Philip Basoah, the late Member of Parliament for the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region, will be buried today, Saturday, May 20.
Members of the New Patriotic Party, as well as MPs from both the Majority and Minority sides, will be in Kumawu to commiserate with the family of the deceased and pay their last respects to the late legislator.
The Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Richard Ahiagbah told sit-in host of Eyewitness News on Citi FM, Nii Larte Lartey, that “yes the funeral is coming off on Saturday. The chief mourner, Kumawuhene, Barima Sarfo Tweneboah Kodua II has confirmed to us [NPP] that the funeral is happening on Saturday. All things being equal, our brother will be laid to rest, and we wish that his soul will be at peace. And we will carry on with whatever activities we have to undertake to make sure his legacy is firmly planted”.
There will be a by-election on Tuesday, May 23, following the death of Philip Basoah.
Both NPP and National Democratic Congress are campaigning vigorously to win the seat.
The NPP government a few days ago started some infrastructural projects in the area.
The Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta denied that the recent infrastructural development in the Kumawu constituency aims to influence voters ahead of the by-election.
Born in 1969, the Member of Parliament for the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region, Philip Basoah died on March 27, 2023.
He first came to Parliament in 2017 after winning the 2016 general elections in the Kumawu constituency.
Prior to sailing to Parliament, Mr. Basoah was a Chief Executive for the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009 and was also a tutor at the Agogo State College.
In the 2016 general elections, he won the parliamentary seat with 21,794 votes making 78.2% of the total votes cast on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party.
In the 2020 general elections, he won the parliamentary seat with 14,960 votes making 51.1% of the total votes cast.