…If Elected House Speaker
By A. Omaska Jallah
As the race to the speakership gets intense at the House of Representatives, lawmakers contesting for the position are optimistic of winning.
Some vying for the Legislative position have begun promising their colleagues of better incentives, while others promised to appoint them on lucrative committees if elected.
But Maryland County District #2 Rep. Bhofal Chambers of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) noted that if elected, he will reduce the salaries of the speaker and members of that body.
The CDC tough-talking lawmaker said his past advocacy was not about himself, but the country, adding that his advocacy was to ensure that huge salaries of lawmakers be reduced to accommodate other sectors of the government.
It can be recalled that Rep. Chambers advocated for the reduction of lawmakers’ salaries especially the speaker due to the wide disparity in salary structure of lawmakers.
Rep. Chambers said he is prepared for the post, but stated that in 2005, he was overwhelmingly elected by his colleagues as Speaker on the Unity Party ticket, ‘only because of institutional reasons, I have to change my mind; for this, it is superlatively grinded in my preparedness.’
He said his quest for the speakership cannot be overemphasized, saying he wants to come “to service with humanity, sense of caring, promise keeping, efficiency and loyalty, patriotism and passion in the job and to protect the architecture that will be in place under His Excellency George Weah and Vice President-elect, Jewel Howard Taylor.”