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Former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has been buried at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra.
Earlier on Friday 27 July, 2018 a final funeral rite was held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) to pave way for loved ones,family members and other dignitaries to pay their last respect to the former statesman.
The funeral was attended by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia and their spouses. Other dignitaries present were former presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Mahama; the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye; Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo; the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare; Ministers of State, Members of the Council of State, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the National Democratic Congress, political party representatives, close friends and family.
Vice President Dr Bawumia who read a tribute on behalf of the government at the funeral service, announced that the Moree Senior High School will be named after the late veep and be known as Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur Senior High School.
He said the late Amissah-Arthur was the definition of a conscientious gentleman and an ideal politician.
Hypocrites Mourning Him Too
Her wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, in a rather shocking way, 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 after he passed on.
Mrs Amissah did not mince words when she read her tribute to her late husband. He narrated: “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.”
She wondered if people really knew her husband before putting him under a barrage of unfair criticisms as a statesman.
“…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.
Member of Parliament for Tano North in the Brong Ahafo Region, Freda Prempeh told Power 97.9 FM’s Parliammentry correspondent, Princess Arita Anim that the widow’s accusations were not the best.
“I think she was too emotional,” she said. She made mentioned that the former second lady once yelled at teachers when they asked her to help them get chalk and other teaching materials for their schools.
This, she said indicates that Mrs Amissah-Arthur is so emotional.
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.
As an economist, the late Amissah-Arthur was a once research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975. He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978 and rose to become an assistant lecturer in 1979.
He lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. He has also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983).
He also worked as a consultant for the World Bank in The Gambia, and served as a consultant for the Netherlands’ government education project in Ghana. He was a Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000.