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General News of Friday, 15 February 2008

Source: Chronicle

Rawlings sets Dormaa agog

Ex-President Rawlings arriving at the funeral grounds led by his party chairman Dr. Kwabena Adjei Former President Rawlings last week Saturday February 9, set the entire Dormaa-Ahenkro township in the Brong Ahafo region agog when he arrived there to attend the funeral ceremony of the late Atipimhene of the Dormaa Traditional area, Nana Kwadwo Yeboah.

The former President who led the National Democratic Congress (NDC) delegation to the Abrampedease Palace, to pay their last respect was welcomed with thunderous applause by the large crowd of mourners.

The ovation accorded Mr. Rawlings was so deafening that it nearly affected the ceremony as the attention of the multitude of people who had queued at the Abrampedease Palace to catch a glimpse of the mortal remains of the late Atipimhene of Dormaa Traditional area turned their attention to the former President.

The usual chanting of his name “J.J, J.J” overpowered even the sounds of the traditional drums at the funeral grounds. Mr. Rawlings, characteristic of him also waved back at the crowd to express his appreciations.

Among the NDC’s delegation were the National Chairman, Dr. Kwabena Agyei, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Chairman, Mr. Owusu Agyemang, MP for Asutifi South, Alhaji Collins Dauda among others. The NPP delegation was on the other hand headed by the Minister of Harbours, Ports and Railways, Prof. Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi.

The late Atipimhene, known in private life as R.K. Mensah was the father of the current Paramount Chief of Dormaa, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu as well as the Queen of Dormaa, Nana Akosua Fima.

The late Nana Yeboah who retired in 1996 as the Sunyani District Director of Education died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on December 16, last year at the ripe age of 74. He is survived by seven children.

The ceremony was very colorful as real tradition was displayed with chiefs and people from all corners of the country clad in black and red to show solidarity.

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