The one year anniversary of the passing of Former President Jerry Rawlings has been observed by family and sympathizers at the Holy Spirit Cathedral at Adabraka in Accra.
Zanetor Rawlings and Kimathi Rawlings, children of the late president, respectively eulogised their father, who was Ghana’s longest-serving Head of state.
In paying tribute to his father, Zanetor Rawlings remembered his father’s anti-corruption ideals:
“The journey of combating corruption has been a complex journey for Ghana, but while you lived, you never stopped championing that cause,” she said.
She did not forget the pivotal role Mr. Rawlings played in Ghana’s history
“Your loss was a loss to the whole country, and the pain one felt was by most Ghanaians,” Zanetor Rawlings added.
Rawlings’ son, Kimathi Rawlings expressed the gratitude of his family to the government and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), a political party founded by his father.
“We are very grateful for the huge presence and love showed to your founder and the family. We count on your continued support.”
Also present was Former President, John Dramani Mahama, who paid tribute by saying the memory of the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings will live on forever.
“It [His memory] will live forever. Today we mourn him. It is exactly one year since he passed, and yet he remains a colossus in the history of this country,” he said to the press after the service.
Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, a leading member of the NDC and Director of Elections took time to speak to the media and assured the public that the party will continue to abide by the principles of its founder.
“On these occasions, it hits you very hard that he is really gone and the best we can do is to follow his principles as a party, particularly in these difficult times that we are,” Mr. Ankrah said.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings died on the 12th of November, 2020 after a short illness.