A former Minister of Defence under the erstwhile NDC Government, Mark Owen Woyongo, has died at age 78.
He was a former Member of Parliament for the Navrongo Central Constituency
Family sources, who confirmed his death to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, said he had been unwell for some time.
He died in Accra in the late hours of Wednesday, January 17, 2023.
Political Positions He Held
Mr Woyongo was MP for Navrongo Central from 2012 to 2016 when he lost the seat to the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) late Joseph Kofi Ada.
Mr Woyongo first stood for election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress in the 2008 parliamentary election, winning 41.7% of the votes and later lost to the late Mr Adda by 1,130 votes (3.5%).
He was, however, appointed the Upper East Regional Minister by late President John Evans Atta Mills in his government in 2009.
Mr. Woyongo was retained in that position by former President John Dramani Mahama following the death of President Mills.
In 2013, he was appointed as the Minister for Defence.
He announced his retirement from politics, disclosing in December 2016 that he will not contest any political position again.
Before his demise, Mr Woyongo ventured into commercial farming in the Upper East Region.
He invested in large maize and rice farms before he retired from active politics.