The final funeral rites of the Ex-President, Jerry John Rawlings will be heralded with traditional funeral rites of the Anlo people before the state memorial service.
This was disclosed to the press by the Caretaker Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in Accra yesterday.
He said after a meeting with the family, Anlo Traditional Council and the Funeral Planning Committee, it was agreed that the Anlo Traditional Council would start the traditional mourning from January 22 to 23, 2021 to celebrate the life of their illustrious son.
Afterward, the national activities would follow, with a Catholic Requiem Mass on Sunday, January 24 at the Holy Spirit Cathedral and a vigil at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra, he added.
He said on Monday, January 25, heads of security agencies, leaders of political parties and the general public would have the opportunity to file past the mortal remains of the Former President.
He announced that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, former Heads of State and Heads of Constitutional bodies would on Tuesday 9:00 am pay their last respects, adding that at 10:00 am the Speaker of Parliament Hon. Alban Sumana Bagbin and Former Speakers would also have the opportunity to pay their respects.
He said the Chief Justice Hon. Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, Justices of the Supreme Court and Former Chief Justices, would file past, with former Chairmen and Members of Council of States, former Ministers of States also filing past.
Members of the Diplomatic Corps would file past at 2:00 pm paving the way at 3:00 pm on the same day for traditional and customary rites with the body of the former President still lie in state
Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the Ex-President would receive a full military burial service on Wednesday, January 27 at the Black Star Square after which the mortal remains would be buried at the military cemetery.
Juliet Etefe, ISD