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    IN GHANA, FOUR DAYS OF OFFICIAL MOURNING FOR LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E.K. KOTOKA, KILLED IN MONDAY'S ABORTIVE?

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    IN GHANA, FOUR DAYS OF OFFICIAL MOURNING FOR LIEUTENANT-GENERAL E.K. KOTOKA, KILLED IN MONDAY'S ABORTIVE COUP, ENDED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) WITH HUNDREDS OF GHANAIANS AND FOREIGNERS VISITING HIS GRAVE AND SIGNING THE CONDOLENCE BOOK AT THE STATE HOUSE. MEANWHILE, THE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE ON THURSDAY OF TWO OTHER ARMY OFFICERS WHO ALSO DIED IN THE ATTEMPTED COUP.

    THE TWO OFFICERS, BOTH CAPTAINS IN THE GHANAIAN ARMY, WERE BURIED WITH FULL MILITARY HONOURS IN THE ARMED FORCES CEMETERY IN ACCRA. THE FUNERAL WAS ATTENDED BY THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE, INCLUDING SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    BEFORE THE CORTEGE LEFT THE MILITARY HOSPITAL, A SHORT SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED BY TWO CHAPLAINS OF THE ARMED FORCES. THEN THE COFFINS WERE PLACED ON ARMY LANDROVERS, AND THE CORTEGE MADE ITS WAY ALONG THE QUARTER-MILE ROUTE TO THE CEMETERY. IN THE FUNERAL PROCESSION WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL THREE BRANCHES OF THE GHANAIAN ARMED FORCES.

    AT THE GRAVESIDE WERE SENIOR OFFICERS IN THE SERVICES, AND A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL. MAJOR-GENERAL OCRAN.

    THROUGHOUT GHANA PEOPLE OBSERVED THE FOUR-DAYS OF OFFICIAL MOURNING FOR GENERAL KOTOKA, WHO WAS THE GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING THE GHANA ARMED FORCES. FLAGS FLEW AT HALF MAST, AND IN ACCRA HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE SIGNED THE BOOK OF CONDOLENCES IN THE STATE HOUSE. THE FIRST TO SIGN WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE N.L.C., LIEUTENANT-GENERAL ANKRAN, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR J.K.W. HARLLEY. AMONG THOSE TO SIGN DURING THE FIRST HOUR WAS MR A.K. DEKU, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE N.L.C. AND A COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE TRADES UNION CONGRESS, MR B.A. BENTUM SIGNED THE BOOK ON BEHALF OF TRADES UNIONISTS, AND AMONG THE MILITARY PERSONNEL TO SIGN WAS BRIGADIER IRWIN, COMMANDER OF THE BRITISH JOINT SERVICES TRAINING TEAM IN GHANA.

    BY MID-DAY, A NUMBER OF DIPLOMATS HAD SIGNED ALSO, INCLUDING THE CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER, MR F.A. HART.

    SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICES WERE HELD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ON THURSDAY IN MEMORY OF GENERAL KOTOKA. AT ASHANTI MAMPONG, THE HOMETOWN OF BRIGADIER AFRIFA, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED ONE SUCH SERVICE. AMONG THE CONGREGATION WERE SCHOOL CHILDREN, MEMBERS OF YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, AND TRIBAL CHIEFS FROM THE MAMPONG TRADITIONAL AREA.

    THE ANGLICAN MINISTER OF THE CHURCH, THE REVEREND C.W. DICKSON, PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE LATE GENERAL, DESCRIBED HIM AS "A GREAT SON OF GHANA".

    NANA AHWERE THE SECOND, THE EFFIDUASISENA, WHO SPOKE ON BEHALF OF THE CHIEFS OF THE AREA, SAID IN HIS TRIBUTE, THAT GENERAL KOTOKA WOULD GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE LOYAL SONS OF GHANA WHO HAD LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR FREEDOM.

    THE CHURCH SERVICES OVER, IT WAS TIME FOR THE PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE THE FAILURE OF THE COUP. STILL DRESSED IN THEIR TRADITIONAL MOURNING CLOTHES, WITH RED HEAD-DRESSES, THEY DANCED TO THE TUNE OF DRUMS.

    THE NORTHERN AND UPPER REGION COMMUNITY IN MAMPONG DEMANDED THE SEVEREST PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN THE ATTEMPTED COUP.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9LQIS82ZCH4AUMXDG4I1QFNH1
    Media URN:
    VLVA9LQIS82ZCH4AUMXDG4I1QFNH1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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