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VP Boakai signs Mandelas Book of Condolence

By Patrick Flomo
The falling South African President, Nelson Mendela
The falling South African President, Nelson Mendela

( Vice President, Joseph Boakai, Tuesday, December 11, 2013, led an array of government officials to sign the Book of Condolence for fallen former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

The Book of Condolence signing took place at the South African Embassy near Monrovia.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, the Cabinet Acting Chairman, Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, formed part of the Vice President Boakai’s delegation.

Other government officials who formed part of the Vice President’s delegation included Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai, as well as the Ministers of Education, Health, among others.

The mood in the hall was sad as South Africa’s Ambassador greeted the Liberian Government Officials who had queued for the ceremony.

Speaking to journalists following the signing of the Book of Condolence, the Liberian Vice President described Nelson Mandela as a great man.

The Liberian National Flag is flying at half mask throughout the country.

It can be recalled that Nelson Mandela spent some time in Liberia during the days of the Liberation struggle in South Africa and stayed in the home of Liberia’s Former Foreign Minister, Ernest Eastman, in Oldest Congo Town.

Mr. Eastman, deceased, was one of the architects of the erstwhile Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Unity (AU).

Liberia’s contribution to the Liberation Struggle around the Continent cannot be overemphasized and it is well noted in history.


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