Lawmaker State Funeral Disrupted – Over Dead Body Ownership
The late Representative Lawrence’s state funeral was disrupted following commotion between supporters of the opposition and the governing party, as claims and counter-claims emerge between major political party leaders on whom to take responsibility for the impasse
The State funeral of Montserrado County Representative Adolph Lawrence was on Thursday disrupted and the body forcibly taken from the Capitol.
It all started at the funeral home where the initial fight began between militants of the ruling CDC and the opposition over the ownership of the body.
Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor was prevented from getting out of her car at the funeral amidst the fighting between the two groups.
The second incident took place at the Capitol where another fighting ensued between the two groups while taking the body in the Rotunda.
The supporters of the CDC further demanded at the ground of the Capitol that the emblem bearing the photo of President George Weah be placed over the casket, something the opposition supporters resisted.
Due to the fight between the two groups, the family members immediately decided to take the body from the Capitol due to the lack of security.
The corpse was then taken to Logan Town, the constituency of the late Representative for wake keeping.
The incident according to our reporter shocked government officials, family members and diplomats who had gone to pay their last respect to the late lawmaker.
Representative Lawrence prior to his death was a critic of the Weah government, speaking against bad governance and corruption.
Meanwhile, Coalition for Democratic Change Chairman Mulbah Morlu and the Liberty Party Chairman Steve Zargo pointed accusing fingers at one another for the disruption.