At 2:15pm on July 24th in Accra the commander-in-Chief of Ghana breathed his last, hours later rumors of his demise started boring into society and on social networks. Given the fact that there had already been at least 2 hoaxes about his death, this particular one was hard to get into the country’s head. Later in the evening, the Chief of Staff’s confirmation struck the pillars of the nation with a statement stating the nation’s loss. Prof John Evens Fiifi Atta Mills was Dead!
Ghana’s democracy has been a leading example to most of its African counterparts. We have been cited by most global powers as a democratic nation whose governance tactics must be exemplified. Since 1992, we have successfully changed governments through a democratic system a good number of African nation’s have fumbled through. The two major political parties have each ruled the South-African nation 8-years each in rows. This was the very first time a sitting President had died in office, with just 6-months left for Ghana to go to the polls.
Ghana fulfilled a constitutional requirement and swore in vice vice-President John Dramani Mahama (a former MP and Minister of Communication) as the head of state in a short ceremony which started at 8pm after summoning Members of Parliament for an emergency sitting. In his first statement as President, he declared a week of mourning throughout the nation, during which time, flags were expected to fly at half-mast. Although his voice was shaky, the message was well understood by the peaceful nation. All political parties, including the biggest opposition party, NPP, had before then brought all political assignment to a halt, joining all others in mourning.
Since 1982, this nation has been ruled by a ‘John’, the above transition kept that trend. The question on everyone’s mind is, will this trend continue after Dec 7th 2012 when Ghana goes to the polls?