The Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region will bid farewell to their late Member of Parliament, Philip Basoah, who will be laid to rest today, Saturday, May 20.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) and other parliamentarians from both sides of the House will join the bereaved family and the Kumawuhene, Barima Sarfo Tweneboah Kodua II, who is the chief mourner, to mourn and honour the departed lawmaker.
According to the NPP’s Director of Communications, Richard Ahiagbah, who spoke to Eyewitness News on Citi FM’s sit-in host, Nii Larte Lartey, “the funeral is happening on Saturday as confirmed by the Kumawuhene. We hope that our brother will rest in peace and we will continue to work hard to uphold his legacy”.
A by-election will be held on Tuesday, May 23, to fill the vacant seat left by Philip Basoah’s demise.
The NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) are both campaigning fiercely to secure the seat.
Some infrastructural projects were initiated in the area by the NPP government a few days ago.
However, the Roads and Highways Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, dismissed the allegations that the projects were meant to sway voters ahead of the by-election.
Philip Basoah was born in 1969 and became the Member of Parliament for the Kumawu constituency in the Ashanti Region in 2017 after winning the 2016 general elections on the NPP ticket.
Before entering Parliament, he served as a District Chief Executive for the Sekyere East District from June 2005 to January 2009 and also taught at the Agogo State College.
He retained his seat in the 2020 general elections with 14,960 votes, representing 51.1% of the total votes cast.