Rumours were rife on Monday morning February 15, 2021, that Ghana’s Finance Minister-designate, Ken Ofori-Atta, had passed on hours of his departure to the United States for treatment over some health complications.
Following up on this rumour, Ghanaweb visited his residence earlier to ascertain if there is any merit to it. Upon arrival, the news team spotted some two men removing a black cloth that was used to decorate the premises. The main gate to his residence was also shut and people were not allowed to enter.
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Although the atmosphere looked calm and the police were seen patrolling the area, it cannot be confirmed whether or not there is any substance to the death rumours.
According to some passersby who spoke to GhanaWeb, in the early hours of the morning, some vehicles were seen trooping in and out of the residence but they cannot confirm what exactly they went in there to do.
Attempt to speak to some persons who are believed to be workers in the house also proved futile.
However, the CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors posted on his Facebook page some minutes ago stating that the Minister is safe and sound.
“Ken Ofori-Atta (Finance Minister-designate) has safely landed in the US. He is in good spirit and sends his warmest regards to the people of Ghana” the post said.
Meanwhile, an official statement is yet to be issued by his Ministry and family to dispute the death rumours and claims.