The family of the first president of the 4th Republic, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (RTD) has officially announced the demise of their beloved father.
Rawlings, aged 73, died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Thursday November 12,2020.
Joy News has confirmed the former military leader was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was being treated at the premier hospital before his demise.
A statement from the office of the former president signed by her daughter and MP for Korle Klottey, Dr Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings, confirmed the death and requested privacy from the public as they mourn Mr Rawlings.
“The family requests privacy at this difficult moment,” Dr. Rawlings stated and added funeral arrangements for the former Head of State will be announced soon.
President Akufo-Addo, who was officially informed about the death of his friend later today by the Rawlings family, has announced a 7 day nationwide mourning for the former president who is also the founder founder of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
President Akufo-Addo also announced a state burial will be held for Mr Rawlings.
There would be flying of the national flag at half-mast for one week commencing from Friday, November 13, 2020.
Mahama Suspends Campaign
Flagbearer of the NDC, former president John Mahama who was on a 6-day tour of the Ashanti Region has cut short his campaign tour and returned to Accra to mourn with the family of Rawlings.
Mahama who served as a Communications Minister in the Rawlings government said he was shocked by the demise of his boss.
“What we have heard is not a good news to the country especially we in the NDC…I have spoken with my campaign committee chairman and we have decided to suspend the campaign for now,” Mahama said while addressing a mini durbar at Obuasi
He had earlier touted the Ahafo Ano South, Atwima Nwabiagya North, Oforikrom, Manhyia North, Suame, Akrofuom and the Obuasi constituencies in less than 72 hours.
He is expected to resume the tour later in the month.
By Henryson Okrah|Myxyzonline.com