RAWLINGS GOES HOME TODAY

 RAWLINGS GOES HOME TODAY

The mortal remains of Former President  Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings will be laid to rest today, January 27, 2021, after a state funeral at the Black Star Square in Accra.

The pre-burial service which will take place at the Independence Square will see scores of Ghanaians paying their last respects to Mr. Rawlings.

The national activities started on Sunday with a Catholic Requiem Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral and a vigil at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.

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Mr. Rawlings was then laid in state on Monday, January 25th and Tuesday, January 26th, at the Accra International Conference Centre for various members of the government and security machinery as well as members of the public given an opportunity to pay their last respect.

President Akufo-Addo and Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, together with their respective spouses filed past the remains of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings.

Among other statesmen who paid their last respect were former Presidents John Dramani Mahama and John Agyekum Kufuor.

Today, a state burial will be held at the Black Star Square. He will be subsequently conveyed to the Military Cemetery in Burma Camp where he will be buried.

President Akufo-Addo, the Vice President and other government officials will be present at the funeral.

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Liberia President George Weah and Sierra Leone President, Julius Maada Bio are among the foreign dignitaries expected to attend the funeral

Mamadou Tangara, The Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel as well as delegations from the ECOWAS Commission, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria are also expected at the state funeral

The former President died at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital after a short illness on November 12, 2020

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