President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday visited the family of the late Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Harry F. Moniba, to console them ahead of his reburial ceremony which will take place in Bolahun Clan, Kolahun District, Lofa County. President Sirleaf also toured his Vice Presidential Library and Museum, during her visit with the family.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf was accompanied by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Ambassador Sylvester Grigsby; Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, Minister of State Without Portfolio, among others.
President Sirleaf was met upon arrival by Madam Minitta Moniba, widow, and children including Dr. Clarence Moniba, and a host of other family members. She was later taken on a guided tour by Dr. Moniba.
President Sirleaf took the opportunity of touring the late Vice President’s private museum and residence. She interacted with his children, grand and great grandchildren, traditional dancers, and community members who turned out to celebrate his life and legacy.
Speaking to the media following Madam Sirleaf’s visit, Dr. Moniba, head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), said the reburial ceremony planned by the family was meant to celebrate the kind of life their father lived as a means of encouraging others to emulate his legacy.
Dr. Moniba said since the death of his father in 2004 following a tragic motor accident in the United States, his remains were subsequently brought to Liberia and temporarily buried at his home in Paynesville. The family opted to honor the Vice President’s “Will” to be buried in his hometown – Bolahun Clan in Kolahun District, Lofa County.
Dr. Moniba thanked President Sirleaf for the visit to the Moniba family and for honoring his father with her presence accompanied by senior government officials.
Meanwhile, the ceremony is expected to be the second in five years, following the reburial of Dr. Edward Beyan Kesselly, founding and former first partisan of the ruing Unity Party held on Saturday, April 29, 2011 in Nyamaamdu Town in Quardu Gboni District of Lofa County. The late Dr. Kesselly’s reburial brought together more than 10,000 people to celebrate his life and legacy.