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Former Interior Minister Mark Woyongo dies at 78

Latest reports on social media indicate that the former Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central and former interior Minister, Mark Owen Woyongo is dead.

Some followers confirmed the news of his death on social media and expressed their condolences and tributes.

The cause and place of his death are not yet clear, but it is believed that he died on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.

The former Interior Minister recently buried his son, Kenneth Kwotua, who died at age 49.

He is survived by his wife, Cecilia Wuni Woyongo, and two children.

Mark Woyongo was a veteran politician and a communicator, who served in various capacities in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) governments.
He was the MP for Navrongo Central from 2013 to 2017, after winning the seat in the 2012 election. He lost the seat in the 2016 election to Joseph Kofi Adda of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and retired from politics.

He was also the Minister for the Upper East Region from 2009 to 2012, the Minister for Defence from 2013 to 2014, and the Minister for the Interior from 2014 to 2017.

He was known for ensuring peace and security in the country, especially during the 2016 election, which was widely praised as free and fair.
He was also the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Tamale-based Diamond FM, a radio station that provides news and entertainment to the people of the Northern Region.

He was born on June 9, 1946, in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. He attended Notre Dame Secondary School in Navrongo and Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra.

He worked as a Public Relations Officer, a Regional Information Officer, and a Minister Counselor for Information at the Ghana High Commission in London.
He was a member of the National Anniversary Planning Committee in 2005 and the Board Chairman of Irrigation Company of the Upper East Region (ICOUR) in 2010.
He was also a member of the Police Council, the Armed Forces Council, and the National Security Council.
He was a devout Catholic and a philanthropist, who supported many causes and projects in his constituency and region.
He will be remembered for his service and dedication to the nation.


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