Ghanaian politician E.T. Mensah passes away at 77

Sika Togoh
Sika Togoh
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Enoch Teye Mensah (ET), a distinguished veteran politician and former Member of Parliament for Ningo -Prampram, has sadly passed away at the age of 77.

The statesman breathed his last on Sunday evening while receiving medical treatment in South Africa.

E.T. Mensah, a stalwart member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), leaves behind a legacy of remarkable public service. Over his illustrious career, he served in a multitude of vital roles, including Minister for Education, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mayor of Accra, and the representative of the Council of State for the Greater Accra Region.

His political journey began in earnest when he was elected as a Member of Parliament during the 1996 General Election, serving in the second parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana. He continued to represent the Ningo- Prampram constituency with distinction until 2016 when he lost the NDC’s parliamentary primary to Samuel Nartey George.

E.T. Mensah’s passing has left a void in Ghana’s political landscape, as he was not only known for his dedication to public service but also his statesmanship and unwavering commitment to the betterment of his nation.

This tragic loss follows closely on the heels of the passing of former First Lady Theresa Kufuor, marking a sombre period in Ghanaian politics. The nation mourns the loss of these two influential figures and reflects on their significant contributions to the country’s growth and development.

Ghana bids farewell to E.T. Mensah, and his memory will undoubtedly live on as a beacon of inspiration for future generations of leaders and politicians in the country.

Mensah was a Ghanaian politician and stood for the Ghana Parliamentary Elections  in 1996 and was elected member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram constituency, holding the seat for almost a decade. He first went into parliament after he was elected as a member of Parliament of the second parliament of the fourth republic of Ghana during the 1996 General Elections. He polled a total valid vote cast of 15,677 representing 56.10% defeating his opponents; Desmond Nene Quaynor who polled 1,569 which represent 5.60% of the total votes cast and Gwendolyn Sara Addo an Independent candidate who also polled 1,537 representing 5.50% under the membership of the National Democratic Congress.

After the NDC lost the 2000 Elections , he continued as a member of parliament, winning in subsequent elections in 2004, 2008 and 2012, maintaining his seat until 2016. He once served as the Minority Chief Whip in parliament prior to the Ghanaian Parliamentary elections in 2008. In January 2009, when the NDC won majority in parliament, he became the Majority Chief Whip  in parliament.

On 21 November 2015, Mensah lost the NDC parliamentary primaries to Sam George , bringing an end to his 20 years stay in parliament and chance to be stand for MP in the 2016 elections.

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