Thousands of mourners gathered on Saturday to pay their respects to Daasebre Oti Boateng, the Paramount Chief of New Juaben, and the Queen, Nana Yaa Daani.
Former President Kufuor, as well as former and current Ministers of State and other government leaders, paid their respects.
As the week of customary ceremonies and burial of the late Paramount Chief and Queen began today, the President and Vice President signed the book of condolences opened at the Yiadom Hwediem Palace in memory of them.
Daasebre Oti Boateng, who reigned from 1992 to August 20, 2021, when he passed away, was succeeded by Nana Yaa Daani, who reigned from 2000 until her death earlier this year.
Mourners dressed in red and black from all walks of life flocked to the Yiadom Hwediem Palace and funeral grounds to pay their respects to the late chief and queen.
From Friday till Monday, Daasebre Oti Boateng, a former government statistician and UN official, and the queen would be lay in state.
Meanwhile, the entire town of Koforidua is in mourning, with shops closed as part of the preparations for the late Paramount Chief and Queen’s proper burial.
The Regional Directorate of Education has ordered that all schools be closed on Monday due to the large population expected in Koforidua on Monday and the observance of Asante funeral rites.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, will lay in state on Monday when the final funeral rites are performed before their burial.