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Family of Late Wa Imam Rejects Bawumia’s Big Funeral Donation

A leading elder from the family of the late Imam of Wa says that the entire family has turned down a ¢20,000 funeral donation from Vice President of Ghana Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

He added that the money had come in later than was needed and there its intended need and use had already passed.

“We the elders of the family wish to state that, the donation though well-intentioned is belated as the final funeral rites have already been performed,” a statement from the family said.

A major concern for the family was the fact that the Viceo President was not present at any of the funeral rites of the deceased, though he paid a visit to Wa in September.

“Besides, the Vice President never showed up in person to mourn with the family when he paid a visit to the region on September 7, 2020,” they said.

Dr Bawumia, in his quest to support Dr Suleman Mahama Haroon Bakuri’s family made a ¢20,000 donation to help augment that what they already had for the performance of the required funeral rites.

One notable issue raised by the family was that the donation came through the governing New Patriotic Party’s Wa Central Constituency Chairman instead of it coming directly from the Vice President himself.

This, they deemed lacked courteousness and was also unethical.

The family further expressed that the Vice President palpably failed to intervene when the Imam called on the presidency when he was prevented from performing his religious duties at the Central Mosque by the Upper West Region Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih.

“The Regional Minister used the powers vested in him by the Presidency to promote and support a rival faction as they purport to allegedly depose the Imam,” and according to the family, the Presidency just stood aside unconcerned.

“The Imam lamented that the very party he is accused of being sympathetic to when he offered prayers for the leaders of the NPP and the nation during their visit to the region at the Central Mosque on Friday to fraternise with Muslims on the run up of the 2016 electioneering campaign is now the party that supports rival factions to dispose him.

“Isn’t it ironic that neither the President nor his vice found it worthy to attend any of his funeral celebrations nor visit the family to mourn with them even when they visited and toured the Region, yet find it expedient to send money through others to be donated to the family?” they added.

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