• Short Summary

    MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE LATE LIEUTENANT- GENERAL EMMANUEL KOTOKA HAVE BEEN HELD IN MANY PARTS OF GHANA AND IN NEIGHBOURING TOGO.

  • Description

    MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE LATE LIEUTENANT- GENERAL EMMANUEL KOTOKA HAVE BEEN HELD IN MANY PARTS OF GHANA AND IN NEIGHBOURING TOGO. GENERAL KOTOKA WAS THE OFFICER COMMANDING GHANA'S ARMED FORCES. HE LOST HIS LIFE IN APRIL'S ATTEMPTED COUP.

    IN THE CENTRAL REGION MANY PEOPLE CONVERGED ON CAPE COAST TO ATTEND A SERVICE HELD AT THE METHODIST CHURCH. AMONG THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS WAS THE OMANHENE OF OQUAA TRADITIONAL AREA, NAMA KOJO MBRA THE FIFTH. HIS ELDERS AND MILITARY AND POLICE PERSONNEL JOINED HUNDREDS OF OTHERS IN THE MOURNING.

    IN A SERMON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPE COAST CIRCUIT OF THE METHODIST CHURCH, THE REVEREND MR. PRATT, SAID GENERAL KOTOKA'S GREATNESS WAS SEEN BY HIS COURAGE IN TOPPLING AN IRRESPONSIBLE REGIME WHICH WAS FULL OF AIMLESS MEN. MR. PRATT POINTED OUT THAT THE FREEDOM WHICH GHANAIANS HAVE ATTAINED CARRIED WITH IT A GREAT RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS GOD, MANKIND, AND THE NATION. HE SAID GENERAL KOTOKA'S SACRIFICIAL WORK HAD HELPED GHANA TO REGAIN HER FREEDOM.

    A SIMILAR SERVICE WAS HELD AT HO, IN THE VOLTA REGION. IN A SOLEMN CEREMONY, THE MODERATOR OF THE EVANGELICAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, THE REVEREND E.K. GALEVO REMINDED THE CONGREGATION THAT GENERAL KOTOKA DID NOT SEEK POWER FOR HIMSELF. HIS WHOLE AIM, SAID MR. GALEVO, WAS TO DELIVER GHANA FROM A TYRANT, AND HE RECOUNTED HOW PEOPLE HAD WEPT WHEN THEY HEARD OF THE GENERAL'S DEATH. MR. GALEVO SAID THAT NEVER IN GHANA HAD THERE BEEN ANYONE WHOSE DEED HAD HAD SUCH A FAVOURABLE INFLUENCE ON THE COURSE OF THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY. GENERAL KOTOKA'S EXAMPLE MUST BE AN INSPIRATION TO EVERY GHANAIAN, HE SAID.

    GENERAL KOTOKA WAS 40 YEARS OLD AND THE FATHER OF SIX CHILDREN. HE WAS THE MEMBER OF THE RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL RESPONSIBLE FOR DEFENCE, HEALTH, LABOUR, AND SOCIAL WELFARE, AS WELL AS COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    (WHILE THE CEREMONY WAS CONDUCTED AT CAPE COAST, TOGOLESE PRESIDENT ETIENNE EYADEMA WAS AMONG A CONGREGATION OF MORE THAN 3,000 PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED A SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS IN LOME CATHEDRAL IN MEMORY OF GENERAL KOTOKA.)

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SLAHOY63GIF56KBOZBENU0D
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SLAHOY63GIF56KBOZBENU0D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment