Hon. Lahai Gbabye Lansanah, Senior Senator of Bomi County and Acting President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate
This week we profile the Acting President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Honorable Lahai Gbabye Lansanah, Senior Senator of one of Liberia’s Sub-political divisions, Bomi County, situated in Western Liberia.
Senator Lansanah on a regular basis, is admired by many of his colleagues for his stance on issue in that august body; his integrity on issues with deepest regard to constitutional authority greatly won him that respect.
A product of several renowned academy institutions in the Country, including the R.C. Lawson High and the C.H. Dweh High Schools both located in Monrovia and Tubmanburg, Bomi County respectively where he graduated with academic honor is also a senior student of the nation’s highest institution of learning, the University of Liberia.
Home of the Liberian lawmakers, the Capitol Building situated just opposite the Executive Mansion
Prior to his ascendancy to the House of Senate, Honorable Lansanah a businessman by profession was always in the vanguard amongst his kinsmen as “Man of the people” due to his approach to issues and his humanitarian contribution to the growth and development of his Beloved County.
Senior Senator Lansanah who hailed from the District of Clay in Bomi County is a full member of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL), one of Liberia’s leading political parties which was formed by the late Liberian leader, Samuel Kanyon Doe in the late 1980s.
A father of four (two boys and two girls) is happily married to charming and beautiful Madam Zinnah Wormah Lansanah, who is said to be a very reliable trustworthy and loving wife.
Honorable Lansanah during the interview disclosed that his philosophy life is “ fact and not rhetoric”, stressing, “I don’t believe in rhetoric as many leaders always do. But believe in nothing but the fact”, the Bomi County Senior Senator told the GNN.
Speaking further on those he considered to be his role models, Senator Lahai Lansanah beeping with smile said, “My role models are two of Liberia’s best and former leaders, Presidents William R. Tolbert and William V. S. Tubman.
Two of his lovely kids (Fatu sixteen years old and her baby brother)
In an exclusive interview over the weekend with the Global News Network (GNN), the Acting President Pro-Temporal of the Liberian Senate and Senior Senator of Bomi County further re-echoed his promised to his people who elected him to this prestigious position, saying, “As long I serve as Senator of my people, any budget allotted for county development will properly be utilized without any interference from outside”, the learned Senator boastfully stressed.
He also noted that he went into politic to help redeem his county from under development which has had major companies that had the potential to bring meaningful developments to the county, stressing, “I realized that it was very important for some of us to take the lead in the developmental aspects of our beloved county”, Senator Lahai speaking in a soft tone told the GNN.
Honorable Lansanah during one of his official working hours at the Capitol
He noted that since he took over as Senior Senator of his county, his citizens are now realizing some changes in the improvement of their county; the construction of schools, health centers, rehabilitation of farm to market roads and many others are now taking a resounding shape in the development of the county.
On the issue of the suspension of the President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Acting Senate President Pro-Tempore Lahai Lansanah recounted his respect for the Constitution of Liberia, and assured that he will at all times protect same.
Speaking further to the GNN Senator Lansanah indicating further said, “I will at all time respect the Supreme Court as the highest interpreter of the laws of the country but will be constrained to hold on as acting President Pro-Tempore due to circumstances beyond the control of the Liberian Senate.
Recently, the Supreme Court of Liberia ruled that the suspended President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate Senator Isaac Nyenabo should be reinstated to the post. However, in an exclusive interview with the INQUIRER recently, acting Senate President Pro-tempore, Lansanah said it is difficult to reinstate Senator Nyenabo when the senate is on its Agriculture break.
Senator Lansanah said Senator Nyenabo was suspended when the senate was in session and this can not turn around while the senate is on recess. “I became acting Senate Pro –Temp when we were in session and it would illegal for me to turn over to Senator Nyenabo when we are on our agriculture break” the acting senate Pro-temp clarified.
On the reinstatement of Senator Nyenabo by 12 senators, the acting President Pro-tempore said “it is not legal because 12 senators out of 29 do not constitute a majority.
It is 16 senators who constitute majority.” He disclosed that he is willing to reinstate Senator Nyenabo to his portfolio but stressed that this must be done when the Senate is in session.
“The President of Liberia can call us to session at least for a day or two. Senator Nyenabo would be reinstated but this can not be done when people are on their break and not in session,” Senator Lansanah said.
He vowed to do the right thing in line with the Constitution of Liberia and asked that people not see this as an affront to the Supreme Court, saying, “I respect the court decision.”
The acting President Pro-tempore told the GNN that consultation on the matter is ongoing up to today and said when the Senators come back to session the right thing would be done.
Meanwhile, several Liberians have expressed their support to the stance taking by the Liberian Senate through its Acting President Pro-Tempore, Honorable Lahai Lansanah for upholding its ground in the suspension of Senator Isaac Nyenabo.
In sampling interviews Sunday afternoon in Monrovia and its environs, the citizens many of whom are senior citizens said they have indeed admired the decision taking by the acting Senate Pro-Temp for holding on constitutionally, and asked that he should not relent until the time scheduled elapse.