LOCAL NEWS: Rawlings' Family Apologises To Anlo Chiefs For Late Communication Of His Demise
The family of late Former President Jerry John Rawlings has rendered an apology to the Chiefs of the Anlo traditional area for the late communication of the departed statesman's death.
News of the former president's death was first circulated on social media, with the official communication coming subsequently from the presidency.
The apology was rendered by the bereaved family during a visit to the Anlo Traditional Council to formally inform them of the statesman's demise.
Former Foreign Affairs Minister, James Victor Gbeho spoke on behalf of the delegation which included Mr. Joshua Agbotui, Mr. Bill Ashiagbor, Dr. Zanetor Rawlings, and Mr.Kimathi Rawlings.
According to Mr. Gbeho, it had never been the intention of the family to disrespect the time-honored customs and traditions of the Anlo 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 organize ourselves to do anything, the news was already out.
"We're nowhere, as customs demand, to respectfully inform you that former President Rawlings is no more and also to invite you in deliberations towards his final funeral rites", he said.
Awada 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 gave the assurance 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 in order to give a befitting burial to the son of the land and chief, Torgbui Nutifafafiaga, I.
Story by Rodney Tsenuokpor