The burial and funeral rites of the former President Jerry John Rawlings is about to witness the biggest drama, following the announcement of the date by James Victor Gbeho, Head of Funeral Planning Committee.
It follows lack of consensus over the arrangement with the family and the Anlo Traditional Council, as well as the elders of his hometown of Dzelukope in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.
The committee in a press release, today, Monday, November 30, 2020, said the family in consultation with the government, have agreed on December 23, for the funeral date of the country's longest-serving head of state.
The decision is solely that of Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings using James Victor Gbeho, who served Rawlings as Foreign Minister and is currently being held as a traitor, helping Nana Konadu to disrespect Anlo tradition and customary rites.
Over a week ago, The Herald picked up intelligence that, the Anlo Traditional Council and other members of the Rawlings family sidelined by Nana Konadu, were angry at the widow's decision to keep them out of the funeral and burial arrangement of their son.
The Anlo traditional council had been angry about being the last to be told of Rawlings' death, and expressed anger at the disrespect shown them when the children travelled to the Volta Region, but it appears nothing had been leant buy the Rawlings uncle Col Agbotui and cousin Michael Agbotui Soussoudis seen as elders to call Konadu to order.
This follows reports they had picked that, the widow and government, were far advanced in the plot to bury Mr Rawlings on December 23.
They were aware of orders that the Department of State Protocol has been detailed by President Akufo-Addo, to liaise with the Head of the Funeral Planning Committee, Mr Gbeho, to ensure a smooth burial.
The team was also torn between Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum and Military Cemetery behind Burma Camp as the final resting place of Mr Rawlings.
Per the current arrangement, the military cemetery is seen as the most possible to rest Mr Rawlings, who had insisted on cremation and his ashes scattered in the Achimota Forest.
The funeral rites for the 73-year-old will come off at the Independence Square in Accra.
The former ambassador said, "The family is working in conjunction with the government on the finer details of the funeral ceremony and will communicate the arrangements in due course."
Individuals and institutions who wish to contribute tributes to the memory of Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings have been directed to email their tributes to [email protected]
The statesman died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital after a short illness.
The founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) died three weeks after burying his 101-year-old mother, Victoria Agbotui.
Konadu, The Herald learnt, was unhappy about the fact that her late husband had his mother buried at Dzelukope with the NDC elements in attendance.
She wanted her mother-in-law buried in Accra, but the voices of Dan Abodakpui and others prevailed over hers.
Mr Abodakpui was the strong voice in the funeral and burial of Madam Vicky Agbotui, having been appointed the head of the Funeral Committee.
In the case of Mr Rawlings's burial and funeral rites, the Anlo and the NDC, will not have their way.
More to come