Anlo traditional area to hold funeral for Rawlings without body

The Anlo Traditional will organise the traditional funeral rites for the late ex president Jerry John Rawling even though they lost its fight to have the body of the former president handed over to them.

The Secretary to the local funeral planning committee of Anlo Traditional area, Agbotadua Kumasah said, the absence of Rawlings’ body will not prevent them from honouring their own, who was also properly enstooled as chief.

Mr. Rawlings was given a state funeral at the Black Star Square ahead of burial at the military cemetery.

“Until his burial today, we were expecting his body to be released to us so now that they are going to bury him in Accra, we as Anlos will organise our own traditional burial for him.” Agbotadua Kumasah said.

“We have had some chiefs who were captured in war. We have had chiefs who drowned and the bodies were not recovered.”

”We had chiefs who were burned to ashes and chiefs who were lost who we didn’t know whether they were alive or not.”

“But there are procedures for burying those people so with or without the body, we have our own way of organising funerals for such people.” Agbotadua Kumasah said.

The Anlo traditional area earlier opposed to the state’s handling of the funeral arrangements since Mr. Rawlings’ death on November 12, 2020.

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