LIBERIA: Lawmakers Youngblood, Darkel Orders To Apologize To Colleagues

Despite of her apology to the House Plenary and to Montserrado County District # 17 Representative William V.Darkel, Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood of Montserrado County District # 9 has been ordered to make her apologies formal to be read in Plenary.

Youngblood and Darkel engaged in a war of words recently plenary resulting to the House ordering out of Plenary. It started when Representative Youngblood gave information that a delegation that was to visit Monrovia from the City of Dallas in the United States had cancelled its trip as a result of the reports the presence of Ebola in Liberia.

During the exchange, the House had viewed that Representative Youngblood had insulted her colleague, thereby demanding an open apology from the District # 9 legislator if she should be considered in Plenary.

Although she apologized, she however expressed surprise at the decision by the House to coerce her into apologizing.

Rep. Youngblood, in her annoyance, said“I did not Insult him, but to you honorable colleagues, I stand here to say that [while] I am not surprise at the decision by plenary, I[notwithstanding] stand here to I apologize to the Honorable House of Representatives and to William Darkel…”

Representative Youngblood told a team of legislative reporters minutes after when she and Rep.Darkelwere as thrown out of Plenary Session there was laughter when she was making her point in session, and noted that any statement that could be attributed to her was actually referring to those who were laughing at the time the Presiding legislator asked her a question.

The Montserrado County District # 9 Representative alleged that Representative William Darkel personally attacked her by saying she is “reckless” inher deliberation.

Narrating the story, Representative Youngblood disclosed that it started when Representative Gabriel Nyenkan raised an issue in chambers concerning the Health Minister's appearance to the House, stating that the House Committee on Health should have done due diligence to the country by calling the Health Minister before the legislative committee to give them the status the on the Ebola campaign.

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