Rawlings to be buried at Military Cemetery at Burma Camp
The funeral planning committee for the former President, Jerry John Rawlings has announced the Military Cemetery at the Burma Camp in Accra as the final resting place for the former president.
The decision to bury him at the military cemetery follows an agreement reached between the family, that is the nuclear and extended family on one hand and the government on the other hand.
Speaking on behalf of the planning committee at a briefing in Accra yesterday to update the country on the roadmap towards the final funeral rites, the President’s Representative at the Ministry of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the military cemetery, had been officially designated as the burial place for all passing heads of state in the country, as such former President Rawlings would be no exception.
He explained that the funeral arrangement would commence with traditional and customary activities to celebrate the life of Mr Rawlings by the Anglo Traditional Council at Anglo in the Volta Region on January 22 and 23.
However, all national activities in honour of the late President, would start in Accra on January 24 with a Catholic Requiem Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral followed by a vigil at the Air force Base at Burma Camp in Accra at 6pm.
Mr Nkrumah explained that on January 25, the remains of the late President would be laid in state at the foyer of the Accra International Conference Centre for filing past.
He said the heads of security services would be the first to file past to pay their last respect to the former president after which it would be opened to the general public to come and file past.
He said members of the public who would come after head of the security agencies would be leaders of all political parties followed by the general public, and volunteer groups.
Mr Nkrumah said on Tuesday, January 26, the filing past would begin with the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo at about 9am, to be followed by the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahammudu Bawumia and the heads of constitutional bodies in the country.
At about 10am parliament led by the Rt Hon. Speaker, and former speakers would take their turn to pay their last respect to the former President at the same venue.
This would be followed by the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court and former Justices of same would file past.
The next would be the former chairman of the council of state and former ministers of state would file past at about 1pm after which they would pave way for the diplomatic corp to file past 3pm.
Mr Nkrumah who is also the former Minister of Information said on Wednesday January 27, the would be a burial service with full military honours at the Independence Square a.k.a (Black Star Square) to be led by the military after which his remains would be interred at the new Military Cemetery at the Burma Camp in Accra.
He said due to the COVID-19 pandemic all the necessary restrictions would be enforced and the general public must take note of.
Present at the briefing were members of the family of the late President including all four of his children, Agbodada of the Anlo Traditional Area, Mr Philip Gbeho and Dan Abodakpi as well as government representatives from the State Protocol.
Meanwhile, the funeral planning committee had released the funeral clothe to be used for the celebration of the former Ghanaian Hero.
Pieces of the clothe could be procured at the offices of the former President at Ridge in Accra.