Late Mfantseman MP’s second wife raises concern about family’s neglect

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A second wife of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Mfantseman, Ekow Kwansah Hayford has expressed concern about how the family has neglected her after the death of the husband.

Sarah Hayford, who says she was married to the late MP and has two children with him was at Mankessim Thursday for the one week observance after the killing of the MP last Friday.

Sarah said she was not happy that the family had failed to acknowledge her as a wife even though they knew she was married to Ekow and they were living in Tarkwa in the Western Region.

She said the mother of Ekow had always known about her and her two children, aged seven and five.

She added that all she was looking for was an acknowledgement and nothing more.

Sarah in an earlier radio interview with Accra based Kasapa FM explained she met the late Ekow in 2009, and Ekow told her he had no wife at the time as he was divorced, hence his courage to meet her family to ask for her hand in marriage.

She said they got married on June 8, 2013 at a public event that saw them signing their marriage documents at the court and have since been living with the late MP at Tarkwa.

According to Sarah, she later got to know that the late legislator was still married to his first wife [Ophelia] after the latter called her in 2016 to inform her that Ekow was still married to her.

“At the time Ophelia called me, I had been married to Ekow for the past three years and living with him at Tarkwa. Feeling very shocked, I called my husband and asked him who Ophelia was? He told me to ignore her whenever she calls me and I told him he needed to explain things to me because the woman keeps sending me text messages. It emerged that he had not officially divorced his first wife as he indicated but he couldn’t tell me the truth, the reason why I agreed to marry him. I asked what was the way forward and my late husband told me that he’ll sort out the issue and so I was waiting for his action. But since then I never heard from anyone including his first wife. I’ve been staying with him at Tarkwa and he visits his mother occasionally on weekends being the only child,” Sarah narrated to Kasapa FM.

“When the matter came up I went to see his mother for a discussion and she told me to hold my peace and that the issue has already happened. It is true that her son is already married and has married me as well. All the family members know and accept that Ekow has two wives and so I shouldn’t be worried. This is what his mother told me,” Sarah added in the radio interview.

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