Rawlings mourns Alhaji Gado

BY: Daily Graphic
Former President Rawlings exchanging pleasantries with the family members of the late Alhaji Gado at the funeral grounds
Former President Rawlings exchanging pleasantries with the family members of the late Alhaji Gado at the funeral grounds

Former President Jerry John Rawlings on Saturday joined hundreds of mourners to bid farewell to Alhaji Gado Sulemana, a leading member of the party at a ceremony at Asawase, Kumasi.

Alhaji Gado Sulemana, who until his demise on July 23 played various roles in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) including being the Asawase Constituency Chairman, member of the Ashanti Regional Council of Elders of the party, National Advisor to the NDC and Chairman of the Pioneers.

Accompanied by General Secretary Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, Alfred and Ibrahim Mahama, brothers of former President John Dramani Mahama, Colonel Kabu Davies and Kofi Aikins, the former President and founder of the NDC, first called on Hajia Memuna Salifu, widow of the deceased to commiserate with her before moving on to the grounds for the final funeral rites.

Mr Asiedu Nketia who spoke on behalf of the delegation paid tribute to Alhaji Gado for his contributions to the party and made a donation to the family of the deceased.

Also present at the ceremony were leading members of the NDC including presidential hopeful, Mr Ekwow Spio Garbrah, former Ministers of State including Mr Collins Dauda and Baba Jamal, as well as regional and constituency executives of the party in the Ashanti Region.

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Peter Mensah

Former Rawlings also found time on Saturday to see eight-year-old Peter Mensah who had both legs amputated in 2017 after a vehicle run over him on his way home from school.

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Peter who had multiple surgeries, including the amputation, graft and plastic surgery, responded positively to treatment and has been discharged from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital where he was treated for months.

The former President first visited Peter Mensah at the Komfo Anokye Hospital in November last year after witnessing the ‘pitiful’ video of Peter being lifted into a taxi with his limbs hanging.

Mensah’s grandmother informed the former President that plans were afoot to fit the boy with prosthetic limbs to enable him walk. He currently moves around in a wheelchair.

Former Regional Minister

Former President Rawlings also visited Peter Anaafi Mensah, a former Ashanti Regional Minister, who is on admission at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital with serious injuries after a vehicle parked at his residence released its breaks and knocked him down, trapping him for a considerable period before he was rescued.

The former Minister expressed his gratitude to the former President and his delegation and stated that he was responding positively to treatment.