Central Region mourns Mills-With businesses coming to a halt
From David Allan Paintsil, Cape Coast
Thousands of people from all walks of life across Central Region gathered at the Victoria Park in Cape Coast to commemorate the one week of the death of President John Evans Atta Mills amidst tears.
Asafo companies were at their best, with chiefs, teachers, traders, government workers, media personnel, as well as legislators and members of all the political parties all dressed in red and black to mourn the great son of the Central Region, Ghana, Africa, and the world.
Portraits of the late President Mills, as well as the mourning clothes “Se Asa”, got finished in the markets at Elmina and Cape Coast, while T-shirts of the late president were displayed at the mourning ground.
Overwhelming tributes from the political parties, churches and other organisations confirmed the peaceful nature of President Mills, as well as his integrity, selflessness and humility.
Addressing the charged crowd, the Anglican Bishop of the Cape Coast Diocese, Sylvanus Allotey, said the numerous testimonies about President Mills was an indication that God gave the Central Region, Ghana, Africa and the world a good person, adding that he was gift of God.
“God gave us Mills as a gift for qualitative democratic leadership in Ghana and the world,” Bishop Allotey told the crowd amidst large applause.
According to him, President Mills sacrificed his life for the country, because he sought the mandate of the people in 2008 to serve them and not to rest somewhere, therefore, he did not understand those who were criticising him on that ground.
The Archbishop said President Mills had impeccable integrity, adding that he did not hide his Christian faith, as he proclaimed it wherever he found himself.
He again, made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians to ensure that peace prevails, before, during and after 2012 general elections, as he had proclaimed before he passed away.
The Central Regional Minister, Ama Benyiwa Doe, said Ghana and Africa had lost a great asset, because President Mills had respect for everybody, irrespective of status.
He described the late President Mills as a unique personality who served his country well, and expressed the hope that God would give the region another great person in future.
A brother-in-law of President Mills, Prof Kofi Nketia Afful, a retired economics lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, said his brother-in-law was man of peace, who dedicated his life to mother Ghana, and commended the unflinching support showed by Ghanaians to the bereaved
The President of the Central Region House Chiefs, in a tribute read by Nana Appiah Dankwa, described President Mills a great achiever whose achievements within the short period were immeasurable, adding that Ghana had lost a son whose commitment to the transformation of the country was unquestionable.
The Central Regional National Democratic Congress (NDC) Chairman, Lawyer Samuel Adu-Yeboah, urged residents in the region to participate in the upcoming Policy Fair, which would portray the work of President Mills in the region.
Rev Dawson Amoah said Cape Coast would forever remember President Mills for Obama’s visit, and the elegant Emintsimadze Palace that hosted the US President and his entourage.
His comment was so memorable that the majority of the mourners broke down in tears.
Businesses came to a halt, while unusual heavy traffic jams hit the former colonial capital, as vehicles moved at a snail’s pace.
The whole city was covered by red and black colours, signifying the grief of the people in the region.
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