Several African Heads of State and the representatives of 25 other countries paid their last tributes to Ghana's former President, Dr.
Several African Heads of State and the representatives of 25 other countries paid their last tributes to Ghana's former President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, on Saturday (May 13) after a funeral ceremony in Conakry, the Guinean capital.
Dr. Nkrumah, who was 63, died in Rumania last month. He had been living in Guinea since he was ousted from power in a Ghanaian army coup in February, 1966, during his exile, President Sekou Toure appointed him co-President of Guinea.
President Toure, an old friend of Dr. Nkrumah's, presided over the funeral ceremony, which was watched by thousands of people. It was also attended by Presidents William Tolbert of Liberia, Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania, and Sourou Apithy of Dahomey.
Later at the 25th anniversary symposium of Guinea's Democratic Party, President Tolbert paid special tribute to Dr. Nkrumah, whom he called a "fallen hero".
Also represented at the funeral ceremony was Ghana's new ruling military body, the National Redemption Council. But in Accra, there was no word of when Dr. Nkrumah's body would be flown back for burial -- and there were some misgivings that it would not be returned by the Guineans.
SYNOPSIS: At the Palace of the People in Conakry, the body of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah has been lying in stats. The former President of Ghana died in Rumania last month, aged sixty-three. He had lived in exile in Guinea since nineteen-sixty-six, when he was ousted from power by a military coup.
President William Tolbert of Liberia was among several African heads of state to pay their last respects to the former president. Dr. Nkrumah's body was later taken to the "Twenty-eighth of September" Stadium in Conakry for a special funeral ceremony.
President Sourou Apithy of Dahomey was also among the mourners.
As Dr. Nkrumah's widow, Madame Fathia Nkrumah, stood by the coffin, President Sekou Toure paid his respects. President Toure was an old friend of Dr. Nkrumah and made him co-President of Guinea. Three days of mourning in the country co-incided with the twenty-fifth anniversary symposium of ???ine???'s Democratic Party.
President Tolbert of Liberia paid a final tribute....