Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, took the salute at an impressive parade to mark the fourth anniversary of the coup which overthrew Dr.
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Background: Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, took the salute at an impressive parade to mark the fourth anniversary of the coup which overthrew Dr. Kofi Busia's regime on 13 January, 1972.
The parade was held in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Tuesday (13 January). With Colonel Acheampong were members of the Supreme Military Council which took over as Ghana's highest administrative and legislative body last October from the National Redemption Council.
Detachments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Support Services, Police and Border Guards took part in the parade, which lasted over tow hours.
After the parade, watched by thousands, Colonel Acheampong drove in an open jeep through Accra's main streets.
He was presented with the Order of the Star of Ghana by Major-General L.A. Okai, a member of the Supreme Military Council.
In a speech to the crowd at Independence Square, Colonel Acheampong said Ghana had a lot to celebrate and the Government had made such "impressive strides" that the country was able to continue its development despite the "catastrophic world inflation".
But he said that many of the benefits were not reaching the ordinary Ghanaians because of what he termed malpractice by traders in general.
He said that through "hoarding, smuggling and activities which regrettably succeeded in making the price control system almost inoperative, these selfish individuals sought to frustrate the efforts of the government."
He urged the traders to change their ideas "lest the full force of the law is brought to bear against them."
As part of the celebrations, the Government commuted to life imprisonment, the death sentence on all prisoners awaiting execution.
SYNOPSIS: A massive parade to mark the fourth anniversary of the coup which overthrew the Government of Doctor Kofi Busia, took place in Accra on Tuesday. Guest of honour was the country's head of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, seen here walking to the reviewing stand.
The parade, which lasted more than two hours, was held in Independence Square.
Colonel Acheampong took the salute with members of the Supreme Military Council, which took over as Ghana's highest administrative and legislative body last October. Until then the National Redemption Council had held the power.
The parade featured detachments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Support Services, Police and Border Guards. It was watched by thousands of Ghanaians.
In his speech, Colonel Acheampong said his country had a lot to celebrate and the country is continuing its development programme, despite what he termed as catastrophic world inflation. But he warned traders who had succeeded in making the price control system almost inoperative, to stop their malpractices.
As part of the celebrations Colonel Acheampong was presented with the Order of the Star of Ghana award by a member of the Supreme Military Council, Major General Okai.
The government also announced that it intended to commute to life imprisonment the death sentence on all prisoners awaiting execution.
After the parade, Colonel Acheampong was driven through the streets of Accra. There he was greeted by thousands of cheering people.