The chief of staff Mr Julius Debrah has on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama commiserated with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II over the death of the Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, mother of the king.
Nana Serwaa Ampem died last Monday night at the age of 111, having reigned for 39 years.
The Ashanti regional minister John Alexander Ackon who led the delegation to the Manhyia palace to console with the Asantehene, said upon hearing of the death of the queenmoother, Mahama, who is campaigning in the Upper West region directed his chief of staff who happened to be in the Ashanti region to express government’s profound condolences to the Monarch.
He said “what affects the Asantehene affects the President and shares in his grief.”
He prayed for God’s strength and fortitude for the families of the Asantehene in these difficult times.
“Government would do all it could to ensure the late Asantehemaa, is given a befitting burial,” the regional minister added.
The Chief of Staff was accompanied by the campaign coordinator Madam Faustina Nelson, Ambassador Daniel Ohene Agyekum, the regional Security Council, the Ashanti NDC caucus, ministers of state and senior government officials and presidential staffers.
The Chief of Staff of the office of the Asantehene Kofi Badu said the Kumasi Traditional Council has banned funeral celebrations throughout the Asante Kingdom. A ban on noise making, especially drumming has also been effected until the burial of the late Asantehemaa.
Notwithstanding the ban, families could bury their deceased relatives but would not be allowed to organise any funeral until the final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa have been held.
He said the funeral arrangements of the late Asantehemaa would be announced later. He announced that the one week celebration would be observed at the Manhyia palace at on Thursday, November 24, 2016.
He urged Mr. Debrah and his entourage to continue with the campaign, devoid of noise making.