General News of Friday, 17 August 2018
Hundreds of sympathizers of the governing New Patriot Party, (NPP), including some senior government officials, bigwigs of the NDC and other political parties gathered at the Accra International Conference Center Friday morning to attend the burial service of the late party stalwart, J.H Mensah.
The 89-year-old founding member of the governing party, passed away in the early hours of Thursday July 12, 2018 at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.
President Nana Akufo-Addo who was among other dignitaries at the burial service described the late politician as someone with profound attachment to democratic values and a subscriber of “the concept of development in freedom, the mantra of the Dankwa-Dombo-Busia political tradition.”
Other statesmen and bigwigs from the two major parties were also present to pay their last respect to the fallen hero. Former President John Agyekum-Kufuor, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament Mike Oquaye, Minister of Food and Agriculture Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, National Chairman of the NPP, Freddie Blay, Senior Minister Osafo Marfo, Interior Minister Ambrose Dery, General Secretary of the NDC Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and other Members of Parliament were on the list.
Joseph Henry Mensah popularly known as J. H Mensah was elected to parliament and became the Finance Minister until 1972, when he was replaced by future head of state Ignatius Kutu Acheampong after the military coup. He was also a former Minority leader and a Majority leader and held his last top government position in 2005 when he was appointed Senior Minister by ex-President Kufuor.
His mortal remains have been laid to rest today at the new Military Cemetery, in Accra.