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August 2012 Edition


Africa Mourns President Mills

President John Evans Fifii Atta Mills of Ghana left Africa in a state of shock after his sudden death as a result of acute cardiac arrest on Tuesday, 24 July.

Aged 68, he passed away at the 37 Military Hospital in the capital city of Accra, hours after announcing to Parliament that he was leaving for Nigeria.

After an emergency meeting of the security apparatus, and top government functionaries at the Presidential Palace in Osu, President Mills' Chief of Staff John Henry Martey Newmann released a signed statement, which read: "It is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that we announce the sudden death of the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills.

"The death occurred at the 37 Military Hospital this afternoon while receiving medical attention after being taken ill a few hours earlier."

Following the announcement, the Speaker of Parliament, Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo summoned all members of the House to an emergency sitting for the swearing in of the Vice President. According to Ghana's constitution, Vice President John Dramani Mahama will complete Mills' term that was due to end with elections in December.

Many Ghanaians were in a state of disbelief, with reports from across the country saying people started wailing on the streets immediately the news broke. Initially, many people thought it was another false alarm,
as a result of previous rumours of his death the past four years.

President Mills celebrated his 68th birthday only three days earlier.
He is the first Ghanaian head of state to die in office.  Mills, who oversaw the start of oil production in Ghana, returned from medical checks in the United States few weeks before he passed away.

A devout Christian, President Mills was known as a man of peace. He was also humble and honest, and had respect for the rule of law.

Leaders around the world have been sending messages of condolence to the country.

Mills was the vice president of Ghana under the second National Democratic Congress (NDC) government from 1997-2001.

He was a tax expert and law professor who was chosen by President Jerry John Rawlings as his running mate in 1996, and the ticket won the election.

He was elected again by the NDC as its candidate for the 7 December election, fighting off a challenge from the wife of former President Rawlings, Nana Konadu.


Ghana, the first African nation to declare independence, has been held up as a model of democracy on a continent where violence often accompanies elections.


Mills was a keen hockey player and once played for the national hockey team - he remained a member of the Veterans Hockey Team until his death. He was married to Ernestina Naadu Mills, a trained marriage counsellor, and has a son, Sam Kofi Atta Mills.


To honour the death of this great African leader, The African Bulletin had to withdraw this edition which was already in print to replace the front page which originally carried the banner of ‘NEW AFRICAN UNION CHAIRPERSON,’ Dlamini-Zuma who was recently elected first woman AU Commission Chairperson.


We at The African Bulletin join millions of people around the world to mourn the sad loss of this illustrious son of Africa and pray that his soul rest in perfect peace. Adieu, ‘The Prof’.

Dlamini-Zuma elected First Woman AU Commission Chairperson

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was recently elected the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, after surging through all the four rounds of voting.

She beat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon, 37-14, to take the leadership mantle at the 19th Ordinary Summit of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, becoming the first woman to hold the post.


Dlamini-Zuma, ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma and one of the longest serving ministers in her country, having held the foreign affairs and health portfolios, shrugged off criticism ahead of the vote that she was breaking an unwritten rule that big African states, including her country South African and Nigeria, should not run for the top AU Commission post.

She said Nigeria had previously had its candidate lead the organisation for two years; hence it was not a big deal that South Africa was fielding a candidate.


"We want to try to make the AU more efficient as an organisation," Dlamini-Zuma said at the New Age/SABC business briefing. "If you are working as the chair of the African Union Commission, it is not difficult to unite the countries. It's not a difficult thing once you are there."

Analysts said the days ahead will show how ready she is to live up to the billing.

After security the position, Ms. Dlamini-Zuma offered an olive branch to her opponents. “The heads of state have decided. We have to work together to benefit Africa. We are here to unite about progress in Africa,” she told reporters.


Upon her return to South Africa, she received a hero's welcome as the new head of the African Union (AU) commission.

President Jacob Zuma also hailed his former wife, and assured that his government would make the necessary adjustment to enable her to commence her new duties as soon as possible.

President Zuma said he was humbled by the confidence that Africa had showed in the Southern African candidate.


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Brewed in Belgium, under licence for The African Brewery, it currently has three unique brand labels; namely African King (premium pils) with 5% alcoholic content; African Queen (Honey) with 4.5% alcoholic content and African Warrior (blond) with 5.5% alcoholic content. All three labels are in 330ml bottles. -




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  • Recognition of Somliland is important

  • Nigeria's first female Chief Justice

  • Ghana bans smoking in public places

  • NEPAD boss highlights achievements

  • ICC to begin probe into Mali war crimes

  • Senegalese women MPs rise in number

  • Angola, Cuba parliaments sign cooperation pact

  • Mandela marks 94th birthday

 Dutch News

  • Liver cancer death rate doubles for men

  • Top Asylum requests from Africa

  • @migoboras cameras to be introduced this month

  • Dutch extra humanitarian aid to the Sahel

  • Alarming death rate in Ghana Community NL

  • Few foreigners live in the Netherlands


    Belgium News

    • Suicide Prevention Hotline gets more calls

    • Car travels 2,655 km on 1 litre of petrol

    • Asylum seekers given false medical certificates?

    • Temping agencies discriminate against foreigners

    • Veiled woman breaks police officer's nose

    • More tax checks on salaried workers


     Sports News 

    Edited by K. Jemael Mohamed

    • UEFA chief opposes goal-line technology

    • Ghana wins ECOWAS Games

    • Arsenal cancels Nigeria friendly

    • South Sudan football team made int’l debut

    • ..And More

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    • African Books
    • TAB Quiz
    • Homeless man stays in luxury hotel
    • 3-year-old accidentally shoots, kills father
    • Woman loses 45 kilo with Marathon Sex
    • Marine parasite named after  Bob Marley
    •  ... And More 

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