Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County was on Thursday, July 22, 2021, elected on a white ballot by his colleagues to chair the Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs. Sen. Zargo succeeds Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County who had earlier resigned the position after sustained pressure from the US Embassy and the general public owing to his alleged human rights records during the brutal civil war in the country.
In the previous election that had Johnson taking the job unopposed, Senator Zargo was billed to contest against him, but withdrew at the eleventh hour, claiming that he was not too sure of getting the support he needed from members of the Collaborating Political Parties, especially Senators Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence and Abraham Darius Dillon, his co-partisans from the opposition Liberty Party (LP) at the time.
Senator Karnga-Lawrence who did cast the white ballot, said the decision of plenary to elect the Lofa County Senator was based on his hard work, competence and experience in the security sector.
Speaking to the Senate’s Plenary following his election, Senator Zargo who is also a member of the Ecowas Parliament, thanked his colleagues for reposing confidence in him and promised to work in the interest of the Liberian people, especially reforms within the security sector.
Meanwhile, commendations have been pulling in since his unanimous election by his colleagues, most of them making recollections of his pedigree in places of work, experience and making predictions that he will definitely discharge the duty and functions of the new portfolio.
One of his closest confidantes, Mr. Daniel B. Nagbe, while sending him his congratulatory message said, “Congratulations, Atty/Sen. Stephen Jorgbor Hammadu Zargo. You were today unanimously elected by your colleagues (unopposed), to chair the Senate Committee on Defense, Security, Intelligence and Veterans Affairs. Déjà vu, what’s meant for you shall definitely see your face. We moveeeee!!!
Patrick Hinneh, a seasoned security expert, congratulated the Lofa county senator for his election and challenged him to bring productivity and professionalism to the table given his track records in the security sector of the country. “I can only pray for him to succeed but I have absolute confidence in him that he will deliver. Such a professional and competent hand to the core”, he said.
David Togba, a public affairs analyst has to say: “I think it is fair enough to commend the senate for redeeming its image with the election of such a fine gentleman who has what it takes to be Chair that very important committee. Congratulations, Senator Zargo, the Senate wins, Lofa wins, Liberia wins”, he said.