Nation mourns Kwesi- Amissah-Arthur … as hundreds of mourners pay last respect to the former Vice- President

Some NDC stalwarts at the funeral grounds to pay their last respect to the former colleaque, (12)

Some NDC stalwarts at the funeral grounds to pay their last respect to the former colleaque, (12)

Hundreds of mourners yesterday trooped the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC), to pay their last respect and catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of the late former Vice President, KwesiAmissah-Arthur.

 

While some tried not to shed tears, others including the General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson AsieduNketia, popularly known as General Mosquito, gave way to tears and had to be comforted by some members of his entourage.

 

The NDC was highly represented with its Chairman, Kofi Portuphy leading a team of national executives including Anita De-Sosoo, Vice Chairperson, Koku Anyidohu, Deputy General Secretary, Kofi Adams, National Organiser among others to pay their respect to the late former Vice President.

 

At about 10:30am, Mr. Alban Bagbin, Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament as well as members of the Minority in Parliament led by their leader, HarunaIddrisu, took their turn to file past the late Mr. Amissah-Arthur.

 

Several sympathisers of the NDC, clad in party paraphernalia and have travelled from far and near to partake in the final funeral rites, wept uncontrollably as security personnel drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces and Ghana Police Service worked to control the crowd.

 

An ambulance with medical personnel was also stationed at the AICC to provide first aid services to the mourners when the need arises.

 

In an interview with theGhanaian Times, Mr. Iddrisueulogised the late former Vice President for his contribution to the development of the country and for effectively undertaking his duties in the national and party field.

 

“The nation and NDC has lost an important personality who did all he could to advance Ghana’s developmental agenda. He was selfless and although we are saddened by his sudden departure to our maker, we are comforted by the impact he had on the lives of many and all of us,” he stated.

He expressed gratitude to President Nana Akufo-Addo and the government for liaising with the family to give him a befitting state burial and appealed that the family should be given the necessary space and support in deciding what to do with the remains of the late stateman.

 

The teary Mr. AsieduNketia described the late Vice President as a “vital fulcrum around which many good things revolved in the NDC” adding that it did not come as a surprise to him that people feel he was irreplaceable.

 

On his inability to hold back the tears, he explained that he had, since news broke about the death of the former Vice President, held that it was untrue, “but seeing him helpless today, I got emotionally stricken”.

 

He said the sense of humour, time and punctuality as well as attention to detailof the late Mr. Amissah-Arthur were memories the party would cherish for years.

 

On his part, Mr. Bagbinsaid Ghana has lost a great gem and a valuable human resource, describing him as a “great and selfless member of the NDC” whose inputs would be missed by all.

 

A colleague of the former Vice President and Ghana’s longest-serving Finance Minister, Professor KwesiBotchwey, said that the ideals of the “faithful and patriotic citizen” of the nation would be missed saying that his undisputed humility, hardworking and dedicated personality should serve as a guide for future state officials.

 

The late Vice President, 67, who would be interred at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra today, was reported to have gone to the Air Force Base Gym in the morning of Friday, June 29, for a workout where he collapsed and died while being rushed to the 37 Military Hospital.

His death has since thrown the country into a state of shock and mourning as tributes continue to pour in, in honour of his memory.

Before becoming Vice President in August 2012, Mr. Amissah-Arthur was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.

He was appointed as Governor of the Bank by then President John Atta Mills, a position he held until he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.

From 1983 to 1986, he served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, KwesiBotchwey under the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government.

He also served as the Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993.

From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance under the Fourth Republic’s first government until March 1997.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur was survived by a wife and two children.

By Claude Nyarko Adams and Deborah Asuma

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