Death is reported of the Member of Parliament for Kumawu in the Ashanti region, Philip Atta Basoah this morning, Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
His demise occurred at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital at age 53.
During the voting for the approval of the newly ministerial nominees Friday, March 24, the Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu informed Speaker Alban Bagbin that his colleague was on his way to the chamber but couldn’t arrive in time, and hence urged the House to proceed.
According to reports, the MP’s whereabouts was not known by anyone until his room was forcibly opened, only to find him collapsed.
Plans were in place to fly him abroad for further care when he was rushed in comma to the hospital.
Mr. Basoah was in Parliament on the ticket of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), on Thursday, March 23, to participate in parliamentary work.
The next day, Friday, was deemed critical where the Majority and Minority caucuses needed their full members to vote, given their then avowed positions to vote en-bloc either for or against the appointments.
Basoah was missing, along with two other MPs, and frantic efforts by his colleagues to both delay the voting process and to locate him yielded no results.
Voting eventually proceeded, and the results, expected to be split in the middle based on their equal representation, turned out an anti-climax as a good number of the Minority joined their Majority colleagues to vote to approve the appointees.
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