Atta Mills’ bedroom at Osu Castle had a leaking roof – Samuel Atta-Mills eulogises brother’s selflessness
Brother of the late President John Atta Mills has eulogised the former statesman as having Ghanaians at heart during his tenure in a unique way.
Samuel Atta Mills explained that the need to make life easier for the average Ghanaian was at the core of his late brother’s call to service.
Citing an instance to justify his comment, the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem MP made reference to a situation where the roof of his bedroom at the Osu Castle was deteriorating.
“Whenever it rained, we had to put about 8 buckets in his bedroom. All the fixes were rusted because it was so close to the ocean and maintenance over there was difficult,” he said on Thursday.
At the time, the Jubilee House was not completed yet.
For this reason, many suggested that Prof Atta Mill moves into his private home at Spintex Road in Accra to make his life easier.
But speaking on JoyNews’ Upfront, the MP explained the late President did not budge.
He told Raymond Acquah that Prof Mills did not want his daily activities as a President including the convoys among others to become a nuisance to his already-bustling community.
“He was like no… can you believe every morning a President with his sirenes and everything pushing everybody aside just to come to work? And then he will do that in the evening when everybody was going?” he explained adding that Prof Mills was not ready to make life uncomfortable for these neighbours.
Former President Atta Mills remained at the Osu Castle until his demise.
Prof Atta Mills died on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, after serving for nearly four years as President of Ghana.
Samuel Atta Mills is also a member of the John Evans Atta Mills Memorial Heritage, an initiative that seeks to honour the legacy of Prof. Mills.