WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Thursday signed the book of condolence at the Ghana High Commission in Windhoek following the death of the President of Ghana, John Atta Mills.
Mills died unexpectedly Tuesday at a military hospital in the capital, Accra, five months short of finishing his first term in office.
He turned 68 on Saturday.
Phamba was welcomed by the Ghanaian High Commission to Namibia Retired Major General Samuel Anum Odotel.
In his message of condolence, Pohamba said with the passing of the late Mills, the people of Ghana and entire African Continent have lost a dedicated and visionary leaders.
“As we join our brothers and sisters in Ghana to morn this great loss, we also remember the valuable contribution that late Mills has made to the development of this country and also to Africa,” he said.
He added “On behalf of the government and people of Namibia, indeed on my and my family’s behalf, I extend heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family and people of Ghana on this sad loss. May his soul rest in internal peace”.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga and president of Indigenous People’s Business Forum Albin Ilovu also signed the book of condolence.
Mills became president of Ghana in 2009 after having served as vice president from 2000 to 2004.
He was born in central Ghana and studied at the London School of Economics and Politics, and earned doctorates at the University of London, Wikipedia said. For much of his career he was a teacher and lecturer, traveling the world as a visiting professor.
Mills first ran for president in 2000 and again in 2004, finally succeeding in capturing the presidency in the 2008 election.
Vice President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn-in as the substantive President of the Republic of Ghana in accordance with Article 60 clause six of the 1992 constitution.
He took the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of the Office of President, administered by the Chief Justice, Mrs. Theodora Georgina Wood before Parliament on Tuesday after the announcement of Mills’ death.