Bawumia ‘weeps’ as aide’s burial nears

Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has confessed he is still struggling to come to terms with the death of his press aide Kwabena Boadu a few days going into the 2016 elections.

“It’s very difficult to talk about Kwabena Boadu in the past tense… because it’s a situation that I’m still trying to come to terms with,” Dr. Bawumia sobbed in a short video dubbed #KwabenaOurHero in memory of the 30-year-old.

According to him, his relationship with the late Boadu went beyond a boss and a subordinate because they gelled as confidantes.

“Kwabena Boadu was a colleague. He came to work as my press aide, he became a friend, a confidante and a younger brother and we drew closer and closer through the years. He was so instrumental in a lot of the things I did. He is a sharp-minded person and brilliant,” the former deputy governor of the Bank of Ghana stressed.

Dr. Bawumia doubts anyone can step into Boadu’s shoes.

He added: “For someone who got trained as a political scientist, his understanding of the economy over the years evolved. It was something quite nice to see. He edited a lot of my papers and drafted many speeches. I don’t ever think that void can be filled.

“His passing is a major loss. Not only to me but to our party and the country. He worked hard for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to win this election. He was one of the key architects of our election victory. He was a strategist and was consumed by his work… He had a good sense of humour but was quiet. I will really miss Kwabena. He is irreplaceable.”

Boadu died on November 24, 2016 in the line of duty at Wa. His burial ceremony will take place at the forecourt of the State House on February 4, 2017.

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