Sierra Leone: The government of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 8th April 2021 at the House of Parliament on Tower Hill in Freetown opened a book of condolence for the former Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr Albert Edward Joe Demby.
President Julius Maada Bio and first lady Fatima Bio, as well as key stakeholders, including the former Vice President and first lady have signed the book of condolence and performed the wreath laying.
Dr Albert Edward Joe Demby served as the country’s Vice President from 29th March 1996 to 25th May 1999, and was later removed from office. He went into farming and had one of the biggest farms in the country, employing over 400 people.
In his tribute, Albert Demby, a relative of the late Vice President, said the family was devastated by what he described as an “incredible loss”. Demby said the VP lived a purpose driven life dedicated to public service.
He added that the late man was an uncompromising and truthful leader when serving his people. He stressed the need for unity among family members, as well as calling on them to emulate the late man he said “always put others first”.
Deputy Speaker, House of Parliament, Honourable Sengepoh Thomas, said Dr Demby’s demise was a difficult moment for not only family members, but the nation as a whole, advising that the nation should tap on the late VP’s experiences and knowledge.
He furthered that Dr Demby became Vice President at the most difficult time of the country’s history – the civil war. He said Dr Demby lived a dignified life, adding it was time to celebrate him, and thank God, whose mystery we cannot question. “We should mourn Dr Demby, but let us do so with utmost caution,” he said.
In her own words, Mayor of Freetown City Council (FCC) Yvonne Akie Sawyer disclosed that unlike others, she was not lucky to have met Dr Demby but noted that the tributes she had heard demonstrated that he was a legend. “His contribution to the nation demonstrated that he was a person of great resource and I believe he had touched the lives of many, and leaves a legacy.”
Minister of Information and Communication Mohamed Rahman Swaray disclosed having a 30-year experience with Dr Demby, adding that Demby was a modest and unassuming man. “Dr Demby is worth celebrating, for he had done great things for the nation, key among them is that doctor fought to restore constitutional order in the country,” he said.
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