Yesterday evening, lawmakers from both the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate, including junior and senior officials of the cabinet, tearfully received the remains of Rep. Eugene Fallah Kparkar of Lofa County District # 1 at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and escorted it to the Samuel
A. Stryker Funeral Parlors in Sinkor, according to information reaching the Daily Observer.
The remains of the Lofa County lawmaker were flown into the country from Lahore Society Hospital, New Delhi, India, where he met his untimely death while on treatment against a protracted illness.
Rep. Kparkar, 41, died on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The cause of his death has not been formally announced but sources say he died from diabetes and kidney related issues.
Prior to the lawmakers’ trip to the RIA, deep silence fell among them, when House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay revealed to members of the House of Representatives, in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature, that the body of their fallen colleague was arriving yesterday instead of today.
The Daily Observer also gathered that at the RIA, there were more silent tears than was apparent at Rep. Kparkar’s house when scores of lawmakers and staff of the Legislature when to sympathize with the bereaved family.
Funeral arrangements will be subsequently announced.
Last week, House Press Director Isaac G. Redd announced that the “quick return” of the remains of the deceased to the country was a collective effort between the leadership of the House, the Lofa County Legislative Caucus and the family.
“The Speaker of the House and members of leadership made regular calls to the hospital and Mrs. Mahaja Kparkar before and after the death of the Lofa County District # 1 Representative,” Mr. Redd said.
Rep. Kparkar was a former student activist. He was elected Lofa County District # 1 Representative in 2005, and re-elected in 2011. He was an Executive Member of Liberty Party, and a ranking member of the Lofa County Legislative Caucus.
He served as Chairman on the Committee on Public Utility; Co-chairman on National Defense and member on the Public Accounts and Expenditure Committee.
He recently served as Chairman on the Committee on Investment and Concessions and was also a member on the Committee of Peace, Religious and National Reconciliation.
Prior to his election in 2005, he came to national prominence during the radical days of student politics in the early 2000s. He subsequently served as Chairman for the Student Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia, and was an instructor and counselor working with refugee schools and trauma healing programs.
He first tasted national politics when he served as the Administrative Assistant to former member of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly, Fayiah S. Gbollie.
He earned B.Sc in Economics from the University of Liberia and two Master’s degrees from the University of Liberia and Cuttington University in International Relations and Public Administration, respectively.
He recently married Madam Mahaja Kamara-Kparkar, a union blessed with three children.