3 August 2012

Ghana: NDC Have Questions to Answer On Mills' Death

The three day state funeral for Professor Mills commences today. The family of the late President will inspect his body this morning at the 37 ... ( Resource: Funeral For Late President Mills Begins

Kumasi — A former Presidential Spokesperson in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, Mr. Kwabena Agyapong, has stated that officials of the current administration owe Ghanaians more explanations over the death of the late President John Evans Atta Mills.

He says once the necessary customary rites and processes have been performed, top officials in government would have to answer more questions over the circumstances surrounding the sudden demise of President Mills.

Mr. Agyapong noted that there were lots of questions begging for answers, but in respect for the remains of the late President, it would have to wait until the final burial and funeral rites had been performed.

The former New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential hopeful said he would personally subject the matter to serious scrutiny, stressing that some officials of the current administration would have to come public and explain issues to Ghanaians.

"I have a number of questions that must be answered, but since the burial and final funeral rites have not been performed, I would prefer to wait, but as soon as those are done, you will hear from me," the hard-spoken Agyapong stated in an interview with Kwame Adinkrah, host of ANGEL FM morning show in Kumasi.

Mr. Agyapong, who was contributing to the ongoing controversial issue over the venue for the burial of the late President, said the government of the day was messing things up, a situation, which he noted, was in gross disrespect to the mortal remains of the ex-President.

Since the demise of late Prof. Mills some days ago, the family of the ex-president and state officials have been at loggerheads, with the family insisting the remains of their illustrious son must be buried in home soil, whilst the state insists the body must be interred in the national capital.

The government has so far changed location twice, after it was initially announced by the substantive President, His Excellency John Mahama, that the former president would be buried at the Jubilee House.

However, after several objections, the Military Cemetery also became another option, but that place has also been overwhelmingly rejected, with others now suggesting the serene Peduase Lodge as the preferred final destination of the late President.

But, Mr. Agyapong said the public discourse over the late president's final interment had once again confirmed the failure and poor administrative capacity of the people in charge of the affairs of this country.

He said, right from the beginning of the whole drama surrounding the death of the late President, officials at the helm of affairs have not got anything right, stressing: "The issue of where to bury the late president should not have assumed such a controversial nature, if the authorities had done things right."

Right from assuming office, Mr. Agyapong observed that this government had consistently politicised almost every issue, to the extent that now the venue for the burial of the late President had assumed a political dimension.

He questioned why the government could take a unilateral decision without the involvement of all interested parties, including the family of the deceased.

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