House Adjourns Session Over Death Of Colleague
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, November 10 (LINA) - The House of Representatives Thursday adjourned the Second Day Sitting of its Extraordinary Session as a result of the death of Lofa County Representative Eugene Fallah Kparkar.
The cause of death of the lawmaker is yet to be officially announced, but House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, who made the pronouncement in plenary, said Kparkar died in India Thursday following a brief illness.
The death of Kparkar brings to two the number of Lofa lawmakers who have died in the 53rd Legislature.
It can be recalled that Lofa County Representative Fofi Sahr Baimba died on September 13, 2015 at the JFK Memorial Hospital in Monrovia following a brief illness.
Known for his tough-talking, astuteness and dedication to duty, Kparkar, according to Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi, will always be remembered for his love for county and the nation.
"He was a very smart young man; he was sociable, insightful and objective. He was a tolerant individual, and from my own experience with him I can say that he was a very great person,” Massaquoi told journalists following the annulment of session.
Meanwhile, following a brief session on Thursday, the Senate extended condolences to the House for the sudden demise of their colleague.
Senate Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah consoled members of the lower House, noting that the death of their colleague was not only a blow to the House, but to the entire Legislature.
Describing Kparkar’s death as a "blow to Lofa County, Liberia and the Liberty Party," Lofa County Senator Stephen Zargo said the deceased was a strong, prolific and eloquent legislator who will be missed by his colleagues and the people of the county.
According to Zargo, preparations are underway for the remains of the Lofa lawmaker to be flown to Liberia.