The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Whitfield Family Abandoned

This paper has received report suggesting that the family of the Late Grand Bassa County Senator John Francis Whitfield is bitterly annoyed with executives and stalwarts of the National Patriotic party or NPP and Taylor family.

Sources closed to the family informed the New Dawn-Liberia last weekend in Paynesville that since the death of Senator Whitefield three weeks ago, not a single executive or stalwart of the NPP is yet to visit his home to sympathize with his family, including his wife Hawa Whitefield, discharged last Saturday from the Benson Hospital in Paynesville after being hit by hypothetical (pressure) due to the death of her husband.

"We don't care about their money or whatsoever; but the fact that Whitefield was the NPP Secretary General up to his death, and they know and we know what he was like in that party. I think for them to come and sympathize us would have shown some concern," a female cousin said at the deceased residence.

"You say NPP people, what about Charles Taylor family; which one of them you saw coming here since he died? The very Taylor talk was talking for on Tuesday and Wednesday the thing happened, not one of them ever took telephone to call anybody, but it is a lesson for Whitefield children to learn good, good," another female relative of the deceased expressed before this paper while in conversation with other relatives.

The widow of the deceased, Mrs. Hawa Whitefield is reported to have received a telephone call from an official of the NPP, informing her about 25 T-shirts bearing the deceased portrait, something she rejected due to the behavior of the NPP executives.

"Surprisingly, Jewel Howard-Taylor who claims to be the party leader has not even step foot here to speak to the family; I am an NPP member in Buchanan; it was the same Whitefield who made me to join NPP and we've been struggle for the party in Bassa; so for him to die and up to now we can see a single party executive to come and sympathize with the family is absolutely disappointing," an official of the party in Bassa said in the compound of the late Secretary General of the NPP in Paynsville.

When contacted for verification, the Chairman-Emeritus of the NPP, Chief Cyril A. Allen confirmed his inability to visit and sympathize with the Whitefield family, but said "they have been working through a committee headed by former Senator John Gray".

Chief Allen, with whom most family members are disappointed considering his relationship with the deceased, however, noted that he has already made his contribution towards the funeral. Other Legislators of non-NPP affiliation, including those from Grand Bassa County are said to the home of their late colleague.

President Pro-Temp Milton Findley is reported to be in contacts in person and by telephone with Mrs. Whitefield and other family members. His late colleague was at the center of his bid for re-election during the mid-term Senatorial election next year.

The remains of Senator John Francis Whitefield will be removed on February 6 from the Samuel Striker Funeral Home on the Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor to the headquarters of the National Patriotic Party in Tarr-Town, Congo Town for a night of wake-keeping following which another night of wake-keeping will take place at the Fair Ground in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County on February 7.

On February 8, the late Grand Bassa County Senator will take his final journey to Kingsville. Circumstances surrounding his death three weeks ago, just a year after becoming Senator of Grand Bassa County, are yet to be revealed.

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