Rawlings' family demands burial in Keta

The family said it would be an honor to bury the former president in his hometown

Rawlings' family demands burial in Keta
JJ Rawlings

The families of the late former President J.J. Rawlings have called for his burial at Keta, the coastal community in the Volta, where he hails from.

Speaking to the media in Keta shortly after the former President's demise, the spokesperson for the Agbotui, Nyaho, Husunu and allied families, Paul Badu said burying Mr. Rawlings Keta soil would be appropriate and resonate with their wishes.

He added that it would be an honour for the departed former President who led Ghana from 1981 to 2001 to be buried in the region.

Full transcript: J.J Rawlings’ last radio interview

Although born to a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother, Victoria Agbotui, Mr Rawlings had over the years claimed Keta as his hometown.

Rawlings' mother who died last month, was laid to rest at the popular coastal town in the Volta Region.

Jerry John Rawlings died few weeks after, in the morning of Thursday, November 12, 2020, at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

He died at the age of 73, leaving behind a wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and four children.

Mr Rawlings had in the past expressed worry about the disappearing lands in Keta caused by sea erosion.