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The latest to pay a tribute to the late vice president Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur is Gabby Asare-Otchere Darko, a vociferous cousin of president Nana Akufo-Addo.
Gabby, a fierce critic of the erstwhile Mahama administration, in what seems to be an honest tribute to Mr Mahama’s vice, says he was a decent person, adding that just like him, the former vice president was a devoted supporter of the UK-based Arsenal football club.
He explained: ”A mutual friend once bought me an Arsenal paraphernalia and said to me I came to mind when she was asked by her “uncle” the Vice President to buy him a replica kit. It was then I got to know that we shared something very deep in common! That’s when it was confirmed to me that Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was a correct man, a Gunner.”
In his facebook post while at the Accra international Conference Centre, venue for the final funeral rites of the late veep, the former Director of the Danquah institute said the former statesman never sunk in the doldrums of nasty politics.
“It must be said, even when the gloves were off in the heat of the politics, Amissah-Arthur was never really libelously maligned. Attacks against him were never really meanly vitriolic or, indeed, nastily personal, as far as some of us remember. His words against the opposition were naturally attacked but mainly within the Queensbury Rules of give-and-take politics,” he added.
Gabby Otchere-Darko went on to describe the former Governor of the Bank of Ghana as someone who never engaged in corruption, saying: “I do not remember him ever been particularly, falsely accused and in a clearly defamatory manner for a politician. He was never tagged as corrupt, even when his boss was accused of it. The campaign for change was majorly about corruption, incompetence and economic hardships and he himself would have considered it fair game if, as head of the economic management team, he bore the brunt of the criticisms over the running of the economy.”
In his eulogy, Gabby said he should be bade farewell “by all with the same decency by which he lived.”
Tributes keep pouring in for the late vice president who will be laid to rest at the Military cemetery.
Many dignitaries including president Akufo-Addo, former presidents John Kufuor, Jerry John Rawlings and John Mahama were all at the AICC to pay their last respects to the man who many describe as a calm politician.
His successor, Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia announced at the final funeral rites that government has decided to name the Moree Senior High School which is located in his hometown after him.
The late Amissah-Arthur, 67, died on Friday, June 29 at the 37 Military Hospital after he collapsed at the Air Force Gym at Burma Camp.
A memorial service will be held for him at the Calvary Methodist Church, Adabraka in Accra on Sunday, July 29, 2018, from 7:30 am to 9:00 am.
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.