-“Disengage Rep. Lawrence’s Burial”; CDC’s Chairman Morlu Warns CDCians
The Chairman of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has called on all partisans of the party to ‘disengage all processes’ leading to the burial of the late Montserrado County electoral district#15 Representative Adolph Lawrence for fear of chaos.
Mulbah Morlu sent the warning Thursday April 25, 2019 following the riot that erupted reportedly between some supporters of the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and opposition Liberty Party (LP) during a state funeral at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.
The widow of the late Representative Adolph Lawrence, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence is the political leader of the Liberty Party. The late Representative Adolph Lawrence was a stalwart of the governing CDC, but became very vocal on the leadership style of the current House Speaker Bhofal Chambers prior to his demise on March 25, 2019.
The two parties reportedly clashed during the state funeral when they were trying to show ownership of the remains of Representative Lawrence, but there was a violent which resulted into the families of the late Representative Lawrence removing his remains to Logan Town on the Bushrod Island in his district.
Following the riot, the governing CDC was heavily accused of instigating the violence. Family members of the late Lawrence have reportedly vowed to take hold of the body from the Liberian Government.
However, speaking via mobile phone on the ‘Bumper Show’ on ELBC Thursday April 25, 2019, the chairman of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu called on all partisans to ‘disengage with all processes’ leading to the burial ceremony of Representative Lawrence.
“We express our sympathy to the bereaved families and whatever they will call upon us to do we are always willing to be there to give partisan Adolph Lawrence a befitting burial.
“This is a grievous thing for the party to reach a conclusion by telling our partisans to stay away from another partisan’s funeral procession. Howbeit, it is not good for us to go to a funeral to be chaotic, the rule of law is important. We are interested in the honorable interment of our partisan and this is not achievable if there will be a controversial funeral,” he said.
He said it is good they stay away rather going there to be a part of confrontational process during the final burial. Morlu added “this is a difficult thing to do, but we are taking a hard decision. We want the dignity of partisan Adolph Lawrence.”
Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, the Wife of the late Representative Adolph Lawrence has earlier written the House of Representatives waiving all the financial costs attached to the state funeral for her late husband.
Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in her communication to House Speaker Bhofal Chambers said her families’ decision to bury the late lawmaker on their own is based on their awareness of the financial constraints facing the government.
“In as much as every member of the National Legislature is entitled to a government-funded state funeral, as a Senator I am fully aware of the financial constraints with which the government is currently confronted with. We have, therefore, decided to forfeit such privilege, as is due my late husband. The requisite funding to underwrite the cost associated with the funeral rites of my late husband have already been raised from his Estate, our families, friends and supporters,” Sen. Karnga-Lawrence wrote.
She indicated that her late husband loved Liberia and cared for the average Liberians and would therefore, not impose any additional financial burden on government of Liberia.
When contacted by ELBC, the Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party, Steve Zargo condemned the act, but shifted blames on the governing Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
The Director of Press at the House of Representatives, Isaac Redd has also expressed shock over the incidents and condemned the act as well.