Contrary to speculations that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ahanta West Constituency in the Western Region, Ebenezer Kojo Kum, is dead, close relations to him have confirmed that the MP is not dead.
For some time now, there have been scores of erroneous reports about the demise of the Member of Parliament who doubles as the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs without due diligence and contact to any of his family relations.
Mr Barnabas Annan, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Mr Kojo Kum who confirmed in an interview this morning with the igoghana said the Ahanta West legislature was fit and currently at home in Accra with his family.
He said though the Minister was taken ill for some time and admitted at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) where he was treated and discharged and currently resting in the house.
Mr Annan who vehemently condemned the reports about the Ministers death with the contempt it deserves deemed the report as unfortunate and irresponsible journalism and called on the public to ignore it since the MP was fit and alive.
Mr John Agyare, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Ahanta West Municipality who spoke to the igoghana also confirmed that the Minister was not dead as being peddled in the public space.
He said Mr Kum was with him about a month ago during his (the MCE) mother’s funeral but due to unpredictable health issues became sick for some time but was treated and discharged.
“Please my MP is alive, I spoke with him yesterday. Ignore, it is fake information”, he stated.
Mr Agyare, therefore, called on the residents in the Ahanta West Municipality, the Western Region and Ghana at large to be calm and support the Cabinet Minister with prayers since he was not dead.
Meanwhile, Nana Mensah Kumah III of Turom, former Ahanta West Municipal Manager of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), who also describes himself as a senior brother to the Ahanta West MP insisted that his brother was not and is not dead as purported in the media.
“It is true my brother was critically sick and we are still praying for him after being discharged from hospital and being treated at home, but he is not dead”, Nana Kumah III stated in a WhatsApp audio message.
The Chief who spoke in the Fante dialect said he was frustrated by the death rumours hence, the audio message and insisted that if the Minister was truly dead, he would have been the first in the known.
He was of the firm belief that the rumours were foiled by political interests and called for prayers for the Ahanta West MP for a speedy recovery.