Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of late Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, has said the Holy Spirit was responsible for her unusual rant at her husband’s funeral.

According to her, the actual tribute in the funeral brochure was a two-and-half page statement which was summarised into a half page document on the day of the funeral.

“I was not harsh but Frank and I was led by the Holy Spirit to say the things I said at my husband’s funeral. When people are reading tributes, whether written or off the cuff, people are entitled to what they say and how they say it.”

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Speaking to David Ampofo on ‘Time With David’, she explained she was entitled to what to say in her tribute at that particular time.

 “People came telling me the time and forum was wrong but nobody can tell a grieving person what to say at a funeral and what not to say. First of all, you’re not me, so, you cannot tell me how to grieve or what to start with and then how I should say it,” she said.

To her, she had a message for Ghana and believed all the people she wanted to hear the message were present at that particular time and event.

“I didn’t mention names but you remember I asked myself; is this Ghana? Because coming from the background where the man laying there had been bastardised, had been called all kinds of names, then the man dies and even those who had called him names come and they say ‘he’s a gentleman’s gentleman’, ‘he’s so intelligent’, ‘he’s so hardworking.’

“You don’t act paddies when someone is grieving when you are not paddies,” she added.

In her tribute at the final funeral ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday, July 27, 2018, Mrs Amissah-Arthur said: “Over the last few weeks, I have been amazed at the number of people who have come to show appreciation and I ask myself: ‘Is this Ghana?’ Are all these people in Ghana because of the maligning, the lies, the treachery, the wickedness?”

Source: | Gertrude Otchere