The Hinga Norman family in Sierra Leone and abroad has learned with great sadness the going home of Mrs. Alice Rosaline Koroma, the beloved mother of our President and friend, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma.
Although death is an appointment with destiny and a stepping stone to eternity with our Lord which all of us have to keep, it still saddens us when we lose a loved one and the Norman family is well acquainted with such a grief.
We therefore join the nation in extending our heartfelt condolences to President Korma and his family at this very difficult time for them.
As Africans, we accept that it is the duty and honour of children to bury their parents. In that regard, we are happy that President Koroma and his siblings are able to bid farewell to Mammy Alice. As Christians, we mourn but only for a season knowing that a happy re-union awaits Mammy Alice and her children at Jesus’ feet.
Most of us never met Mammy Alice in person but having met three of her children, Mildred, Sylvanus Jr, and Ernest, I am convinced that Jesus was right: “By their fruits you shall know them.” King Solomon asked: “Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels. She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she teaches kindness. HER CHILDREN RISE UP AND CALL HER BLESSED; and her works praise her in the gates. She shall rejoice in time to come.”
So in the midst of sorrows tempered with joy in the hope of the resurrection, the Hinga Norman family joins President Koroma and his family in bidding Mammy Alice a blessed home going and a marvelous re-union with her beloved husband who preceded her in death. Until that great getting up morning, FARE YOU WELL, Madam.
Let me also take this opportunity to thank President Koroma, the National Secretariat as well as the Southern and Eastern Regional Secretariats of the All Peoples Congress, for their continued support to the families of the late Chief Sam Hinga Norman, Mr. Moinina Fofana and Mr. Alieu Musa Kondewa. The families of the late Chief and our brothers who are presently incarcerated at Mpanga Prisons in Rwanda acknowledge with much gratitude and humility the brotherly love extended to them by Mr. Koroma, his family and members of his Government, in particular, Minister of State South, Moijue Kaikai, Deputy Minister, Cyril Goba, Deputy Minister, Benson Suwu, Deputy Minister, Lansana Nyalley and many others unnamed here for a reason. According to the Maxim of Cicero, “Amicus certus in re incerta cernitur”(“In doubtful times the genuine friend is known).
King Solomon also observed that a man has many friends for companionship, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. We can only pray and hope that these friendships continue for as long as life endures.
With brotherly love,
Reverend Alfred Munda Sam Foray
For and on behalf of the Hinga Norman, Moinina Fofana and Alieu Kondewa families