Liberian Senate Inducts New Members; Gbapolu Senator Botoe Kenneh Calls for Forest Reforms

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The Liberian Senate has officially inducted three new Senators who were recently certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Madam Botoe Kennah, Jeremiah Kpan Kounh, and Wellington Geevon Smith of Gbarpolu, Nimba, and Rivercess Counties Thursday took their official seats as Senators of their respective Counties following months of legal battles.

Thou still “disproportional” the election of Madam Kenneh is view by many women groupings in the Country as a major step in female representation at the Senate, as Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence has been the lone female Senator amongst 29 male Senators.

The Female Lawmaker called for a critical look at the forestry sector, especially laws that will safeguard the sector.

Senator Kenneh said, the forest is being mismanaged due to illegal practices.

According to her, insensitivity to the sector will undermine the forestry industry and by far the extractive industry.

At the same time, in the spirit of solidarity, Madam Kenneh induction was graced by scores of women who stood tall by her during the disputed election and the various legal battles at NEC and the Supreme Court.

In her induction speech, Senator Botoe Kennah pointed out that it was by the grace of God that the people of Gbarpolu County reposed their confidence in her, especially as a “dry meat seller”, to be their Senator.

“It was not easy but God made it possible with all of the legal battles we fought” The Gbarpolu Senator said during her induction”.

She vowed to work in the interest of the Liberian People through Lawmaking, oversight and Representation.

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