PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama, his wife Lordina Mahama and a host of top government officials were last Friday embarrassed with dumsor during the funeral church service of the mother of the chairperson of the Council of State, Cecilia Johnson, in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
It was the same burial service that the President and his wife were returning from when the helicopter they had boarded crash-landed at Apatrapa in Kumasi.
The church service for the late Yaa Twenewaa, known in private life as Mrs Joana Bennett, was well attended by people from all walks of life.
It was during the time the biography of the deceased was being read in the full glare of the congregation that there was power outage.
Sources told DAILY GUIDE that it happened around 10:30am.
Reports say there was a loud spontaneous chant of ‘dumsor ooo dumsor, Mahama dumsor ooo dumsor’ from the congregation, amid laughter. Whilst this was going on, the President sat still in his seat.
Present at the church were the National Chairman of the NDC, Kofi Portuphy, the daughter of the late Yaa Twenewaa and chairperson of the Council of State, Madam Cecilia Johnson, and a member of the Council, Ama Benyiwaa Doe, among others.
The dumsor, which lasted for about five minutes, really brought Mahama face to face with how people feel when lights go out.
What DAILY GUIDE cannot confirm is whether the President said something concerning the dumsor when he had the chance to speak.
Attempts by the paper to ascertain the veracity of the information proved futile because the presbyters, who were in a meeting at the time of our visit, would not confirm or deny because, according to them, it was unethical to give information to the press without the consent of the head of the church.
Reverend Benson Kantanka, who spoke to the paper, stressed that ‘protocol-wise the church is not allowed to give information,’ adding, ‘so come tomorrow and speak to him.’
From Daniel Dayee Y. Sunyani
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