Rawlings’ Funeral postponed after dispute erupts from its arrangements
The funeral of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings has been postponed and will no longer take place on Wednesday December 23 as announced earlier by the family.
According to a statement issued in Accra today and signed by the Communications Directorate, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa the postponement was done to give the family ample time to plan with necessary stakeholders to ensure the former president is given a befitting burial.
A new date, the statement said would be communicated to the public in due course and apologised for the inconvenience the announcement might have caused.
“The inconvenience to all who had made prior arrangements for the funeral ceremonies is deeply regretted,” it added.
The funeral of the late Rawlings was earlier slated for December 23, 2020 at the Independence Square in Accra.
The postponement of the burial date comes after the Office of the Presidency on Tuesday, December 15 requested that the family of the late former president Rawlings select a suitable date for his burial as well as resolve all outstanding issues surrounding his burial.
Government’s request follows the agitations made by the Anlo Traditional Council concerning the burial date for the former statesman.
The Anlo Traditional Council in an earlier statement expressed outrage on how the council had been sidelined in the funeral arrangements of the late statesman.
The council said the arrangements were not in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Anlo people and thus felt disrespected.
“Our anger stems from the fact that President J.J. Rawlings was not only a former Head of State and President of the Republic of Ghana, but he was also a properly installed Chief of Anlo land whose unfortunate demise must be dealt with in accordance with customs and traditions of Anlo,” it added.
The late Jerry John Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.