Veep, Others Mourn Late Kumawu MP

The Vice Pres­ident, Alhaji Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, Mr Philip Atta Basoah who died on Mon­day night at age 54.

His death was confirmed by the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP died at the Korle-Bu Teach­ing Hospital, where he had been on admission.

He was one of three major­ity MPs who were absent from Parliament on Friday during the debate and subsequent voting of some new Ministers.

“I visited him this past Satur­day and little did I know that it was the last time I would see him alive. This is so painful,” the Vice President tweeted yesterday.

“My prayers are with his family. May Philip’s gentle soul rest in peace. I express my deepest con­dolences to the immediate family and Kumawu constituents on the sudden passing of Hon. Philip Atta Basoah,” he said.

Similarly, the NPP, in a state­ment signed by its General Secre­tary, Mr Justin Kodua Frimpong, described the late MP as a gentle and astute politician who contrib­uted to the development of the party, constituency and country.

“As a party, we take solace from his legacy of hard work and dedication to our country,” it said.

The statement said the late MP, was a long-standing member of the party, who served as a District Chief Executive of the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009.

It said he served as the Chair­man of the Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprise Committee of Parliament and a member of the Lands and Forestry Committee as well as the Committee on Selection.

The party extended its condo­lence to the bereaved family, par­ticularly his wife, children and his people of Kumawu, and directed all party flags at its offices across the country to fly at half-mast for the next seven days.

Some members of parliament also took to social media to con­dole with the bereaved family.

They included the MP for South Dayi, Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, who expressed shock at the passing of the legis­lator, saying he was very active in parliament the previous week.

The late MP entered Parlia­ment in 2017 after winning the 2016 general elections.

Prior to his election, Mr Ba­soah was a Chief Executive for the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009 and was also a tutor at the Agogo State College.

Also, Mr Basoah was the project coordinator for Ghana Education Service in the Ashanti Region and served as the chair­person for the Employment, Social Welfare, and State Enter­prises Committee, member of the Lands and Forestry Com­mittee and also a member of the Selection Committee.