The late Dr. Edward B. McClain, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, is expected to be interred on Monday, August 22, 2016, at the Melton Family Plot in Upper Caldwell.
Before his interment, funeral rites will be said over his remains at the Providence Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on the same day.
The late Presidential Affairs Minister, who was also Chief of Staff in the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, passed in his 72nd year at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa, on July 23.
Meanwhile, the Book of Condolence will be opened on Wednesday, August 17, to Friday, August 19, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, on Saturday, August 20, at 4 p.m., the body of Dr. McClain will be conveyed under appropriate military escort from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home in Sinkor to the Providence Baptist Church on Ashmun Street, where wake-keeping will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
En-route from the funeral home to Providence Baptist Church, the remains of the fallen Minister will be paused briefly on the grounds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which houses the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs where the late Minister worked.
As a mark of last respect and tribute to Minister McClain, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a period of mourning during which the flag will be flown at half-mast from all public buildings from Monday, August 8 to Monday August 22.
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the signing of the Book of Condolence begins on August 17 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Members of her Cabinet. At 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., the Vice President and Members of the Senate will be ushered in to sign.
At 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives will sign the Book of Condolence and at 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia will come in to sign.
At 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., the Doyen and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Consular Corps, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations and Heads of International Organization will sign the Book of Condolence.
On Thursday, August 18, at 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. former officials of Government will sign while between 10:45 to 11:15 a.m., religious leaders will begin signing. At 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Heads of Public Corporations, Autonomous Agencies, Bureaus and Commissions will sign the Book.
Also on Thursday, at 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs family will be allowed to sign while from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., other officials of Government will follow.
From 1:45 to 2:15 p.m., Heads of Political Parties are invited to sign the Book of Condolence followed at 2:30 to 3:00 p.m. by Heads of Civil Society Organizations.
On Friday, August 19, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Business Community will sign while from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., friends will follow and finally from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m., the public will have the privilege to sign the Book of Condolence.
Meanwhile, Guinean Ambassador accredited to Liberia and Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Abdoulaye Doré, has expressed heartfelt condolences to Liberia for the passing of Minister McClain.
Amb. Doré extended his government’s condolences during a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Minister Marjon V. Kamara on Friday, August 12.
During discussions, the Guinean envoy extended deepest condolences to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for the sudden death of Dr. McClain on behalf of his President, Dr. Alpha Conde.
The Guinean diplomat said President Condé received the news of Dr. McClain’s death with a heavy heart and therefore expressed profound regrets over his passing, stressing that the late Presidential Affairs Minister was very instrumental in cementing the existing ties of friendship between him (President Condé) and President Sirleaf.
Responding, Min. Kamara told the Guinean Ambassador that the death of Minister McClain has left a huge vacuum in the Liberian government.
Min. Kamara indicated that the late Presidential Affairs Minister served as a principal channel to many francophone countries and that President Sirleaf would be very grateful for the message of condolence and words of comfort sent by her Guinean counterpart as she looks forward to a continued cordial relationship between them to the end of her administration.