Some mourners who went to the Accra International Conference Centre to pay their last respects to the former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, have expressed disappointment in not being able to see the body
According to some of them, the closed casket was not in sync with the Ghanaian way of
In a radio reaction on Accra based Citi FM, one person said: “I wasn’t happy when the coffin wasn’t opened. During the Vice President’s own, the coffin was opened and we all viewed it, so for this one, I wasn’t happy,” she said.
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“We were surprised and we just came and saw the casket closed with a Ghana flag [draped over it]. So we were just asking that; did we come to observe the Ghana flag or we came to observe [him]? Well, we can’t explain because there may be an idea behind it,” another mourner stated.
A Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide,
“There are several high profile funerals in which I have seen the casket covered, even in this country, so it is not a major problem,” he said.
He said the focus should be on the occasion, which is trying to mirror Kofi Annan’s apparent modesty.
“The man Kofi Annan himself is a modest person and he doesn’t want a lot of flamboyance around the funeral… even as we give him a befitting state funeral, we think that it is still important that we respect his wishes of keeping it a little modest, a little soft and so on and so forth.”
On Wednesday, September 12, dignitaries are expected to file past and pay their last respects to Kofi Annan.
A burial service will then take place on