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Mourners trooping the AICC to pay their last respect to late former president, JJ Rawlings

Between 8: 00 am and 5: 00 pm on Monday, the heads of security agencies, leaders of political parties, the staff of the Office of former President Rawlings, traditional/religious leaders, and the general public begun to file past the mortal remains of the late former President to pay their last respect.

It was a sorrowful spectacle with the aged, the middle-aged and young pouring in at the Centre, some sobbing, with others visibly holding back their tears for the late former President.

A delegation of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), led by its national chairman, Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, and Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, the Acting Chairman of the NDC’s Council of Elders, were among mourners at the AICC, to pay their last respect to former President Rawlings, the Founder of the NDC.

On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Vice-President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, former heads of state and heads of constitutional bodies, the Speaker of Parliament and former Speakers are also expected to also pay their respects.

On that same day, traditional and customary rites will be held at the foyer of the conference centre with the body of the former President still in state.

On Wednesday, a state funeral will be held for Mr. Rawlings at the Independence square in Accra.

Already, a requiem mass was held on Sunday at the Holy Spirit Catholic Cathedral in Adabraka as part of his four-day funeral. The Ghana Armed Force also held a vigil on the same night for the former head of state who commissioned as an air force pilot.

JJ Rawlings, Dr. Boom and Papa J as he was affectionately known, died on November 12, 2020 at aged 73, just few weeks after burying his mother, Madam Victoria Agbotui.

He left behind a wife, former First Lady Konadu Agyemang Rawlings and four children.

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