On Friday and Saturday wake keeping and funeral rites were held over the remains of the fallen Lofa County District #2 RepresentativeFofi SahrBaimba.
An array of government officials, who attended the two ceremonies, was led by Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai and Speaker J. Alex Tyler.
Scores of sympathizers at the funeral watched the flag-draped coffin lowered into the ground at the Kaizer Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville City outside Monrovia.
The protocols for the funeral rites of the former Lofa County lawmaker began last Wednesday with the opening of a book of condolence followed on Friday by the removal of the body from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home in Sinkor to the Rotunda of the Capitol Building where a State wake keeping was held.
While Baimba’s remains lay in repose on Capitol Hill, there was a quiet family wake-keeping at the deceased’s Soul Clinic Community residence in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
Early Saturday, the remains were taken to his Soul Clinic residence, and later to the King Kizito Catholic Church for the Mass of the Resurrection.
The former Lofa County lawmaker died on Sunday, September 13 upon arrival at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor after a brief illness.
He was 61.
During his early tenure at the 53rd Legislature, he served as Co-Chairman on the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery. He was a member of the Committee on Internal Affairs.
Meanwhile, the Press Director of the House of Representatives, Isaac G. Redd, has said the House will subsequently mandate its Chief Clerk, Mildred Sayon, to write and advise the National Elections Commission (NEC) of the vacancy in the House due to the passing of Rep. Baimba, before the closure of the Extraordinary Sitting on Thursday, October 15, 2015.
NEC will be expected to conduct an election within 90 days to fill the vacancy created by the demise of Lofa County’s Electoral District #2 Representative.
In keeping with the 1986 Constitution, the Legislature closes annually for a ‘Constituency Break’ and returns the 2nd working Monday in January. The President delivers her State-of-the-Nation address to the Legislature on the fourth working Monday.