The mortal remains of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings was today, Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, laid to rest at the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp in Accra, Ghana.
Today marked the end of a four-day state funeral rites for the late former President Jerry John Rawlings who was affectionately called Papa J or Chairman Rawlings.
The important dignitaries who paid their last respect to Mr Rawlings at the Black Star Square (Independence Square) included: President Akufo-Addo, the Vice President, Dr Bawumia, former President John Dramani Mahama, and many other government officials.
The foreign dignitaries included President of Liberia, George Weah; President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio; The Gambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mamadou Tangara; 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.
The national activities for his burial began on Sunday, January 24th, 2021, 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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Flight Lieutenant Jerry John 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 respects.
Until his demise, Mr. Jerry John Rawlings remained Ghana’s longest-serving head of state.
He was the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Mr Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12th, 2020, aged 73 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a short illness.
He left behind a wife, Madam Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, and four children namely; Zanetor Agyemang-Rawlings, Yaa Asantewa Rawlings, Amina Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings (the only son).
Source: George Awiadem Maclean | BieGyaNation.Com