Family of Kofi Annan explains why casket was not opened

Some Ghanaians have expressed concern over the fact that the casket of the late Kofi Annan remained covered during the file past at the Accra International Conference Center, AICC.

The issue has got people suggesting that the late diplomat’s body was not inside the casket draped with in national colours of Ghana.

Responding to this public concerns, Isaac Ahuma, a cousin of the late Kofi Annan explained that the decision to keep the casket closed was to fulfill the last wish of the late diplomat.

“The former UN Secretary General personally requested that his casket is covered from public view during file past, before he died,” he said.

“It was his own decision, we have to respect his wish. It was his wish; that is what the man wanted, we have to give respect for what he stands for. It does not take anything away from the ceremony, for as long as what he wanted the family is doing that, I think we are happy with it,” Mr Ahuma told the media.

Mr. Annan died on August 18, 2018 in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, filing past is still underway at the Accra International Conference Centre where the funeral is being held.

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected in Ghana Thursday, September 13, to attend the final funeral service

He will be in the company of a host of other African heads of state including Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Ivory Coast, George Weah of Liberia, Hage Geingob of Namibia, Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger among others, Information Minister designate Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told the media.

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