Saturday, August 18, 2007
FESTIVAL TURNS TRAGIC FOR FAMILY
From: EZEKIEL E. SOTTIE, Big-Ada
TRAGEDY hit the Wuddah family of Ada in the Greater Accra Region during this year’s Asafotufiam Festival when two identical twins, David Attah Wuddah and Isaac Lawer Wuddah, both fishermen and aged 38, died soon after eating a poisonous river fish popularly known as ‘kokoe’.
A cousin of the deceased, Mr. Papabi Amanortey Dzeagu, who narrated the incident to The Mirror, said his cousins had been on a fishing expedition to Alorkpem, an island community on the Volta River opposite Big-Ada for sometime now.
However, he said during this year’s Ada Asafotufiam Festival, the deceased twins decided to move down to Big-Ada to fish there in order to take part in the celebration.
He said that at about 8.a.m. on Sunday, August 5, his cousins left for fishing and after casting the net into the river, they returned home, ate their lunch, rested for sometime and went back to retrieve it.
Papabi continued that around 7.30 p.m., the twins returned with some catch, including the two pieces of the poisonous fish.
According to him, when the deceased selected some fish for preparing the evening meal, they included the ‘kokoe’ but he and the wives of his cousins advised them not to cook those fish.
According to Papabi, the twins claimed they knew how to prepare the ‘kokoe’, so they insisted and cooked the fish.
He said two different meals were prepared and he, Papabi, the wives of the deceased and another relative ate the meal prepared with the good fish while the twins ate the ‘kokoe’ meal around 9 p.m.
Papabi said barely three hours after they had all retired to bed, one of the wives of the deceased woke him up that her husband and his twins brother were seriously complaining of stomach ache.
He said around 1a.m. when they realized that the pains would not subside, he and the wives of his cousins rushed them to the Dangme East District Hospital at Fatekope.
On their way, David died. On arrival at the hospital, Isaac was put on drips but he also died around 2 a.m.
Meanwhile the bodies of the twins are at the Dangme East District Hospital awaiting autopsy.
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