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09.11.2008 General News

Baah-Wiredu laid to rest

By GNA
Baah-Wiredu laid to rest

The mortal remains of former Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, were on Saturday laid to rest amidst outpouring of grief at his hometown, Agogo in the Asante Akim North District.

As his casket was lowered into the grave, the final resting place, members of the bereaved family, friends and admirers could not hold back their tears and wept uncontrollably.

This was preceded by a pre-burial service.

The late Minister was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and died at the Life Little Company Hospital in South Africa, where he had gone for medical treatment on Wednesday, September 24.

He was 56 and left behind a wife Margaret and eight children.

President John Agyekum Kufuor and the wife, Theresa, were among the thousands of mourners from all walks of life who thronged the Agogo Methodist School Park later in the day for the final funeral rites.

They included the Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Mr Kwadwo Mpiani, Foreign Minister, Akwasi Osei-Adjei, Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, Interior Minister, Defence Minister Albert Kan-Dapaah, Mr Joseph Henry Mensah, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, Mr Emmanuel Asamoah Owusu-Ansah, Ashanti Regional Minister, and other senior Government Ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and District Chief Executives.

Also present were the presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Mr Peter Mac Manu, the NPP National Chairman, and other national, regional and constituency executives of the party, chiefs, the clergy and youth groups.

All clad in red and black and amidst traditional drumming and live band music, the event was a fitting tribute to the late Minister, whose hard work, humility and affable nature won the hearts of many Ghanaians.

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