4 Years On… See the Touching Way Ghana Remembers Late President Atta Mills

Late President Mills passed away on July 24th, 2012 after a brief illness.

Sunday July 24, 2016, marked four years since the death of President John Evans Atta Mills. Late President Mills passed away in July 2012 after a brief illness.

To mark the fourth anniversary, several high profile dignitaries laid wreaths on the tomb of the late president.

Ghanaians both home and abroad turned out in large numbers to pay respect to late Mills. Also, several government officials including Foreign Affairs Minister, Hannah Tetteh, were also present at the solemn ceremony.

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Among other dignitaries, former President of Malawi, Joyce Banda and her family, all laid wreaths on the tomb at the Asomdwee Park in Accra.

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Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda

President Mahama on Sunday also paid tribute to late Mills. Mahama who was Prof Mills’ vice president then, took to Twitter to pay his respect to the late President. He described late Mills as his “comrade, friend and mentor”.

Posting a photo of him and the late President, Mahama wrote;

“24th July, 2012. Prof Mills was my comrade, my mentor, my friend”.

Also, as a way to honour his father, Samuel Kofi Mills, son of late Mills, donated to a school on Thursday July 21, which was the late President’s birthday. This was also something his late father did when he was alive.

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About Late President Mills

Late Atta Mills was born at Tarkwa in the Western Region, on July 21, 1944. He was a native of Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. He was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana, Legon. Mills was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001, under the administration of Jerry John Rawlings.

Late Mills won the 2008 presidential elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), defeating the New Patriotic Party’s candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a run-off. He was the third president of Ghana’s fourth republic. Three years into his tenure, he died after a brief illness in July 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital.

See more photos from the ceremony:

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