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    ALL OVER GHANA THERE HAVE BEEN MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE LATE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL EMMANUEL KOTOKA. AND?

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    ALL OVER GHANA THERE HAVE BEEN MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE LATE LIEUTENANT-GENERAL EMMANUEL KOTOKA. AND IN NEIGHBOURING TOGO A MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS ALSO HELD IN THE CAPITAL'S CATHEDRAL.

    8,000 PEOPLE PACKED THE CATHEDRAL FOR THE SOLEMN RE??? MASS. AMONG THE CONGREGATION WAS TOGOLESE. PRESIDENT LIEUTENANT COLONEL ETIENNE EYADEMA. BEFORE SIX IN THE MORNING ALL SEATS WERE OCCUPIED IN THE CATHEDRAL AND LATE ARRIVALS HAD TO BE CONTENT WITH FINDING A PLACE IN THE GROUNDS OUTSIDE.

    GENERAL KOTOKA WAS OFFICER COMMANDING GHANA'S ARMED FORCES UNTIL LAST APRIL WHEN HE WAS KILLED DURING AN ATTEMPTED COUP. GENERAL KOTOKA, WHO WAS 40 YEARS OLD, WAS THE FATHER OF SIX CHILDREN. IN GHANA'S RULING NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL GENERAL KOTOKA WAS THE MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR DEFENCE, HEALTH LABOUR AND SOCIAL WELFARE, AS WELL AS COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    LOME WAS THE LAST PLACE THAT GENERAL KOTOKA VISITED BEFORE HIS DEATH. IN A SERMON, THE ARCHBISHOP OF LOME DESCRIBED GENERAL KOTOKA AS A GREAT SOLDIER THAT DIED THAT GHANA MIGHT BE SAVED.

    AFTER THE SERVICE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THRONGED THE STREETS AND MARCHED IN A PROCESSION SINGING DIRGES IN MEMORY OF THE GENERAL.

    THROUGHOUT LOME, FLAGS WERE FLYING AT HALF MAST ON EMBASSIES, THE TOGO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, AND BUSINESS CONCERNS. THE GHANA AMBASSADOR IN TOGO, DR. ??? DESCRIBED THE ATTENDANCE AT THE MASS AS ONE OF THE LARGEST EVER. HE SAID THE CEREMONY WAS A DEMONSTRATION OF THE FRATERNAL TIES WHICH NOW BIND GHANA AND TOGO TOGETHER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6V1XRT8FFAMGQY0QSXVTE2XY
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6V1XRT8FFAMGQY0QSXVTE2XY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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