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Tears flow as Ghanaians bid former vice president farewell

Emotions, tears, grief and shock Friday characterised the solemn funeral service which was held for former Vice- President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur in Accra before he was finally laid to rest at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp.

The service of song ministrations, tributes and a sermon, was attended by hundreds of mourners, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Members of Parliament, some government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and people from all walks of life.

Also in attendance were former Presidents John Dramani Mahama, John Agyekum Kufuor and John Jerry Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings; the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, and the Chief Justice, Ms Sophia Akuffo.

Also present were leaders and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), the party Amissah-Arthur belonged to, members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), staff of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), where he last worked before assuming the office of Vice-President, and representatives of the other political parties.

Some of the mourners broke down when tributes were being read. The wife, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, stirred emotions as she virtually abandoned her text and expressed disquiet about the lies, treachery and mischievousness which were machinated against her husband when he was alive.

Before the service began, amid elaborate security arrangements, the dignitaries and the rest of the mourners were offered the opportunity to file past the casket of the statesman.

Thereafter, the funeral cortege moved on at a snail’s pace through some principal streets of Accra for the public to pay their last respects before the remains of the former Vice- President were interred at the Military Cemetery at Burma Camp.

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