Dr. Cadman Atta Mills, brother of Ghana’s late president, John Evans Atta Mills, has painted a gloomy picture of his brother’s stay at the Christiansburg Castle revealing that, he was almost left lonely.
Dr. Mills who served his brother as senior presidential advisor during his presidency said Wednesday March 29, 2017, on Starr Chat that he regretted not spending a lot of time with the former president.
Born at Tarkwa on July 21, 1944 and was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana, Logon, Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24, 2012.
He was laid to rest at the Asomdwee Park off the Osu castle Drive in Accra.
Shedding light on the affableness of the late president, Dr. Mills said he could have been a “better brother” and that “entrusting [late Mills’] physical and emotional well-being to others” and his younger brother was an unpardonable mistake he committed.
He said anytime he returned from his trips he would come back and meet the former president “lonely.”
“I would come back and I would realize that he was a very lonely man…extremely lonely man…Oh! My God I would go to his quarters in the castle which were not really basically fit for human being to live in. I mean my God and he will be sitting in this chair very quietly,” he told Starr Chat host Bola Ray.
He said there were times he would have to call people that he knew were the late president’s friends and “tell them that please come and visit him.”
Asked if the late president would have been alive if he was not the president, the renowned economist shied away from that conspiracy theory saying “I don’t like to go there.”
About Professor Mills
John Evans Atta Mills was a native of Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region. He was born at Tarkwa on July 21, 1944 and was educated at Achimota School and the University of Ghana, Legon.
He earned a Ph.D. in Law at the age of 27 from the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies after completing his doctoral thesis in the area of taxation and economic development.
He then had a long stint teaching at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana before becoming the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Mills was Vice-President from 1997 to 2001, under the administration of Jerry John Rawlings
He won the 2008 presidential elections on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), defeating the New Patriotic Party’s candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a run-off.
President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24, 2012. It is however officially unknown what ailment killed him, leaving many to speculate.