Lahai Lansanah, Snowe’s Right Hand Man, Dies

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The late former Senator of Bomi County, Lahai G. Lansanah

-Unverified medical reports say he died of common cold

Lahai Gbagbye Lansanah, Sr., former Senator of Bomi County, is dead. Lansanah, 51, was born October 20, 1968.

News of Lansanah’s death broke at 4 a.m Thursday morning, even though no earlier information about his illness was known to the public.

Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, Jr., who is said to have driven Lansanah to the SOS Clinic in Congo Town and later to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital for medical care early Thursday morning, posted on his Facebook page that Lansanah was no more.

“We are saddened by the loss of a statesman, a leader par-excellence, an educator, humanitarian and brother, the Hon. Lahai Lansanah,” Snowe informed Liberians and the world in his brief social media eulogy.

Although the Daily Observer does not have a verified medical report but family sources and friends, including Meloshi Robert, manager of Snowe’s Pumah FM, said Lansanah complained of common cold late Wednesday afternoon, but was immediately rushed to Monrovia by his best friend, Rep. Snowe.

“What I can tell you is that Hon. Lansanah did not fall sick for a week or two or three days. He complained yesterday (Wednesday, August 5, 2020) that he had common cold and his political ally, Hon. Snowe, immediately drove him to Monrovia but the feedback we got later was that he had died,” Meloshi Robert told the Daily Observer yesterday evening.

Lahai Gbagbye Lansanah, Jr., on his Facebook account Thursday morning, confirmed the passing of his father.

“What a shocking news! That my lovely daddy has been taken away by the cold hands of death. My heart is full with pain and sorrow. I’ll miss you so much, Hon. Lahai Lansanah Gbagbye, Sr.,” the younger Lansanah said in his Facebook post.

Lansanah was Snowe’s right-hand man. He was Snowe’s campaign manager in 2017 and was privileged again, although having laid aside his own political ambition to contest the December 8 Special Mid-Term Senatorial Election, to serve as campaign chairman for Snowe’s Senatorial bid in Bomi.

He stood by Snowe against Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson and former Representative Gaya Karmo, both, sons of Bomi, when the two proceeded to the National Elections Commission (NEC), and subsequently the Supreme Court, complaining that Snowe did not meet the domicile law of the country to have been eligible to contest the 2017 Representative election in Bomi.

Snowe, who was by then a sitting Representative for Montserrado County Electoral District number #6, but registered in Bomi and declared his intention to run for the Representative seat, something he was expected to have defended after two consecutive terms of six years as of 2006.

In 2005, Lahai G. Lansnah, Sr. contested on the ticket of the now defunct National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) of the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe and became Senator of Bomi County.

He was chairman of the Senate Committee on Defense and, from 2008-2009, he served as acting Senate Pro Tempore. In 2014, Morris Saytumah of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) won the Senate seat in Bomi, thereby leaving the late Lansanah to retreat to private life.

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  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

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  1. Mr. Menjor, Daily Observer is what many outside Liberia rely on to get – echoing Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame – “The best obtainable version of the truth”. Therefore, please, stay out of the news, and give us the 5 W’s and H. Death isn’t a welcoming subject for satire; when a former Senator passes, say so rather than headlining it as “Lahai Lansannah, Snowe’s Right Hand Man, Dies”. That observation could’ve come in the story. Let’s restrain irresponsible statements, rude behaviors, and runaway militancy to maintain the “relative peace”.

    • According to the normative theory of media and society, social responsibility comes before media rights and freedom! Unfortunately, such knowledge is scarce both within the media and the losers of elections in these fora. Hence, for some, or for many, there is nothing wrong with a news outlet´s primary source having become random comments from facebook, and been lopsided and inaccurate in the dissemination of information usually turning out to be disinformation.

      Well, we shall not relent to always remind such deviants that every society has a right to preserve public peace and order, and therefore has a good right to prohibit or at least fire countermeasures or reprisals against the propagation of opinions bent on the intent of misleading the people away from the truth.

  2. May the Lord bless the bereaved family of Mr. Lahai Lasanah.

    More hospitals are needed in Liberia. More medical doctors are needed in Liberia. Ambulances are needed in the counties. Scholarships need to be awarded to students who have an interest in medicine.

    Peace

  3. Mr. Hney, this may not be about a hospital matter. Lahai Lansanahś suddent demise may just be his Lansanahś earthly divine retribution for his wicked deeds, as he goes on to receive his punishment in hell! Lansannah, from all extrapolations, was a ritualistic killer! Read this story below:

    “Family members of the late Sianneh Mulbah who was brutally murdered with several parts of her body extracted for ritualistic purposes are calling on the Government through the country’s judicial system to bring to book those individual whose named were called during the trial.

    The family members called on the government to arrest Lahai Lansanah, former Senator of the County who was alleged to have asked the perpetrators of the crime to bring in human blood and parts for ritualistic purpose.

    The Judge of Criminal Court ‘B’ in Turbmanburg Bomi County, western Liberia George Wiles last Friday sentenced Jonathan Anderson to 48 years in prison following his admittance to the charge of murder.

    Defendant Anderson, Victor Jah and Varney Sirleaf were indicted August 2014 by the 11th Judicial Circuit of Bomi County. Victor Jah died during the Ebola outbreak.

