The former President and Vice President of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), Hilary Colnoe and Harotia Willie in tearful tones have urged members of the association to seek peace and unity amid the death of the association’s former president, Numenie P. Williams.
The ex-SWAL officials made the remark yesterday in a formal program marking the opening for the Book of Condolence of Numennie Williams, which brought together over 70 journalists and sports administrators.
In separate remarks, Mr. Colnoe, on behalf of the past executive officials said the death of Numennie is regrettable and his memory will always be in the hearts of those who knew him and extended his condolences to his widow, Mrs. Joyceline Williams, who was in tears.
He urged members of SWAL, who are deeply divided over the leadership style of Roland Mulbah and the controversial election, to make amends and unite.
The Media Consultant at the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Horatio Willie, who served as Vice President of SWAL earlier told SWAL members to come together and purge division in respect to the memory of the late Williams.
“It’s a difficult time for all of us… Please accept our sympathy for the loss of Numennie, on behalf of the Liberia Football Association,” Mr. Willie said.
Williams died on Sunday, March 20 at 11:00pm, at the SOS Clinic in Congo town. Medical report said he died from heart failure. He suffered from kidney disease and he was recently treated in Ghana.
The Presidents of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and SWAL, Abdullai Kamara and Roland Mulbah also extended their regrets.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) Malcolm Joseph, who was considered a ‘God Father’ to Williams, was out of words to express his regret.
Meanwhile, the funeral rite has been set on Thursday, April 7 at the Lady of Lebanon Catholic Church Parish, on Capitol Hill, Monrovia at 3:00pm. A silent wake will be held at his sister’s house in the Rehab Community. On Friday, the body will be taken from the Funeral Parlour at 8:00am to his home town in Kokoyah, Bong County for burial.