Despite the somber atmosphere surrounding the funeral of former First Lady Theresa Kufuor, an unexpected and light-hearted moment unfolded as ex-President Kufuor exchanged pleasantries with dignitaries at the State House in Accra.
In a brief interaction with former President John Mahama, Kufuor extended a warm handshake and, with a smile, turned to his wife, asking, “Which pretty girl is that?” The former First Lady smiled back and greeted him, while the former President Mahama chuckled at the remark. They exchanged some more conversation and Mahama moved on.
You can watch the video of the encounter here.
The state funeral for the former First Lady, Theresa Aba Kufuor, took place at the forecourt of the State House on Thursday, November 16, 2023.
The funeral rites will continue in Kumasi on November 18, after which she will be laid to rest the same day. This will be followed by a thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
In his tribute to his late wife, former President Kufuor described her as his devoted companion of 61 years of marriage. He recounted how they met in London in 1961 and got married in 1962.
He praised her for being a pillar in his long journey to becoming the president and for playing a pivotal but quiet role in shaping key social interventions during his tenure. He also thanked God for giving him Theresa and expressed his hope to meet her again in the afterlife.
Theresa Kufuor, who was born on October 25, 1935, died on October 1, 2023, at the age of 87 at her home at Peduase in the Eastern Region.
She was a nurse and midwife who dedicated her life to the service of humanity and the Catholic Church. She was also the founder of the Mother and Child Community Development Foundation (MCCDF), a non-governmental organisation that supports the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. She was a mother of five, a grandmother of eight, and a sister of the renowned statesman, the late J.H Mensah.
She was honoured with a Papal Award of Dame of St Gregory the Great for her commitment to the plight of poor children and their mothers. She also contributed to Ghana’s growth and development through her advocacy for free compulsory universal basic education (FCUBE) for kindergarten children amongst other timeless policies that are still in place.
Let’s live harmoniously to safeguard Ghana’s peace – Peace Council on recent clashes
The National Peace Council (NPC) has called on Ghanaians to live harmoniously with each other to safeguard the country’s peace.
It has urged Ghanaians to protect “the peace and security of the country by creating and using avenues of tolerance, cooperation, and coexistence to sustain the country’s identity as an oasis of peace in Africa.”
This follows the unfortunate violent clashes in some parts of the country which have resulted in the deaths of some citizens.
Reports from Kintampo in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the Northeast Region indicate that violence has led to the destruction of lives and property in these affected communities.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPC reminded Ghanaians “of paragraphs (c), (d) and (i) of
article 41 of the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana which states thus: The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen.”
“To foster national unity and live in harmony with others; to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of others, and generally to refrain from doing acts detrimental to the welfare of other persons. To co-operate with lawful agencies in the maintenance of law and order.”
Read the full statement from the NPC here
Defence and National Security Ministers to appear before parliament today over Kintampo clash
The Ministers of Defence and National Security are expected to appear before the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament on Thursday, November 23, to provide a briefing on actions being taken by the government to forestall a clash between the Mo and Wangara tribes in the Kintampo North municipality.
This comes on the back of a summons by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
According to the Member of Parliament for the area, Joseph Kwame Kumah, tensions were high when the Mo tribe requested to perform rituals within the months of November and December, coinciding with the annual Klubi festival of the Wangara community.
In response to calls for a ceasefire by the MP, the Speaker directed that the government must take immediate steps to ensure peaceful coexistence.
“As the first authorities to come to this house to brief the committee on Defense and Interior, this is an urgent matter that should be handled with dispatch. I think Thursday should be okay for the two ministers and their commanders to appear before the committee early tomorrow morning by 9 am to brief the committee. It is an urgent matter.”
“The National Security Council through their regional office should immediately intervene because the chieftaincy institution is one of the cornerstones of the peace and security of our country, and we hold that institution dearly. We will do everything to prevent that institution from falling into disarray,” he stated.
Watch how Quick Credit staff violently raided restaurant over ‘unpaid loan’
Some staff of a popular loan company, Quick Credit Ghana, stormed a local restaurant to recover a loan sum.
Videos available to GhanaWeb and shared on social media showed over half a dozen male workers in violent exchanges with the staff at the restaurant said to be located at Laterbiokoshie, a suburb of Accra.
According to a person videoing the encounter, the staff had forced their way into the facility, packed up the furniture and succeeded in locking up the place before leaving.
The video, shot in the evening, however, did not show any affected customers nor did it show any casualties.
The company has yet to issue an official statement on the development. GhanaWeb is also trying to reach out to the affected businesses.
Watch the video below:
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