Prominent Lawyer and APC Parliamentarian for Constituency 106, Cecil Osho Williams aka ‘Osho for Sure’ was accorded a befitting civic funeral on Friday before he was laid to rest at Newton Village.
The 61 year-old Lawyer died on Monday 3rd November 2008.
At the laying out ceremony in Parliament, the Speaker of Parliament, Justice Abel Stronge in his tribute, said that the death of Osho was a tragedy; noting that his contributions of late in Parliament were not regular but when he does make one, it was beneficial and useful.
The Speaker noted “I have never seen Williams sad nor seen him anger”, adding “he will be missed by staff and members of Parliament”
The Chief Whip in Parliament, Ibrahim Bundu explained the roles Osho played in the APC Party as well as in Parliament, in his Constituency and the Country as a whole.
The Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Tommy said the death was a sad event; and that Parliamentarians were dumb founded. He spoke of how the late man made his last contributions in Parliament on the debate of President Koroma’s speech.
Hon Tommy maintained that Osho left them the time they needed him most- “he has gone but not forgotten”.
From the PMDC, Hon Thomas Mansaray spoke of Osho as being loved by everybody in Parliament- “he interacted with everybody irrespective of party affiliation or tribe”.
He referred to him as a hero and a spokesman for the voiceless who fought for justice for the people”.
Idrissa Kargbo, who once stood on trial, claimed to Awoko that the late Osho Williams represented him in court and saved him from being incarcerated.
He paid tribute to him as a man who always stood for the poor seeking justice.
There was wailing when the wife of the late man went to lay a wreath to bid the final farewell to his beloved husband.
The laying out was graced by President Koroma, Vice President Sam Sumana, Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentarians, Legal Professionals, Students, Pupils, Members of the Army and the Police and supporters of APC, SLPP and PMDC.
The first wreath was laid by President Koroma followed by the Vice President and other sympathizers.
He was churched at the Christ Church Pademba Road, and later buried in Newton.
The funeral was attended by hundreds of people and tributes were paid by his daughter, his close friend and colleague Manley-Spaine, friends and relatives.