Prof Botchwey my good friend served with thoughtfulness and dignity


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described the late former Minister of Finance Prof Kwesi Botchwey as a longstanding public servant who discharged his duties thoughtfully and with dignity, stressing that his death is a sad development.

The President has extended his deepest condolences to Prof Botchwey’s immediate and extended family, adding that Ghana has lost an much respected, gentle and exceptional public servant.

“The death of my good friend, Dr. Kwesi Botchway, is a very sad development. My contemporary, in the mid-1960s, at the University of Ghana, Legon, Dr. Botchway was a longstanding public servant, who discharged his duties thoughtfully and with dignity, and became Ghana’s longest-serving Minister for Finance and Economic Planning.

The thoughts and sympathies of my wife, Rebecca, the First Lady, and I are with his partner, children and family. I extend my deepest condolences to them, and also to the National Democratic Congress, of which he was a prominent and much respected member. Ghana has lost a fine gentleman and exceptional public servant.

May his soul rest in perfect peace in the Bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again,” he posted on social media.

Prof Kwesi Botchwey, who served as Minister of Finance under the leadership of former President Jerry John Rawlings from 1982 to 1995, died November 19, 2022 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness. He was 78.


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