The family of the late Dr. Kojo Attakora Ansah, a Senior Medical Director of the Bryant Mission Hospital at Obuasi, has incurred the wrath of the Asantehemaa, Nana Ama Konadu.
It has defied the orders of a Special five-member Committee, constituted by the Asantehemaa, in an effort to determine a complaint lodged against them (the family).
Mrs. Lilian Ewura Abena Ansah, the wife of the late Optometrist had lodged a complaint with the Asantehemaa’s court to the effect that she (Mrs. Ansah) had been sidelined by her husband’s family since he was taken ill, because they did not recognise her as such.
She complained that she was not allowed to visit her husband at Obuasi, until he died on March 28, 2020.
According to her, she had also not been formally informed about the death of her husband and indication that she would not be allowed to partake in funeral arrangements of her husband, hence the complaint.
The Asantehemaa’s Committee, headed by the Kaasehene, Nana Mensah Bonsu and included Otumfuo’s Nsumankwahene, Baffour Asabre Kogyawoasu Ababio as a panel member, had heard that the late Dr. Attakora Ansah resided with his wife in Kumasi but his mother relocated him to Obuasi when he fell sick.
Thereafter, Mrs. Ansah claimed she had been barred from visiting her sick husband and not been informed about his demise.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020 the widow sent a delegation to formally inform Nana Wenchihemaa of a certain unpleasant development about the upkeep of her sick husband, Dr Kojo Ansah, upon which the Queen mother entreated the family to exercise patience, as she tries to resolve the matter.
Later on the same day, upon the delegation’s return, the lawyer of the late Dr. Kojo Ansah came to the widow’s home to break the news about the death of Dr. Ansah to her and other members of her family.
The widow’s family head delegated some people to go to the mother of the late Dr. Ansah to find out if what has come to their notice through the Lawyer was really true.
The news was thus confirmed that Dr Kojo Ansah had passed on and they were waiting for those who sent him to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to come back, before they will formally inform the widow and her family accordingly.
But that took two months plus, hence she lodged a complaint to the Asantehemaa’s court for redress.
Having drawn the attention of the Asantehemaa’s court to these developments, the Committee summoned the family last week Friday May 29, 2020 to a meeting to resolve the impasse before a planned burial and funeral of the late Dr. Ansah could take place.
The Committee had expressed grave concern that the family of Dr. Ansah went ahead to print funeral programme and made arrangements for the burial without the consent and involvement of the widow and her family and ordered that burial should be deferred until the widow was involved to ensure proper arrangements.
Madam Thelma Panti, representing the family of the late Dr. Kojo Attakora Ansah, admitted before the Committee that Mrs. Ansah was the wife of the deceased medical director in the face of all the evidence, including photographs of the marriage ceremony and the marriage registration certificate issued by the Registrar of Marriage of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and assured the Chairman of the Asantehemaa’s Committee, Nana Mensah Bonsu, Kaasehene that the family would duly comply with the orders.
Madam Thelma Panti, an aunt, said that, the late Dr. Kojo Ansah personally introduced Mrs. Lilian Ewura Abena Ansah as the wife when she visited him on the sick bed at the KATH in Kumasi.
She, on behalf of the family, pleaded with the widow and her relatives for forgiveness with the full assurance that the error would be corrected.
But the assurances turned out to be a complete deception as the family had planned the burial of the late Dr. Attakora Ansah the next day, May 30, 2020 together with his late father, Dr. Joseph Abefa Ansah, alias Nana Mensah Abrampah, Abakomhene of Wenchi in the Bono East region, who had also passed on in November last year.
Nana Mensah Bonsu who confirmed efforts by the Asantehemaa to resolve the impasse between the family of the deceased and his spouse, told the Committee that he is aware the family had flouted the orders to defer the interment to ensure fairness to the widow, before a befitting burial could be arranged.
The Committee was angered that the family disregarded suggestions to relocate the mortal remains of Dr. Attakora Ansah to another morgue, if they wanted to meet the directive of the AGA Hospital to retrieve corpses.
He said following the easing of restrictions by the President, the Committee would summon the family once again for them to explain why they should not be sanctioned for defying the orders of the Asantehemaa and go ahead with the burial of Dr. Ansah with the involvement of the widow and her family.
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