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General News of Sunday, 24 July 2011

Source: myjoyonline

Tributes: Larry Bimi's death shocking

Tributes have been pouring in for the late Chairman of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Larry Bimi.

He died on Friday at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at age 66 after a short illness.

His younger brother Dr. Langbong Bimi told Joynews the family is devastated by his death.

“It is even more than a shock. It was a short illness; he has been on and off for sometime.”

Dr. Langbong Bimi said about a week ago, his brother went for his regular dialysis. “I even spoke to him on [last week] Friday; he told me what to do and what not, and was ready to come back on [last week] Saturday. The doctors had said they will do the last thing and he will come back on Saturday but I went there on Sunday and he couldn’t even talk, then unfortunately yesterday (Friday), the unfortunate thing happened. I don’t know which adjective to use, it’s a big shock, a big tree has fallen.”

Former Chief of Staff under the Rawlings regime Nana Ato Dadzie, a close friend of Larry Bimi, described his demise as “very shocking; I broke down and wept like a baby”.

He recounted that he and Mr Bimi together with the Chairman of the Lands Commission, Nana Adjei Ampofo, have been the best of friends since 1970 when they first met during an entrance examination into the law school.

Staff of the National Commission for Civic Education, which Larry Bimi headed for more than ten years, remarked that his death will greatly affect their work.

Augustine Akumanyi, a Deputy Chairperson of the NCCE, told Joy News: “It was a terrible blow to me...he was a very strong will person, and I knew he will fight but he lost it.”

Augustine described the former boss as a “very kind hearted man and a pillar of support”.

Joy News’ Nana Yaa Fynn Thompson, who was at Larry Bimi's Cantonments residence Saturday afternoon reported that the family and sympathisers were saddened by the death of the “major bread winner of the family”.

Mr. Larry Bimi was expected to be buried Saturday afternoon in accordance with Islamic tradition at the Osu Cemetery.

Some ministers of state visited the family’s residence and the Vice President John Mahama was also expected to visit and console the family.

The actual funeral rite has been fixed for next week.