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08.08.2012 General News

High patronage for late President Mills' funeral cloth in oil city

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Takoradi, Aug 8, GNA —Cloth being used for President John Atta Mills' funeral has become a hot commodity in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis and people find it difficult to get the cloth to buy.

Ghana News Agency rounds in some stores on Wednesday noticed that some of the funeral clothes had run out of stock due to high patronage.

Some of the clothes had inscriptions “Asomdwee Na Me Dze Gya Me Mean”, “Nyimpa Beyebi Na Woanye Ni Nyi Nara,” “Asem Asa” with the late President's portrait embossed on them.

A cloth seller at the Takoradi Market Circle, Madam Yaa Ampomah said a full piece of “Asomdwee Na Me Dze Gya Hom” sells at GH¢120 while a half piece costs GH¢60.

She said she had run out of stock due to the high patronage and had requested for more from Accra.

Most residents in the metropolis were clad in either red or black attire, symbolizing the state of mourning, with red bands around their heads, wrist and neck.

Some commercial vehicles and public buildings were draped in black and red cloths and drinking spots were playing hymns and dirges.

People had grouped at vantage spots viewing the live telecast of proceedings at the Banquet Hall of the State House where the President's body is lying in state.

Some cloth sellers were selling red armbands at GH¢2.00 per yard while some small pieces sold at 50 pesewas as the patronage was high.

Vehicular movement had slowed down in the twin-city with a few people going about their normal daily routines.

President Mills died at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24 and will be buried on August 10.


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