Two illustrious sons and astute politicians from the Daffiama Busei Issa District of the Upper West Region of Ghana have passed on to eternity.

Hon. Mathias Asuma Puozaa was the first to have sarccumbed to death on the 25 of May, 2024 at the 37 Military hospital whilst Hon. Dr.Saanbaye Basilide Kangbere passed on at his residence in Accra at Adjringano on the 7th of July, 2024.


Hon. Mathias Asuma Puozaa was the National Democratic Congress'(NDC)) Member of Parliament (MP) for the Daffiama Busei Issa constituency (then Nadowli East) for three terms (January 7, 2005 to January 6, 2017).

He was a retired educationist with speciality in Adult Education.

He was an alumnus of the Universities of Ghana, Legon and Edinburgh, Scotland.

The sad event, according to family sources, happened at the 37 Military hospital after a brief illness.

In Parliament, he was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, he also served as the Upper West Regional Director of the Institute of Adult Education and has done extensive work at the University of Ghana on Adult Education.

He comes from Tuori in the Daffiama Busei Issa District of the Upper West Region and passed on at the age 76.


Hon. Kangbere was the sitting Chairman of the rulling New Patriotic Party in the Upper West Region till his passing on.

He is reported to have passed on at his residence at Adjringano in Greater Accra Region of Ghana on July 7, 2024 at the age of 76 years.

He retained the chairmanship position in the year 2022 after a keenly contested election.

He is said to have been domiciled outside the country and on his return, has been involved in various ventures some of which are mass media and politics.

He was recently at a function in Jirapa to celebrate and remember the achievements of Simon Diedong Dombo one of the founding figures of the New Patriotic Party and a member of the Danqua Busia Dombo tradition of the United Party of Ghana, the main opposition party during the First Republic of Ghana.

As fate would have it, he admonished members and the youth of the NPP in the Jirapa constituency to unite for the purpose of winning the parliamentary seat in the Constituency which could only be done through unity because they were apparent divisions.

He told the gathering he would leave no stone unturned to forge unity within the rank and file of the party which he started by bringing the two main contenders who were vying to be the parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Hon. Nicholas Soyiri and Hajia. Aisha Salifu together and pleaded that they work together in the interest of the party.

Dr. Kangbere is a son of Owlo, a community near Daffiama in the Daffiama Busei Issa District of the Upper West Region.


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