Nana Akufo-Addo greeting Oheneba Owusu Afriyie IV
NANA ADDO Dankwa Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Saturday led a powerful delegation of the party to mourn with ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor and the entire Apagya family of Kumasi over the demise of three prominent members of the family.
They are Prof. Emeritus Francis Addo Kufuor, a senior brother of the former president; the late Apagyahene, Oheneba Kwame Kyeretwie, father of Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh aka Napo, Manhyia South MP and Mrs. Josephine Kankam, mother of the present Apagyahene, Oheneba Owusu Afriyie IV.
The Apagya family, which has been dealt a heavy blow following the demise of these three eminent personalities, combined the three funerals into one mega event on Saturday, attracting a huge number of mourners from all corners of the country.
Prominent Asante chiefs, who were dressed in a variety of nicely made funeral clothes, including the sitting Apagyahene, Nana Owusu Afriyie IV, were seen seated at the funeral ground as people from all walks of life consoled them over the huge loss.
Former President Kufuor; Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor, former Defence Minister during the NPP administration; Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and other members of the Apagya family, were also clad in mourning cloth as their friends and loved ones mourned with them.
Ex-President Kufuor and Dr. Addo Kufuor
Nana Akufo-Addo's entourage included his wife Rebecca; his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; acting NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay and his wife, Gina Blay; Ashanti Regional NPP Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Wontumi and national and regional executives of the party.
There were wild shouts all over the Heroes Park, venue of the funeral, when Nana Akufo-Addo and his team arrived at the place. The NPP members took more than one hour before they could finish exchanging pleasantries with members of the bereaved family and other prominent people present.
Sammy Awuku, NPP Youth Organiser, consoling Napo
President Mahama also sent a powerful delegation of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) made up of Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah; Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the party as well as ex-Ashanti Regional Ministers, Samuel Sarpong and Peter Anarfi Mensah.
Interestingly, the presence of Asiedu Nketia, popularly called General Mosquito, at the funeral grounds, attracted wild shouts with scores of mourners, especially those who had not seen him before, trying to catch a glimpse of him.
Suspended NPP National Chairman, Paul Afoko, who was accompanied by some of his supporters as well as representatives from the other smaller political parties in the country, was also there to mourn with the bereaved family.
The government delegation at the funeral ground
Traditional leaders in and outside Asanteman, DCOP Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, other politicians, prominent businessmen, the clergy and people from all walks of life, were also present at the funeral grounds.
The mournful ceremony was characterized by the singing of dirges and firing of musketry.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi