Atta Mills’ Family Demands Relocation Of His Body To Ekumfi Otuam
The family of the late President John Evans Atta Mills is demanding the immediate relocation of the remains of the ex-president to his hometown in Ekumfi Otuam.
The family expressed their dislike towards the controversy surrounding the graveyard of Prof. Mills and they are not aware of the renovation of the late president’s tomb.
The members of the family in Ekumfi Otuam said that the remains of John Evans Atta Mills will be safer in his hometown than where he is now.
“I am worried about the issues surrounding his tomb and burial. As a family, we are demanding that the body is brought back to us at Ekumfi Otuam for burial. It will even serve as a tourist attraction”.
The brother of late President John Evans Atta Mills accused the Atta Mills Institute and the Coastal Development Authority of tampering with the tomb of the ex-president without the family’s knowledge.
The brother, Samuel Atta Mills, says the act is culturally offensive.
He added that the family does not recognize the act by the institute concerning the remains of the late president at the Asomdwee Park.
In a few days, 10 years after the passing of the late President anniversary will be observed.
Samuel Atta Mills, who is also the Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo Abirem, has been addressing the press in Parliament.
“A group calling itself Atta Mills Institute that the family doesn’t even recognize, and Coastal Development Authority, have gone to break the grave of President John Evans Atta Mills. They have removed the tomb, and they claim that they are rebuilding it.”
Ghana’s first Presidential mausoleum and burial ground of Ghana’s late President John Evans Atta Mills, the Asomdwee Park, is currently in a deplorable state.
Also, there are reports that the park was no longer secure as its security had been left in a sorry state and no longer a secured place at least befitting enough for former leaders worth celebrating.
However, the condition of the park and the late President’s tomb is nothing to write home about, as some parts of the fencing protecting it have broken down.
“My question is that we have a family tradition. Now that they have touched someone’s grave, is the body still in there? Who has the body? Why will you touch the body without informing the family head? Under whose authority? Why do they want us to always go through grief? This is a former president, why will the government allow this to happen? This is an insult to the family and the nation”, Samuel Atta-Mills added.
Professor John Evans Atta Mills previously served as Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 under President Jerry Rawlings, and he stood unsuccessfully in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He is the first sitting Ghanaian head of state to die in office and was subsequently laid to rest at the Asomdwee Park.
John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills was a Ghanaian politician and legal scholar who served as President of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.
Today marks Prof. John Evans Atta Mills’ 78th birthday, may his soul rest well.