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Ghana: Chiefs angry over funeral plans for ex-president Rawlings

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.
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Some traditional rulers in Ghana are outraged over the burial arrangements for ex-Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings.

It follows the announcement by the funeral planning committee that the funeral of Jerry Rawlings will be held on December 23 at the Independence Square in Accra.

In a statement the planning committee said the decision was taken by the family and the government which has given an assurance of organizing a state burial ceremony for the late leader who died last month at the age of 73.

But this has not gone down well with the some traditional leaders from the Volta Region where Rawlings hails from.

In a statement the Anlo Traditional Council condemned what it called the total disregard of the culture and traditions of the Anlo people concerning the burial rites of the late former President, Jerry John Rawlings.

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According to the Traditional Council, the failure of the family and the government to include the Council in discussions concerning the date and burial rites of the late former President is an affront to the culture and traditions of the Anlos and must be remedied immediately.

Their anger stems from the fact that the late Jerry John Rawlings was also a “properly installed Chief of Anlo land whose unfortunate demise must be dealt with in accordance with customs and traditions of Anlo.”

The Council is therefore calling on President Akufo-Addo to remedy the situation.


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