22 January 2013

Liberia: CDC Mourns for Whitfield -Calls for Spirit of Peace

The leadership of the Congress for Democratic Change, CDC, has extended condolence to the kin of Grand Bassa County Senator John Francis Whitfield, who died at a local hospital in Monrovia on January 18, 2013.

A CDC statement signed by Secretary General Nathaniel F. McGill also extended condolence to the senate and the government of Liberia for what it called "the untimely, hapless national misfortune" that struck as the deceased prepared to "perform trusted patriotic duties on Thursday morning".

"The loss of this eminent statesman and character of change in the Liberian Senate has created irremediable blankness in the nation's struggle for good governance and democracy," the CDC statement said.

The party recalled its collaboration with the National Patriotic Party, which it said led to the election of Mr. Whitfield in the 2011 Legislative Elections and described the deceased as "a vibrant uninfringeable voice" that it said helped to nurture Liberia's fledgling democracy.

Even though Mr. Whitfield is no more, the party said he left a legacy of advocacy for political change that would resonate within the Liberian legislature and among the Liberian people.

"He was to the CDC, a friend and partner in the struggle for change, a relationship that adds vigor to the party's burning willpower to work with the government and people of Liberia to console his immediate family, the Senate, the National Patriotic Party and the loving people of Grand Bassa County for the loss of their son, father, brother and renowned partisan," the statement said.

Meantime, the party said the death of Senator Whitfield should prompt all Liberians to reflect on the need to adopt a "solemn spirit of peace", notwithstanding their political differences.

The party also called on Liberians work to bring relief to the country, "especially the good people of Bassa for the irreplaceable loss of Senator John Francis Whitefield, a great citizen of this country and official of the National Patriotic Party".

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