The opposition Sierra Leone Peopleís Party (SLPP) is mourning the death of one its last remaining founding fathers, 93-year old Honourable Mana Kpaka, who died on Saturday 21st February 2009, in Freetown.
Reacting to his death, the Chairman of the SLPP, Alhaji UNS Jah, referred to the late man as an icon, whose approach to politics is worthy of emulation for the new generation of politicians.
He said the party received news of his death with profound shock, especially so when the party is busy charting a way forward and counts so much on his expertise, not only as a founder member, but also as a living legacy the party will ever remain obliged to.
Alhaji UNS Jah further referred to the late Honourable Mana Kpaka as a man of principle, who remained a member of the SLPP throughout his political life, adding that his interest in politics had always been to represent the voice of the voiceless in the house of parliament.
He said the party will remember him for his dedication and selflessness, pointing out that he has left behind a vacuum that would be challenging to fill.
On behalf of the leadership and general membership of the party, he extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, imploring them to be courageous as they are not alone in this grave moment of mourning.
Alhaji UNS Jah ended by revealing that all the party will accord him in appreciation of his long standing loyalty is a befitting burial.
In his reaction to the death of the late political guru, the newly elected SLPP Chairman of Pujehun District, Dixon Rogers, referred to his death as a big loss for the party, and on behalf of the Pujehun District Executive extended profound sympathy to the bereaved family and the party as well.
Also reacting to the death of the late man was the Secretary General of the party, Jacob Jusu Saffa, who referred to him as a great politician that would be greatly missed.
The late Mana Kpaka hailed from Pujehun district in the south of the country, and was considered a senior statesman.
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