— After Calling Her ‘Betrayal’
Thursday’s special requiem for the late Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif, held at the Rotunda of the Capitol, took a dramatic turn, sending hundreds of mourners to buzz into light laughter, after the Student Unification Vanguard Party (SUP), in their elegy, scowled the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for mourning fallen Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif after calling her a ‘traitor.’
In their tribute at the crowded and overriding black service, SUP Chairman Carlos T. Edison said the fallen Senator was ‘chased and bashed’ out of the CDC and labeled as “traitor and betrayal’ in 2011; and then the CDC, was again tactically planning to obviously unseat her in the pending 2020 Senatorial Elections.
“Why should you mourn Senator Doe-Sherif, when you called her a traitor and have plans to unseat her,” Chairman Edison said.
SUP was compelled to be called up to pay tribute to the late Senator, after protest through lousy battle cries, which erupted the tribute of President Pro Tempore Albert Chie.
SUP’s tribute was inarguably aimed at the Standard Bearer of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), President George M. Weah, who said the late Senator was a fallen patriot and one of the pillars of the contemporary women movement in Liberia and that she paved the way for women to rise up to the fore and become voices of reason within our political spectrum; when she rose to the position of Chairlady of the Congress for Democratic Change.
On Tuesday, March 12, the President also led an array of Cabinet Ministers to sign the Book of Condolence for the late Senator Doe-Sherif.
The SUP chairman further said President Weah has purged the country in to ‘economic drainage and bad governance.’
Among the mourners were Speaker Bhofal Chambers and members of the House of Representatives; President Pro Tempore Albert Chie and members of the Senate; Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe; former members of the Senate and House of Representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corps, members of the business community, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) family members and well wishers.
SUP Chairman Edison eulogized the late Senator, saying she was a veteran of the Vanguard Party, wherein she attended the Party’s Cadre Class for three years, and then served as the Chairperson of the Party’s Women Presidium.
“She was the President of the Graduating Class and one of the strong women of SUP. We salute our fallen comrade; go and rest in perfect peace as light perpetual always fall on you.”
Senator Doe-Sherif died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, February 10, four days after her 52nd birthday.
Ironically, the late Senator, who was one of the pioneering figures in the now ruling CDC, broke ranks with the party on May 19, 2014, telling the party that she was tendering her resignation with a heavy heart. “You will agree with me, no doubt, that the purpose for which we founded this once noble party is lost.”
“Our goal was to form an institution with the sole purpose to emancipate our people, the downtrodden included, from the dungeon of poverty to the celestial heights of a decent life through participatory democracy. We have made several attempts to change this course internally, but all of our efforts proved futile as I even suffered physical harm as a result of my stance in reconciling the country while serving as chairman of the party.”
The final funeral of the fallen Senator will be held at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church on Broad Street and internment will follow after at the Kaiser Memorial Cemetery in Brewervile.