The brouhaha surrounding the funeral and burial of the late president continues with a threat from the family.This time,the family is threatening to put an injunction on his burial.
As customs demand,the family makes decision on how and when to bury their relative.However,the family members claim they have not been consulted on issues relating to the death and burial of the late president.
A report from the castle indicated that the late president be laid in state on August 8 and 9 for the diplomats and the general public to pay their last respect whiles burial takes place on August 10.
Although the government is still negotiating with the family on the burial grounds,most elder of the family are angry over why most meetings are not held in the hometown of the late president,Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region.
A recent visit of the former first lady in Cape Coast outbursted this flame of anger as to how Cape Coast is almost turning into the hometown of the late president.
Hither to,The Abusuapanyin of the Ekumfi Otuam, Nana Kweku Gyasi II insists they will not accept the date set for the funeral of the late president.He however demanded a meeting to thrash out the fine details of the funeral ceremonies.
As directed by the president John Mahama,the country is still mourning the death of the president with populace preparing to observe a one minute silence at 2:15 today to mark one week celebration of the death of the late president.
A chat with a nephew of the late president,Nyarko, on Joy news as to why the different opinions from the same family, revealed that the late president has two family houses,one in Ekumfi Otuam and the other is in Nkanfua in Cape Coast. Even though the president hailed from Otuam, he spent most of his life in Cape Coast, Nyarko reported.
Central Region Minister Ama Benyiwa Doe confirmed the rights of the family,saying “by Akan traditions, when somebody dies it is the father’s side of the deceased who is consulted and not the mother’s side”.
She said the blood brothers and sisters have legitimate rights to take decisions on behalf of the family but its imperative for both families to come to an agreement.She however pleaded with the family and the government to hold negotiations to ensure that the man rest in peace.