According to the family head, when Mills died, a press conference the family sought to organise was aborted by the authorities. According to him, the family, “intended to demand the remains for burial at his hometown
The family of the late President Mills has alleged that their brother did not die naturally.
According to the family head, Paul Ackom, former President Jerry John Rawlings' remarks that the late Mills' death was a blessing for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) suggests that, “there is foul play in Mills' death”.
Mr. Rawlings in a statement claimed that the NDC would have been in opposition if it had presented the late Prof. Atta Mills as its presidential candidate in the 2012 elections. His comment which seemed to have described Prof. Atta Mills’ death as a good omen for NDC has received backlash from a couple of political commentators.
“Why deny him [Mahama] his due? Many of us live in a state of self-denial because we seem to have an aversion for unpleasant situations. It is important for us to develop a historical memory of events. I said it over and over, NDC would have lost terribly had God not called the Prof”, a portion of Mr. Rawlings’ statement said.
Speaking on Oman FM, Mr. Ackom said the family demands for a post-mortem on the remains and a reburial in their hometown.
"How can the death of Mills be a blessing for the party in power as former President Rawlings claimed? I respect Rawlings a lot. I see him as a dynamic personality but for him to say what he said suggests that he knows something about what killed my brother”
“Mills has a family pedigree and not a slave to be buried at a place where slaves were buried. We demand his remains for reburial at Otuam."
"We demand the remains of our brother for reburial in our hometown. When Limann died he was buried in his hometown, as was Kwame Nkrumah earlier. We ask John Mahama whether he would be buried at the Castle when he died?" he queried.
He added that when Mills died, a press conference the family sought to organise was aborted by the authorities. According to him, the family, “intended to demand the remains for burial at his hometown."
Mr. Ackom has cautioned that the family is serious about the request for a post-mortem.
"Mills bled from his body openings”
"He did not receive attention until after an hour."
"Governments would come and go. Why was Mills' death a blessing for the NDC? Whoever dies without a post-mortem? We demand a post-mortem report to establish the cause of death”.
"How can mild stroke kill a person?" he wondered.