President Mahama and Wife visit late VP’s widow


Former President John Dramani Mahama and his wife, Lordina, on Sunday, 1 July, visited Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur and the family to commiserate with them on the death of his former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur.

Mr. Mahama, who was out of the country on official assignments when the sad news occurred on Friday, cut short his trip and returned to Accra on Saturday.

Accompanied by some senior officials of the Flagstaff House during his tenure, former ministers of state and some national executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), President Mahama consoled the widow and family, signed the book of condolence and eulogised his former vice-president.

Speaking to the family and later to journalists, Mr Mahama noted that: “Paa Kwesi was not only my vice-president, we had worked together for a long time from when I was the Deputy Minister of Communication and he was the Deputy Minister of Finance. When Professor Atta Mills nominated me as his running mate, Paa Kwesi was instrumental in helping to raise funding and financing for the campaign. He was made the Governor of the Bank of Ghana. That was when I got even closer to him because he was the Governor of the Bank of Ghana and I was the Chair of the Economic Management Team, and, so, at all the Economic Management meetings, we discussed how to handle the economy.”

Mr. Mahama described his late vice-president as a man who knew what he was about, indicating that he was a very good choice as vice-president.

“He served with distinction, he was a perfect gentleman. Indeed, people say I have the same disposition as him, and, so, they wondered how two gentlemen could govern a country, but I must say that his experience and a lot of practical knowledge he has in project implementation made us able to achieve within four years, some of the successes that we achieved as a government.”

The former president also prayed for strength for the deceased’s wife and family.