Legislature Opens Book of Condolence for Fallen Lawmaker

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The Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature will today, September 29, at 11:00 a.m. assemble in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building to sign the Book of Condolence for the fallen Lofa County District #2 Representative, Fofi Sahr Baimba.

According to the protocol, the President and members of the Cabinet will sign the book of condolence at 11:00 a.m., while the Vice President, President Pro-Tempore and members of the Senate will follow at 11:45 a.m.

The protocol further said the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives will sign at 12:30 p.m. and at 1:30 p.m., the Chief Justice and members of the Supreme Court will sign the book of condolence.

The Doyen and members of the Diplomatic Corps will sign in at 2:15 p.m. and at 2:45 p.m., the heads of Public Corporations, Autonomous Agencies, Bureaus and Commissions will follow. They will include religious leaders, Council of Chiefs and Elders and members of the business community at 3:15 p.m.

Rep. Baimba died on Sunday, September 13, at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia. The deceased lawmaker was chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry. He was an executive member of the Unity Party (UP).

The chairman of the Lofa Legislative Caucus, Rep. Moses Y. Kollie, said that Representative Baimba was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital after a sudden illness. Baimba died at about 9:00 a.m. He was over 60 years old.

Quoting family sources, Rep. Kollie said the late Rep. Baima “had prepared his tea and told one of his boys to go and fuel his car to take him to the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County for check-up.”

According to Kollie, “in no time after giving the instruction to the boy, Baima fell out and was then rushed to the JFK Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.”

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