A family spokesman has confirmed that on Saturday, October 24, 2020, the late former President Jerry John Rawlings felt seriously ill and was hospitalized just a few days after burying his mother.
Officially telling President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the death of the former Ghanaian chief at the Jubilee House seat of government on Thursday 12 November, the spokesperson for the family
It said As a country and as a family, a great tragedy has befallen us.” We were here about four weeks ago to announce to the presidency that our mum, our grandma, our sister had died.
Because of his special affection for the former president, the president supported us a lot with our mother’s burial.
Former President Jerry John Rawlings felt ill and was admitted just a few days after the funeral.
Many attempts have been made, and the President has been in contact with his brother. We had no idea that the former president was going to abandon us.
So we came here to tell the president and the whole government officially that this is what has happened. There is no more Jerry John Rawlings and we think it fitting to come and formally tell you.’
After suffering a brief illness, Mr Rawlings died at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told the family that he had a volatile and wild friendship that dates back years with the late former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings.
Still, he added, the two of them finally found meaning in each other and became best friends.
Mr. Akufo-Addo said this when he met a delegation from Mr. Rawlings’ family when they visited him on Thursday 12 November at the seat of government, the Jubilee Residence, to formally notify him of the former Ghanaian leader’s demise.
“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, his wife, his children, his brothers and the whole family,” Mr. Akufo-Addo told the family.
When I arrived at the office, I was given this information and I have found it difficult to deal with the information so far. This is a man of immense vitality, energy and dynamism.
It’s very hard to go to see dead bodies lie in the morgue, but then it’s one of the things to be used by all of us that the Almighty has his own intentions for each of us.
For several years, he and I had a tempestuous friendship, but I think we finally came to see meaning in each other. I am deeply troubled by his passing and devastated. He was the first President of our Fourth Republic, not an ordinary Ghanaian.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana