New Deputy Speaker Jonathan Fonati Koffa Taking The Oath Of Office After Being Overwhelmingly Elected By His Colleagues Yesterday  New Deputy Speaker Jonathan Fonati Koffa Taking The Oath Of Office After Being Overwhelmingly Elected By His Colleagues Yesterday

‘I Will Not Let You Down’ -New Deputy Speaker Vows

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -Grand Kru County Electoral District #2 Representative, Jonathan Fonati Koffa, has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives with a vow to unite all members of that august body so as to restore public confidence in the National Legislature.

The Grand Kru County lawmaker was overwhelmingly elected on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 ahead of two other contenders in persons of Lofa County Electoral District #4 Representative Clarence Massaquoi and Bong County Electoral District #6 Representative Moima Briggs-Mensah. The election took place at the Capitol Building, the seat of the National Legislature. According to our Legislative Bureau Chief, the former Chairperson of the Committee on Judiciary at the Lower House of the Liberian Legislature obtained 45 votes; 25 votes more than his closest contender, Rep. Massaquoi, who got 20 votes of the 68 votes cast. Rep. Briggs-Mensah finished at the bottom of the election with just two votes cast.

Rep. Koffa was elected into the Lower House of the 54th Legislature during n the 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections on the ticket of the opposition Liberty Party (LP) before defecting to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). In his inaugural speech as Deputy Speaker, the lawmaker assured his colleagues that he will ensure high level of cordiality at the Lower House so as to foster the developmental agenda of their respective constituencies. He said his leadership will be crosscutting on party line or political affiliation, geographical setting.

“This is a resounding thing for all of us. Please consider my humble request for two fundamental reasons; to bring necessary assistance and to collaborate for the benefits of us all and economic growth to our nation,” the new deputy speaker stated. “Development is a shared responsibility. This election is not ethnicity, party; it is about us and country. All I can assure is that I will not let you down,” he vowed, adding that, “For friends who love and care for me, I am grateful. Let's continue to do the work of the Liberian people so that they will trust us.” The Grand Kru County lawmaker replaces Prince Moye of Bong County who just won the Senatorial Election in Bong County.

Swearing the Deputy Speaker, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bhofal Chambers, charged the new deputy speaker to execute his assigned task and responsibilities in line with the Constitution of Liberia and for the benefits of Liberians. Also speaking to the media, the Chairman of the Campaign Team of Rep. Koffa, Bong County Electoral District #5 Representative, Josiah Marvin Cole, bragged that the new deputy speaker was voted based on his ability to execute duty and not about geographical location or party. “As chairman, we assured him and provided all necessary strategies.

The team was inclusive of all parties and like-minded members including Representatives Thomas Goshua and Vincent Willie, both of Grand Bassa County, Rep. Ellen Attoh-Wreh among others. With the election of Rep. Koffa, we will have stability in the House. People are disenchanted for different reasons and so we are going to unite our colleagues and work in the interest of Liberians,” he ,among other things, asserted.

 

 

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