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MP for Kwabre East pays tribute to late MP

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The Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Francisca Oteng Mensah, has described her late Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Nana Asante-Frempong, as a selfless politician, businessman, traditionalist and a good listener.

The Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Francisca Oteng Mensah, has described her late Member of Parliament for Kwabre East, Nana Asante-Frempong, as a selfless politician, businessman, traditionalist and a good listener.

 

Francisca Oteng Mensah paid the tribute in honour of the memory of Nana Asante-Frempong, in Parliament last Thursday to express her profound love for the mentorship the late Kwabre East MP extended to her to become an occupier of the same seat which Asante-Frempong occupied.


In her statement, Oteng Mensah recalled that in 1968, Nana Asante-Frempong, picked forms to contest in the Progress Party primaries against Victor Owusu, but had to step down through the intervention of Professor Kofi Abrefa Busia, the then leader of the Progress Party.


According to Francisca, Professor Busia, in his remarks said, "Young man, your time will come so allow Victor to go."

Oteng Mensah, the Chairperson of the National Youth Authority, described the advice from the leader of the Progress Party, Dr. Busia, as an inspiration that compelled Nana Asante-Frempong to step down, culminating in the late Victor Owusu retaining his seat and going unopposed to become the Member of Parliament for Agona Kwabre Constituency.


Francisca Oteng Mensah, who is also a member of the Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism and also a member of the Privileges Committee of Parliament, was saddened on the passing of Nana Asante-Frempong, who promised to write the history of Kwabre when the community informed him of the proposed Kwabre Kente/Adinkra/Wood carvers festival slated for October 2018.


"Nana Asante-Frempong lauded the initiative and described it as a way of bringing Kwabre citizens on one platform to talk about unity, development and progress."
She also described the late Member of Parliament as a self-made man who, through his entrepreneurial prowess, promoted Kente cloth both in Ghana and abroad.


On his political peak, Nana Asante-Frempong, was instrumental in the formation, organization of the New Patriotic Party in Kwabre, the MP revealed, recounting that the late Member of Parliament entered Parliament twice on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party in 1997-2001 and then 2001-2005.


The late MP served as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism and was admired by both sides of the political divide due to his frankness and good human relationship. He was also instrumental in forming the Old Members of Parliament Association of the Ashanti Region of which he was the founder and chairman.


His objective for forming the Association was to foster good relationship between former Members of Parliament and provide a platform to offer suggestions to the party in the Ashanti Region and the nation at large.


The Kwabre East Member of Parliament, Francisca Oteng Mensah, added that with Nana Asante-Frempong's deep knowledge as far as Kwabre history is concerned, she, together with her constituents will tap into the ones shared by Nana as they continue the development agenda of the area."We have lost a great man. He will be greatly missed," Francisca Oteng Mensah stressed.


The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Member of Parliament for Suame, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, also described late Nana Asante-Frempong as a self-made man, who loved his party and the country as a whole.


He said the support the late Asante-Frempong offered to the party, community and his contributions to the development of Ghana was enough evidence that he meant well for his party, people and Ghana at large.


Members of Parliament, after the tribute in honour of the memory of the late Nana Asante-Frempong, observed a minute silence.