Anlo chiefs outraged by Rawlings’ funeral date announcement

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The Anlo Traditional Council has expressed anger over the funeral arrangement of former President JJ Rawlings announced by the funeral planning committee.

According to the Council, their tradition has been ignored by the handlers of the funeral of the late President, who was also a traditional leader in his hometown.

“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,” a part of the statement issued by the chief said.

The funeral for Ghana’s longest-serving President, Jerry John Rawlings, will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at the Independence Square in Accra, the family has announced.

A statement signed by Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, Head of Funeral Planning Committee said the late president’s family “is working in conjunction with the Government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the arrangements in due course.”

The former military ruler and founder of the NDC died on November 12 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.

The family also stated that “individuals and institutions who wish to contribute tributes to the memory of Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings are reminded to email such tributes to tributes@jjrawlingsmemorial.org.”

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