Funeral rites of the remains of fallen Grand Bassa County Senator John Francis Whitfield have been postponed to two week, the Heritage Newspaper has reliably learnt. As earlier scheduled, the remains of the late lawmaker were to be removed from the funeral today, January 31, 2013 for onward wake keeping and then a subsequent burial tomorrow, February 1, 2013.
But according to latest information gathered by this paper, the body now be removed from the funeral home next Friday, February 8, 2013 for onward wake keeping and that will be followed by the burial on the next day, February 9, 2013. Senator Whitefield, who represented Grand Bassa County in the Liberian Senate on the ticket of the former ruling National Patriotic Party(NPP), died Thursday, January 17, 2017 at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, following an abrupt illness.
Senator Whitefield' death has sent shock waves across the country, with many Liberians expressing sadness over his demise. They described the death of the Grand Bassa County lawmaker as an irreparable loss not only to Grand Bassa County, but the country as a whole. So far, the Heritage has not gotten any medical report concerning the cause of the Grand Bassa lawmaker's death.
According to the reports, postponement over the funeral rites of the late Senator is due to the ongoing High Level Panel (HLP) meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taking place in the country. The ongoing meeting is keeping the government, especially the cabinet headed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf busy due to the presence of several world leaders who are in the country to discuss issues surrounding the MDGs.