Late Aliu First Anniv. Launched

Aliu MahamaActivities marking the first anniversary of the death of former Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama were launched yesterday in Accra.

These include a health walk on November 9 at the Accra Sports Stadium, a nationwide Christian prayers on November 10, memorial lecture and the launch of the Aliu Mahama Foundation at the Accra International Conference Centre on November 13, and a nationwide Moslem prayers on November 15.

The late Vice President, died at about 9:45a.m. on November 16, 2012 at the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was battling in a heart condition for a week. He was 66.

His death, which sent shock through the spines of many Ghanaians and the rest of the world, came barley four months after the demise of the sitting President John Evans Attah Mills, on July 24.

Briefing the media on the programme for the anniversary, the co-chairman of the Aliu Mahama Foundation, Mr. Kwasi Abeasi, said there would  be a family gathering at Aliu Mahama’s residence in Tamale, on November 16.

He said the gathering would be followed by a football match between Real Tamale United, the team of the late Vice President and Wa All Stars on the same day adding that the gate fee would be free.

He said the programme outline was in consultation with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the government and thus urged Ghanaians to participate to acknowledge and remember the late Mahama.

“We are calling on Ghanaians to participate in the entire programme outlined to show a sign of   respect to the late Vice President,” he said.

The late Aliu Mahama, born 66 years ago in Yendi in the Northern Region had his secondary education at the Government Secondary School in Tamale and proceeded to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

He was also an alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and was credited by his peers for his deep knowledge in management and leadership.

Indeed, little was known about the late Vice President in the wider political circles, until he was surprisingly chosen in 1999 by then flag-bearer of the NPP, John Agyekum Kufuor to partner him, in the race for the presidency.

At the time most political connoisseurs considered him for being a novice, however, late Mahama and Mr. Kufuor, won the presidential election in 2000 and served the country from 2001 to 2009. By Bernard Benghan

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