One of the founding members of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, currently a lawmaker here, describes the late Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former leader of the LP as his “mentor”, saying he enjoyed being under the tutelage of the late Political Leader.
In a brief but emotional statement when he went at the party headquarters to sign the book of condolence on Monday, Cllr. Koffa, presently Grand Kru County District #2 Representative burst in tears, saying, “….. I sat under his tutelage.”
The former LP chairman laments that he felt privileged to be under the tutelage of the late standard bearer, Cllr. Brumskine, who was also an astute lawyer of international repute.
Rep. Koffa was one of the founding members of LP in 2004, and served as chairman from 2012-2016.
Earlier, in his Facebook post, he wrote: “A great loss to the nation, an incredible man. May his soul rest in peace.”
However, Koffa resigned from the LP in January, 2018 and joined the now ruling Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), where he serves as an executive member.
He chairs the House Judiciary Committee, and there are rumors he may contest the Senatorial seat in 2020.
Cllr. Brumskine died on Wednesday afternoon, November 20, 2019 in the United States of America following a protracted illness. He was 68.He served as Senator for Grand Bassa County and President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate from August 1997 up to his resignation in August 1999.
Meanwhile, formal weeklong funeral rite over the remains of the Liberian statesman begins here and continues with the signing of the book of condolence at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building from Tuesday – Wednesday, December 10 – 11.
The body will be removed from Samuel Stryker Funeral Home, and laid in State at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Thursday, December 12.
Wake keeping will be held the same day at Bethel Cathedral of Hope in Congo Town, outskirts of Monrovia.
Funeral will be held on Friday, December 13 at the Bethel Church and, on Saturday, December 14, there will be a procession of the body from Stryker to Grand Bassa County. On the same day, the body will be laid in State at the Unification Pavilion, Buchanan City to be followed by interment. Editing by Jonathan Browne