By Gifty Arthur
Tomorrow, July 24, 2014, marks exactly two years, since the demise of President John Evans Atta Mills, who would have turned 70 on Monday.
The late President, who was nicknamed “Asomdwe Hene” is expected to be celebrated again, two years after his unfortunate death as sitting president.
As Ghanaians prepare to mark the second anniversary tomorrow, “The Herald” paid a day’s visit to the late leader’s burial and memorial resting place “Asomdwe Park”, on the way to the famous Christiansburg Castle at Osu in the Greater Accra Region.
The visit, follows rumours that the “Asomdwe Park” had been deserted by the authorities, while weeds had taken over the better part of the park which has become one of the tourists’ sites in the country.
But yesterday, when this paper’s camera got to the Park at about 9am, it spotted men and women from the popular waste management organization, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, weeding in and around the place for tomorrow’s celebration.
This reporter also spotted officers from Queiroz Galvao Construction; the Brazilian company which is constructing the Kwame Nkrumah Over-Pass which is underway in Accra. They were busily painting the place with red and black emulsion paints.
Queiroz Galvao Construction, The Herald learnt, offered to prepare the place for the occasion, because the company that built the Park was not around to get the place ready for the second anniversary. It is not clear if the Brazilian company is doing the job for a fee or free.
A middle aged-man, who was described to this paper as the manager of the Park, named WO Baba, was seen in his smock ordering workers about on what to do.
The Herald learnt that visitors to the park include both young and old, some for the first time to familiarize themselves with the atmosphere.
Most of these visitors pay their respect to the man, whose admirers described him as “noble and peacemaker”, who served his nation with humility and diligence. Some end up taken pictures on the late President’s tomb, which has been painted black with wreaths laid on it.
While getting ready to leave the Park, this paper’s camera also captured six Police ladies, who had arrived at the Park with their boss. From observation, it was realized that the officers were brought to rehearse for tomorrow’s anniversary celebration as they marched at a designated area at the Park.