Annan family clears air on covering of casket

The family of the late Kofi Annan has said the covering of the casket of the former UN Secretary-General was his personally wish. 



“It was his own decision, we have to respect his wish; that is 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,” cousin of Mr Annan, Isaac Ahuma said.

His comment comes on the heels of concerns by some Ghanaians over the closed casket.

The ordinary citizens who filed past the remains on Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 wondered why organisers did not open the casket to allow those of them who never had the opportunity to see the man alive, do so before he is buried.

The closed casket was draped with the national flag.

Meanwhile, the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has said it will name a sweet potato after the late UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

This, according to the council, was in recognition of Mr Annan’s contribution towards sweet potato production through the founding of the Alliance for Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA), Senior Research Scientist and sweet potato and taro breeder.

The new breed of sweet potato or AGRA SP-19 or CRI-Kofi Annan, is pending approval by the National Varietal Release Committee of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Mr. Annan, who was the seventh United Nations Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006, died peacefully in Switzerland on 18 August 2018 after a short illness.

 

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