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Aug 10, 2012

Dignitaries Pay Last Respect To Late President Atta Mills

The body of Late President John Evans Atta-Mills lies in state at the Banquet Hall of the State House as mourners file pass.

Dressed in black suit, the Late President is lying in a closed glassed casket in a garden of flowers in the national colours of Ghana, Red, Yellow and Green.

As mourners file pass the body, dirges in the sound of ‘Atemteben’, traditional bamboo flute and organ accompaniment sounded to herald the final journey of the Ghanaian leader who would be buried on Friday.

The hall is awash with mourning colours and the pillars of the hall have been draped with the colours of the national flag.

A giant portrait of the late President had the inscription, ‘Peace I leave with my Nation’, as an indication of his commitment to peace, especially before, during and after the December 7 polls.

The body of the late President though motionless in the coffin, appeared as if he were asleep as mourners filed pass showing their last respects.

Outside the hall also stood crowds of people waiting to enter the hall to take their turn in paying their last respects to the departed President.

Among the dignitaries that had paid their last respects were close family members of the extended family, who had arrived earlier to sit in state to receive mourners.

Among the first to file pass the body were President John Dramani Mahama and Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Former First Lady, Dr Naadu Mills and Mr Kofi Sam Atta-Mills, son of the Late President.

Also there to pay their last respects were Former President John Agyekum Kufour and the New Patriotic Party Flag-bearer Nana Akufo-Addo, Former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings.

There was also a delegation from Parliament, Ministers of State, Executives of the ruling National Democratic Congress, leadership of the Convention Peoples Party, and other members of the general public who all filed pass the body.

The body of the Late President had earlier on arrived in a limousine hertz escorted by the police constabulary.

The funeral is being carried live by the National Broadcaster, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, on both radio and television in memory of the departed leader.

There are the fire service, the Paramedics, the ambulances, and all security service on standby in case of any emergency.

The late President died on July 24th, at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra.