Two years after assuming the reigns of power, issues concerning the health of President Mills still rages on. In January 2008 and the subsequent months leading to the 2008
presidential and parliamentary elections, his health dominated media discussion all over the country.
Peace FM recalls having to call then candidate Mills in South Africa (where he was seeking medical attention), to verify reports that he had died in a hospital.
It is no mischief at this juncture to say so, since almost everyone knows that the president has been struggling with eye problems, as even GTV Show Directors picked the actual font size of his swearing-in speech, quite large though, on TV screens on the 7th of January 2009.
The manner in which issues of his health status are still staying in the focus of the media makes it difficult for any body to rule out entirely that President Mills has a clean health bill.
Ever since the idea of Mrs. RawlingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ challenge for the presidential ticket of the NDC surfaced after the June 4 celebrations in Tamale, suddenly the health of the president is a matter for public discussion.
This is leading many people to see the clear divide between those who support the Mills campaign for 2012 and those in support of a younger, fresh candidate. According to MillsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ accusers, he still cannot retain the NDC in power come 2012, and his ratings have dropped drastically since December 28 2008.
All seems not to be well in the NDC following accusations and counter-accusations being traded by Mr. Herbert Mensah, a friend of the RawlingsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Mr. Ato Ahwoi, Board Chairman of the GNPC. Herbert Mensah is standing accused of spreading the rumour about President MillsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ health and rooting for Dr. Spio Garbrah to be the NDCs flagbearer.
But the one-time Chief Executive of Kumasi Asante Kotoko claims it was Mr. Ahwoi who told him that Mills was disillusioned, hallucinating at times, seeking spiritual assistance from pastors and did not want to go ahead as a candidate.
But Mr. Ato Ahwoi maintains that it was Hebert Mensah who mooted the idea that plan “B” be implemented meaning that the NDC dumps Mills.