President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Coffey
PUL Prexy Regrets Journalist Kerkula’s Death
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, January 11 (LINA) - The President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Charles Coffey, has expressed regrets over the untimely death of veteran Liberian journalist and media developer Martin Kerkula.
Mr. Kerkula died on Sunday, December 25, 2016 following a period of illness.
He made the statement Wednesday during the signing of a book of condolence for the late Kerkula held at the PUL headquarters on Clay Street in central Monrovia,
Mr. Coffey sympathized with the bereaved family on behalf of the PUL and said the death of journalist Kerkula has created an indelible mark in the hearts of the Liberian media practitioners and a vacuum in the Liberian media landscape.
According to him, “no one can question God who gives life and takes it away anytime He wants to,” and encouraged family members of the fallen journalist to take solace in the Lord at this time of their bereavement .
Also speaking during the signing ceremony, former PUL president Kamara A. Kamara said he knew the late Kerkula when he was a Representative at which time he (Kamara) was assigned at the Capitol Building Press Office.
According to him, the only private Bill that was passed during the tenure of the late Kerkula at the Capitol Building was a Bill introduced and sponsored by him to make the Liberia News Agency (LINA) an autonomous Agency.
Kamara said the Bill was passed by the 51st National Legislature and submitted to President Charles Taylor for enactment into law but that President Taylor did not endorse it.
The late Kerkula started his journalism career with the Sun Times newspaper in 1986, and worked for the Daily Observer Newspaper from 1988 to 1989.
He also served as senior reporter of the Post newspaper in 1990 and also reported for the Patriot Newspaper from 1996 to 1997.
Kerkula rose to serve as Coordinator of News at Radio Liberia International/LCN and Member of the PUL Grievance and Ethics Committee.
In 1997, the late Kerkula was elected to the House of Representatives for Salala District, Bong County until 2003.
Before his demise, he offered many consultancies with several entities to include the Liberia Media Center and the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI).