Public pays last respects to Kofi Annan for second day

Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Dignitaries are on Wednesday paying their last respects to the late former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan whose mortal remains are lying in a casket draped in the Ghanaian colours at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Hundreds of members of the general public on Tuesday filed past the body, which is in a closed casket. Wednesday is the turn of dignitaries including members of the Council of State, senior government officials, Members of Parliament, chiefs and queen mothers, his school mates and diplomats.

Ghana has declared three days of national mourning for Kofi Annan who passed away on 18 August in Switzerland aged 80.

There will be a funeral service on Thursday morning at the Accra International Conference Centre before a private burial with full military honours and 17-gun salute at the military cemetery in Accra.

Government officials say the three-day funeral activities have been planned to make it as simple as possible according to his wishes.

The United Nations delegation to the funeral is expected to be led by the currency Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres while past and present heads of state, including the presidents of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire, George Weah of Liberia, Hage Geingob of Namibia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger are also expected.

The remains of former Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, arrived back home in Ghana on Monday evening, accompanied by his wife, Nane, children and grandchildren for a state funeral on Thursday.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led a high-powered delegation including Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, senior government officials, military and diplomats to receive the body at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
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12 september 2018 11:28:08

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