The sudden death of former Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, on Friday is eliciting a plethora of tributes from statesmen and dignitaries across the country.

Mr. Amissah-Arthur is reported to have collapsed at the Air Force Gym early Friday and was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

President Nana Akufo-Addo posted on Facebook to express shock at the news.

Former President John Dramani Mahama also expressed shock at the death of his former assistant.

Photo: The Late Amissah Arthur [L] – Ex-President Mahama [R]

In a Tweet Friday morning, Mr Mahama wrote, “Shocking! No! PK was only last Saturday actively involved in our party’s constituency elections in the Central Region. Very sad Friday!”

Head of the Economics Department of the University of Ghana,  Prof Peter Quartey, said his memories of the late Vice President dates back to 2013 during the Senchi Forum. 

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"We had a good time together discussing issues. Early this year, he came to my office. He said he is writing a book on Ghana’s economy. So we discussed at length…The [Economics] Department has had very great interaction with him. He used to be a former colleague and it’s such a shocking news for all of us. My condolences to the family and to all his friends and associates," he said.

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Mr Amissah-Arthur's wife, Matilda Amissah-Arthur, just two days ago launched her own book, "The Wife of the Vice President: My Journey."

Current Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia,  Mr Amissah-Arthur "was always civil and can be described as a first-class gentleman."

First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo says Amissah-Arthur's sudden demise is a big blow to Ghana.

Former Trade Minister under Mr Mahama’s administration and a presidential hopeful, Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, wrote:

“It is only 5.00am in Washington DC but I have heard with great sadness the untimely passing away in Ghana of former Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.  I had the privilege of serving with him in the Government of President Jerry John Rawlings, when he was Deputy Minister of Finance and I was Minister for Communications.

“Later he became my boss when he was Vice President to President Mahama and I was Minister for Trade and Industry. In both positions, but also as leading members of the Prof Atta Mills campaign teams for the 2000 and 2004 Elections, we worked closely together on a number of national and political issues. I came to appreciate his non-materialistic personal modesty, his self-restraint under various provocations. his firmness of opinion, clarity of thought and principled positions on numerous matters of State. He served his nation and community well and with Honour.

“He will be missed by his family, friends, the NDC, and the people of Ghana, especially those from the Central Region. Our condolences go to his wife Matilda and to his children and immediate family. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

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