- The Anlo Traditional Council is expected to hold traditional funeral rites for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings
- The Anlo Traditional Council try as they would, lost its fight to have the body of their son handed over to them for burial
- According to them, they would still hold the funeral without his body
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The late former president, Jerry John Rawlings was known to be a true son of the Anlo state in the Volta Region of Ghana.
This was evident in his constant visits to his hometown, as well as making appearances in matters that mattered in his hometown.
During the four days funeral rites organised by the state, one thing that was missing was the absence of the Anlo traditional council doing their bit in the whole ceremony.
In view of this, the Anlo traditional council is expected to hold traditional funeral rites for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.
The Anlo traditional Council try as they would, lost its fight to have the body of their son handed over to them for burial.
The people of Anlo even petitioned Torgbui Agbesi Awusu II, the Awadada of Anlo to demand the body of former President.
The Council said the arrangements made at the time were not in accordance with the customs and traditions of the Anlo people.
In a report filed by CitiNews, the Secretary to the local funeral planning committee of Anlo Traditional area, Agbotadua Kumasah said, the absence of a body will not prevent them from honoring one of their own.
He added that Rawlings was installed as a chief in Anlo, so it was just right to have funeral rites done in his honor.
“Until his burial today, we were expecting his body to be released to us so now that they are going to bury him in Accra, we as Anlos will organise our own traditional burial for him,” he said.
According to him, this is not the first time such a thing would be done in the Anlo Tradiional Area.
Meanwhile, unlike what has been widely speculated that the mortal remains of former president Rawlings would be laid to rest in his hometown, information reaching YEN.com.gh indicates otherwise.
It was announced during the service that the mortal remains of the former president would be laid to final rest at the military cemetery in Accra.
He was finally laid to rest at the Military cemetery in the presence of the military, family, friends and state officials.
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