A committee set up by the state to plan and arrange for the funeral of the late former President J. J Rawlings has announced the date for the funeral rites of the former president who passed away on November 12, 2020 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The committee relaese a statement that “with consultation with the President Nana Akufo Addo and the Rawlings’s family, the funeral rites has been slated to 23 December 2020”
Meanwhile the people of Anlo are unhappy because they hard not been consultered as well as to how and when the funeral rites is to be performed. They revealed this in a statement that the late former President J.J Rawlings even though was the heard of state, he was also the chief of the Anlos in the Volta region of Ghana and so they wish they should have also been consultered before announcing the date and the funeral rites of J.J. Rawlings.
This is what a portion of the statement reads;
“Our anger stems from the fact that president JJ Rawlings was not only a former Head of State and President of the Republic of Ghana, 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 needs to be brought to the attention of the public that the traditional council had brought to the attention of the immediate family its concerns on how to proceed with the funeral arrangements and was to have met them for final input into the funeral arrangement.”
The Council took exception to the statement issued by the Funeral Planning Committee, saying it is “a total affront to Anlo custom, traditions, usage and mores of our people and we call on those behind this to take urgent remedial steps to enable us accord our dear departed a dignified send-off”.
The Council said it reserves the right to take steps to ensure that “this error is remedied appropriately”.
“We take this opportunity to inform HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who we know is a royal to ensure that the right procedures are adhered to.”