The only child of the late judicial reporter, Moses Welemongar Ciapha, said his father’s death was not natural; and for that, “it is God that will avenge my family.”
Moses Ciapha, 33, spoke in tears on Wednesday at ceremony that marked the first of the two-day traditional memorial ceremony of the late reporter that was held in his home town of Sanoyea in lower Bong County.
He said before his father died on Sunday, October 23, he told him (Moses) that the sore he sustained was the result of harmful African juju from unknown family members.
“My late father said I should not dwell on the cause of his death, as it is not normal; and more to that, no one, except God, could have saved him,” Moses said.
Moses Ciapha, a junior high school dropout, graduated from the Liberia Opportunities and Industrial Center (LOIC), majoring in general construction.
“I am ok with my vocational career constructing houses, because my efforts are to look for money,” he added.
The deceased’s sister, Madam Mary Dolo, said she and the rest of the family will miss him for his “humility and readiness to respond to the cries of family members.”
“There were six of us from our parents, but three predeceased Welemongar; and now that he has left us, it’s only my elder sister, now in her seventies, and I, in my sixties, that remain,” Madam Dolo said, with tears running down her cheeks.
She thanked the Inquirer newspaper family and asked them not to forget Welemongar’s son and the rest of the family.
For his part, the Publisher of the Inquirer, Atty. Philip N. Wesseh, said the loss of reporter Welemongar is more regrettable “than words can possibly utter.”
“Welemongar was not just an ordinary reporter, but a mentor, a teacher and a patient minded person who was courageous in the journalism profession,” Mr. Wesseh said.
He said the Inquirer and the entire media landscape will miss Welemongar for his willingness to learn and help others to succeed.
He then admonished Welemongar’s family and relatives not to cry as doing so will never help, but to rather rely on God’s mercy and guidance.
Press Union of Liberia’s (PUL) Acting Secretary General Daniel Nyakonah Jr. expressed the Union’s regret over the irreparable loss of a “talented media practitioner.”
Mr. Nyakonah said the PUL will spearhead the construction of a modern tomb over the remains of the deceased after its November 2016 annual congress in Ganta.
Judicial reporter James K. Kadi said Welemongar was a leader who derived pleasure from going beyond the call of duty and helping others learn what is right in the field of journalism, mainly in court reporting.