Chief of Staff leads govt delegation to console ASANTEHENE
Chief of Staff Julius Debrah on behalf of President John MAHAMA and the people of Ghana on Friday led a large government delegation to commiserate with ASANTEHENE Otumfuor OSEI Tutu II upon the death of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem, the Asantehemaa (Queenmother of the Asante Kingdom).
The delegation included Ashanti regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon, his deputy Andy OSEI Okra, Minister for Works And Housing Dr Kweku AGYEMANG Mensah, deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong and Presidential Staffers KOJO Adu Asare, Emelia Arthur and Mawushie DZIRASAH a Presidential Aide.
Other top officials included Deputy Defence Minister, Kenneth ADJEI, Brigadier General CB ALHASSAN, General Officer Commanding, Central Command, Colonel F Salifu, Commanding Officer, 4th Infantry Battalion, Lt. Col. C K Budu Kumi, Command Logistics Officer, Central Command, deputy General Secretary of the NDC, Koku Anyidoho, NDC National Communications Officer, SOLOMON Nkansah and his deputy Fred Agbenyo, the Ashanti regional Chairman of the NDC, Yaw OWUSU Obimpeh and other party executives.
Chief of Staff who was on a 5-day campaign tour of the Ashanti region has subsequently suspended his activities in respect of the Golden stool and the rich tradition of the Ashanti Kingdom.
The Manhyia Palace officially announced the sad news on the passing of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II who died at the age of 111 on Thursday.
Nana Afia Kobi who reigned for 39 years, reportedly died Tuesday.
Emissaries from the Manhyia Palace have since been dispatched to various paramount chiefs within the Asante Kingdom to inform them about the passing of the queenmother, as custom demands.
Nana Afia Kobi was enstooled in 1977 as the 13th queenmother of the Asante Kingdom since 1695 after the late Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko II who reigned from 1945 to 1977. The late Asantehemaa was the mother of the current Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. She saw the reign of the late Otumfuo Opoku Ware II, as Asantehene who reigned from 1970 to 1999.