The remains of the late Vice President of Liberia, Hon Enoch Dogolea, was last Saturday laid to rest in his home town Beatuo in Kparblee District, Nimba County.
The late Dogolea served as first vice president of Liberia under the regime of former President Charles G. Taylor after the National Patriotic Party won the controversial 1997elections.
He died in 2002 after a brief illness and was buried near the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). His remains were recently exhumed and reburied in his hometown.
The late Dogolea was the first son of Nimba to ascent to such a high position since Liberia declared its independence over one hundred years ago.
There was sadness among many Nimbaians who lined the streets of Ganta to bid him a final farewell as the coffin bearing his remains passed on its way to its final burial.
There was a brief ceremony at the main street of Ganta upon the arrival of the coffin on March 6 where the chief elder of Ganta, Nyan Taylor Goanue thanked those who facilitated the return of the late VP to his county of birth.
The act of exhuming the late vice president’s remains was a surprise to many here who turned out in their numbers to view the coffin.
Although the death of VP Dogolea had long been forgotten by many, in his home village people were seen weeping upon the body’s arrival.
There were no local government officials present or members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus of Nimba who were expected to have accompanied the body, which many here described as an indication of ‘don’t care attitude.’
However, the body was escorted to Nimba by scores of National Patriotic Party officials and supporters, including former first lady and Senior Senator of Bong County Jewel Howard Taylor, business man Benoni W. Urey, and former House Speaker under Taylor Nyundue Monkomanna, former RIA Manager Mr. Randolph Cooper, among others.
Senator Taylor extended condolences once again to the family, as well as the citizens of Nimba for the loss of their son, on behalf of her imprisoned husband former President Charles G. Taylor.