Programme of Activities Marking the Final Funeral Rites of the late President Jerry John Rawlings.
Activities marking the final funeral rites of former President Jerry John Rawlings, who passed away on Thursday November 12, 2020 commenced Friday, January 22 with the main funeral event to take place at the Independence Square in Accra on Wednesday January 27, 2021.
Details of the funeral activities were announced by Caretaker Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Wednesday, January 16, 2021 after a meeting with the Funeral Planning Committee, the family, the Anlo Traditional Council and other state agencies assisting with the funeral arrangements.
The Caretaker Information Minister highlighted the fact all funeral events will take place under a strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
The national activities started on Sunday January 24, with a Catholic Requiem Mass at the Holy Spirit Cathedral. In attendance were the widow Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and the children.
Others included the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his Vice Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and their wives, government officials, and dignitaries. Also present was former president John Dramani Mahama and some members of the NDC.
A vigil was later held at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra in the evening. It was attended by the widow and family, the CDS, service commanders, officers and men of the Ghana armed forces, the diplomatic missions and other dignitaries.
The former President will be laid in state on Monday January 25 and Tuesday January 26 at the Accra International Conference Centre for various interest groups and members of the public to have an opportunity to pay their last respects.
Prior to the laying in state, the Anlo Traditional Council will host two days of traditional mourning for the departed former President who hailed from Anlo.
The former President will receive a full military burial service on Wednesday January 27 after which he will be interred at the Military Cemetery in Accra, the government’s designated burial ground for all former Presidents.
Monday January 25, 2021.
Heads of security agencies, leaders of political parties and the general public will have the opportunity to file past the mortal remains of the former President.
Tuesday January 26, 2021.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, Vice-President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, former heads of state and heads of constitutional bodies, the Speaker of Parliament and former Speakers will also have the opportunity to pay their respects.
At 3pm on the same day traditional and customary rites will be held at the foyer of the conference centre with the body of the former President still in state.
Wednesday January 27, 2021.
Main funeral will be held at the Independence Square from 8 am and followed by a private burial at the Military Cemetery in Burma Camp with full honours.