The Member of Parliament for Assin Central and aspiring flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has visited former President Kufour to mourn the passing of former First Lady, Mrs. Theresa Kufuor.
According to Mr. Agyapong, the late First Lady was like a mother to him.
The Member of Parliament was welcomed warmly by members of the house. Many of them shouted his name “Akompreko” from a distance.
“The former first lady was like a mother to me. When they were staying in Accra, anytime I passed by, she knew I would go straight to the kitchen. I will go and prepare my own tea and coffee. As you can see, all the people of the house know me.”Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
Reminiscing his days with her, he recounted times when he went astray and the former president would not mind him, knowing confidently that his wife would advise him (Mr. Agyapong) very well.
“I think she had that charisma too. Normally, when I speak very harshly, my old man will not talk to me. He will call the wife when I come around. Anytime that happened when I came around, it meant I had done something wrong. She will come, speak to me and advise me. Sometimes, you know, we go astray.”Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
He also touched on the unassuming and humble nature of the late Madam Kufuor.
“She was just a calm person. You will never know she was the first lady. I can confidently say that she was one of the first ladies who is always unassuming. If she has not been introduced to you as the First Lady, the way she behaved and received you, you will never know that she is the First Lady.”Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
“She has been good to me”, Mr. Agyapong soberly added.
He further prayed for her soul to rest in peace.
“I will say may her soul rest in peace. As for death, it will definitely come. And I know Madam is also gone, period.”Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
Meanwhile, Kennedy hinted on his father’s passing.
“Even though my father is dead today, I came here to pay homage to my very own mother. Sometimes it (death) is a relief because for the past year, what my dad has been through has been overwhelming. The pain grew so much that, sometimes, he professed his wish for death.”Kennedy Ohene Agyapong
Tributes For Madam Theresa Kufuor
On the passing of Mr. Theresa Kufuor, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana, released a statement on the passing of the former first lady. In the statement, he extended his deepest condolences to President Kufuor and his family.
“My wife, Rebecca, the First Lady, and I will miss her a lot. We extend our deepest condolences to President Kufuor, their children, grandchildren, and members of their family on their irreplaceable loss.
“She was a composed and articulate First Lady, polyglot, fluent in several languages including Ewe, who brought great dignity to the position. I knew several members of her family, especially her celebrated brother, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know her too. Her warmth, kindness, and grace were exceptional. She bore the vicissitudes of life with great stoicism and an unshakeable belief in the sovereignty of Almighty God.”Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Also, Former President John Dramani Mahama on his visit to Mr Kufour, expressed his condolences to the family on the passing of the former First Lady.
“We are all saddened by the passing of our respected mother, former First Lady Madam Theresa Kufuor. She carried herself with dignity and was truly acknowledged by the people of Ghana as the mother of the Nation. On this sad occasion, our hearts go out to the widower, President Agyekum Kufuor, and the entire family. May God grant her peaceful repose”.John Dramani Mahama
The former First Lady, Theresa Kufour died in her Peduase residence in Accra on Sunday, October 1 2023.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has ordered flags to fly at half-mast from Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 8 to honor the her and a former Member of Parliament, Enoch Teye Mensa, who also dies on same day in South Africa.