The Government of Ghana in consultation with Professor Mills’ family has announced that the mortal remains of the late president will be laid to rest on 10th August, 2012 in Accra. This was contained in a statement signed by the Chief of Staff, MR. John Henry Martey Newman. Earlier on the family of the late President Mills demanded that their son be buried at his home town at Otuom in the Central Region of Ghana. However, after some consultations by the government with the family, an agreement was reached that the funeral should be held in Accra. According to the brother of the late president Mr. Kwesi Amissah, all the final funeral rites would be held in Accra adding that there would be no other ceremonies anywhere else except that President Mills’ one week would be held at his Regimanuel Gray residence at the Spintex Road on Tuesday, July 31. The statement from the office of the president however did not give details of the funeral arrangements. It said that details will be announced later.
The statement also said that the period of mourning and lowering of the Ghana flags have been extended until after the funeral; directing that all public buildings should be draped in red and black colours as well as the national flag to symbolize the state of national mourning. Meanwhile the National Executive Committee of the NDC has endorsed President John Dramani Mahama as the flagbearer of their party to contest the 2012 presidential elections. According to the NEC, the party will hold a delegate conference in September 1st to endorse him. President Mahama is now saddled with the selection of his vice. Many names are being branded about while within the party, there are maneuverings from members to push their favourites. This has necessitated a press statement from the executives of the NDC party stating that as the nation is in a state of mourning, it would be unethical and unGhanaian for party members to be jostling for position.
In the meantime, many messages of condolence are still pouring in. Pope Benedict, the current Catholic Pope in Rome has sent his condolences to President Mahama and the people of Ghana. He called on Ghanaians to uphold the peace that President Mills stood for. The security forces have also assured the state of their preparedness in protecting and defending the president, the territorial borders and the people of Ghana. In another development, the Family of Professor Mills has condemned former President Jerry John Rawlings for what they were the unguarded statements he made about their son. They said such statements are unethical and do not befit a person of his caliber. They however said that they will not retaliate since retaliation will go against what their illustrious son stood for as the king of peace in his entire life.
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