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Alexander Abban 1Member of Parliament for Gomoa West Constituency, Alexander Abban
Member of Parliament for Gomoa West Constituency, Alexander Abban has asked Ghaanaians to desist from criticizing wife of former Vice President, Matilda Amissah-Arthur for her tribute which some have suggested, was targeted at some persons who had gathered to pay final respects to her late husband.

Matilda Amissah-Arthur, in her tribute said she had been amazed by the number of people who had shown her love, following the passing of her husband, but not for the right reasons.

“I asked myself, is this Ghana? Are all these people in Ghana because the maligning, the lies, the treachery, the wickedness, the deliberately changing things so that you could look better than others.”

Mr. Abban on Citi TV/ FM’s News Analysis Programme, The Big Issue indicated Mrs. Amissah Arthur’s comments were not far from reality.
He believes her tribute emphasizes the need for an introspection on human relations.
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“His wife had to speak her mind and that has been the Ghanaian culture within the political space. We should look at the strengths we can bring to bear when we are doing this kind of politics and in fact it is not only inter-party, but also intra-party.

“I have heard people trying to condemn her but I do not think so. We should do some form of introspection and see what kind of things we do to each other when the person has life and what we say when the person has given up the ghost.”

Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga expressed similar sentiments, saying “I can understand the widow and the way she spoke yesterday. I do not think anybody should condemn her, that will be very sad to do.”

“We must appreciate the fact that at this stage, she is emotionally traumatized by the passing of her death. Her tribute was not scripted but it reflected something very deep that she wanted to communicate to the nation; that we should be careful about how we treat one another, ” the MP added.

Kwesi Amissah-Arthur died on June 29, 2018, after he collapsed at the Airforce Gym in Accra during a workout session.

He is expected to be buried at the military cemetery in Accra.

About Amissah-Arthur

Before becoming Vice President in August 2012, he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.

From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey under the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) government.

He also served as the Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to March 1993.

From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance under the Fourth Republic’s first government until March 1997.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur, 67, was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by then-President John Atta Mills.

He held that position until August 6, 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.

A wife and two children survive him.

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