Nimba Rep. Candidate Buried

The late candidate for Nimba County District #7, Morris K. Sanoe

Staunch supporters believe he died from ‘African Science’

The funeral service for Morris Kadiker Sanoe, the representative candidate who died on Monday, September 18, was held last Thursday in his hometown of Gblah, east of Bahn, a provincial city of Zoe-Geh District.

Meanwhile, Sanoe’s immediate family believe that he was killed by ‘African Science.’

The arrival of the coffin was accompanied by loud wailing, mainly from women, his cohorts and supporters, some of whom pulled at their hair, tore their clothes and rolled on the ground, beating their chests and calling on God to expose any ‘hidden hands’ that might be responsible for Sanoe’s untimely death.

This massive show of grief was only eclipsed by the rhythmic expressions of loss as the coffin was being lowered into the late Sanoe’s final resting place late Thursday. Hon. Sanoe died in the early days of his campaign trail without achieving his political objective.

Sanoe died shortly after he fainted while preparing to launch his campaign, and was rushed to the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. His death came barely three weeks to the October 10 polls. He was an independent representative aspirant of Nimba County Electoral District #7.

A medical report released from the hospital to the family confirmed that  Sanoe died of “cardiac respiratory arrest,” but close relatives and his diehard supporters strongly believe that his death was a result of “African science, probably from a close relation.”

Mourning Morris Kadiker Sanoe’s loss are his mother Ma Payla; his widow, Mayamou Kromah Sanoe; sister, Masalone; a brother, William N. Dahn (also a representative candidate in the same district, but on the ticket of the opposition Alternative National Congress), and a host of relatives and friends, most of them residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA.

“What is so sad about Sanoe’s death,” a sympathizer lamented, “is that he had received his campaign materials, including the printed T-shirts and flyers in Ganta not too long before his demise.”

News of Sanoe’s death was responsible for marketers attending Bahn’s Monday market day cycle abandoning their trading, wail and beating their breasts in disbelief.

Sanoe had completed his electoral process with the National Elections Commission (NEC) as an independent candidate and was qualified to contest the October representative election.

The launch of the deceased’s campaign was scheduled for Saturday, September 23, in Bahn.

He reportedly complained of acute joint pains and was rushed to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead late Sunday, a family source told the Daily Observer via mobile phone.


  1. For those of us who believe in autopsy as a logical resolve to lay some of these family suspicions and speculations about probable cause of death, this is one of such opportune times to conduct an autopsy. Our people have never been able to understand and accept natural phenomena like heart attack, or cardiac arrest, cancer, stroke, “normal” food poisoning situations and other “silent killers” that their powerful witchdoctors have not been able to diagnose and treat within their limitations. So superstitions have ruled the day throughout. It is about time for government to step in about some of these cases in order to not only clarify the doubts of family members and entire communities, but for the over all purpose of preventing or safeguarding against similar fates of people with the necessary preventative measures. And families need to initiate the need for this resort and not wait for government to come knocking.

  2. Yes, an autopsy is needed. A good one. After all, it’s not against the law to be suspicious, especially if circumstance gives credence to such suspicion. The autopsy “knife” can cut either way: death was natural, or fowl play is evident. One should not preempt either way.


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