The President Pro-tempore of the Senate on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, informed plenary of the Senate that a high-powered delegation has departed the country for Accra, Ghana to bring home the remains of the late Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sheriff.
Pro-temp Chie disclosed that the Senate and the Executive Branch of Government are collaborating to give the former Chairperson on Executive a befitting burial.
According to Sen. Chie, the delegation is headed by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, and included the Senate chairman on Foreign Affairs and kinsman (Marylander) to the late Senator, H. Dan Morais.
Chie, however did not say when the delegation will return with their fallen colleague.
‘Colleagues, members of the press, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the messages clearly befit our fallen colleague; she has gone and we are left behind to continue the struggle, the struggle of life in civil service,” he said.
As a mark of respect and tradition of the Senate in recent years, yesterday’s sitting (9th day) carried one agenda item, a statement by the President Pro-tempore of the Senate.
Sen. Chie, among several befitting comments from other Senators, recalled that the late Sen. Doe-Sheriff, as a practicing Catholic, had asked him (as a fellow Catholic ) for the design of a grotto, shrine where the statue of blessed Virgin Mary is placed.
Notable among the Senators at yesterday’s brief session was the only female Senator in the current Senate, Grand Bassa County Senator and chair on Rules, Order and Administration Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, who was all tearful but was consoled by her colleagues.
At yesterday’s gathering, Pro-temp Chie led an array of Senators to the residence of the late Sen. Doe-Sheriff to sympathize with her family, while the chair and desk in the new Chamber of the Senate was decorated by her colleague Karnga-Lawrence with white-color roses, which drew the attention of journalists and the general public.
Meanwhile, Grand Cape Mount County Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh, who like Sen. Doe-Sheriff, was bed-ridden for several months has finally returned to session despite his frailty.
On the brink of tears, Dagoseh was overheard recalling how Sen. Doe-Sheriff used to go to his sick bed and encourage him to get well, joking that she and her colleagues were not ready for another funeral. “Unfortunately, my friend has passed.”
The late Sen. Doe-Sheriff joined the Senate since she won her seat on the ticket of the Congress for Democratic Change(CDC) in 2009 before switching to the former ruling Unity Party. Her current term was set to expire in 2021.
Prior to her death on Saturday, February 9, 2019, just days shy of her 52nd birthday, the senator battled cancer for well over a year.
According to family sources, Sen. Doe-Sheriff, fondly called ‘Lady Zico’ died at the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana, where she had gone for treatment.