• Short Summary

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA SAID IN KUMASI ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 21) THAT HE WILL HAVE TO CONSULT THE ARMY BEFORE CONSIDERING THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY'S DECISION ON A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION.

  • Description

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA SAID IN KUMASI ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 21) THAT HE WILL HAVE TO CONSULT THE ARMY BEFORE CONSIDERING THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY'S DECISION ON A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION.

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA, WHO WAS ADDRESSING THE FOURTH BATTALION AND 2ND MECHANICAL TRANSPORT COMPANY OF THE GHANA ARMY AT UADDARA BARRACKS, SAID THE N.L.C. WAS ORIGINALLY NOT CONSULTED ON THE MOTION.

    THE MOTION, WHICH SEEKS TO ESTABLISH A THREE-MAN COMMISSION TO PERFORM THE FUNCTIONS OF PRESIDENT FOR UP TO THREE YEARS ON THE COMING INTO FORCE OF THE NEW CONSTITUTION, WAS PASSED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF 75 VOTES TO 27.

    MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION ARE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE N.L.C., HIS DEPUTY, AND THE CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF OF THE ARMED FORCES. IT IS, HOWEVER, SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE NEXT PARLIAMENT.

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA WAS AT THE BARRACKS AS PART OF HIS VISITS TO MILITARY UNITS IN THE COUNTRY. ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE PARADE GROUND HE INSPECTED A GUARD OF HONOUR, ACCOMPANIED BY BRIGADIER D.K. ADDO, ARMY COMMANDER, THEN TOOK THE SALUTE.

    THE BRIGADIER IN HIS SPEECH, REMINED THE SOLDIERS OF THEIR IMPORTANT DUTIES ON AUGUST 25TH WHEN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND POLICE GO TO THE POLLS. HE TOLD THEM THAT NEITHER HE NOR ANY OF THEIR COMMANDERS CAN TELL THEM FOR WHICH THEY SHOULD VOTE.

    HE ASKED THE SOLDIERS TO KEEP IN MIND THE IDEA WHICH MOTIVATED THE 1966 COUP, INVOLVING THE SACRIFICE OF SEVERAL LIVES, AND ADVISED THEM TO CAST THEIR VOTES WISELY.

    THERE WERE HEARTY CHEERS FOR THE BRIGADIER WHEN HE HAD FINISHED HIS SPEECH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9UNJKVRE7Q4WB32HNDNAKKH99
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UNJKVRE7Q4WB32HNDNAKKH99
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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