Former President Jerry John Rawlings reportedly warned him family that he should not be buried alongside his former Vice President and political protege, John Evans Atta Mills.
Despite naming Mills his Vice President and endorsing him for the 2000 elections, Rawlings and Mills also had a very tense relationship, especially when Mills eventually became President.
It appears that friction never went away.
Following his recent death, it has emerged that Rawlings gave strict instructions not to be buried at a national cemetery alongisde Atta Mills, Amissah Arthur and other departed former national leaders.
Leader of the Ghana Union Movement (GUM), Osofo Kyiri Abosom, says Rawlings once told him personally that he doesn’t want to be buried alongside his former Vice.
“The day I came to him, he told me he is praying I win and when I win and he dies, I should make sure where former Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, President Evans Atta Mills and other statesmen were buried he should not be buried there. Somewhere different should be found for him to be buried,” Kyiri Abosom revealed on Hot Fm.
He told me as I was laughing that if I do not know and I should win and he dies and I bury him where statesmen were buried, he will knock at my door whilst I am asleep at night and rush on me… So I think if all Ghanaians will listen to me, the body of late Rawlings should be sent to his hometown for a befitting burial. I will prefer that….but Rawlings did not disclose the exact place he should be buried.” he added.
Rawlings died on Thursday, November 12th at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
It is yet to emerge where he would be buried or his funeral would be held.