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In a rather shocking way, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, widow of the late former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, descended heavily on people she believed did not like her late husband while he was alive but were quick to fabricate glowing tributes in his honour when he passed on.
Mrs Amissah did not mince words when she read her tribute to her late husband at his final funeral rites ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday, 27 July.
“Over the last few weeks, I have been amazed at the number of people who have come to show appreciation and I ask myself: ‘Is this Ghana?’ Are all these people in Ghana because the maligning, the lies, the treachery, the wickedness, the deliberately changing things so that you could look better than others the mischievousness,” said Mrs Amissah-Arthur as she wondered if people really knew her husband before putting him under a barrage of unfair criticisms.
“…I ask myself is this my own husband that you have come to say tribute to? And today, I ask the same question: Did people really know my husband? Did they take time to know him? The false accusations, the lies the maligning, did they know him? My dearest, me, your children….your grandchildren, we know you,” she added.
Although, a debate of whether or not that was the right platform to speak her mind bluntly has ensued, she has grieved in her own way.
“A thousand tears won’t bring you back. I know because I have cried. But I know that you made your mark in this country and beyond and you touched many lives and those who cared to know you and those who gave you time to prove yourself know what a rare gem you are,” she said.
The former statesman will be buried at the Military cemetery, Accra, today.
Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who died at age 67 was born on April, 29, 1951 in the Central Regional capital, Cape Coast. He was the Fifth Vice President of the Fourth Republic of Ghana.
Before becoming Veep in August 2012, he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
Mr Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the then Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey under the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) government from 1983 to 1986,
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 first government of the Fourth Republic until March 1997.
Mr. Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by then President John Atta Mills.
He held that position until August 6 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of former president J.E Atta Mills.