Final funeral rites program for former President Jerry John Rawlings

Final funeral rites program for former President Jerry John Rawlings

- An official release from the Communications Directorate of former President Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings details his final funeral rites

- It is indicated that the event will be made public and nobody would need any form of invitation in order to attend

- The burial service will take place at the Independence Square on Wednesday, January, 27 with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols

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The mortal remains of the former President Ft Lt Jerry John Rawlings will be laid in state at the Accra International Conference Centre on Monday and Tuesday (January, 25 and 26).

According to a press release by Kobina Andoh Amoakwa from Rawlings' Communications Directorate, a detailed programme has been laid out for members of the public and other state institutions to pay their respects.

The burial service which will take place at the Independence Square on Wednesday, January, 27 is open to members of the public.

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Final funeral rites program of former President Jerry John Rawlings

Final funeral rites program of former President Jerry John Rawlings Credit: Getty Images
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Due to the strict Covid protocols in place, members of the public are encouraged to be seated by 7 am to allow a smooth commencement of the funeral processes and arrival of special guests from 7.30 am.

Members of the public are to take note that they need no invitation to attend the funeral. The event is open to Ghanaians from all walks of life as we celebrate our departed hero.

Please find below the details of the funeral programme.

MONDAY JANUARY 25, 2021

Laying in State at the Accra International Conference Centre

8am - 8:30am - Heads of Security Agencies

8:30 - 9:00am - Leaders of Political Party

9.00am – 10.00am - National Democratic Congress

10:00 - 11:00 - Staff from the office of President Rawlings

11:00am – 12.00pm - Traditional and Religious Leaders

12 noon – 6.00 pm - General Public

TUESDAY JANUARY 26, 2021

Laying in State at the Accra International Conference Centre

9am - 10am - President and the First Lady

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Vice President and the Second Lady

Former Presidents and Spouses

Spouses of Former Presidents and

Vice Presidents

Chief of Staff

Secretary to the President

Secretary to Cabinet

Heads and Former Heads of

Constitutional Bodies

10am - 10:30am - Speaker, Former Speakers

Members of Parliament

10:30am - 11am - Chief Justice

Former Chief Justices

Justices of the Supreme Court

11am - 11:30am - Former Chairman and

Former Members of the

Council of State

Former Ministers of State

11:30am - 12:30pm Members of the Diplomatic Corps

12:30pm - 1:30pm Organised Groups

1:30pm - 4:30pm General Public

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27, 2021

State Funeral at the Black Star Square

6.30 am- 7.30 am - Arrival of members of the Public

7.30am - Arrival of cortege

9:10am - Burial Service Starts

Our Legend Lives On!

In a separate report, Victor Smith, a close aide of the late former president Rawlings has revealed in a tribute how Mr Rawlings suffered mood swings and was misunderstood by his political allies and opponents.

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In his tribute, Victor Smith explains that the Late Rawlings “had mood swings and was predictable sometimes.”

Another telling truth in the tribute was how Jerry Rawlings came close to various death experiences both as a Junta and democratic leader.

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