“Respect our privacy” – Rawlings asks, as he mourns late mom

The office and family of former President Jerry John Rawlings has requested the public “to respect their privacy” following the death of the former president’s mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.

Madam Agbotui died in the early hours of Thursday, September 24, 2020, at the age of 101.

The family officially announced the demise of Madam Agbotui and subsequently expressed “their gratitude to all who have and continue to express their sympathies”.

In a Facebook post, the Office of former President Rawlings said all persons who wish to pay a courtesy visit should call 0264444464 to secure appointments.


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Eulogising Madam Victoria Agbotui, the former military leader said “she is everything” to him.

Mr Rawlings’ father, James Ramsey John, was a Scottish chemist from Castle Douglas in Kirkcudbrightshire who was in Ghana during the colonial days.

With little time spent between father and son, Mr Rawlings said he still felt a sense of belonging due to Madam Agbotui.

“When you have a mother like Ms Agbotui, there is no void. No, no, ummm, ummm!” he said. “Eiiii! Aunty Vic. No, no!”

Mr Rawlings further recalled his first meeting with his father.

“It is only the driver who will drive over once in a while to see my mother. But I remember the day my mother took me to go and meet him. Of course, he had black hair at that time. He was the boss at Kingsway Chemist,” he narrated.

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