The Late Former President Rawlings’ family, the Agbotui and Allied Families have demanded that the mortal remains of their relative be buried in Anlo.
This is in sharp contrast to government’s earlier announcement to bury the Former President at the Military Cemetery in Accra after other funeral activities.
The other activities earlier agreed upon included; the main funeral at the Black Star Square, Catholic Mass, laying in state at the Accra International Conference Centre and a two-day hosting of traditional mourning by the Anlo Traditional Council.
Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, government’s Caretaker Information Minister had earlier announced this consensus to the general public on January 13 which seems to have brought finality to the disagreements between government and the family.
Conversely, in a letter to the government, the Agbotui and Allied Families have resolved to take possession of the body although they would go ahead with the rest of the earlier agreed activities for the funeral.
They are insisting “to proceed to continue the Final Traditional Rites and burial on 29th and 30th January 2021 at the Anlo State as tradition demands.”
Although preparations are underway at the Military Cemetery for the burial, the general public awaits the response of government in resolving this issue which is gradually becoming controversial.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings passed away on November 12, 2020, after a short illness at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.