There is brewing tension over where to bury the mortal remains of the late President Jerry John Rawlings with the family demanding for his mortal remains to be interred in Anlo in the Volta Region.
According to the Agbotui, Tamakloe and Allied families, in a letter co-signed by Mr Napoleon Kwame Agbotui and Mr Godson Agbotui, the views expressed by Rawlings’s family members on the central funeral planning committee represented their individual opinions and not that of the Agbotui, Tamakloe and Allied families.
The letter, dated January 19 and addressed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the initial plan to perform the traditional rites for the late President on January 22 and 23 ahead of the state’s funeral performance has been cancelled and rescheduled for January 29 and 30.
“Efforts so far made towards the preparation for the final funeral rites of our son and former President H.E J.J. Rawlings is very much appreciated as mentioned earlier. It was also resolved that you proceed to hold all activities as planned and officially out doored at the recently held press conference, except the intended burial at the Military Cemetery and the original plan to have Traditional Rites for the 22nd and 23rd January 2021 in Anloga. The latter is hereby cancelled.
“The Chief and people of the Anlo State led by the families have resolved to take possession of their beloved departed son’s mortal remains and to proceed to continue the Final Traditional Rites and burial on 29th and 30th January 2021 at the Anlo State as tradition demands,” the letter said