Tributes from people of all walks of life continue to trickle in hours after the sudden demise of Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko in America.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator had gone to the United States to seek medical care after an undisclosed medical condition was determined by doctors at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The late Agyarko who was the MP for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency since 2012 replaced the current Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare as MP for the area died on Wednesday November 21, leaving his parliamentary seat vacant.
Since the news of his sudden death broke, there has been an outpour of tributes from person far and near in his memory.
So far the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has visited the Accra home of the late NPP MP.
The President was joined by a host of his ministers and NPP national executives at the Airport Hills residence in Accra yesterday morning.
The delegation included Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, Energy Minister John Peter Amewu as well as the NPP national Chairman Freddie Blay and National Organiser Sammy Awuku.
The President was scheduled to restart his national tour with the Eastern region where the late MP hails.
Speaking on behalf of the NPP delegation at the Airport Hills residence, NPP National Organiser recognized the late MP’s political prowess describing Emmanuel Agyarko as a pillar and “one of our strongest MPs.”
Deputy Information Minister Pius Hadzie speaking on behalf of family explained, the affable MP had been sick for a “couple of weeks” and sought treatment at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
“He was doing well,” the Deputy Minister said, but the family recommended further medical treatment abroad.
He would not return alive as he passed at about 4pm Wednesday.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has also expressed shock at the death of Mr. Agyarko.
Dr. Bawumia said on Facebook. “I have learnt with grief and shock, the sudden death of Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko, MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, popularly known as ‘3da ho plain,”
The Vice President described him as “a true patriot, a friend and brother” who would be forever missed.
“Hon. Kyeremateng Agyarko was a true patriot, a friend and brother. He will forever be missed by me, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the entire nation. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Damirifa due, Hon.”
The NPP in a statement signed by its General Secretary, John Boadu, described the late Agyarko “as one of the experienced legislators”.
“The party accordingly, extends its heartfelt condolence to his immediate family particularly his lovely wife and children for such incalculable loss. The NPP equally commiserates with close associates of the late MP, the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana and the rest of the nation for losing such a great asset by all standards,” the statement said.
The statement added that the NPP stands with the bereaved family and will provide them with the needed support in these difficult times.
John Boadu also recounts in his statement how the late MP served the NPP selflessly, “representing the party on TV and radio programmes as regular panelist”.
The NPP boss has directed all party flags at the national headquarters and in the respective regions and constituencies to fly at half-mast for the next seven days.
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson