The Cape Coast township on Wednesday went red and black to mourn the sudden death of President John Evans Atta Mills who passed away on Tuesday at the 37 Military Hospital in Accra following a short illness.

The whole township was clad in red and black cloth with some stores closed down with red bands hanging in front of them while others who opened their stores either wore black or red attire or also had a red band hanging in their stores.

This reporter observed that some major places of interest that had red bands hanging in front of them were the Emintimadze Palace in Cape Coast, the Cape Coast Court Complex, some government offices such as the Central Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC) while majority of both commercial and private cars and drivers also hanged red bands with others wearing it around their necks and hands.

School children were not left out of the grief as this reporter spotted some of them wearing red bands around their wrist to pay tribute to the late president.

The major side attraction was a mini-sort of rally and float which was organised by the Cape Coast Constituency branch of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to mourn the departed leader of the party.

Thousands of supporters from the party as well as residents of the area wore black and red attires with red bands and converged on the Cape Coast Town Hall to pay tribute to the late president.

The people started converging on the town hall as early as 6:00 A.M., and poured out their tribute in turns to the late president whose giant portrait was hanged at the entrance of the hall.

Speakers including the Presidential Aide at CRCC, Mr. Patrick Aniagyei, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), regional and constituency executives, former government officials and sympathisers all gave their tributes amid tears to bid farewell to the late president.

Speaker after speaker wept and made the thick crowd that converged on the town hall break down in tears as they gave their last encounter with the president.

They described the president as a very humble and God-fearing person.

They noted that the late president was a father for all and listening president who only had the interest of the nation at heart and even accepted to serve the nation at the detriment of his own health.

Meanwhile, people of Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region where the president hails from received the news with shock when it was announced on radio on Tuesday.

A visit by Today to the area revealed that people had gathered in groups listening to updates on the radio with most of them in mourning state.

The president?s family head of the Odumna family in Kwansakrom, Ebusuapanyin Kojo Appiah, was speechless when this reported approached him for a few words.

All he managed to say to the paper was the family has lost a great person and the family was in great pain.

He said they did not get any official information from the presidency following the death of the president and only heard the sad news on the radio.

He however disclosed that the family is yet to consult the political heads in the region to know what action to take with regard to the burial arrangement.

STORY: FROM MAGDALENE SEY, CAPE COAST, C/R.

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