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Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu accuses NDC of re-writing Mills’ legacy

Minority Leader in Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has advised against putting gloss on the legacy of the late President Evans Atta Mills as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of his passing.

The Suame MP is accusing the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) of trying to “re-write history” as tributes were read out in parliament Tuesday.

President John Evans Atta Mills passed away Tuesday August 24, 2012 after he was rushed to the 37 Military Hospital. He was 68.

Prof. Mills whose self-description as a peace-maker became a mantra, is the first president to die whilst in office.

Some MPs in parliament such as Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Fifi Kwetey, Haruna Iddrisu have always credited Mills with appointing young people as ministers.

Samuel Okudzeto noted that Ghana recorded its highest GDP growth rate of 14% under president Evans Atta Mills in 2012 and also maintained single digit inflation for the longest time in Ghana’s history.

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He said the social interventions such as free school uniforms showed the late president “deeply and truly cared”.

But Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu questioned the peace-maker credentials of the late president. “Let us not pretend that because of the peace-maker accolade nothing untoward happened under President Mills,” he said.

The Suame MP expressed displeasure at the tone of a statement made by the Majority in Parliament which suggested the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) held the nation to ransom after it challenged the 2012 presidential election results at the Supreme Court.

According to him, president Mills never conceded defeat in the 2004 presidential elections.

He also blamed political violence in Agbogboloshie on President Mills. He called it a “horrendous spectacle” and a “deep scar” on the record of the late president.

“Let us be truthful to ourselves. That is the truth and the truth must be stated”, he stressed.

Under the auspices of The John Evans Atta Mills Center For Law And Governance at GIMPA, and The John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Library (University of Cape Coast), the 3rd in the series of the Atta Mills Memorial Lecture comes off on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 on the theme: Role of Intellectuals in African Politics and Governance.

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The Guest Speaker is Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Former Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria); the time is 3pm and the venue is the GB Auditorium (GIMPA).