The Holy Bible tells us, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment.”
What the Bible does not tell us is when death will come. For some, it comes at the end of a long life; for others, it comes very early, sometimes in infancy, childhood or young adulthood, as it happened in the wee hours of Monday morning, when a young radio journalist, Tyron Browne, believed to be in his mid-twenties, was brutally murdered and his body dumped on Du Port Road.
In the case of the outstanding journalist and media advocate, Abdullai Kamara, he was not at all sick when on Monday, April 16, 2018, he left for Gbarnga in answer to the call of duty. He had traveled to the Bong capital on Monday evening as a media consultant to implement a project for Solidaridad Network, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that helps civil society groups in the improvement of the ecosystem.
The Daily Observer learned that while in his hotel room Monday night he complained of feeling dizzy and his colleagues rushed him to the Phebe Hospital in nearby Suakoko that same Monday night, where he died at around 9:05 a.m. on Tuesday.
What a shocking incident, that unceremoniously snatched away from us one of the nation’s leading media practitioners, who as President of the Press Union of Liberia, as an administrator in the Liberia Media Center and in many other capacities, had worked so hard and so long for the advancement of media in Liberia.
Only last Wednesday Abdullai was among many media executives invited by President George Manneh Weah for a conversation on the future of media in Liberia. As was one of those who were called to make remarks on that occasion, Abdullai stressed the importance of press freedom in Liberia’s democracy and urged the government to do all in its power to ensure that the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press are practiced in an unfettered manner as an essential component in Liberia’s march to development.
As for the terrible murder of young Tyron Browne, we call on the law enforcement agencies in Liberia, especially the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Liberian National Police, to launch a serious, professional and sustained investigation to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.
Let this not be like the so-called investigation conducted by the previous administration into the mysterious deaths of Harry Greaves and Michael Allison. We further welcome the initiative of Counselor George Kailondo to engage a team of private investigators to find the perpetrators of this brutal murder of Tyron Browne and bring them to justice.
Are there any prime suspects in this murder case? It is important to know, for example, who were Tyron’s closest associates at home and in that Super FM station? What was his relationship with them? Did any friction exist between him and any of them? What was Tyron’s relationship with the authorities at Super FM? Did he utter any words on radio that may have offended the sensibilities of those connected to his murder. And if he did offend anyone or some individuals, who could they be?
Finally, we urge the government of President Weah to do everything in its power to compel all the security forces to do their job in protecting lives and property in Liberia, so that this nation under this administration, may continue to enjoy peace and security in this our “glorious land of liberty.”