Forgive us for late announcement – Rawlings’ family to Anlo Chiefs
The family of former President Jerry John Rawlings has pleaded with Chiefs in Anlo to forgive them for the late announcement of his death.
Mr. Rawlings hailed from Dzelukope in the Anloland where he was a sub-chief until he died on November 12, 2020.
News of his death first broke on social media, later announced by traditional media, and then by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the same day.
The bereaved family in a visit to officially inform the Anlo Traditional Council of the death of the statesman asked for forgiveness from the Council for the lapses in communicating the news of his demise per the Anlo customs.
Former Member of Parliament, Victor Gbeho led the delegation to announce the passing of the first president of Ghana’s fourth republic.
Others included Joshua Agbotui, Bill Ashiagbor, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, and Kimathi Rawlings.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Mr. Ghebo said the delay was not intentional.
According to him, the family had no intention of disrespecting the customs and traditions of the people.
“About three weeks ago, the nation supported us to send Mr. Rawlings’ mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui to her ancestors. Later, we were planning to thank the Anlo State first and then the entire nation for their roles. But today, we’re here with a heavy heart.
“We know the customs and traditions of our people but it’s the times and seasons we’re in.
“It’s unfortunate you had to learn of the passing of your son, Jerry John Rawlings the way you did. We failed to communicate the falling of the big tree to Torgbuiwo and Mamawo early because even before we could organise ourselves to do anything, the news was already out.
“We’re now here, as customs demand, to respectfully inform you that the former President Rawlings is no more and also to invite you in deliberations towards his final funeral rites,” he said.
In response, the Awadada of Anlo, Torgbui Agbesi Awusu II, who received the family on behalf of the Awoamefia of Anlo, Torgbui Sri III, accepted the plea and said Mr. Rawlings’ demise was a loss to the family, Anlo State, Volta Region, Ghana, and the world.
He assured that the Council would be in touch with other interest groups including the family, the state, and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) which he founded to give a befitting burial to the son of the land and chief, Torgbui Nutifafafiaga I.