The Leader and Founder of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Kwesi Addai Odike, has described the late K.B. Asante as a statesman and diplomat who served his country selflessly without blemish.
He said as a secretary to the first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, K.B. Asante was a repository of wisdom Ghana had lost.
According to Mr Odike, K.B. Asante never hesitated to give his suggestions on so many issues, thereby contributing his quota as a politician, writer and diplomat to nation building.
He said the whole country had lost an illustrious son in the person of K.B. Asante, and prayed that he finds rest with the Lord.
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Mr Odike urged public office holders to emulate the good and shining example and stay incorruptible while in public service. That, according to him, would make Ghana a developed country where ignorance and deprivation were eradicated.
The leader of the UPP further explained that the late K.B. Asante would be honoured when the toils and sweat of our predecessors who lost their lives to make Ghana a great place to live were reciprocated by good works from other Ghanaians put in places of trust.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians not to allow the toils of our forebears go to waste by economic mismanagement of the country.
The National Secretary of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Mr Murtala Mohammed, said K.B Asante’s death could not be forgotten without Ghanaians, especially political parties, making comments about his exemplary leadership.
He indicated that Mr Asante was a man who could not be cowed and spoke when no elderly persons dared to speak.
“He was not afraid to speak his mind and damned the consequences, and Ghana needs more of such people to enter politics,” he stated.
Mr Mohammed noted that K.B. Asante contributed a great deal to the development of the country and also helped to stem the culture of silence which was creeping into the body politic of the country, especially in the military regime.
The PPP national secretary pointed out that K.B. Asante’s contribution to the development of the country dated back to when he worked with the first President and wished that he would be given a befitting state burial.
The Leader and Founder of the Labour Party of Ghana (LPG), Mr Kofi Akpaloo, acknowledged the tremendous contribution K.B. Asante made towards the political and socio-economic development of the country.
Mr Akpaloo said as an educationist, bureaucrat, diplomat and politician, K.B. Asante served Ghana in diverse ways which could neither be ignored nor forgotten.
He stated that with his sense of patriotism and unity, K.B. Asante stood tall among his peers, hence Ghana had lost a true statesman.
According to Mr Akpaloo, K.B. Asante’s thought-provoking and insightful articles in his column, Voice from Afar, which dealt with diverse issues and challenges confronting the country, had a lot of influence on right thinking members of society.
Mr Akpaloo commended K.B. Asante for his contribution and commitment, especially in the Fourth Republic, and called on all Ghanaians to emulate his resilient character and tenacity.
People’s National Convention
The People’s National Convention (PNC) has described the late K.B. Asante as a colossus in the politics of Africa who contributed enormously not only to Ghana’s independence struggle but also participated in all levels of governance.
According to the National Chairman of the PNC, Mr Bernard Mornah, K.B. Asante also aided the liberation of some African countries, adding that his contribution was undiluted.
Mr Mornah said even at K.B. Asante’s advanced age, he still found time and energy to contribute to both national and continental efforts.
The national chairman noted that his death had created a huge vacuum and denied the next generation of Ghanaians the opportunity to learn from him.
Mr Mornah stated that the PNC was taking the liberty to call on the government to give him a state burial and memorial befitting his stature as a great statesman.