One of Ghana’s veteran politicians, Joseph Henry Mensah has passed on at age 89.
He reportedly died at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra on Thursday July 12,2018.
Mr Mensah is one of the founding members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who also served under the administration of former President J.A Kufuor in 2005.
Before his appointment as a minster, he was a Minority leader in the second Parliament of the fourth Republic and later a Majority leader in the first term of the Kufour administration in 2001 while a member of Parliament (MP) for the Sunyani East Constituency.
As a Gold Coaster, J.H Mensah was appointed as an Assistant Inspector of Taxes by the colonial administration in 1953.
As an economist, he served under Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s government as development planning officer.
He was also a Commissioner in the National Liberation Council, and the Minister in charge of Finance, until Gen. A.A. Afrifa handed over power to a civilian government.
Before contesting for then Sunyani East seat, J.H Mensah had served as a member of the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank (ADB) between 1993, a position he held till 1997.
He was born on 31st October 1928 in Sekondi but grew up in Kumasi.
He is a product of Achimota School, University of Ghana and University of London where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees.
He once said he entered into active politics at the age of 20 years when he had just completed Achimota, and in his own words when the February 28, 1948 Crossroad riots started.