- The council says announcing the late former president’s funeral input from it was disrespectful
- Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12, 2020, after a short illness
- Rawlings’ widow, Nana Konadu, is one of the presidential candidates in the December 7 election
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The funeral arrangement of the late former president, Jerry John Rawlings, has angered the Anlo Traditional Council of the Volta region.
The council, in a statement sighted by Yen.com.gh, expressed outrage over what it said was disrespect shown to the culture, mores, and tradition of the anlo people in the release of the late president’s funeral arrangement.
Details for the state funeral for the late former president were released on Monday, November 30, 2020. According to a statement from the planning committee, the funeral for Rawlings would be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.
“It needs to be brought to the attention of the public that the traditional council had brought to the attention of the immediate family its concerns on how to proceed with the funeral arrangements and was to have met them for final input into the funeral arrangement,” the council’s statement said in part.
Rawlings passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. He was receiving treatment at Ghana's premier health facility after he was taken ill for a short period.
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Born on June 22, 1947, he was 73 years old when he passed away.
Meanwhile, the campaign to have the University of Development Studies (UDS) named after the late former Ghanaian president, had been given a major boost.
The family of the late president was in support of the idea to name the foremost learning institution in Northern Ghana after him.
Former diplomat and member of the family, Victor Gbeho said the family welcomed the progressive idea of naming the institution after Rawlings.
Rawlings’ widow, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, and the family “would have absolutely no objection if your university can achieve that,” he stated.
Konadu would be leading the National Democratic Party (NDP) into the December 7 general elections.
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