Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine Dies

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The late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former Liberty Party standard bearer

…A statesman and politician

Reliable Information that reached this newspaper late last night confirmed the death of Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine, former standard bearer of the opposition Liberty Party and senior partner, of Brumskine & Associates, following a protracted illness.

He was in his 69th year.

Up to press time last night, social media comments poured in from all over, including the ones from some of his political allies, expressing condolences to the bereaved family, as well as wishing the deceased to also rest in peace (R.I.P.).

Cllr. Brumskine, who has been ill for quite some time, reportedly died at the John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). However, family sources and some of Brumskine’s friends, who confirmed news of his death on their respective facebook pages said he died at home.

One account said Brumskine left the hospital months ago, and was being treated at his home in Virginia, USA, but a source said he was rushed back to the hospital when his condition worsened until doctors pronounced him dead late yesterday.

Grand Bassa County, Senator and LP political leader, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, the person in whose charge Cllr. Brumskine left the party after losing the 2017 presidential elections, also confirmed his death.

She added, “The LP founder, and former political leader has lost his fight to stay alive.” She described the late Brumskine as a “dedicated family man, lawyer and politician, who will be missed by all.”

The LP, through the National Executive Committee confirmed in October this year that Cllr. Brumskine was flown to the United States for treatment of a cancer disease that afflicted him over the years.

“The LP Executive Committee, through the office of Senator Karnga-Lawrence, informs its partisans, well-wishers and the general public that its former political leader and former standard-bearer, Brumskine, is not well, but was seeking medical treatment abroad as the party seeks the special grace of God upon him.”

Cllr. Brumskine, who contested the presidency thrice, came to political prominence in the 1990s as an ally of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor. When Taylor was elected President in 1997, Brumskine became President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

By 1999, he and Taylor fell apart following a feud to the point that Brumskine fled the country after being reportedly threatened by Taylor’s supporters.

He returned to Liberia in 2003 with plans to run in the scheduled 2003 presidential election, but that plan was aborted when the announced election was canceled.

In 2004, Brumskine campaigned for the 2005 elections, receiving nearly 14% of the vote; 6% less than the second-place candidate, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and therefore, he was not able to participate in the runoff that ended between Sirleaf and then UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (now President) George Manneh Weah.

Due to his popularity in the first round, Brumskine could have significantly influenced the run-off had he endorsed either candidate. He decided not to endorse Sirleaf or her opponent, Mr. Weah, in the runoff.

Six years later, Cllr. Brumskine again contested the 2011 elections, this time with Bong County Senator Franklin Obed Siakor as his running mate.

In the 2017 elections, Cllr. Brumskine in his third attempt, with Mr. Harrison Sam Karnwea as his running mate, tallied 149,495 votes for 9.6 percent, putting him third in the race.

At the end of the 2017 presidential elections, Cllr. Brumskine led the charge, protesting the results as the Supreme Court halted preparations for the presidential run-off vote between Weah and former Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, until it considered a challenge to the first round results by a losing candidate, who alleged fraud.

At the end of the litigation, many hailed his mastery of the law, though he remained the senior partner of Brumskine & Associates, a leading Liberian law firm.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements and other details of Cllr. Brumskine’s death will be announced later.

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  1. my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and to the people of the great county of grand Bassa. From what I know, he was a astute politician and a good man who meant well for his country.

    R.I.P. Cllr. Brumskine

  2. My condolences to the family and mama Liberia! There’s time for everything, the journey of life is over! The crown awaits you and all faithful departed from the King of kings, and Lord of lords! Rest in peace counselor!

  3. My deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. Grand Bassa Country, indeed Liberia, has lost a great son. May his soul rest in in perfect peace.

  4. My deepest condolences to the berever family of the late cllr. Charles walker Brumskine may his rest in peace in Jesus Christ named we pray amen.

  5. Liberia has once again lost one of her true sons who bravely fought against public sophistry and championed the cause for the poor people children My condolences to the bereaved family and to the Liberty party members and stakeholders.

  6. It is so sady my deepest condolences to the loved ones and the people of Grand Bassa county and Liberia at large
    RIP Cllr.Brumskine

  7. ´To his wife, children, the entire beareaved families, his Church, the Liberty Party, yea, the patriotic people of great Grand Bassa in parricular, and of course, in general, the political establishment of that great and glorious land of Liberty, we interject By saying to especially his wife, children and family:

    It is written!!:
    “The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable! it is sown in dishonor! It is raised in glory! It is sown in weakness! It is raised in power! It is sown a natural body! It is raised a spiritual body!
    If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

    Hence, take heart, Brumskine´s children and family members, friends, and relatives! For though you have lost a loving and cherished lovedone, God has GAINED a great son at his God´s own appointed time! From God we came, from God we return! And from no other but God we return to inherit the earth!

