Prestea, Western Region – In a heartbreaking incident, a 34-year-old teacher and incumbent assemblyman, Manasseh Addison Sackey, met a tragic end on Monday, December 4, as he drowned in a river while campaigning for re-election in the Teberebie electoral area in Prestea, Western Region.
Popularly known as Teacher Obour, Manasseh Addison Sackey, who taught at Teberebie M/A Junior High School, lost his life while on his way to campaign in nearby villages.
The incident occurred in a river connecting Aklika, where he was travelling with about five others.
According to reports gathered by Citi News, Manasseh's campaign crew had advised him against the journey, expressing concerns about potential risks. However, he insisted that the destination was nearby and that he could return immediately.
Tragically, in the middle of the river, the canoe capsized.
Three of the passengers managed to swim back to safety and reported that Manasseh, along with another gentleman, had drowned.
A search team was dispatched, and Manasseh's lifeless body was found around 6:00 pm, four hours after the unfortunate incident.
Nana Esi Brew Monney, a journalist with Prestea FM, shared the details, saying, “His campaign crew told him not to go, but he insisted it was just a stone's throw, and he could return immediately. He was wearing Wellington boots with five others on board. Just in the middle of the river, the canoe capsized.”
The chief of the area declined to comment, and efforts to reach the municipal chief executive were also unsuccessful at the time of reporting. The body has been deposited at the Tarkwa municipal mortuary, while Manasseh's wife and family are yet to be informed of his tragic demise.