It is not food poisoning that killed my husband, John Kumah — widow speaks


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The widow of former deputy finance minister John Kumah has vehemently denied rumours that her husband passed away from food poisoning that have been making the rounds on social media and in mainstream media.

Apostle Lilian Kumah explained that her late husband bravely fought a serious illness for more than a year in an interview with Accra-based Asaase radio.

She revealed that the illness that the physicians in Germany had identified nearly a year prior was what ultimately took his life on Thursday, March 7, 2024—not food poisoning.

Apostle Mrs. Lilian Kumah, the General Overseer of Disciples of Christ Ministries, urged people to stop speculating about her husband’s death’s cause, highlighting the additional suffering it causes to her immediate and extended family.

She mournfully demanded that the police act quickly to stop people like Blessed Godsbrain Smart, also referred to as Captain Smart, who made a public claim that her late husband had been poisoned without offering any proof.

Apostle Lilian Kumah expressed her worry, questioning Captain Smart’s boldness in claiming such things about John Kumah, who devoted his life to serving the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and his country.

She emphasised that action must be taken in accordance with national laws, calling on the authorities to hold Captain Smart responsible and require evidence to support his baseless accusations.

However, she is questioning Captain Smart about claims that her husband’s death was caused by poisoning.

She requested that the Ghana Police Service make sure the Onua TV host provides evidence to support his statements regarding her husband’s death in a formal complaint that she submitted.

John Kumah, the husband of apostle Lilian Kumah

“Why is it that someone has been this bold to claim that he knows for a fact that a person like John Kumah who has served his country virtually all his life, was poisoned, while he was working for his country and party (NPP), why should we sit down and not bring that person to book.

“If it is true that a person who is not dead but alive claims that he knows how my husband (John Kumah) died and that he was poisoned, and that person is still moving around for the past three weeks, it hurts me, it saddens me and I do not know how best to express my frustrations about these false claims by Captain Smart,” she stated.

On Thursday, March 7, 2024, the member of parliament representing Ejisu in the Ashanti Region under the banner of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) departed from this life.

After a short illness, he passed away at the age of 45.

He left behind a wife, Apostle Mrs. Lilian Kumah, and six children.

A man of integrity, he was well-known to his constituents as lawyer John Kumah. He encouraged job creation and gave the youth and elderly in Ejisu, Ashanti Region, hope for the future.

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