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Tears after joy

Late Rep. Lawrence with wife Sen. Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence

Tears roll as sorrow struck the hearts of many when the tragic death news of Montserrado County District #15 Rep. Adolph Lawrence hit family members and friends just hours following his centenary birthday celebration in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

Rep. Lawrence died in a fatal car crash on Monday morning along the Roberts International Airport Highway along with a female student leader Gwendolyn Wilson. Other occupants in the car remain in critical conditions.

The late Rep. Lawrence’s wife Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence had hours earlier posted a video which shows the celebrations of her husband’s 50th anniversary with and a family reunion hours before his fatal car crash.

News of Rep. Lawrence’s sudden death came early Monday morning, 25 March, just a little over a week after the burial of the late Montserrado County Sen. Geraldine Doe – Sheriff which was on Saturday, 16 March.

The death of Rep. Lawrence now puts Liberia in a situation to further conduct two by elections in Montserrado County alone this year.

This follows two previous by elections held in 2018 in Montserrado to fill vacancies created following President George MannehWeah’s election and the subsequent election to the Liberian Senate of sitting representative Saah Joseph who replaced President Weah at the Senate.

After celebrating his 50th birth anniversary on Sunday, 24 March in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, reports say Rep. Lawrence was returning to Monrovia when his jeep, crashed into a failing truck on Tower Hill along RIA Highway, Margibi County.

The operator of the truck which Rep. Lawrence’s jeep collided with is said to be on the run.

Efforts to establish contacts with the police for more details did not succeed Monday, but a local radio station reported that Police Spokesman Moses Carter had indicated that police are investigating the incident.

Just before his sudden death, Rep. Lawrence’s request was granted by the House of Representatives last week to invite Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean and Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue to give report on the mysterious death of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) official Matthew Innis in an alleged hit and run incident.

Based on Rep. Lawrence’ request, the officials were ordered to appear before the House with all documents required this week.

Rep. Lawrence had indicated to the House that family members of the late Innis were contesting report that their relative died of a hit and run accident with an unknown vehicle.

Innis was serving as Deputy Director for Micro Finance at CBL in the Regulation and Supervision Department.

Rep. Lawrence said the family was raising contentions that the alleged hit and run incident that reportedly killed their relative Innis occurred just after the release of two damaging reports surrounding the printing and importation of billions of Liberian Dollars into the country and a controversial US$25 million dollars intended to mop – up excess Liberian Dollars by a Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT) and the CBL.

The death of Mr. Innis was reported on 3 March, with claims that he was hit by a vehicle at about 2AM.
By Winston W. Parley –Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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