    Minutes following the judge’s ruling, the mother of the deceased fainted and was taken out of the court to be resuscitated. When she later came to herself, she said it was too much for her to take.

    “That’s not the maximum sentence I wanted—the brutal way he murdered my mom—he should have been given a death by hanging.

    Also I’m frustrated because there was no arrest order issue for Lahai Lansanah who is the master minder behind my mothers’ death and the death given her was premeditated, according to the defendant,” he added.

    He furthered revealed that his family is working along with the Ministry of Justice to bring in the others for prosecution.

    “We are working with the Ministry of Justice to bring in the other two since one is dead, but all we really need now is that Lansanah, who is the head of the killing, should be brought to justice.”

    Beatrice Jackson, sister of the deceased told FPA that the years given to the defendant by the judge is not satisfactory but was glad for his sentence and prosecution.

    “For me, I know he will not survive in the prison, but I’m angry over the judge sentence because of the brutal way my sister was killed.”

    According to the indictment on January 20, at Nyaundee Town, Manneh Clan, Klay District, Anderson, alias Arab Man, purposely cause the death of another human being.

    At the call of the case for trial, the prosecution filed a motion which was granted and the case was sent to Criminal Court A’ and later transferred to Court B’.

    September 13 2016, a pre-trial conference was heard upon which the defense requested a severance for co-defendant Anderson which was granted by the court.

    The defendant at the call of the case for hearing pleaded guilty during arraignment but was not accepted by the court because it is a capital offense which is in accordance with Chapter 16, Section 16.4 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.

    The state produced four witnesses including Yangar Massaquoi, a business partner and friend to the deceased, Albert Dennis, Halvin Page and Abraham Ricks.

    Judge Willie said the prosecution’s witnesses’ testimonies corroborated the commission of the crime by the defendant.

    The defendant’s testimony revealed that he (Anderson) conspired to kill the deceased on grounds that he was to be given US$500,000 to produce human parts, but he never received the money after the act.

    “If it had been my mother, I would have killed her because of the spirit I was in. Also I was the first person who hit the deceased with a mortar pestle from the back and she dropped to the ground,” he told the court.

    “My friends extracted her parts while I watched the road to know who was coming.”

    Meanwhile the defendant’s legal counsel waived questions and the trial jury brought down a guilty verdict against Anderson.

    In Judge Willie’s judgment, he confirmed and affirmed the guilty verdict by the jurors and said though the maximum penalty for the offense is life imprisonment, the minimum is imprisonment not less than 10 years.

    “Even though the defendant admitted to the commission of the crime, the manner in which the crime was committed was too grave to give him a very low sentence.

    The Defendant Anderson is hereby sentenced to a term of imprisonment for forty eight years beginning today (Friday),” Judge Willie said.

    He continued: “After 30 years of imprisonment, with good behavior, he shall be eligible for parole, this will serve as deterrence to other Liberians to respect human life.”

    Minutes after the Judge’s ruling, in no time correction officer ran out with the defendant as the family members were set to wound him on grounds that the years given to the defendant was little for the crime he committed.

    Meanwhile, a member of the Charcoal union, where the deceased was a member, Samuel Weah in an angry tone said that the sentence is far from seriousness.”

  4. Lahai Lansanahś sudden demise may just be his Lansanahś earthly divine retribution for his wicked deeds, as he goes on to receive his punishment in hell and rots in hell! Lansannah, from all extrapolations, was an evil guy and a ritualistic killer! Read this story above:

  5. Mr. Freedom To Be Blunt,
    I have a great respect for you! I read with keen interest everything you have written.

    I am not familiar with Liberian politicians and politics. I left Liberia a very long time ago, even before Tolbert was assassinated. I don’t know anything about Lasanah, I have never seen him neither have I met any of his family members. I take your word to the bank buddy

    Ritualistic killing is an abomination. It’s the kind of crime and sin that should be punishable by life in prison. (I am against hanging until death or death by a firing squad). When I was growing up in Maryland county, ritualistic killing was a way of life for “some people” in Harper city. The poor Marylanders were traumatized because ritualistic killing went on for a good while.

    I think a stronger educational system in Liberia is the answer to a barbarity such as that. Example, in my lowly opinion, I think that if Lasanah were an educated person, he’d resist such a temptation. If a person is an educated person, why would he or she resort to murdering a fellow human being? Just to get a job?

    Hang in there buddy. The day I see you in my state, I will tie a cloth around your head and drive you to the nearest Red Lobster restaurant.

  6. Thanks for the compliments, Mr. Hney. And you bet we have a tremendous amount of respect for you which have been made possible via your intellectually objective analysis resident in your polite diplomacy and your excellence in communication.

    With regards to ritualistic killing in Liberia, the most appropriate deterrence and remedy is to hang the guilty culprits! Tolbert carried out such policy, and ritualistic killings relatively disappeared in thin air.

    It was actually Tubman and his man CDB King who encouraged ritualistic killings in Liberia. Can you imagine, Tubman knew that Yancy was a notorious ritualistic killer, but he Tubman appointed the bastard as Police Commissioner in Harper!!

    Well, let Lansanah go now and give account in hell for his devilish criminality in HELL!!

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