Reports of Rawlings’ “One Week” observation inside Jubilee House, others anger Anlo chiefs and elders

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The Herald, has picked up intelligence that the Akufo-Addo government and the widow of Ex-President Jerry John Rawlings, are planning a one week event to commemorate his passing.

The event, according to multiple sources will take place on Thursday at the seat of government; Jubilee House.

What is strange is that, the Anlo ethic group from the Volta Region, does not observe such an event for its kiths and kins, but the Akans ethnic group do.

Both President Nana Akufo-Addo and Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings are Akan.

The Anlos, are getting angry that they want to bury Rawlings like an Akan.

The reports of the commemoration, this paper has picked up is angering the Anlo traditional authority, which had enstooled Rawlings as a War chief.

The Herald, has also picked up reports that the chiefs and some relatives of the late President Rawlings, will boycott the event.

The Herald is further informed that the Anlo chiefs, who were instrumental in the burial and funeral rites of Mr Rawlings' mother about three weeks ago, have held an emergency meeting over the matter, including how they have been sidelined since his death.

The Herald is informed that they are planning to issue a communique calling on the Akufo-Addo government and the widow, Nana Konadu to respect Anlo Customs or face the repercussions by hijacking their son who was a chief.

According to the chiefs and some of members of the Rawlings family, Konadu, must respect her status as a wife and allow her late husband's family and leaders to play their expected customary roles.

Discussions as to how, when and where to bury their kingsman.

Per the traditional protocols, the maternal family is supposed to take custody of the body of Mr Rawlings and make it available to the state when the funeral is due.

According to some of them, Konadu's marriage with Rawlings ended with his death, the man has reverted to his family therefore, the customary rites must be respected.

Additional information available to The Herald is that the government and the widow, have plans to handpick some chiefs in the name of the Anlo traditional council to start the funeral from the Keta Municipality, then to the state house for a state funeral and finally buried at the new military cemetery behind Burma Camp in Accra.

With few days to the 2020 Presidential and Parliament elections, and state resources both finance, security and others stretched thin, The Herald is yet to get the date the government plan to hold the funeral.

These reports are not siting well with Anlo chiefs and elders, as well as some relatives of the onetime Military leader.