-Following Tragic Crash on RIA Highway
Tributes continue to pour in various social media platforms and local radio stations following the death of Montserrado County electoral district #15, Representative Adolph Lawrence.
The Late Rep. Adolph Lawrence
Representative Lawrence died on Monday in a tragic motor accident near the Tower Hill Community off the Robertsfield Highway.
According to a local online site, Frontpage Africa, the late Lawrence was on his way from the celebration of his 50th birthday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the home of his wife, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of the opposition Liberty Party.
Since the death news, Liberians at home and abroad continue to pay tributes and expressed total shock following the death of the Montserrado County lawmaker.
Eyewitnesses told the online site that truck carrying timber lost control of its breaks and rolled into Rep. Lawrence’s jeep, killing him and a lady who was in the front passenger seat of his car. Three others who were in the back seat are said to be responding to treatment.
It took the police and rescuers several hours to remove his body from the car. Inspector General of Police Patrick Sudue earlier said. “The body is stuck in the car and it is nearly impossible to take him out of the car. As I speak to you, there is no way to get the body out of the car.”
The late Adolph Lawrence contested as Independent candidate in the 2017 elections and won district # 15 seat of Montserrado County, a former Chair of the House Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Environment.
Mr. Lawrence, a geologist has been a member of the lower House since 2012. Besides the Land, Natural Resources, Energy and Environment committee, Rep. Lawrence also served on the Investment and Concessions and Youth and Sports and the Contracts and Monopolies committees.
In recent weeks, the lawmaker, Mr. Lawrence and a number of lawmakers have been in a major row with House Speaker Bhofal Chambers whom they accused of ‘unruly’ behavior.
In one of the major dramas on the floor of the lower House, Rep. Lawrence was heard calling plenary’s adopted agenda a “trash”, prompting Speaker Chambers to order the Sergeant-at-arms, Brigadier General Martin Johnson to escort the Montserrado County’s lawmaker out of session for what he (Speaker Chambers) termed as his disturbance and unruly behavior.
The drama began following the reading of the agenda by the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mildred Sayon, and a motion for adoption was filed by Rep. Samuel Kogar (Nimba District #5).
Several lawmakers including Reps. Lawrence and Yekeh Kolubah (Montserrado District #10) raised their hands to amend the motion (either to add, modify or subtract) for subsequent adoption by plenary.
Rep. Lawrence wrote several communications to House Speaker including a plead for the City Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee to be invited and explained why Monrovia was overwhelmed by dirt and filths. His communication, however, did not appear on the floor.