President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Saturday,May14,2022 joined thousands of mourners to pay their last respects to Daasebre Oti Boateng who was the Paramount Chief of New Juaben and the Queen, Nana Yaa Daani.
Former President Kufuor, past and present Ministers of State and government officials also paid their last respects.
The President and the Vice President signed the book of condolence opened at the Yiadom Hwediem Palace in memory of the late Paramount Chief and queen as the week of traditional rites and burial of the two began on Saturday.
Daasebre Oti Boateng, aged 83, reigned from 1992 until August, 2021, when he joined the ancestors while the queen Nana Yaa Daani 67 reigned from 2000 until her demise early this year.
Mourners from all walks of life clad in red and black thronged the Yiadom Hwediem Palace and funeral grounds to mourn the late chief and queen according to tradition.
Daasebre Oti Boateng, a former government statistician and UN official and the queen were laid in state from Friday and they would be laid to rest,today,Monday May16,2022
The entire Koforidua is in a mournful mood as shops have been closed as part of arrangements to give the late Paramount Chief and queen a befitting burial.
Meanwhile,the Eastern Regional Directorate of Ghana Education Service has ordered the closure of all schools in Koforidua on Monday.
This is in view of the huge crowd expected in Koforidua on today for observance of the final funeral rites of the late Daasebre Oti Boateng.
Besides, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene is scheduled to sit in state on today as the final funeral rites are performed prior to their internment.