Kufuor and Rawlings on honours list

kufuor_rawlings_2.gifPresident J. A. Kufuor and former President J. J. Rawlings are also on
the list of distinguished Ghanaians and foreigners who will be given
national awards on July 3, 2008.

The two names have been revealed as part of the list raising the number to 243.

The
two will be honoured with the newly created highest state award, the
Grand Order of the Star and Eagles of Ghana. The new award was
instituted by President Kufuor in accordance with the National Honours
Warrant of the Republic of Ghana (1960).

The Ghanaian Times
newspaper quoted Information and National Orientation Minister, Stephen
Asamoah Boateng in a report in its June 23, 2008 issue as saying, “From
what I am privy to, the two will be awarded on July 3 barring any
future changes.”

The report referred to a release signed by
Presidential Press Secretary, Andrew Awuni as saying that the new award
is to be given to personalities who have legitimately attained the high
office of President of the Republic.

According to the release
“the two persons who currently qualify for this award are President
John Agyekum Kufuor and former President J. J. Rawlings.”

The list since its announcement has raised debates in the country and abroad. There is no consensus on some names on the list.