President Sirleaf, Others Sign Book of Condolence

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A grief-stricken President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has signed the Book of Condolence for Lofa County District # 1 Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar, saying “Kparkar was an outstanding Lawmaker.”

Upon signing the Book of Condolence in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building last Monday to express her regret for the loss of Rep. Kparkar, protocol did not allow journalists to speak with the President.

Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay and Senate Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah also penned their regrets in the Book of Condolence.

They were followed by scores of Cabinet Ministers and other officials of Government, Legislators including the Senate Pro Tempore and Speaker, some of whom wrote short statements expressing regret for the death of their colleague.

Finance Minister Boimah Kamara wrote: “Rep. Kparkar’s death is deeply regrettable.”

Minister of Defense Brownie Samukai stated: “Lofa and the country has lost a man of honor.”

The Minister of State without Portfolio, Cllr. Fonati Koffa indicated: “Rep. Kparkar will be missed.”

The religious leaders and business community followed thereafter.

Meanwhile, the Protocol Department in collaboration with the Press and Public Affairs of the House of Representatives announced that on Thursday, December 1, at 10 a.m., Rep. Kparkar’s remains will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Home and taken to the Capitol Building for a few hours.

Later in the afternoon the remains will be escorted to the Free Pentecostal Global Mission Church on 10th Street in Sinkor for a night of wake-keeping.

On Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m., the body will be flown to Foya District, Lofa County for another night of wake-keeping.

On Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m., funeral rites will take place at the Global Free Pentecostal Church in Foya. Interment will follow at the Foya Cemetery.

Rep. Kparkar died at the BLK Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, India, on November 10, while taking advanced treatment. He was 41.

This is the second death of a member of the House of Representatives from Lofa County in less than a year. Rep. Fofi Sahr Baimba died 13th September 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia.

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