Solemn Civic laying out ceremony for the late First Mother of the Nation, Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma
By KABS KANU :
Grief and sorrow lay thick on Freetown, the capital of the Sierra Leone, today as the solemn civic laying out ceremony of the body of the First Mother of the Nation, Madam Alice Rosaline Koroma , drew thousands of mourners to the Miatta Conference Hall. According to Commentator, Vivian Stack-Davies, the body of Madam Koroma, the mother of the President of Sierra Leone, Dr.Ernest Bai Koroma, was laid out in a white bronze casket, with gold-coloured side panels and she was dressed in a remarkable blue, flowing shroud.
PRESIDENT KOROMA ( RIGHT ) , FIRST LADY SIA KOROMA AND THE PRESIDENT’S SISTER , MRS. FLORENCE TURAY, WITH FACES CHARGED WITH GRIEF: CREDIT JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
THE CASKET BEARING THE MORTAL REMAINS OF MADAM ALICE KOROMA BEING BORNE TO THE HALL BY THE MUNICIPAL POLICE : CREDIT JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
THE BODY OF THE FIRST MOTHER OF THE NATION MADAM ALICE ROSALINE KOROMA LYING IN STATE-CREDIT JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
SADDEST MOMENT OF THE DAY AS PRESIDENT KOROMA VIEWS THE MORTAL REMAINS OF HIS LATE DEAR MUM – CREDIT JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
Sylvanus Koroma, Philip Koroma, Elizabeth Koroma singing the APC Victory Song at the Civic Laying-out of their dear mum at the Miatta Conference Center : Photo credit -Jarrah Kawusu-Konte
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF THE FIRST MOTHER, MRS. FLORENCE TURAY, PAYING TRIBUTE TO HER LATE MOTHER-CREDIT : JARRAH KAWUSU-KONTE
MOURNERS PAYING THEIR LAST RESPECTS
Mourners from all walks of life, including ministers, deputy ministers , diplomats, civil servants , distinguished personalities , party stalwarts, representative of the Sierra Leone Army, Police and Prisons, the Sierra Leone Teachers Union, journalists and members of the public, stormed the Hall to pay their last respects to Madam Alice Rosaline Koroma. The Sierra Leone Police added a special touch of solemnity to the program by playing religious music .
President Ernest Bai Koroma, the First Lady Madam Sia Nyama Koroma and the President’s siblings were dressed in majestic white. The Freetown Municipal Police bore the casket to the Hall and the ceremony consisted of statements of condolences and the laying of wreaths. Mourners , including the ministers and their deputies, party officials and members of the diplomatic corps then filed solemnly past the open coffin to catch their last view of the First Mother of the Nation and pay their last respects to her.
WE WILL UPDATE THE STORY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS NEWS COME IN.