The late President John Evans Atta Mills’ brother has accused the Atta Mills Institute and the Coastal Development Authority of tampering with the ex-mausoleum president’s without consulting the family.
According to Samuel Atta Mills, the behavior is culturally insulting.
He went on to say that the family does not agree with the institute’s handling of the late president’s remains in Asomdwee Park. In a few days, the tenth anniversary of the late President’s death will be observed.
In Parliament, Samuel Atta Mills, Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo Abirem, has been addressing the press.
“A organization calling itself the Atta Mills Institute, which the family does not acknowledge, and the Coastal Development Authority have gone to shatter President John Evans Atta Mills’ tombstone.” They have dismantled the tomb and claim to be reconstructing it.”
The Asomdwee Park, Ghana’s first Presidential mausoleum and burial place for late President John Evans Attah Mills, is now in disrepair.
According to reports, the park was no longer secure since its security had deteriorated and it was no longer a secure area suited for previous leaders worth honouring.
The park and the late President’s mausoleum are in poor condition, with portions of the fencing surrounding it having collapsed.
“My inquiry is about a family custom.” Is the body still in there now that they’ve touched someone’s grave? Who controls the body? Why would you handle the body without first alerting the family patriarch? Who has the authority? Why do they want us to continually be in mourning? Why will the government allow this to happen with a previous president? Samuel Atta-Mills remarked, “This is an insult to the family and the nation.”
Professor John Evans Atta Mills previously served as Vice President under President Jerry Rawlings from 1997 to 2001, and he ran unsuccessfully in the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 as the candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He was the first sitting Ghanaian head of state to die in office, and he was buried in Asomdwee Park.
Ghana’s President from 2009 to 2012 was John Evans Fiifi Atta Mills, a Ghanaian politician and legal scholar.
The park and the late President’s tomb are in disrepair, with pieces of the surrounding fencing collapsing.
“My question concerns a family tradition.” Is the body still inside now that they’ve touched a grave? Who has power over the body? Why would you touch the body without first informing the patriarch of the family? Who has the last say? Why do they want us to be in grief all the time? Why will the government let this happen with a former president? “This is an insult to the family and the nation,” Samuel Atta-Mills said.