General News of Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Central Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs, has called for the exhumation of the body of the late President John Evans Atta Mills from the Asomdwe Park.
Mr Jacobs made the request on Adom TV’s Badwam show Tuesday that the body of the late President is sent to his hometown due to the deteriorated condition of the Asomdwe Park, the graveyard of the former president.
“Mills’ body should be exhumed and sent to Cape Coast. It is better than leaving it alone at the Asomdwe Park. That place is in a terrible condition,” he said.
According to him, the park is facing neglect and has become “is nothing to write home about” with the grave of the late Mills left with cracks.
Reacting to earlier reservations expressed by the son of the late President, Sam Kofi Atta Mills who told the media that he personally swept his father’s graveyard ahead of his sixth-anniversary celebration, Mr Jacobs said too little has been done at ‘Asomdwee Park’.
“I don’t believe in hypocrisy but Ghanaians are hypocrites. They behave as if they loved the late President. We have to exhume the body. If his parents were buried in Cape Coast, what prevents us from sending him to Cape Coast,” he quizzed.
Mr Allotey Jacobs promised to hold further discussions with the family of the late President over the issue.
Ghana marked the 6-year anniversary of the passing of Prof John Evans Atta Mills who died on July 24, 2012.
He was born on 21st July 1944 at Tarkwa in the Western Region with Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region as his hometown.
He won the 2008 Presidential elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) after beating the New Patriotic Party’s Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a run-off.
He also served as Vice-President from 1997 to 2001 to Jerry John Rawlings.