Mayor of Accra, Hon. Elizabeth K. T Sackey has led a delegation of Assembly Members and City Staff to commiserate with former President J. A Kufuor and his family following the demise of his wife, Mrs Theresa Kufuor at his Peduase residence.
The delegation included the Presiding Member of the AMA, Alfred Adjei, Coordinating Director, Douglas Annoful, Heads of Public Affairs, Finance, and Procurement, and Assembly members for Korle Bu and New Mamprobi Electoral Areas among others.
The Mayor in a show of solidarity, said she couldn't have sat and watched the former President mourn alone considering the cordial relationship that exists between the two.
"I am very grateful for all that you have done for me and during this difficult time of the passing of our dear mother your wife, I can't sit and watch you mourn alone... The guidance you've provided through your counselling has profoundly influenced me, and I am here wholeheartedly to offer my unwavering support."
"On behalf of myself, management, staff and residents, I extend my heartfelt condolences to you during this time of profound loss. In solidarity, we are here to support and mourn with you, may her memory be a source of strength, and may you find comfort in the cherished moments you shared.", the Mayor emphasised.
The former President in a remark expressed appreciation to the Mayor and her entourage as well as all who had collaborated with him one way or the other during the passing of her wife.
"Thank you for coming with this formidable delegation to console me and the bereaved family... I have told the world that it was a privilege I met with my departed wife some 53 years ago, we were partners and friends she was my number one critic...We were beyond man and wife we were partners, " he said.
"Ghana has shown an appreciation, I am so touched... It's not just the chiefs/traditional leaders but ordinary Ghanaians who are showing solidarity and I am very grateful... As politicians we don't notice that people are watching but it is when such occasions come that you experience the compassion, " he added.
The Mayor later signed the book of condolence open in memory of the late former first lady and wrote " Mommy as I call you, you have left us so soon to your maker. We have missed you but God loves you more. I believe we will surely meet one day; I know God will take care of all that you have left behind. Fare thee well."
The delegation later donated some drinks and other assorted items as tradition demanded to the family and pledged their availability during the funeral.
The former First Lady who died on Sunday has been eulogised by many for the pivotal role she played during her husband’s tenure and her dedication to public service.
The burial service has been scheduled to take place at the forecourt of the State House on November 16, 2023, and the body will be subsequently conveyed to Kumasi for the burial and final funeral rites on November 18.
The late Madam Kufuor had her early education at Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Roman Catholic Convent School at Keta before travelling abroad for further education.