President Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Saturday joined thousands of mourners to pay their last respects to Daasebre Oti Boateng who was the Paramount Chief of New Juaben and the Queen, Nana Yaa Daani.

Former President Kufuor, past and present Ministers of State and government officials also paid their last respects.

The President and the Vice President signed the book of condolence opened at the Yiadom Hwediem Palace in memory of the late Paramount Chief and queen as the week of traditional rites and burial of the two begins today.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Kufuor join thousands to mourn Daasebre Oti Boateng
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Daasebre Oti Boateng, aged 83, reigned from 1992 until August, 2021, when he joined the ancestors while the queen Nana Yaa Daani 67 reigned from 2000 until her demise early this year.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Kufuor join thousands to mourn Daasebre Oti Boateng
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Mourners from all walks of life clad in red and black thronged the Yiadom Hwediem Palace and funeral grounds to mourn the late chief and queen according to tradition.

Daasebre Oti Boateng, a former government statistician and UN official and the queen would be laid in state from Friday until Monday when they would be laid to rest.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Kufuor join thousands to mourn Daasebre Oti Boateng
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Meanwhile the entire Koforidua is in a mournful mood as shops have been closed as part of arrangements to give the late Paramount Chief and queen a befitting burial.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Kufuor join thousands to mourn Daasebre Oti Boateng
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In view of the huge crowd expected in Koforidua on Monday and the observance of Asante funeral traditions, the Regional Directorate of Education has ordered closure of all schools on Monday.

Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Kufuor join thousands to mourn Daasebre Oti Boateng
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Otumfuo Osei Tutu, the Asantehene is scheduled to sit in state on Monday, as the final funeral rites are performed prior to their internment.