The Chairman and Leader of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), Charles Francis Margai and team have called on President Ernest Bai Koroma to sympathize with him and his family for the loss of their mother, Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma at State Lodge.
Welcoming them on behalf of the family, President Koroma registered his gratitude and delight as a family for their demonstration of sympathy for the loss of their dear mum. The President described the moment as a difficult one for the entire family. He profusely thanked and praised the Almighty God for the life of their dear mother which was well spent, saying she celebrated her eightieth birthday few weeks before her sudden death, which he said was very peaceful.
President Koroma also informed Mr. Charles Francis Margai and his team about the funeral arrangements which will commence from the laying-out at the Maitta Conference Center on Friday, the journey to Makeni on Saturday and burial on Sunday after a funeral service at the Rogbane Wesleyan Church.
Speaking on behalf of the team, the Chairman and Leader of the PMDC Charles Francis Margai described the moment as a sad one, saying it reminded him of the day he joined the club of orphans.
Mr. Margai informed the President that the team was a cross-section of the PMDC that was there to sympathize with him and family members for the loss of their mother. He also prayed that the soul of Aunty Alice rests in perfect peace, while adding that, no matter how old one’s is, parting is always sad.
The PMDC Leader assured President Koroma that all misunderstandings between them were now a thing of the past, as in the African tradition, funerals were always where peace was made between family members with differences.
P.C. Bai Kurr Kanagbarosanka of Konike Barina Chiefdom in Tonkolili District commended Mr. Charles Francis Margai for the bold step to visit his brother on the loss of his dear mother. He described the visit as a step in the right direction as Mama Alice Rosaline Koroma was a woman that commanded the values of respect and humanity. He prayed for peace between the two brothers to continue as was typical with the African tradition, when people use incidents of loss of loved ones as a means of promoting peace amongst aggrieved people or groups.
|Charles Margai signing the Book of Condolence for the Late Mrs. Alice Koroma at State Lodge
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