Ghana's President Dies

John E.A Mills died today at a Military Hospital in Ghana. He was 68. He became Ghana's President in 2009 after winning a general election by a slim margin. His health had generated discussions among many Ghanaians for years until now.
This makes him the first president to have died in office since independence. A statement today, from the chief of staff confirming the death also intimated that the vice president will address the nation in due course.

President Mills returned from the USA after a routine medical check-up.


Kumasi Prophet ‘predicted’ accidents involving Ayariga, Avoka

The accidents involving the two high profile members of government over the weekend have been given spiritual interpretations.

Majority Leader Cletus Avoka and Deputy Education Minister Mahama Ayariga were both involved in separate accidents within a space of 24 hours.

Before the accidents, a Kumasi-based prophet, popularly known as Freeman, is said to have warned President Mills against passing through Bawku during his tour of the three northern regions.

Upper East Regional correspondent, Joseph Osei said he and other journalists were in a press van as part of the president’s convoy when word came round that a Kumasi-based Prophet had issued a warning that if the president passed through Bawku, he would be killed physically or spiritually.

According to Joseph Osei, the Prophet added that if the president escaped harm, some members of his government will be harmed.

The prophet, who claimed he had been praying for the president for the past two years, insisted that to avert any calamity, the entourage had to organize a prayer session before the president could pass through Bawku but the protocol officers ignored the advice.

The correspondent said, upon receiving the information, the journalists detailed one reporter to prompt the Upper East Regional Minister Mr Mark Wayongo to inform the president of the prophecy but the regional minister rubbished the warning, saying it was a false prophecy.

At this time, the president’s entourage was at Garu. From there the president passed through Bawku enroute to Bolga.

A few kilometres after Zebilla - located between Bawku and Bolga - which is also the constituency of Majority Leader Cletus Avoka, the vehicle of the MP was spotted turned upside-down.

Mr Avoka, who was on his way to his constituency from Bolga had his vehicle tyre burst and the car somersaulted several times.

Then Sunday morning, the accident involving Deputy Education Minister Mahama Ayariga was also reported appearing to lend credence to the prophecy.

Joseph Osei said some members of the entourage believed the prophecy.

Meanwhile the two government officials are responding to treatment.

Source: Joy News/Ghana


Ghana Wins 2 More Medals In Kenya

Ghana clinched two more medals at the ongoing Africa Athletics Championship in Kenya. The men and women’s 4 by 100 meter relay teams both won bronze in the finals respectively.
Aziz Zakari anchored the men’s relay team to third place with a time of 39.31 seconds behind Nigeria and South Africa. The women’s relay quartet made up of Rosina Amenebede, Elizabeth Amolofo, Beatrice Gyaman and Flings Owusu Agyapong, similarly came third in a time of 45.40 seconds behind Cameroun and Nigeria.

Ghana therefore has won three medals at the Championship so far. Sprinter Aziz Zakari earlier won silver in the men’s 100 meters.

Meanwhile, Heptathlete Margaret Simpson is poised to win a Gold medal following the completion of four out of the seven-event competition. The Mauritius based athlete leads the overall table rankings with 3,497 points. She is followed by Janet Wienand of South Africa with 3,289 points and Nigeria’s Patience Okoro in third with 3,277 points.


Message from the President to the Black Stars

The Black Stars have done Ghana and Africa proud and on behalf of the people and Government of Ghana, I congratulate Stephen Appiah and his teammates for a job well done.

In yesterday’s match, there was going to be only one winner, and unfortunately, it was not the Black Stars.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, as a nation, we must not lose sight of the fact that the Black Stars flew high the flag of Ghana and we must be proud of our senior national football team for the honour done us.

We must not nail them for what happened yesterday, rather, let us continue to support them and show our appreciation for what they have achieved.

This team certainly has character and fortitude and there is no gainsaying the fact that they will continue to bring laurels to Mother Ghana.

Coach Rajevac and his technical team gave off their best and Ghana is grateful to them.

Let us rejoice in what we have achieved believing that there are better and joyous days ahead.

To you my fellow Ghanaians, I say a big ayekoo for your excellent and nation-loving support.

The star of Ghana is shining bright and we must take collective pride in putting our nation on a high pedestal.

Stephen Appiah and his teammates have made Ghana proud and we must accord them a heroic welcome, for, they deserve it.

John Evans Atta Mills
(President, Republic of Ghana)