President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated that late former Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah Arthur, would be honoured with a state burial despite a request by his family that his wishes for a simple and modest burial be respected.
Additionally, President Akufo-Addo has directed that all flags across the country fly at half-mast, as the nation observes five days of mourning.
He made this known on July 3, 2018, when the family of the late vice-president called on President Akufo-Addo to officially inform him of the death of Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the president described the late vice-president as a “very vibrant personality in our national life who still had so much in him to give to Ghana.”
“In response to a request of the family for a simple, solemn, dignified burial, the president explained that the late vice-president “is no longer just another member of the family, he is state property. He is a high ranking official of our state. A man who was vice-president, who, therefore, could have become the president of Ghana, is not, with respect, an ordinary person. He cannot be treated in the normal manner, so, to some extent those wishes would have to give way to the status that he had.”
It is for this reason; the president indicated that he has taken the decision to give the late Vice President given a full state burial.
It is important, President Akufo-Addo noted, to recognise that it is a national loss.