Boakai, Gov’t Officials Sign Mandela’s Book of Condolence

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Vice President Joseph N. Boakai is expected to lead an array of government officials to sign the Book of Condolence for former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Mr. Mandela, the founding President of South Africans’ inclusive democratic nation, departed the world at around 20:50 GMT on the 5th of December. He was 95.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the signing of the Book of Condolence will take place Tuesday, December 10, at the South African Embassy in Congo Town, commencing at 10 a. m. 

According to the protocol for the ceremony, by 10:45 a. m., the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Alex Tyler, and  Members of the Legislature are expected to be on hand to sign the Book; while  Chief Justice Francis Korkpor and Associate Justices of the Supreme  Court  Bench will sign the Book of Condolence at 11: 45 a.m.       

Thereafter, a National Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmum Street.

The Government of Liberia,  in collaboration with the South  African Embassy near Monrovia, is hosting  the Memorial and Reflection Service  in honor of the late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and  Eminent Statesman;  an  Advocate for peace, social justice, and freedom for humanity.  

Today’s memorial service is being held simultaneously with the South African Government, which is also having a memorial service for their fallen hero at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At least over 60 world leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and France’s President Francois Hollande, have announced that they are going to attend Mr. Mandela’s state memorial service Tuesday, December 10, in Johannesburg. President George Walker Bush and Laura Bush, President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Prince Charles, British Prime Minister David Cameron and others are also among the 60 heads of state and government that so far have consented to be in attendance at the memorial service and state funeral, which is to be held in Qunu, Eastern Cape.

In Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” Qunu, according to Mandela, is where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood. This small rural village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province will be the final resting place for Mr. Mandela, whose indelible marks will be engraved on the pages of history ad infinitum (forevermore). He will be buried in Qunu on December 15, 2013.  

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