The APC government of President Ernest Bai Koroma has politely rejected a request by family members to have the mortal remains of the former President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah buried in the forecourt of Parliament.
The government has disclosed that a special place will be built, where the remains of all former heads of state/government will be laid to rest.
According to the government plan, the remains of the late Sir Milton Margai, Sir Albert Margai, Siaka Stevens, Joseph Saidu Momoh and Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah will be exhumed and buried in that special grave site.
Some senior family members of the late President Kabbah said it will be difficult for them to accept such a suggestion especially when he is the first Muslim head of state to have died in retirement.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the late President Kabbah will be buried at the Kissy Road Cemetery in Freetown on Sunday March 23, 2014.
A special laying out ceremony will take place at Parliament Building on Friday at 11 am. On the following day (Saturday), a vigil will be held at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown.
On Sunday, funeral service will take place at the National Stadium before the former President’s corpse is taken to the Kissy Road Cemetery for burial.