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All is set for the public viewing of the body of the late Former President Jerry John Rawlings at the Accra International Conference Centre from today.

Activities marking the final send-off began yesterday with a requiem mass by the Catholic Church at the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Adabraka and a vigil organized by the Ghana Air Force at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra.

The mortal remains of the former President will be laid in state at the Accra International Conference Centre on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th of January and a detailed programme has been laid out for members of the public and other state institutions to pay their respects.

A statement issued by the office of the Former President said the burial service which will take place at the Independence Square on Wednesday January 27 will be  open to only those who have been invited to the event.

It says due to the strict Covid protocols in place, members of the public are encouraged to be seated by 7am to allow a smooth commencement of the funeral processes and arrival of special guests from 7.30am.

Officiating Clergy for the ceremony will include Most Rev Dr. Paul Boafo, Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams (Action Chapel International), Most Rev Philip Naameh, Archbishop of Tamale Diocese and Rt Rev K Osabutey, Methodist Bishop of Accra. Also in support will be clergy from the Ghana Armed Forces.

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Rawlings died on Thursday 12 November 2020 after a short illness at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

Below are the details of the Programme


Laying in State at the Accra International Conference Centre

8am – 8:30am                    –              Heads of Security Agencies

8:30 – 9:00am                    –              Leaders of Political Party

9.00am – 10.00am           –              National Democratic Congress

10:00 – 11:00                      –              Staff from the office of President Rawlings

11:00am – 12.00pm        –              Traditional and Religious Leaders

12noon – 6.00pm             –              General Public


Laying in State at the Accra International Conference Centre

9am – 10am                         –              President and the First Lady

Vice President and the Second Lady

Former Presidents and Spouses

Spouses of Former Presidents and

Vice Presidents

Chief of Staff

Secretary to the President

Secretary to Cabinet

Heads and Former Heads of

Constitutional Bodies

10am – 10:30am               –              Speaker, Former Speakers and Members of Parliament

10:30am – 11am                –             Chief Justice, Former Chief Justices and Justices of the Supreme Court

11am – 11:30am                –             Former Chairman and Former Members of the Council of State Former Ministers of State

11:30am – 12:30pm                         Members of the Diplomatic Corps

12:30pm – 1:30pm                           Organised Groups

1:30pm – 4:30pm                              General Public


State Funeral at the Black Star Square

6.30am-  7.30am              –              Arrival of members of the Public

7.30am                                 –              Arrival of cortege

9:10am                                 –              Burial Service Starts

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