The streets of Buchanan, the capital of Grand Bassa County, turned gloomy as the memory of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, a son of the Bassa soil, engulfed everyone – marchers and bystanders – during a candlelight weekend parade.
The marchers began from the St. Peter’s Clever Catholic Compound to the Liberty Party local office in the Harlandsville Township, where the LP political leader, Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence and other party stalwarts, county officials as well as officials of other political parties and across section of the citizenry.
It was a two-sided ceremony where some individuals sang the famous Biblical hymn “When we All Get to Heaven” with sorrow; while others marched in jubilation, drumming and dancing as means of hailing Cllr. Brumskine’s contribution to the nation and his homeland Grand Bassa County.
Cllr. Brumskine joined his ancestors through death on Wednesday, November 20, this year after battling with illness for months in the United States.
At the Liberty Party local office, Secretary General Jacob Smith acknowledged the turnout of citizens, but admonished particularly partisans of LP not to quench the dream of the fallen legal luminary and political “strongman”.
“I can still recall the voice of Cllr. Brumskine saying ‘Jacob, by the time I end my first term in office; everyone will be proud, specifically the people of Grand Bassa, for electing such a leader; but such cannot be possible today,” the LP Secretary said.
He proclaimed that even though the Statesman is no longer alive, his impactful legacy, among other things he left behind, are reasons for celebration of the deceased existence for over three scores.
Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, who occupied the President Pro-Tempore post under the Charles Taylor government, ran the race thrice for Liberia’s highest seat (the Presidency) in 2005, 2011 and 2017 with a high hope of clinching it but accumulated a decreasing vote percentage that landed him fourth place in 2011 behind Sen. Prince Johnson and third place lately in 2017 below Ambassador Joseph Boakai and current President George Weah.
The former Bassa Senator aspiration grew very strong to get at the helm of power through a consistent “Four-R” explained as Reconciliation, Reformation, Reconstruction and Rebuilding.
A vision that Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence is now shouldering, even though she did not speak at the occasion due to a mood of sorrow that apparently overwhelmed her and trickled endless tears during the ceremony like Senator Kaipay and former Rep. Byron Browne.
Also speaking, a senior Unity Party member and former City Mayor of Buchanan, Julia Legacy Bono, on behalf of her party expressed condolences and recounted her interactions with the legal mind as far back at 1997 when he ascended to the Senatorial seat of the county.
The mourning posture displayed a sense of humanism which climaxed with the laying down of the candles on a pillar built as a sign of honor and remembrance concerning the LP Vision Bearer as he is expected to be laid to rest on December 14.