Parliament has expressed it’s deepest condolences over the sudden demise of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission who was also the former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.
He was said to have died on Wednesday, July 01, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness after testing positive for the novel Coronavirus.
Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu expressed shock about the sudden demise of the former General Secretary who he described as diligent, efficient and effective in his duties; a politician who made his presence known in the political domain.
The Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu also described Sir John as a lively, cheerful and jovial person, with an exceptional sense of humour and limitless store of folk tales and proverbs with which positively affected all those he came into contact with.
He noted that the late NPP Scribe will be forever remembered for his famous ‘fear delegates, not ghosts’, advice to politicians when he lost his second term bid for the General Secretaryship position of the NPP further stressing this will continue to reverberate in Ghana’s politics as a lesson to all politicians.
The Rt Hon. Speaker Professor Aaron Oquaye in view of this, lamented over the bond and political maturity between Sir John and his counterpart General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Johnson Asiedu Nketiah.
He expressed the awesome relationship that existed between the duo as an example that should guide the country’s political atmosphere, that although they both belonged to two opposing political parties their great friendship and relationship transcended partisan association.
Professor Oquaye stressed that his death should teach politicians not to hate or fight each other but engage in healthy debate for the development of the country.
He, however, disclosed that the House will honour the memory of the late Sir John with a full tribute in due course.
By Mary Quartey.