Journalists accredited to the Executive Mansion under the banner Executive Mansion Press Corps have expressed deep regrets over a recent tragic accident when an intruding vehicle hit President George Manneh Weah’s motorcade, killing two persons.
The fatalities on Sunday, 10 February included the Ministry of State’s presidential Traditional Horn Blower Gabriel Nyanti Wilson, commonly called Executive Horn who was riding in the press car, and an occupant of the intruding vehicle, Madam Victoria Wlue.
Several journalists accredited to the Mansion from private and state media houses, and the Ministry of State’s driver who operates the press jeep were badly injured, while an employee of the Ministry of State Gabriel Wilson and a lady in the intruding vehicle Victoria Wlue were killed.
In their statement released under the park of the University of Liberia Thursday, 14 February, the Press Corps recalled how on Sunday, 10 February, a black jeep belonging to former Solicitor General Cllr. Wilkins Wright allegedly intruded into President Weah’s motorcade.
According to the release, the intruding jeep ran into the Executive Mansion Press jeep, killing two persons including Gabriel Nyanti Wilson, commonly called Executive Horn, and an occupant of the intruding vehicle, Madam Victoria Wlue.
The Executive Mansion Press Corps adds that the incident also left several others severely injured.
Reading the statement, the Chairman of the Executive Mansion Press Corps. Mr. Samukai Dukuly of privately run Power FM and TV says the Press Corps regrets this tragic incident and expresses deep sympathies to the bereaved families and prays for speedy recovery for the injured.
At the same time, Mr. Dukuly says the Executive Mansion Press Corps wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to President Weah for this timely intervention and his initial financial, moral and psychological support for the injured journalists.
In the wake of the tragic accident, the Executive Mansion Press Corps is calling on the Traffic Section of the Liberia National Police (LNP) to reinforce its road safety measures to avoid a repeat of this sad incident, especially around the presidential motorcade.
The leadership and members of the Executive Mansion Press Corps have assured that in spite of the sad incident, they reaffirm their commitment to the effective coverage of the Presidency.