NPP mourns passing of Chairman Heavyweight

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is mourning the loss of Mr. Saabanye Basilde Kangbere, the Upper West Regional Chairman, who passed away on June 7, 2024.

Kangbere, 76, died at his residence in Adjringano, Accra, after a long battle with renal health issues.

Saabanye Basilde Kangbere, known as “Chairman Heavyweight,” had been a dedicated member of the governing party and had previously served as a regional patron.

The NPP has directed that party flags fly at half-mast in his honor for the next seven days, recognizing his significant contributions to both the party and the nation.

“Despite his loss, the New Patriotic Party is comforted by his legacy of hard work and dedication to our dear country and extends our deepest condolences to the bereaved family, particularly his wife and children, and the people of the Upper West Region for the loss of such a great son of the land,” the NPP said in a statement signed by its General Secretary, Justin Kodua Frimpong.

Mr. Kangbere overcame his humble beginnings, excelling academically at Daffiama Secondary School and later at the University of Ghana, where he majored in English.

Mr Kangbere’s life was not limited to politics as he ventured into several enterprises including teaching and business, he also set-up several English teaching schools in Saudi Arabia, some of which are still operational

His passion for politics began during his university years, where he became a student activist and served as Secretary of the Student Representative Council from 1977 to 1978.

Mr. Kangbere was known for his fearless opposition to the Supreme Military Council’s attempt to establish a non-party state in Ghana through the UNIGOV referendum.

His activism, along with that of other student leaders and professional groups, played a crucial role in resisting this undemocratic move.

By: Sandra Tetteh | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana

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