Former Press Union President Abdullai Kamara Dies

SUAKOKO, Bong – The immediate past president of the Press Union of Liberia, Abdullai Kamara, is dead. Kamara was pronounced dead at the Phebe Para Medical Hospital in Suakoko on Tuesday morning, after being rushed there between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m.

According to the medical certificate of his cause of death, signed by Dr. Arthur Wuoh who attended to Kamara up to his demise, the former press advocate died as a result of “probable hypertensive stroke,” also known as a cerebrovascular accident.

Family members have taken delivery of his corpse, and it has been taken to Monrovia for funeral arrangements. There has been no official comment from the family, but because of his religion, the body of the late media executive is expected to be interred today.

The Press Union’s regional coordinator for Bong, Lofa, and Nimba, Clarence Jackson, told The Bush Chicken during his visit to Phebe Hospital that Kamara had informed him on Monday about his trip to Gbarnga for a media-related event.

Jackson said he was shocked upon being contacted early on Tuesday morning that Kamara was being hospitalized at Phebe Hospital.

“Upon my arrival at the hospital, I met doctors and nurses busy treating Kamara,” he said.

Jackson quoted a friend of Kamara as saying the former Press Union president was rushed to the hospital when he fell sick and was vomiting at a local hotel in Gbarnga where they were lodging.

“The doctors took me to see the body of Kamara in the hospital. I am here awaiting family members who are currently on their way from Monrovia,” he also disclosed.

News of the death of the media practitioner has widely spread on social media, with friends and sympathizers sending condolence messages to the family.

He was the principal of the Liberia Holding Consortium, a research organization.

His death comes a day after, Tyron Brown, another journalist working for Super Communications Incorporated, which operates Super FM and Super TV was found dead in Paynesville’s Duport Road community.

Although reasons for his death is yet to be established by security investigation, Super Communications’ general manager, Emmanuel Kortu, told The Bush Chicken that he was discovered with physical injuries on his body.

Featured photo by Gbatemah Senah

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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