On Saturday night, Ghana president John Evans Atta Mills announced he was flying to the United States for a medical checkup. This is the sixth time president Atta Mills flies to the USA in six months.
At the official announcement of his medical visit to the US, president Mills declared that he just needs to go for a medical checkup and “talk” with doctors. This announcement comes after growing rumors of the president’s death, rumors that arose after the president’s lack of public appearances those past months.
Mills’ medical issues and exact reason for seeking medical assistance abroad has not been shared with the press. While he is away, vice-president John Dramani Mahama will substitute him. In 2008, the opposition New Patriotic Party has spread a rumor about Mills being dead right before the presidential elections, but Mills fought back and won the elections. Forward to 2012, the same rumor is being spread, and guess what? Presidential elections are planned to happen in december 2012.
“When you look at me, do you see a dead man?” Mills asked the press before boarding the plane. Maybe not dead, but the opposition thinks he is quite sick, and asks for his medical records to be made public, something that the president’s advisors judged “unnecessary”.