of all 73 electoral districts to retain their representatives during the upcoming elections.

He said retaining all representatives will accelerate development in their districts. Changing lawmakers, he reasoned, would undermine progress and slow down development in the country.

“We will campaign to ensure that hardworking and result-oriented lawmakers return to the capitol building after the 2017 elections,” said Nuquay, who represents Margibi’s fifth district.

In return, a representative aspirant in Margibi’s second district, Henric Marcus Speare, has called on citizens to reject Nuquay’s call.

Speare said the appeal to retain all current representatives at their positions in the legislature is “a big political joke.”

“I think [Nuquay] must have been joking when he made that statement,” Speare said. “We cannot— and this nation will not— transition any legislator into the 54th legislature.”

He said the current breed of lawmakers is responsible for most of the problems and hardships the country is facing and that keeping them in the legislature would further increase difficulties for ordinary citizens.

Instead of retaining the lawmakers, Speare suggested that all current lawmakers must be democratically replaced, beginning with the representatives in the 2017 elections.

“They must give way to a new breed of Liberians who have this country at heart and are willing to protect the dreams and aspiration of Liberia,” Speare added. “There are a lot of qualified and patriotic Liberians that are ready for this noble task.”

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah Senah

Senah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. Between 2017 and 2019, he won six excellent reporting awards from the Press Union of Liberia. They include a three-time Land Rights Reporter of the Year, one time Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

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