Former President Rawlings passed away on November 12, 2020 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital succeeding a short illness. After the initial agreement for the burial to take place at the Military Cemetery, the Chief and people of the Anlo state have decided to take possession of the former president’s remains.
The burial was scheduled to be held on January 22 to 27, 2021. The initial activities agreed on included a main funeral at the Black Star Square, Catholic Mass, Laying in State at the Accra International Conference Centre, 2-day hosting of traditional mourning by the Anlo Traditional Council and subsequent burial of the former president at the Military Cemetery in Accra.
Following a meeting on January 17 by the Traditional Council of the Anlo State, the office of the Agbotui and Allied families have made public certain things they wish to correct following the initial order of events. In the family’s most recent letter to His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, they made it clear that a greater part of the initial order of events will remain the same, “except for the intended burial at the Military Cemetery and the original plan to have the Traditional Rites for the 22nd and 23rd January in Anloga.” According to them they wish to “proceed to continue the Final Traditional Rites and burial on 29th and 30th January 2021 as the Anlo State Tradition demands.”
In their statement, they highlighted that “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.”