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General News Mon, 9 Sep 2002

Adam's death shocks people of Techiman

The people of Techiman have received with shock the death of Alhaji Kwadwo Maama Adam, Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and former Deputy Minister of the region.

Alhaji Adam, immediate former Member of Parliament for Techiman South, reportedly died in a motor accident at Suhum in the Eastern Region on Saturday while returning from Accra to Sunyani after attending the inauguration of the party's Council of Elders on Friday.

When the Ghana News Agency visited Bamiri, his hometown in Techiman on Sunday, NDC party functionaries, sympathisers and mourners had thronged there to express their condolences to the bereaved family.

In Techiman, people were seen standing in groups discussing the unexpected death of the former MP. Nana Obiri Yeboah Kokroko, Bamirihene and Tufuhene of Techiman Traditional Area described Alhaji Adam's death as a "great loss" not only to citizens of his hometown but to all in Techiman, Brong Ahafo region and indeed the entire country.

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The Bamirihene said Alhaji Adam was a man who stood for what he believed in and never abandoned the NDC when it lost power in the last general election. Alhaji Yusif Tahiru, Chairman of Techiman South NDC said the death of Alhaji Adam "is a big blow" to the party, adding, "the vacuum created by the death would be very difficult to fill."

Meanwhile sources close to the bereaved family told the GNA that his body would be conveyed to Bamiri next Monday, for burial on Tuesday in accordance with Islamic custom. In Sunyani, where the former MP lived, the news of the tragedy was on the lips of taxi drivers, market women, vendors, and other persons.

Party members, supporters, and sympathisers clad in mourning clothes gathered at the NDC regional offices at Sunyani, to mourn the late Regional Chairman. Mr Mohammed Kwaku Doku, Regional Secretary of the party, described the death of Alhaji Adam as a "shocker" and an irreparable loss to the NDC, members of his family and the entire Brong-Ahafo Region.

Mr Doku said the late Regional Chairman "was not only a politician but also a very good administrator and a statesman." Nana Amakona Nimpong, Regional Treasurer of the party said the late Alhaji Adam was a hardworking and highly principled person. Nana Nimpong noted that the former Regional Chairman's death "would pose a great problem for the party in the region."

Source: gna
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