Friday, August 10, 2012

Ghana’s former president, Attah Mills, for burial today

United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is
part of dignitaries expected to grace today's burial
ceremony for the late Ghana's president, John Attah
Clinton left Nigeria for Ghana on Thursday after
meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan anti-
corruption officials to address rising sectarian
violence, widespread corruption and abuses in the
In Ghana, she is expected to meet with the country's
new president, John Mahama, before attending the
final burial rites for the late president.
Earlier during the Wednesday's lying in state
ceremony for Mills, Ghana News Agency (GNA) said
Accra was unusually quiet as the remains of late
President John Atta Mills lies in state at the Banquet
Hall of the State House, Accra, the nations' capital
city, for public viewing.
It reported that most activities in the city had come
to a halt as sorrowful faces were seen on Wednesday
glued to television sets to view proceedings at the
Banquet Hall.
Some of the people going about their normal duties,
were said to have worn red or black attires with red
bands around their arms and necks.
"Driving through the streets of the city from
Kwabenya through the Achimota Golf Course and the
Kanda highway to the heart of Accra around 12.00
hours on Wednesday, one could easily mistake the
day for a Sunday when vehicular traffic is usually
"The Odorkor/Kaneshie road through the Graphic
road to Accra Central was also devoid of the usual
heavy vehicular traffic," GNA said.
Most of the people interviewed by the GNA said they
were still trying to come to terms with the reality of
the death of President Mills, and expressed the hope
that his demise would unite Ghanaians more than
They said they were hopeful that being a kind
hearted, peace loving and a good person, President
Mills would be granted eternal rest with his Maker.
A visit by the GNA to the Central Business District of
Accra revealed that though economic activities
seemed to be stable, patronage of goods and
services was slow compared to other normal days.
Most of the traders and members of the public wore
red and black apparel to show they were mourning
President Mills.

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