Kofi Annan to be given decent but subdued farewell

Sunday 9th September, 2018

By Belinda Ayamgha, GNA

Accra, Sept. 09, GNA – Ambassor Annan A. Cato, a former Secretary to the Cabinet and Chair of the Committee organising the state funeral of Kofi Annan, says the former United Nations Secretary-General will be given a decent but subdued farewell, in line with his wishes.

He said the funeral would capture the letter and spirit of what the distinguisged diplomat wanted.

Giving an update on the funeral arrangements at the end of the Remembrance Service held in honour of Kofi Annan by the University of Ghana, Ambassor Cato said the Committee had made every decision in consultation with his family.

“We are grateful that we’ve done so with the approval of the family. We will give Mr. Kofi Annan a very decent but subdued farewell,” he said.

Ambassador Cato said in keeping with the stature of the Mr Annan, whose reach was everywhere, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had invited many dignitaries from around the world to mourn with Ghana.

“Responses have been coming in and I can say to you that almost all ECOWAS leaders will be here,” he said, adding that the representation that will come went beyond Africa.

Outlining the programme for the State funeral, he said arrangements had begun for the remains of Mr Annan to be brought to Ghana and it would be met on arrival on Monday, September 10, by the President with a team.

On Tuesday 11th September, between 1000 hours and 1600 hours, the public will be given the opportunity to pay their last respects to the respected diplomat, while state dignitaries will have the chance to do so on Wednesday, September 12.

The highlight of Wednesday, he said, would be a delegation from the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who would perform the appropriate rites befitting Mr Annan’s status as Busumuru.

The Akwamufie, where Mr Annan hails, would also be given the opportunity to pay their respects, he said.

The burial service will be held on Thursday, 13th September, from 0900 hours to 1100 hours, followed by a private burial at the Military Cemetery in Accra.

“In essence, that will bring to a close the State mourning and commemoration of Mr Annan,” Mr Cato said, and commended the University of Ghana for organising the Remembrance Service.

“Everything that has happened here is appropriate. Kofi has earned all the commemorations given to him today.”

Kofi Annan was Secretary-General of the UN from 1997 to 2006. In 2001 he co-won the Nobel Peace Prize with the UN.