• Short Summary

    GHANA NEWSPAPER COMMENTED VIGOROUSLY ON THE WHITE PAPER PUBLISHED IN ACCRA, DEC 111, ALLEGING A PLOT BY THE OPPOSITION AND INDIVIDUALS OF THE RULING PARTY TO OVERTHROW PRESIDENT NKRUMAH'S GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    GHANA NEWSPAPER COMMENTED VIGOROUSLY ON THE WHITE PAPER PUBLISHED IN ACCRA, DEC 111, ALLEGING A PLOT BY THE OPPOSITION AND INDIVIDUALS OF THE RULING PARTY TO OVERTHROW PRESIDENT NKRUMAH'S GOVERNMENT. THREE WERE ALSO SOME VEHEMENT REPLIES TO BRITISH PRESS COMMENTS ON THE WHITE PAPER.

    THE WHITE PAPER NAMED DR BUSIA, EXILED FORMER LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION UNITED PARTY, AS THE HEAD OF THE CONSPIRACY AND CLAIMED THAT PRESIDENT OLYMPIO OF THE NEIGHBOURING TOGO REPUBLIC AND HIS ENTIRE CABINET WERE INVOLVED. IT WAS ALLEGED THAT DR. BUSIA RECEIVED SUPPORT FROM SEVERAL QUARTERS, INCLUDING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS AND BUSINESS INTERESTS. THE GOVERNMENTS'S ALLEGATIONS FOLLOWED A WAVE OF ARRESTS.

    MR ADAMAFIO, THE GHANA MINISTER OF INFORMATION, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN ACCRA, DEC 14, THAT AS FAR AS HE KNEW THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO IMMEDIATE INTENTION OF BRINGING THE ALLEGED CONSPIRATORS BEFORE THE SPECIAL HIGH COURT WHICH CAN IMPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR TREASON. THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WISH TO TRY AND EXECUTE THEN, BECAUSE AFTER A PERIOD OF "REORIENTATION" THEY COULD BECOME USEFUL CITIZENS.

    ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD TAKE MEASURES - SUCH AS NATIONALISATION - AGAINST FOREIGN INTERESTS ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN THE PLOT, THE MINISTER SAID "SOME APPROPRIATE ACTION" MIGHT BE TAKEN. HE WENT ON TO ATTACK THE BRITISH 'TIMES' FOR IGNORING THE WHITE PAPER CHARGES OF "DELIBERATE PUBLICATION OF FALSE NEWS ABOUT THE ECONOMIC POSITION OF GHANA" AND "SUPPRESSION OF A REPLY TO THE 'TIMES' BY PRESIDENT NKRUMAH".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7L17EQN4HI8SVGX8DLOUOO0G
    Media URN:
    VLVA7L17EQN4HI8SVGX8DLOUOO0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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