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Parliament pays tribute to late Hon. Alfred Kumbu-Smart in Sierra Leone
By John Mansaray
Oct 26, 2005, 13:09

Opening the stage was the Chief Whip, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie of the opposition APC party, who in his tribute started by introducing the late MPís family whom he noted were specially invited to grace the occasion.

Hon. Sorie went on to describe the late man as "very friendly and an enemy of none," adding that he was a man of integrity and with a wealth of experience.

Delving further into the late manís life, hon. Sorie recalled that the late MP as a former civil servant exhibited experience in trade affairs as he had worked with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and as Trade Attachť and at the ECOWAS Secretariat. He referred to him as a Career Diplomat.

He also stated that the late MP was the Deputy Chief Whip and Secretary of the APC Parliamentary Caucus, noting that during his tenure, the late man demonstrated a calculated political experience in that office. He described late Hon. Alfred Kumbu-Smartís death as a great lose to Parliament, to the people of Koya constituency in the Port Loko district and to the nation as a whole.

Hon. Sorie ended up by consoling the family of the late man, including his widow Margaret Kumbu-Smart to take heart. "We all love Kumbu-Smart, but God Almighty loves him more," he noted.

In his tribute, Hon. Alhaji Ansumana Kai Kai of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), described the late Honourable as one of the MPs he admired most, noting that the late man was well recognized and accepted by his people in the Koya constituency.

The Hon. Ibrahim Kemoh Sesay of the APC in his own tribute, described the late man as an erudite politician who though gone, will never be forgotten by all those who came in contact with him during his lifetime.

Also adding his voice to the barrage of tributes was Hon. Alhaji Dr. Alusine Fofanah of the SLPP. According to him, the late MP was a reconciliatory figure who succeeded in no small way in bringing people together.

In his remarks, the Hon. Paramount Chief Charles Caulker of the SLPP, described the late man as a trusted colleague, and ended up by consoling the bereaved family.

For his own part, the Hon. Wusu Munu of the APC who spoke on behalf of the people of Bombali district where the widow of the late man hailed, described him as a dedicated person with integrity, adding that he was a principled man whose record he noted, will ever remain as a blue print in the political history of the country. He expressed regrets that the late man who he referred to as an industrious politician, did not live to see the party which he had steadfastly worked for over the years regain power come 2007.

As for Hon. Dr. Moses Sesay also of the APC, he described the late Hon. Alfred Kumbu- Smartís death as "untimely, regrettable, and unfortunate."

Crowning the ceremony, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Justice Edmond Cowan consoled the bereaved family, and urged them not to mourn to an extent that they loss focus, but rather to consider the late man as an accomplished father and husband.

The Speaker ended with this resounding remark, "It is not the number of years an individual takes on earth that matters, but how well that individual spent all the years he had lived on earth.

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