  8. The battle is fought and the victory is won. Rest in peace my condolences to you the family and friends and the many particians.Remenber,a just the matter of time, but we all have to go one at a time. Please let his dreams,the party hold strong together.

  9. RIP Mr. Brumskine. I wonder if he could have lived longer if the healthcare system in Liberia was of any good. So many people die young in Liberia because of the terrible healthcare system. Ironically, he was one of the policymakers who had the opportunity to improve the healthcare system but, well it didn’t happen. So, like they say, “the way you make your bed is how you lie in it.” This is not meant to criticize a dead man but to provoke a conversation about the lack of life-saving healthcare in the country and the policymakers don’t seem to care.

    • Phil George, you are “criticising a dead man”. You are not “provoking any debate” here. As you can see no one has noticed your sour thoughts. There is a time for everything! For God in heaven sake! Two things cannot occupy the same space at the same TIME! Dammit!

      • I respectfully disagree – you can walk and chew gum at the same time. Hundreds of poor Liberians die each year from curable diseases and the people that rule the country don’t try to improve the system. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. I suspect you’re one of those typical Liberians who believes in divine intervention to save lives in Liberia. I always wonder how dumb Liberian policymakers are because they don’t think about building a good healthcare system that could save their own asses when they need it.

  10. My deepest condolences to you and your family Estelle. May God continue to bless you and your family. Put your trust in the Lord and he will guide you through.God bless you always.

  11. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
    He was an educated, humble politician that could listen to others. Sad, Liberia has lost one of her best educated.
    God bless his families.

  12. Dear Estelle and your entire family we are so saddened over the passing of Charles but confident we know that he is with his Lord and savior. Our love and prayers to all of you Phil and Diana

  13. the hell with brumskine. he served under the murderous charles taylor who is in prison right now for crimes against humanity. why are all of you worshipping him when he sat by and saw thousands of liberians raped murdered, kidnapped , assaulted. pregnant women killed. He was part of the murderous regime that the WORLD COURT DETERMINED THAT HE WAS A MURDERER. brumskine GOD will judge you and charles taylor.

  14. My deepest condolences to the immediate family, grand Bassa County, the entire Bassa nation, and Liberia.

    Once you got close to Cllr Brumskine, you would get to know how deeply he loved his people and Liberia. Cllr Brumskine had good dream for and meant well for Liberia.

    You fought a good and selfless fight Cllr Brumskine. And with God’s strength and guidance, those who mean well for our people and country shall continue to carry on the good work.

    May Your Soul Rest In Perfect Peace

    Charles D. Bennie

  15. Our deepest condolences to both your family, friends and the people of Liberia. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Peeace and Blessings.

  16. Mr. Socrates,
    Brumskine’s demise is a big loss to his beloved family. Condolences!

    Your attack on Phil George is unnecessary. Believe it or not, lots of things are needed in Liberia. I cannot list all of them. But I can tell you my friend, the issue that Phil has raised is very important.

    Liberians need a good healthcare system. Do you disagree? The late Brumskine was fortunate to have traveled out of Liberia in order to be treated. It’s unfortunate his demise came too soon. He was well off. He used his money to get out of Liberia. That’s understood. On the downside, (not just him) but a number of former and present government officials do not consider healthcare to be an important issue in Liberia. Phil is not being sardonic. I think Phil is traveling lawfully in his lane.

    Socrates, do you live in Liberia? Or have you visited JFK recently. Personally, I haven’t. While in Liberia recently, I heard that child mortality in the country, especially in the nation’s capital is high. Yet, the top brass who earn good money for doing little or nothing, do not get medical treatment from any of the country’s medical facilities. When the bigwhigs get sick, they slip out of the country. Who speaks for the poor people? The book of Matthew chapter 25 reminds us of what is to come. “Loosely stated, “when I needed help, you didn’t provide it. You could have helped. You ignored me because of your insatiable greed for money and power”.

    As old as Liberia is, there shouldn’t be any excuses. If the government officials (Brumskine was one of them before) want to improve our medical facilities, it can be done!

    May his soul RIP. May his family be strengthened.

    Peace.

    • Hney – Mr. Socrates I suspect is one of those guys who believe in divine intervention to save lives in Liberia. He’s engaging in emotionalism instead of rational debate. It’s really sad that 90 percent of Liberians have never seen a Dentist for routine dental care, nor a doctor for routine physical. I wonder how women in that country make it without gynecological care, etc.

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