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    The former exiled Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr Kofi Busia, is being given a state funeral in his home town of Wenchi.

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    The former exiled Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr Kofi Busia, is being given a state funeral in his home town of Wenchi.

    SYNOPSIS: Before returning to Wenchi, the Dr Busia's body had lain in state at the Nkrumah Conference Centre in Accra. It wasn't that long before his death that Dr Busia still had a price on his head of several thousand pounds(dollars.) He had been tried in his absence on charges of master-minding a counter coup against the Government of Colonel Acheampong, which had deposed Dr. Busia. Dr Busia's widow and children led the mourners attending the final ceremonies.

    Before the price on Dr Busia's head could be claimed. He died in hospital in England from a heart attack. Colonel Acheampong's Government in the meantime had been disposed and the new administration headed by General Akuffo, lifted the bounty on Dr Busia and arranged - on his death-for a state funeral. Three days of official mourning were accorded the memory of Dr Busia. General Akuffo - as well as re-instating the memory of Dr Busia - had also appealed to all Ghanaian exiles to return home.

    Dr Busia had been praised in his home country as a politician, author, and international academic. He came to power in 1969 when the military rulers who had deposed Kwame Nkrumah decided to return Ghana to civilian Government. It was the Foreign Minister in Dr Busia's Government, Mr Victor Owusu, at the head of a 13 member Government Committee, who made the arrangements for Dr Busia's funeral.

    The final rites for Dr Busia began on Sunday (24 September). Representatives of many African nations attended the ceremonies. Some of the African leaders expressed the hope that their mutual moment of grief at the death of Dr Busia would help to bring out a sense of unity in the African tradition that out of death something is born.

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