Powerful Volta Chief wants Rawlings buried on a secret island

Powerful Volta Chief wants Rawlings buried on a secret island

- A chief in the Volta Region wants the remains of the late Rawlings buried on an island

- Togbe Nakakpo Dugbaza VIII makes the point that Rawlings loves water and rivers

- There date for the funeral of the late former president is still unknown

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Confusion continues to ravage the burial of Ghana’s former president, Jerry Rawlings as there still is no agreement between family and chiefs over his burial place.

The latest Paramount Chief in the Volta Region to suggest a place for his burial is that for the Tefle Traditional Area, Togbe Nakakpo Dugbaza VIII. His appeal is that the former president be buried on one of his properties at Tefle in the Volta Region.

His reason? Togbe Nakakpo Dugbaza VIII claims the deceased former president had once disclosed to him his desire to be buried on the said property.

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Powerful Volta Chief wants Rawlings buried on a secret island
The late Jerry Rawlings and wife during the Independence celebration in 2019. Photo Credit: Facebook
Source: UGC

Issuing a letter to the public on this development, the chief revealed that Jerry Rawlings was a lover of nature and admires water and rivers. Togbe claims he even dissuaded Rawlings from his wish because of the island he wanted to be buried on is the spillway of the Akosombo dam.

So far, the date for Rawlings’ burial is yet to be announced as arrangements protract. Media sources say the family and council of elders in the Volta Region are in disagreement over the funeral arrangement appropriate for him.

If there is anything to know about Jerry Rawlings before his passing, it is the fact that he had some deep regrets.

General overseer of one of Ghana's largest Charismatic churches, Nicholas Duncan Williams has asked that the "deep regrets" of the late originator of the Fourth Republic be forgiven.

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The relationship between the Late Former President and Nicholas Duncan Williams has been rich and much closer over the years from his Military rule through to the Fourth Republic.

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From the firing of military officers to the jaw dropping killings and abduction of about 300 Ghanaians, the pastor explained the Late Former President shared various regretful experiences with him.

Rawlings’ death has seen the clergy of Ghana bring in their tributes. Founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Mensa Otabil, took time off his sermon on Sunday to pray for the family of the late former president, Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings.

The clergy has been on the receiving end of criticism from the late president who on various occasions has chided them for their contribution to corruption in the country.

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Already, thousands of tributes have been pouring in commiseration with the Rawlings family. The book of condolence will also open to the public at the Accra International Conference Center with the president and other diplomats expected in the early days of the week.

Jerry Rawlings died after contracting the Coronavirus, The former president, according to medical officers suffered Covid-19 complications. His death also sparked various rumours over his widow contracting the virus - claims of which have been denied.

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