Some members of Parliament (MPs) have paid tribute to the late former Central Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe who died on Sunday September 19.
Lawmaker for Nsawam Adoagyiri Frank Annoh-Dompreh in a tweet said she will be remembered for her boldness and forthrightness in the public sphere.
“I’m saddened by the passing of Ama Benyiwa Doe, an outspoken political leader & MP for many years. She will be remembered for her boldness and forthrightness in the public sphere.
“I have no doubt she inspired many women to speak their truth without fear. Rest well.”
The MP for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam, Cassiel Ato Forson also said in a tweet that she served her constituency and party well.
“You served your constituency, our party, our region and our country well in your lifetime.
“We are grateful that you lived! We shall forever remember your good deeds! May God comfort the family and the Great NDC for this big loss!”
“I’m sad to hear about the news of the death of Ama Benyiwa Doe. She was a colleague in Parliament, and a good friend. May her soul rest in perfect peace,” the President said.
Former President John Mahama said she was not only a politician, but also a gender activist and champion of women’s rights.
“I have received with deep sadness, news of the demise of one of the most inspirational icons to have served our party, the NDC, and this great nation.
“She was not only a politician, but also a gender activist and champion of women’s rights. Ama Benyiwa Doe was an embodiment of limitless courage, commitment and passion for service. May her soul rest in eternal glory,” Mr Mahama said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
She was a member of parliament for the Third Parliament of the Republic of Fourth of Ghana on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Gomoa West constituency, thus stood for the seat from 1992 until 2004.
Ama was first elected into parliament during the December 1992 Ghanaian General Elections as a member of the Gomoa West Constituency in the Central Region.
She won in 2000 with 12,995 votes out of the 28,089 valid votes cast representing 46.30% against Benjamin Kojo Acquah, an NPP member who polled 11,248 votes, Kofi Amissah Essandoh, a CPP member who polled 2,468 votes and Muhammed M. Kassim, an NRP member who also polled 1,378 votes.
Ama was nominated by President Mills in January 2009 as the Central Regional Minister in Ghana, she became a Regional Minister of State on January 2009 to 2012 for the Central Region of Ghana. She was also a former member of the council of State.
Ama occupied the seat as a member of parliament for the Gomoa West Constituency from 1992 until 2004 where she was defeated by Joe Kingsley Hackman of the New Patriotic Party in the 2004 Ghanaian general elections with a total votes cast of 23,663 representing 63.20% of the total votes over her (Ama), with her total votes cast as 12,165 representing 32.50% of the total votes.
She continued to work for the National Democratic Congress as national women’s organizer.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana