Mourners at the one-week ceremony
Yesterday was exactly one week since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, was murdered in cold blood at his Shiashie residence in Accra.
Loyalists of the NPP, residents of Akyem Old Tafo, his hometown, and its surrounding communities therefore joined the bereaved family to mourn the sudden departure of their beloved MP.
As if it had been prescribed, almost all the mourners were seen in red apparels, including T-shirts of the late MP, thereby making Old Tafo appear like a red sea. A few of them who were not in red were clad in traditional black clothes.
The mourners included the East Akim Municipal Chief Executive, Peter Simeon Asirifi, assembly members, among other dignitaries, who joined the one-week service at the local Presbyterian Church before moving to the funeral ground to mourn the death of the Member of Parliament.
Alhaji Bodinga wailing at JB’s one-week ceremony
JB, as he was affectionately called, was stabbed to death while he was sleeping in his bedroom; and with the vigilance of the police, one Daniel Aseidu – a prime suspect – and his suspected accomplices were nabbed and are currently in custody assisting in investigations.
Some of the residents whose handkerchiefs were soaked with tears, passionately appealed to the security agents to get to the bottom of the heinous act and bring all the perpetrators to book.
The Eastern Regional First Vice Chairman of the NPP, Alhaji Umar Bondinga, led the regional executives of the party to partake in the solemn event.
Alhaji Umar Bondinga, who could not control his tears when speaking on behalf of the party, said the entire nation, the party, Abuakwa North constituents and the needy had lost a great icon and philanthropist who could never be replaced.
Madam Margaret Darko, Regional Women Organizer of the NPP, called on the Almighty God and the ancestral spirits to expose all the people behind the MP’s death.
The Eastern Regional NPP executives donated 10 boxes of bottled water and several cartons of assorted drinks to the bereaved family.
The Asene Abusuapanin of the family, Opanin Kwabena Mireku, addressing the mourners, said the family would on Thursday, February 18, hold another one-week celebration in Accra, adding that the family would then announce the date for the burial and final funeral rites of their late kith and kin. Expected to be in attendance are the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other big wigs of the party.
The late J B Danquah, as gathered, had helped numerous constituents financially and through the creation of jobs for them. He was also said to have been paying the school fees of students whose parents/guardians could not afford to do so.
The beneficiaries were spotted weeping uncontrollably and cursing the killer(s) as well as the brains behind the demise of the benevolent legislator. They also lamented how the death of JB was going to affect their situations.
Some hairdressers from Akyem Kukurantumi who spoke to DAILY GUIDE, said the late J B Danquah had been providing them with dryers and also paying their children’s school fees.
They expressed anxiety over the difficulty they would be passing through with the departure of the philanthropist.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Old Tafo