The Chairman of the National Democratic Congress in the Anlo Constituency of the Volta Region, Mr Rolex Honesty Agbey Miheso, has revealed that to the NDC Party, its founder, the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings, “is still in the morgue.”
Speaking at a commemoration vigil held in honour of the death of J. J. Rawlings at a location being designated as JJ Rawlings Park at Keta, Miheso stated that the chiefs and people of Anlo and the entire Volta Region believe that the late J. J. Rawlings who was also a chief before his untimely death, though buried by the state, is yet to be sent to the ancestors in line with the customs and traditions of the Anlo State.
According to him, the late Former President is not just an ordinary citizen of Anlo but a chief.
“Whether buried or not, what we know is that he is yet to be buried. Mr Rawlings installed Togbi Nutifafafiaga I in Anlo which means we must follow Anlo customs by burying his body in his ancestral home,” he stated.
“To us, the people in Anlo and the region, Mr Rawlings’s body is still in the morgue to be collected for burial.”
According to him, the vigil they held in Rawlings’ honour is not wake keeping, because his body is still in the morgue.
“We’re remembering the passing of a man who did a lot for us.”
According to him, because of Rawlings, the people of Anlo have access to good drinking water, electricity, and good roads.
He stressed that even the sea defence project which has currently stalled, was started by the late Former President Rawlings.
Former President, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings was laid to rest on January 27, 2021, after a four-day burial ceremony held by the state in his honour.
Having played a pivotal role in the development of the Anlo Traditional area and subsequently being enstooled as Togbiga Nutifafa (Senior Peace Chief) for his role in maintaining peace and stability in Ghana, many were shocked that chiefs from his hometown were absent at the funeral and during the entire process.
Speaking after the event, Secretary to the funeral planning committee of the Anlo Traditional Council, Agbotadua Kumassah explained exactly what constituted the misunderstanding and subsequent boycott by the chiefs.