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I WANT TO KNOW WHAT KILLED MY FATHER - Mills’ only son demands

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Sam Kofi Mills, the only son of late Prof John Evans Atta Mills, says he wants to know what killed his father, five years ago, on July 24.

Sam Kofi Mills, the only son of late Prof John Evans Atta Mills, says he wants to know what killed his father, five years ago, on July 24.


According to him, neither he nor the family of the late president is aware of the cause of death.

Prof John Mills died on July 24, 2012 at the 37 Military Hospital, just five months to the December 2012 general elections which he was seeking re-election. He was subsequently buried in August 2012 at a park close to the Osu Castle.

“The hospital never gave any autopsy report to show that this or that was the reason why he passed away so I don’t think any member of my family would be able to give evidence on what happened or what caused his death. I have not seen anything of that sort. I do not think anyone has. If anybody has it, he or she should be free to let me know but I do not think anyone has,” Sam Mills said told the media yesterday.

He made this demand when he spoke at the 5-year commemoration of President Mills’ death which was observed yesterday.

“I have heard a lot of stories but I also believe that in order for you take an action or to know something, there must be some level of evidence and some level of facts. There have been several rumours and stories; but until I see some concrete evidence I don’t really have much to say,” he said.

The late President’s son said he was ready to help in his father’s investigations if anybody approached him.

“If someone approached me or if some sort of investigation might have to be done to find out, of course I will champion the course because he is my father and I want to know,” he said.

The call from the late President’s son might not go down well with Samuel Atta Mills, brother to Prof Mills, who had constantly opined that those clamouring to know the cause of death of the late president are ‘opportunistic’ people.

Samuel Atta Mills, who is also the MP for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem constituency, stated that well-meaning Ghanaians, including the true family members of the late president, were not asking to know what killed him and so wondered why people who were remote from the family kept pushing for that.

In a radio interview, he said, “I’m his blood brother, same mother and same father but I’m not asking for that [cause of death]. So, who are the family requesting for that? Those who are his brothers and sisters are not asking for that. Those who are his extended family members in Cape Coast are not asking for that.

“It is just a few opportunistic people who are asking for this; who claim they are family. How are they family members? How far removed are they?” he asked.

Meanwhile, Queenmother of of Ekumfi Otuam, Nana Anyinfuah III, has called for the body of the late President to be exhumed and moved to his hometown for a befitting burial.

On the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of his demise, the Queenmother of Otuam where the late President hailed from, told the media the burial ground was not the suggestion of Mills’ family and the Ekumfi Traditional Area.

She consequently appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ensure the remains of the late Prof Mills was brought back to Otuam for re-burial.

She also asked the executives of the National Democratic Congress to respect the family of Prof. Mills by bringing the remains of the late President to Otuam.