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Resolve outstanding matters, choose suitable burial date – Akufo-Addo to Rawlings’ family

The Office of the President has asked the family of former President Jerry John Rawlings to communicate a consultatively agreed date for his burial.

This, they say, will inform the government’s planning process for a befitting ceremony for the late statesman.

In a statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the Awadada and the Agbotui and allied family were urged to “resolve all outstanding matters” in order “for the necessary action to be taken as soon as possible”.

President Nana Akufo-Addo also acknowledged receipt of a letter from the family regarding an initial date that was announced.

This comes after the family of Jerry John Rawlings dismissed reports of the funeral date of the country’s longest-serving head of state.

The date was disclosed by James Victor Gbeho, Head of Funeral Planning Committee in a press release, Monday, which said the family in consultation with government have agreed on December 23, for the funeral.

But Secretary to the Agbotui family in a press release noted that the said consultation with the family never took place.

The Awadada of Anlo State also lamented that the announcement of December 23 as the burial date was not just a show of disrespect for Anlo values, but disregard for the unity and peace of the Ghanaian people, which the late Mr Rawlings upheld.

Former President Jerry John Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.

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