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LET MY VOTE COUNT AND ACCRA FRIENDS BID FAREWELL TO JUSTICE ADZAKUMA (1979-2019)

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Justice Adzakuma ‒ the man who became a symbol of the struggle for reform in the run-up to Election 2016 when he was badly injured at a Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) march through Accra ‒ died suddenly on 12 May at the age of 39, after a brief illness.

Justice Adzakuma ‒ the man who became a symbol of the struggle for reform in the run-up to Election 2016 when he was badly injured at a Let My Vote Count Alliance (LMVCA) march through Accra ‒ died suddenly on 12 May at the age of 39, after a brief illness.

Family, friends, party members, well-wishers and former Let My Vote Count colleagues gathered on Sunday at the official “one week” farewell to him in Mallam, Accra.

Active NPP member

Younger-generation patriots present at the farewell at Kokrokoo Park ranged from David Asante, the LMVCA convener now in charge of Ghana Publishing Company, to Tina Mensah, Deputy Health Minister and MP for Weija Gbawe, where Mr Adzakuma was an active member of the New Patriotic Party.

Also present were Dr Agnes Adu (chief executive of Ghana Trade Fair Co Ltd and LMVCA activist), Egbert Faibille of the Petroleum Commission and John Hall, LMVCA operations director.

They were joined by Dr Gifty Oware Aboagye, deputy executive director of the National Service Scheme, prominent NPP communicator Jennifer Queen and John Bediako of the National Democratic Party, representing other political parties which played an active role in the Let My Vote Count drive.

Also present was a large delegation of NPP polling station agents for Weija Gbawe and a much-liked local NDC firebrand.

Fred Anson of the Ministry of Finance, who has consistently lent his support to NPP youth groups, made a donation to the Adzakuma family.

In the line of duty

The mood of the memorial for their fallen comrade was solemn but warm as they remembered the young man, consoled his family and lined up to sign thea book of condolence.

In a speech to guests who included a retinue of chiefs from Tafi Agome, Mr Adzakuma’s home town, David Asante described his late comrade with gratitude and affection. He pledged the support of the NPP and LMVCA not only in laying him to rest, but also in continuing to care for his family.

Justice Adzakuma took a rubber bullet in the face at the LMVCA cross-party march on September 16 2015 to present a petition to the Electoral Commissioner, losing an eye. Other participants in the march were brutalised by the police and sustained varying degrees of injury.

When pictures of the prone Mr Adzakuma with blood streaming down his face began to circulate on social media in the late hours of that day, members of the then ruling NDC jumped to claim that they were fake.

Eldest son

Justice Azakuma was born in Tafi Agome, Volta Region, on 25 November 1979. He was the second born and eldest boy in a family of six children.

The son and nephew of prominent local chiefs, he moved to Accra in the 1990s for work after completing his education and established himself as a trader.

Already active in the New Patriotic Party in the Kpando area, he became a key member of the NPP in Accra Newtown and later Gbawe. He was an active link person between local branches of the party in Accra and Volta Region NPP.

He is survived by a young wife and three children – a boy aged 13, a daughter aged four and a second son less than a year old.

His burial takes place in Tafi Agome on July 12.