The cold hands of death have persisted in their almost ceaseless drive to deprive the National Assembly of some of its valiant members. The latest in the roll call of parliamentarians who have been called to the world beyond in 2017 is Hon. Arthur Ekeke Lisinge, aka Man-Boy, Member of Parliament for Buea Urban Constituency. He had taken ill early this year and made a number of trips to South Africa to receive appropriate medical attention. He, unfortunately, died on October 10, 2017 after succumbing to the vagaries of rapid deterioration of his condition.
Given the unpredictability of death, the Very Rev. Dr. Nyansako-Ni-Nku, Emeritus Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, has called on Christians to be in good standing in life, seek reconciliation when there is conflict and ask God to number their days so as to be able to distinguish between falsehood and, truth. This call was made Saturday, November 25, during the Requiem service of late Hon. Lisinge.
According to him, times have come with strange deaths that some sons and daughters succumb and die while evil ones prosper day in, day out. Rev. Dr. Nyansako stated that, in the world today, there exist people with so much Knowledge but without wisdom which accounts for the cause of the problems in the society.Taking from Psalms 90:12, he said, if one is able to know to number his days, he will learn to know how blessed he is and will be thankful to God instead of being envious, and evil given that everyone is just a passerby in the world. He added that, in a world where there is death, there should be no room for hatred.
Hon. Emilia Monjoa Lifaka representing the National Assembly stated that, late Hon. Lisinge is the fifth member of the National Assembly who has died during this legislative period. According to her, the deceased was a member the Committee on Production and Trade and member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, CPA. She stated that, Lisinge was a key figure in the legislative work of the National Assembly. But that however, her colleague’s demise is a lesson of a life that will always be remembered.
Being a statutory member of University of Buea, UB Council before his demise, the Vice Chancellor of the institution said that, UB is distressed with the death of Hon. Lisinge. On behalf of the institution, he extended profound condolences to the family of their former colleague. He said that, Hon. Lisinge became a statutory member of Council on November 13, 2013, and was dominant in his physical presence and objectivity about issues of the public.
Prof. Ngomo, stated that, the death of Lisinge has brought back memories of the vacancy UB had four years ago, but that, UB is grateful for his contributions to the school and the society. He held that, UB stands united with the family and mourners, wishing a peaceful domicile wherever he is.
Standing in lieu of the Secretary General of the CPDM Central committee, Chief Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister Delegate in the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Commonwealth Affairs, stated that they were in the funeral to stand shoulder to shoulder with the family, sympathize with them and bear testimony to the great achievements that Lisinge brought to the party. He whispered that Lisinge stood by the CPDM through all the good and difficult moments which the CPDM went through in the Southwest Region.
In the view of Hon. Fritz Etonge, MP for Fako East Constituency late Lisinge was like a father to everyone in the Southwest since he had held several positions within the ranks of the CPDM party. To him, it is rather unfortunate that the deceased has left them at the time when he is needed most. According to him, Hon. Lisinge is one who has sown in the ruling party but, death has him taken away when it was the moment to reap the fruits of his labour. Looking at the huge number of MPs for their colleagues funeral, he said, the deceased was a friend to everyone and effectively representing the population.
Hon. Ngujede Ngole Bob, MP for Kupe-Muanenguba constituency on his part, opined that, the deceased was an easy going person who listened a lot and was very respectful. To him, it is a big loss to the National Assembly, the Southwest Region and the elites for Fako.
Hon. Kwei Andrew, M.P for Bui West said Lisinge was very committed, hardworking, outreaching and was his closest friend in the National Assembly. He added that we was very influential, very knowledgeable, good and everything positive one may think about but that it is very unfortunate to lose such a person.
Who was Hon. Arthur Ekeke Lisinge?
Hon. Arthur Ekeke Lisinge aka by his family Lanre was born on January 7, 1962 in Buea. He joined the Cameroon public service in 1986 when he was employed by the Ministry of Transport. He became the Second Assistant Provincial Chief of Service of Land Transport for the then Northwest Province and then first Assistant Chief of Service of Land Transport. He was the Provincial Chief of Service of Land Transport for the Southwest Province between May 1997 and May 1998, after which he became the Provincial Delegate of Transport for the same Region, a position which he held until 2013. In his political career, he was the Vice President of the CPDM Buea Central II Subsection between 2000 and 2002 and the Fako III Section President between March 2002 and April 2007. He became the Honourable Member of Parliament for Buea Urban Constituency in 2013, a position that epitomized the mutual love between him and his constituents. He was a devoted Christian of the PCC and a member of the Christian Men Fellowship, CMF.
He fell ill early this year and made a number of trips to South Africa to receive appropriate medical attention. He died on October 10, 2017 after a rapid deterioration of his condition.
He was married and leaves behind his wife, three children, parents, brothers, sisters and several other relatives and friends to mourn him.
By Relindise Ebune