Houseboy found Kumawu MP collapsed in his bedroom
While messages of condolence continue to pour in across the country after the reported death of Philip Atta Bosoah, Member of Parliament for the Kumawu Constituency in the Ashanti Region, a brother of the deceased, Solomom Bosoah has narrated how the late MP was found unconscious in his locked bedroom last Friday afternoon before he was rushed to the hospital.
Solomom Bosoah denied reports that Philip Bosoah collapsed in Parliament last Friday from where he was rushed to the hospital. He insisted the MP was never in Parliament last Friday.
The bereaved brother revealed that on Friday, the doors to the bedroom of the late MP had to be broken with the help of outsiders when as at 12 noon, the MP had not stepped out and also not responded to calls from his houseboy.
According to Solomom Bosoah, the late MP suffered from diabetes and BP and was first rushed to the LEKMA Hospital in Teshi, then to a laboratory in Cantonments before he was sent to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital all on the same fateful Friday.
Below is a transcript of what Solomom Bosoah told Citi Eyewitness News in Accra on the evening of the day the MP was reported dead.
“I heard the Speaker saying my brother collapsed in Parliament. That is far from the truth.
“My brother went to Parliament on Thursday and returned home , went to sleep, Friday morning, the houseboy was expecting him to wake up around 8 o’clock, he did not see him.
“9 o’clock, he did not see him, 11 o’clock, 12 o’clock, he (the houseboy) started calling him (the MP), no response and he went out and called some people to help him break the door, when they stepped in, my brother was on his bed, collapsed.
“That was what happened so they took him to the hospital and he was admitted. When they were voting on Friday, I was in Kumasi and the boy called me and said my brother is sick and it is serious so we should come.
“I flew to Accra and went to Korle Bu and in fact, when I saw my brother, his situation was hopeless. That was what happened. We did what we could until yesterday”, Solomom Bosoah narrated.
The dead of the MP was reported on Tuesday morning. He was 54 years old.
Akufo-Addo In Shock.
President Akufo-Addo in a statement said he received the news with shock and sadness.
“I have been shocked and saddened by the news of the tragic death of the Member of Parliament for Kumawu, Hon Philip Basoah. All of us in the NPP were hopeful his health condition would take a turn for the better, but, alas, our ways are not God’s ways, neither are our thoughts.
“I extend my sincere condolences to his widow and children, to the Chairman and members of the NPP, and to the Chiefs and people of Kumawu, whom he so faithfully represented right till the very end. May his soul rest in perfect peace until the last day of the resurrection when we shall all meet again. Amen!!”, Nana Akufo-Addo stated.
Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia, in morning the late MP issued as statement which read: “I express my deepest condolences to the immediate family and Kumawu constituents on the sudden passing of Hon. Philip Atta Basoah.
“I visited him this past Saturday and little did I know that it was the last time I would see him alive. This is so painful. My prayers are with his family. May Philip’s gentle soul rest in peace.”
The NPP in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Justin Koduah Frimpong paid tribute to his contributions to the party, his constituents, and the development of Ghana through his work in Parliament.
“He was a gentle and astute politician whose contributions to the Party, constituents, and the development of Ghana through his work in Parliament cannot be overemphasized. As a Party, we take solace from his legacy of hard work and dedication to our country.
“While commiserating with the Parliament of Ghana, the NPP also extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, particularly his wife and children, and the good people of Kumawu, for such a great loss.
“As a mark of respect in his honour, the NPP directs that all Party flags at its offices across the country, fly at half-mast for the next seven days. May he find peace in the bosom of his maker.”, the statement said in part.
Members of the NPP Majority Group in on Tuesday were dressed in all black clothes to mourn their departed colleague.
The Speaker, Alban Bagbin, ordered for a minute of silence to be observed in his memory and advised that legislators take issues of their health seriously.
Philip Basoah has been a long-standing member of the NPP. He served as a District Chief Executive of the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009 and has been a Member of Parliament since 2013.
He was appointed as the Chairman of the Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprise Committee of Parliament. He also served as a member of the Lands and Forestry Committee as well as the Committee on Selection.
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