The former president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Kamara Abdullai Kamara commonly called by his initials, “KAK”, has died.
The late Kamara met his untimely death on Tuesday, April 17, at the Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, just one day following the gruesome murder of radio journalist Tyron Browne of Super FM.
KAK arrived in Gbarnga on Monday evening to implement a project for Solidaridad, serving as communications consultant. In his hotel room, sources told the Daily Observer, he said he was feeling dizzy and could barely pick up his laptop to work. His colleagues therefore rushed him to Phebe Hospital, where he expired at about 9:05 a.m.
According to the death certificate issued by Phebe Hospital and signed by Dr. Arthur Jones Wuoh, Kamara died of probable hypertensive stroke, though it has not been confirmed by post mortem. Another significant condition contributing to his death was brain stem injury, the death certificate said.
Kamara’s brother Lawrence Massaquoi, who signed for the body, said he is shocked because he did not know his brother was ill. The whole of Monday, April 16, they were together before KAK left for Gbarnga, Massaquoi said. Kamara was also present and in full participation at the April 11 meeting held by President George M. Weah with Liberian media executives.
In addition to serving as president of the Press Union, Kamara was a braintrust in the media, serving in various capacities concerning the development of the Liberian media sector.
More details to follow.