General News of Fri, 14 Sep 2018407
We’re disappointed in Ga Chiefs – Kofi Annan's family
The family of the late UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has expressed disappointment over the fact that no Ga Chief attended the burial service for the departed global icon despite the event being held in Accra.
According to the Head of the Kofi Annan’s family, Nana Kofi Brewuo III, who is also Otumfuo’s Tudwene, they find it very difficult to understand why not even a single Ga Chief made it to the event which took place on their land.
Ghana’s illustrious son who died on August 18 aged 80 at his home in Switzerland after a short illness was laid to rest on Thursday September 13, after a state funeral attended by some world leaders, diplomats and traditional authorities among others.
He was buried at the new Military Cemetery at Burma Camp and was accorded military honours including a 17 gun- salute.
The current head of the world body, Antonio Gutteres, attended the funeral in Accra. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was also present including other African heads of state such as Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, George Weah of Liberia, Hage Geingob of Namibia, and Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger.
Ghanaians from all walks of life have been filing past and paying their last respect to the global icon whose body was laid in state since Tuesday after it arrived from Switzerland on Monday.
Speaking to Akwasi Nsiah on Kasapa News, Nana Kofi Brewuo III stated that being custodians of Accra land, the Ga chiefs had no excuse absenting themselves from the all important solemn ceremony which was held on their land even if they were not officially invited.
“We were shocked and sad that not a single Ga Chief attended the funeral service when the event was held on their land. The Chiefs didn’t need a special invitation to attend the funeral. It was open to all, apart from where the Heads of State sat which was strictly by invitation, there was enough space to accommodate other dignitaries, but no Ga chief showed up. Kofi Annan always resided in Accra whenever he was in Ghana, even if the organizers did not invite the Ga chiefs, they could themselves being the custodians of the land ask why they were not invited when the event was to be held on their land."
"They could have just called the organizers to inform them that they’ll be coming so that they could be catered for, but unfortunately no Ga chief made any such move. All the other chiefs who attended the funeral informed the planning committee of their intention to come and so they were properly taken care of by the government. Even we the family, government took very good care of us,” Nana Kofi Brewuo III said.