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    I don’t know I can offer an all out hypothesis yet, yet it focuses on me that being a president in Africa implies there will be some debate about your resting place when you kick the bucket.

    I have been following the disagreement regarding where to cover Angola’s previous President José Eduardo dos Santos who kicked the bucket in Spain on 8 July.

    Current President João Lourenço and Mr Dos Santos’ fourth spouse need to bring his body home for a state memorial service and entombment in a sepulcher – our idea of here in Ghana a befitting internment.

    However, his little girl Welwitschia “Tchizé” dos Santos needs a confidential burial service and a prudent grave site in Spain, where his youngsters can visit.

    She says she has the help of a portion of her kin who face allegations of defilement in Angola and could be captured on the off chance that they return.

    One of the Dos Santos youngsters says the state has no protected commitment to take care of his dad’s entombment and the choice should rest with the family.

    That contention about the state’s privileges to a dead president’s body is by all accounts a common one.

    Back in 2019 there was what was going on in Zimbabwe when Robert Mugabe passed on right around two years after his 37 years in power was finished by the ongoing President Emmerson Mnangagwa, fully supported by the military.

    Everyone figured Mr Mugabe would be let go at the public Heroes’ Acre in the capital, Harare.

    All things considered, Heroes’ Acre had been worked by him and he had directed the entombment there of a significant number of his previous confidants in the freedom battle, including Sally, his most memorable spouse.

    Mr Mnangagwa began building a great catacomb for the freedom chief, however Mr Mugabe’s family would have none of it, not after he had been driven out of force and deceived by his lieutenants.

    The body, they contended, had a place with the family and following quite a while of contention, the family won and Mr Mugabe, the undisputed legend of Zimbabwe’s freedom battle, was covered in his home town, with practically no delegates of officialdom present.

    Indeed, even Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s most memorable post-freedom president and a definitive peacenik, couldn’t find a resting place last year without a debate breaking out.

    As indicated by the family, he needed to be let go close to his significant other and not at the authority site the public authority had assigned.

    For the occasion, the family has not demanded their privileges and “KK” – as the late Mr Kaunda is warmly known – is lying at the Embassy Memorial Park in the capital, Lusaka.

    From exile to respects
    These debates about anxious dead bodies are not new. Here in Ghana we are all around rehearsed in such matters.

    Our most memorable pioneer – Kwame Nkrumah – passed on while getting clinical treatment in Bucharest in Romania.

    He was first covered in Conakry in Guinea, where he had been residing far away, banished in shame. His body was subsequently brought to Ghana. There was a state memorial service in the capital, Accra, and he was let go in his home town of Nkroful.

    Years after the fact, a befitting tomb was implicit Accra and the body was brought and entombed there.
    Now and again, there are mumbles from his family in Nkroful requesting his body to be gotten back to them.

    In 2012, our President John Evans Atta-Mills passed on in office and finding a resting place for him was not a clear issue.

    An individuals from his family believed the body should be shipped off his home town for internment, that contention didn’t track down a lot of foothold at that point.

    The primary spot where the public authority dug a grave for his interment was deserted as unacceptable. He was in the long run let go in a recreation area.

    The seeing then, at that point, was that the recreation area would act as the resting place for all leaders of Ghana.

    From that point forward, another previous president – Jerry Rawlings – has kicked the bucket.

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