Every progressive moment has got its ideologues, stalwarts and ordinary devotees. The grassroots moment which started in Liberia in 2005 under the aegis of football legend George Manneh Weah grew into a formidable political force that kept the ruling elites of the country restless until it matured into victory in 2017. Those who associated with the struggle unbending for 12 years do naturally and understandably have a special place in the heart of the chief architect. District #9 Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood who passed away Wednesday was one of such persons, and her premature passing has apparently emotionally paralyzed President George Manneh Weah. The President’s response was swift, not just immediately wending his way under torrential rains to visit families of the fallen lawmaker, but also picking moving words and phrases in consoling the family and relatives of the fallen stalwart of his Congress for Democratic Change, now Coalition for Democratic Change. The Analyst reports.
Though the fruits of the struggle to which President George Manneh Weah lured millions of Liberians came to fruition in the victory of 2017, taking over state power, prospects for better days are still on the horizon for him to lose is trusted confidants and lackeys to death. Thus, since news broke that one of such aficionados, District #9 Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood, succumbed to death, reports say the President has been particularly groggy with grief.
Yesterday while the day was gloomy with endless outpour of rains, the President stepped out of his home and office to see the grieving mother and other families and friends at the fallen lawmaker’s Sinkor Airfield residence. It seems he had not time to spare but to move him to identify with the deceased’s family.
After a moment of silence upon arrival, along with an array of government officials, the President cleared his throat, which as apparently choked by grief, and consoled the family with all the caressing and adoring words and phrases.
This is how an Executive Mansion press release put it: “Visibly overwhelmed by grief, the Liberian leader managed to tell the mother of the late lawmaker, Elizabeth S. Pelham, and other family members that the late Munah Pelham-Youngblood would be greatly missed not only by the family and close relatives but also by the nation and the sub-region, as she was selfless to all, and courageous and effective in all she did.”
President Weah labeled the deceased lawmaker as a pillar of the CDC and a great stateswoman whose active leadership role at the National Legislature contributed enormously to nurturing the country’s democracy. She was also a strong advocate for women leadership and empowerment.
The Liberian leader then conveyed his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family, the House of Representatives and the Coalition for Democratic Change for the loss of a selfless public servant.
He urged the family of the fallen lawmaker to take solace in the Lord and called on Liberians to remember them in their prayers.
The Liberian Chief Executive encouraged the bereaved family to trust and count on God for lasting comfort and peace as they mourn the death of their daughter, sister, mother and role model.
He assured the bereaved family that the Government of Liberia would work with them to ensure a befitting home-going as she was an esteemed stateswoman.
Hearing the news of her death on Wednesday, July 8. 2020, the office of the President immediate lifted the President’s consoling reaction, describing the late Honorable Pelham-Youngblood as one of the matriarchs of the Congress for Democratic Change and now the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change who campaigned vigorously to ensure the coalition won the 2017 general and presidential elections.
He expressed profound grief at the passing of Montserrado County Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, whom he said was a pillar of the CDC whose active leadership role at the National Legislature contributed enormously to nurturing the country’s democracy. She was also a strong advocate for women leadership and empowerment.
Dr. Weah said Representative Pelham-Youngblood’s towering impact on every facet of Liberian life will be remembered for a long time.