Police in the Ashanti Region says that it has begun an investigation into circumstances that led to the non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the final funeral rites of former Forestry Commission boss, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as ‘Sir John’
Some family members of the late Sir John have been invited for questioning.
The Ghana News Agency has reported that one Charles Owusu, a representative of the bereaved family, has confirmed the invitation by the police and says that they are ready to cooperate with the law enforcers.
The burial of the former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party witnessed a mass gathering, with a high number of mourners defying COVID-19 safety protocols such as wearing of nose masks and social distancing.
In attendance at the funeral, held in the Ashanti Region, were high-ranking government officials including the President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
The Chief Justice and other security chiefs are reported to have been present at the funeral too.
The Ghana Medical Association has not hidden its distaste at the turn of events.
They have described the happenings at the funeral as a recipe for the spread of the coronavirus.
Civil Society Organizations such as OccupyGhana have also called for investigations in the breach of the safety protocols.
Sir John’s funeral was held from June 3 to 5 at Sakora-Wonoo in the Kwabre-East District of the Ashanti Region