Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Liberia’s leading Muslim cleric, died late Monday, July 20, at his home in the Topoe’s Village community, Monrovia, following a period of illness. He was 71.
In keeping with the Islamic tradition, he will be buried today, the family has said.
The late Sheikh Kafumba Konneh headed the Liberian Muslim Council since the 1980s. He was also one of the founding members of the Inter-religious Committee or the Interfaith Committee that tried to engage Charles Taylor, leader of the disbanded National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and President Samuel K. Doe in the ’90s, to stop the civil war that lasted for 14 years.
The committee comprised of the late Archbishop Michael K. Francis, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Levee Moulton, the late Rev. Walter Richards, the late Canon Burgess Carr, Bishop Roland Diggs and Bishop Dixon.
These men travelled on many occasions to Freetown, Sierra Leone, as well as to Gbarnga, Bong County, through La Cote d’Ivoire to talk to Taylor and the late President Doe to stop the war, but Mr. Taylor was not interested in peace.
Since the ‘80s, the late Sheikh Konneh had contributed to the weekly Islamic Column in the Daily Observer newspaper. He continued with the column since the news paper re-launched in 2005, but he stopped recently due to ill health.
Born on February 4, 1944, he lived to complete his final observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan which ended just three days before his death.