Owuraku Amofa

Owuraku Amofa Owuraku Amofa

Ghanaian Politician

 Owuraku amofa, a former deputy Minister of Tourism in the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (ndc) regime, who left Ghana unceremoniously after a serious confrontation with former President Jerry John Rawlings, is back.
Owuraku who had been in self-imposed exile in the United States after walking out of his ministerial portfolio in the run-up to the 2000 elections returned to the country a week ago to bury his mother.
The former deputy minister buried his mother, Sophia Kyerewah Amofah, Oyokohemaa of Akropong and a royal from Ofori Panin Fie, Kyebi last Saturday with the support of family members, including Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, npp presidential candidate.
Owuraku was all over Nana Kkufo-Addo at the funeral, dancing and sharing jokes with him. He lost the Abuakwa parliamentary seat to Nana in the 1996 elections in a bitter contest that allegedly involved the pulling of guns by ndc goons on the npp flagbearer at the time.
Owuraku contested the then Abuakwa seat on the ticket of Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere (egle) Party as an incumbent, having won the seat in 1992 on a silver platter when all opposition parties led by the npp boycotted the parliamentary polls in protest against the flawed presidential election.
He was subsequently rewarded with the position of deputy Minister of Tourism in the egle, dpp and ndc Progressive Alliance Government.
Owuraku was said to have engaged Jerry Rawlings in a bitter brawl when the ndc failed to select Dr. Obed Asamoah, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice as running mate to Prof J.E.A. Mills for the 2000 polls.
Dr Tony Aidoo, Rawlings' confidante, even dropped hints of the brawl on the Radio Gold version of the Alhaji and Alhaji programme last Saturday, when he accused Dr Asamoah of allegedly stealing ndc's money for Owuraku to lobby for the running mate slot for him.
Owuraku was said to have slammed the door against Rawlings' fingers when the former President wanted to grab him during a heated meeting involving party gurus.
Rawlings was later treated for the wounds he sustained, with a bandage tied around his hand before the 2000 elections.
Owuraku subsequently slipped to the us where he is a Magistrate Judge in Staten Island, New York.
Staten Island is where the former mp for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng was arrested for allegedly smuggling heroin to the us.
An American-trained lawyer, he was deputy Minister of Information at the time he slipped out of the country with his family, beating the security dragnet thrown around him.
It is not clear if Owuraku would be relocating to Ghana anytime soon to participate in the political process.
There are strong indications that the former 'show boy' in Rawlings' government might throw his weight behind his cousin, npp's Nana Akufo-Addo, if he shows interest in the process. This would be another blow to the ndc.
Owuraku and Nana Akufo-Addo's grandmothers were sisters and both were married to an Okyenhene at various times. While Nana's grand mum, Maame Panin was married to Nana Ofori Atta I, Owuraku's was married to Ofori Atta II.
During last weekend's funeral, the New York Magistrate was the toast of town, with everybody calling him judge as he showed visible excitement on his return after an unceremonious exit.

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