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Tragic Death of Assemblyman on Campaign Trail

Teacher Obour drowned in a river while seeking re-election in Ghana

by Victor Adetimilehin

A 34-year-old teacher and assemblyman, Manasseh Addison Sackey, popularly known as Teacher Obour, lost his life on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, while campaigning for the upcoming district-level elections in Ghana.

A Risky Journey

Sackey, who was seeking re-election in the Teberebie electoral area in Tarkwa-Nsuaem in the Western Region, embarked on a journey to a nearby village with five members of his campaign team. They had to cross a river by canoe to reach their destination. His team had cautioned him against the trip, citing potential risks, but Sackey insisted that it was a short distance and he would return soon.

However, their canoe capsized in the middle of the river, and Sackey and another person drowned. The three survivors reported the incident to the authorities, who launched a search and rescue operation. Sackey’s body was found around 6:00 pm and transferred to the Tarkwa municipal mortuary for autopsy and preservation.

A Shocking Loss

According to a report by Ghana Web, the news of Sackey’s death has shocked and saddened his community, where he was a respected teacher and leader. He had served as an assemblyman for four years and was hoping to continue his work for another term. He was known for his dedication, passion, and generosity.

The chief of the area, the municipal chief executive, and some assembly members have expressed their condolences to Sackey’s family and friends. They have also called for calm and peace as the district prepares for the elections, which are scheduled for December 17, 2023.

Sackey’s tragic death has also highlighted the need for safety measures and infrastructure development in the rural areas of Ghana, where many people face challenges and dangers in accessing basic services and amenities. The lack of roads, bridges, and boats makes it difficult and risky for people to travel, especially during the rainy season when the rivers are swollen and turbulent.

The government and the local authorities have been urged to address these issues and provide more support and resources for the people living in the remote and deprived communities. The district-level elections are seen as an opportunity for the people to elect representatives who will champion their needs and interests and work for their development and welfare.

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