[ 2012-08-03 ]
I will lead a bi-partisan campaign to exhume Mills’ body if…. Kofi Jumah
The Member of Parliament for Asokwa in the Ashanti
Region, Maxell Kofi Jumah says he will lead a
bi-partisan campaign to exhume the mortal remains
of the late President John Evans Atta Mills if
buried at the Flagstaff House.
Jumah noted that it is un-Ghanaian for government
to refuse to handover the body of the late
President to his family as custom demands.
“To make the residence and offices of the
President as a cemetery is an insult to the
bereaved family and to the memory of the late
President Mills. Ghanaians should not allow this
people to parade their arrogance” he added.
The Funeral Planning Committee has settled on the
Flagstaff House as the final resting place for the
late President according to the spokesperson of
the Committee, Nana Ato Dadzi.
However government in a statement signed by a
Deputy Information Minister, James Agyenim Boateng
is also considering both the Kwame Nkrumah
mausoleum and the Flagstaff house pending an
approval by the bereaved family.
But speaking on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen programme
Thursday, Kofi Jumah said the late John Mills will
turn in his grave if government decides to bury
him at the Flagstaff House.
He could not fathom why the Mahama-led government
insists on burying the late President at the
Flagstaff House when in fact he [Mills] while
alive, refused to relocate to the edifice.
Kofi Jumah pledged to launch a crusade to assist
the family members in Otuam to rigorously demand
the mortal remains of the late John Mills from
He indicated that the late John Mills must be
buried at his hometown Otuam in the Central Region
to rest with his ancestors.
The NPP MP noted that the Flagstaff House was
built by the erstwhile Kufuor administration to
house the first and second couple and their
families therefore 'a visionless' National
Democratic Congress (NDC) cannot turn it into a
Kofi Jumah urged government to reconsider its
decision and reach a consensus with the family
members to give a befitting burial to the late
In a quick rebuttal, NDC MP for Adenta
Constituency, Kojo Adu Asare maintained that
President Mills never expressed hatred for the
Flagstaff House formerly the Jubilee House, hence
can be buried there.
He said the late John Mills while alive met with
dignitaries in the edifice but only preferred to
work and stay at the Castle.
Adu Asare posited that the late President is
enjoying in eternity and thus cares less about
where his mortal remains would be kept.
Source - MyjoyOnline
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