By Kofi Ampeah-Woode, Michel Camp
The President and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has paid a commiserations visit to the family and widow of the late Major-General (Maj-Gen) Francis Vib-Sanziri, Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), at their home at Michel Camp, in Tema.
The President visited the widow – Commissioner of Police (COP) Beatrice Vib-Sanziri, Director-General (DG), Welfare, Ghana Police Service, and representatives of the bereaved family on Tuesday 30th April, 2019.
The President was in the company of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration – Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Defence and Member of Parliament (MP) for Bimbilla, Dominic Nitiwul, Minister for the Interior and MP for Nandom – Ambrose Dery, National Security Adviser – Brigadier-General (Brig Gen) Emmanuel Okyere (rtd) and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Kpone Katamanso.
Others in the high powered delegation included the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Lieutenant-General (Lt-Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) – Mr David Asante-Apeatu, the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Seth Amoama and Chief of Staff (CoS) at the General Headquarters (GHQ) – Maj Gen Thomas Oppong-Peprah.
Maj Gen Vib-Sanziri passed suddenly, on Friday, April 19th, 2019, whiles on duty at Eilat, Israel, without any sign of ill health.
The President narrated how the news of the General’s passing was availed to him by the Minister for Defence and how the MP insisted that he, as the CinC, be the one to inform the widow, before the news filtered around and stated how difficult it was for him to be the bearer of such heavy, heart wrenching information.
The President comforted the widow and assured the family that since the departed general brought high and passed in service to the nation, the state will do everything possible to honour his memory and take care of the widow, after which he signed a book of condolence in memory of the late General.
The CDS, who acted as the linguist of the delegation, also narrated the sequence of events after the demise, stating that a team from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Defence and the Interior, had already visited the widow and appointed a liaison between them and the family.
General Akwa also informed the gathering that a mass celebrating the departed, had been held at the St Michael’s Catholic Parish at Michel Camp, a week after the death and after receiving the mortal remains on Saturday 27th April, it is being preserved at the 37 Military Hospital, while a dialogue between the State and family is ongoing, for a conducive date for the funeral.
After his delivery, General Akwa, on the behalf of the delegation presented boxes of water, soft drinks and an undisclosed amount of money to the family.