The final funeral rites of the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings has been postponed indefinitely.
The funeral earlier scheduled for December 20-23 at the Independence Square but has now been postponed due to concerns raised by the families the former President.
The Awadada of the Anlo State, Agbotui and Allied family raised some concerns about the arrangement earlier with regards to customary rites and select a suitable date for the state to join in facilitating the departure of the late statesman.
This has resulted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration issuing a communique informing the public about the postponement of the funeral.
Portion of their release read: “…due to unforeseen circumstances, the funeral will not be held from 20th December, 2020 as planned,”
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked the family of the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings to resolve all outstanding matters regarding his burial and convey the agreed date to the Presidency.
That will enable the government to plan a befitting funeral for the former President.
A statement dated December 10, 2020 and signed by the Chief of Staff, Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, and addressed to lawyers of the families, said “the Presidency has received letters from the Office of the Awadada of the Anlo State dated November 30, 2020 and a press release from the office of the Agbotui and Allied Families dated December 1, 2020 both in regard of the late former President’s death.
“The President has taken note of the contents in the letter and the press release,” it said.
“The President believes that the government’s obligation to accord the former President of the Republic, His Excellency, the late Jerry John Rawlings, a befitting state burial is inviolable and that at the appropriate time this should happen,” the statement from the Chief of Staff’s said.
“In light of the above and taking note of issues raised by your clients, the President would be grateful if the families of the late president could resolve all outstanding matters and convey to the Office of the President an agreed date for his funeral for the necessary action to be taken as soon as possible,” it added.