The family of the late former President Jerry John Rawlings has officially informed the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of his death in line with tradition at Manhyia Palace.
The delegation, which was led by Mr Victor Gbeho, also included two of the children of the former President: Member of Parliament (MP) for Klottey Korley, Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings and Mr. Kimathi Agyeman-Rawlings as well as other members of the family.
Mr Gbeho, who spoke on behalf of the family, told Otumfuo that on the 12th November, at about 10 minutes past 10 in the morning that the friend, colleague and in-law of Otumfuo, President Jerry John Rawlings, departed this life after a short illness.
He said they are in Manhyia to officially break the sad news to Otumfuo in line with custom, adding that government has officially informed the family of their intention to honour the late president with state burial.
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II while recounting the memories with the late president in a sober mood, urged Ghanaians to give the former president a befitting funeral devoid of confusion in the planning of the final funeral rite.
The Asantehene took the opportunity to sign the book of condolence opened in honour of the late President during the visit.
He wrote “Agyewoden, fare thee well my President and brother,”
After meeting Otumfuo the bereaved family proceeded to the palace of Asantehemaa where they officially inform the Asante Queen of the death of the former president.
It is exactly one week since Mr. Rawlings passed away at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana’s capital, Accra.
One-week national mourning declared by President Akufo Addo in honor of the late ex-President Rawlings ends today.