AU Rep. in Liberia Meets Speaker Chambers
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union to Liberia Ambassador Ibrahim M. Karama has paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of Liberia’s House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers to brief him of the activities of the AU in Liberia since its mandate was extended in 2017.
According to a press release from the Monrovia office of the AU signed by its Political officer George D. Warkins, Ambassador Ibrahim M. Karama told Speaker Chambers that the African Union’s mandate in Liberia was extended last year. He says the AU has been working with the Government of Liberia and other development partners in solidifying Liberia’s peace, good governance and development efforts.The AU Ambassador asserts that, following the 2017 Presidential Elections in Liberia, the country has maintained the trajectory to peace, good governance and development in the country. Amb.Karama further reiterated that the AU is obliged to working with other relevant sectors of government and promised to significantly make interventions when called upon.
He says the AU will solicit proposals from public sector institutions for onward transmission to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa for possible efforts to source funding in helping to mitigate some challenges faced by government. Ambassador Kamara has also recommended to the Speaker, to kindly work with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to pass the land right and local government acts.
The AU Ambassador disclosed that his organization has had a good working relationship with the Ministry of Health over the period, and has recently made available two generators to the Ministry for its power use. Another intervention, the AU ambassador mentioned, was the funding of the Grand Bassa Community College Computer Lab in recent times.
In remarks, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, expressed gratitude to the African Union envoy for the visit and for his thought to discuss the AU’s activities in Liberia with his office.
Speaker Chambers told the AU envoy that it’s about time that countries in Africa work toward improving the lives of their people. He cautioned that countries in Africa should embark on modules of development approach in an African manner or engender concepts of development in line with their culture and sociological pattern.
The Speaker however frowned on some practices from foreign nations condemning some African cultural activities. He mentioned the issue of female genital circumcision as an African cultural practice that should be respected, but with the consent of an individual attaining constitutional age of consent or at age twenty one.
Speaker Chambers asserted that transgender practice is one of the intimate social deviant practices from some nations in the world and not much condemnation had been heard about it in Africa. He argued that the transgender medical procedures have severe painful mutilations of the human sexual organs as compare to female genital circumcision.
In closing, the Speaker encouraged the AU envoy to continue such visitation, so as to smoothen the cordial relationship between their offices.