The GoL announces with profound regret the death in his 72 year of:
Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh former Chairman, National Muslim Council of Liberia; Secretary General and Chairman, Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) respectively; Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); Associate Magistrate, LAMCO, Yekepa, Nimba County; Associate Magistrate and Secretary General, Liberia Muslim Union, Nimba County; Renowned Muslim Cleric; Patriot; Senior Citizen; Devout Muslim; Dedicated Public Servant; Republic of Liberia.
This sad mournful event occurred at the hour of 5 O’clock post meridian at his residence in Topoe Village, Gardnesville, Montserrado County, Republic of Liberia, after a period of illness.
The late Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh was born on February 4, 1944 in Saclepea, Nimba County, Liberia, unto the blessed union of Mr. Fombo Konneh and Mrs. Madoye Kromah. His parents predeceased him.
He embraced the Muslim Religion at an early age and became a devoted and renowned Muslim Cleric.
This astute statesman dedicated his life to public service and religious coexistence. He was a self-educated public servant who started his professional career from 1972 to 1977 as an Associate Magistrate in LAMCO, Yekepa in Nimba County. The following year, Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh moved to Sanniquellie and served again as an Associate Magistrate and Secretary General of the Liberia Muslim Union concomitantly in Nimba County.
Giving his valuable contributions to public service, particularly in the judiciary, he became Commissioner of Ganta Township in 1979. He moved to Monrovia in 1981 and became a member of the Muslim Congress of Liberia and eventually served as its Secretary General in 1982. He succeeded the late Sheikh Rashid Sheriff as Chairman of the National Muslim Council, a position he held until his demise on July 20, 2015.
While serving in these capacities, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh worked tirelessly with his fellow compatriots form various religious denominations under the banner of the Inter-Faith Mediation Council which engaged the warring factions in the Liberian civil crisis for a peaceful resolution.
He was instrumented in negotiating numerous peace agreements, including the Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement that finally brought peace to Liberia.
In 2006, Shiekh Kafumba Konneh was appointed as Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia, which was mandated to investigate the root of the Liberian crisis from 1979 to 2003 and to reconcile victims and perpetrators. Sheikh Konneh worked as a full time Commissioner responsible for investigating Liberian history and identifying errors, and was oversight Commissioner for Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Gbarpolu counties. He was also one of the commissioners known to have attended all of the hearings of the TRC, both in Liberia and abroad.
This surely demonstrated his commitment to working for peace and reconciliation in Liberia.
Since the completion of work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Sheikh Konneh Had been engaged with strengthening the National Muslim Council and the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia in ensuring that both organizations would have the necessary capacities to breed new leaders to continue the work for peace and religious coexistence in Liberia.
The Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh was a father, grandfather, a prominent Muslim Cleric and leader, a skillful negotiator and mediator, a true public servant a repository of Islamic and Liberian history.
He was joined in customary matrimony with four wives, the unions of which were blessed with 13 children.
With the passing of Sheik Konneh, his family has lost a loving and caring father; his comrades, a strong source of inspiration and courage; and the Muslim Community a renowned Muslim Cleric and Government of Liberia, a dedicated public servant.
The late Sheikh leaves to mourn his loss his four widows, thirteen children, and sixteen grandchildren with a host of other relatives and friends both at home and abroad.
As a mark of last respect and tribute to the late Sheikh Kafumba Famod Konneh former Chairman, National Muslim Council of Liberia; Secretary General and Chairman, Inter-religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), respectively; Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC); Associate Magistrate, LAMCO Yekepa, Nimba County; Associate Magistrate and Secretary general, Liberia Muslim Union, Nimba County; Renowned Muslim Cleric; Patriot; Senior Citizen; Devout Muslim; Dedicated Public Servant; Republic of Liberia, it is hereby ordered and directed that on the day of interment, the national ensign of the Republic of Liberia be flown at half-mast from all public buildings in Montserrado and Nimba Counties from 8:o’clock ante-meridian to 6:oclock post-meridian.
On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at the hour of 12noon, funeral rites over the remains of the late Shiekh Kafumba Famod Konneh were held at the Antoinette Tubman Sports Stadium, followed by interment in Samukai Town, Caldwell, Montserrado County, Liberia.
By order of the President:
Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
July 21, 2015