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Lawmakers bid Ruth Caesar farewell

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week eulogized one of their former colleagues from the erstwhile National Transitional Legislative Assembly or NTLA, the late Madam Ruth G. Caesar, who died on December 13, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States of America.

The body was taken on the grounds of the Capitol on Wednesday January 23, 2019 where members of the 54th Legislature paid their respect to the fallen heroine.

Madam Caesar was a founding member of the Mano River Women Peace Network or MARWOPNET and champion for women’s rights in Liberia and across Africa.

Paying tribute on behalf of the Women Legislative Caucus, Bong County District#6 Representative Maima Briggs Mensah, lamented the Caucus has lost a mentor, adding Ruth was a mother to everyone.

Representative Mensah described the late Madam Caesar as a true patriot and a dedicated servant, who committed her entire life to women’s cause and peace in Liberia.

“We have lost a great mother and a role model and we will surely miss her.”

Bomi County District#1 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, paying eulogy on behalf of the House, said Madam Ruth Caesar fought a good fight and her works will live on.

“When we think about Liberian women in the International circle, Madam Ruth always pushed the interest of Liberian women globally; early last year, we represented ECOWAS at the Sierra Leonean elections and every meeting we went to, she was well recognized”, he recalled.

Paying tribute on behalf of the Liberian Senate, its committee chair on Health, Gender and Children Protection, Senator Peter Coleman of Grand Kru County recalled that the late Madam Ruth Caesar was always in the frontline for children and women’s right.

“Ruth and I worked closely; she never got tired working, and she was always there to push the interest of children and play a major role in the peace process in Liberia”, Senator Coleman lamented.

For her part, the former Vice President of the Republic of Gambia Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang said, the late Madam Ruth Caesar was a champion for Human, Children and Women’s rights.

She recalled that when she came to Liberia for the first time in 1997 to take up an assignment at UNDP in Monrovia, she met and subsequently worked with the late Ruth Caesar and from there on their relationship grew stronger.

Madam Jallow-Tambajang continued that the late Ruth Caesar was a woman, who wanted to always see women being placed up so high, lamenting that she will miss the late Liberian stateswoman for her good works.

Meanwhile the body of the late Madam Ruth Gibson Caesar was buried Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the First Baptist Cemetery in Congo Town following funeral rites at the Providence Baptist Church in Broad Street, Monrovia.

By Ethel A. Tweh –Editing by Jonathan Browne

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