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“I am really suffering” – Elizabeth Asantewaa who saved Kwame Nkrumah from bomb explosion speaks

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Elizabeth Asantewaa, who suffered a bomb explosion as a kid during the 1964 Independence Day celebration at the Accra Sports Stadium, has been telling about her sorry plight for years but no Ghana Government official has bothered to listen.

At age 13, Elizabeth Asantewaa became a bomb victim when she was asked to present a bouquet to President Kwame Nkrumah.

She suffered injuries when a bomb which was targeted at the president exploded.

Elizabeth Asantewaa who is approaching 70 years now sits in a wheelchair with an amputated limb, without any medical attention from the state.

She told Accra based Citi TV that she now faces eviction from her Dansoman residence because she cannot pay her rent, which was hitherto being paid by the Assemblies of God Church, Dansoman branch where she worships.

Elizabeth Asantewaa complained that since her attack on 6th March 1964, she has not received any compensation from the Ghanaian government.

“I am really suffering, I don’t have peace, no compensation; nothing. I have been bedridden for more than two years with bedsore at my back…,” she stated.

Recounting what actually happened on 6th March 1964, Elizabeth Asantewaa indicated that at the time, she was too young to comprehend what was actually going on.

“It all happened at the Accra Sports Stadium where students, bankers, soldiers and police were in attendance; the place was full to capacity…we were asked to wait for Nkrumah so we were dancing to the tunes that was coming from the band. Little did I know that I was going to suffer like this,” she said.

She added, “…I was holding something that looks like flowers which I was to present to Dr Kwame Nkrumah; when he [Nkrumah] made an attempt to take the flowers from me, he raised his head up and down and later shook his head…if I had stretched my hands towards him, he would have died.”

 

When asked if the bomb was in what she was holding, Madam Asantewaa said she couldn’t tell except God.

 

“…Nkrumah got down from the platform without uttering a word. I think Nkrumah sees beyond the ordinary…… 10 minutes after he had left…… we heard some series of explosions at where we were standing.

“It lifted me up and brought me back onto the ground. All I saw was my leg burning and blood running all over my head. A hole was created in my calf with bullets…it sounded like how knockouts are lighted during Christmas,” Elizabeth Asantewaa recounted.

The bomb killed some of the students who were at the stadium to witness the Independence Day celebration. Asantewaa’s injury was getting serious, the ambulance that was called to the scene was not ready so the soldiers transported her to the 37 Military Hospital in a private vehicle.

“I was burnt to the point where you could see my bones. I was admitted for two years at 37 Military Hospital. I felt severe pains [in] my back…later the doctors said my situation was worse and they couldn’t handle it so I was airlifted to Great Britain for treatment.”

Madam Asantewaa said that Nkrumah visited her frequently with his wife Fatiah and cried bitterly.

She recalled: “Nkrumah told me I had saved his life; therefore, he will provide whatever I need in this world. In future if I happen to travel, ‘the state will take care of you and do it better than I will do because you got injured because of me’”.

Now, Madam Asantewaa’s plea is to get help from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his administration and any well-meaning Ghanaian who is touched by her story.

 

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EC publishes 2020 Special Voters list

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The Electoral Commission (EC) has announced the publication of the special voters’ list for the December 7 polls.

The special voting list is to pave way for individuals who will perform special duties on December 7 vote ahead of the big day.

It covers security, media personnel, and election officials who will be unable to vote at the polling stations where they registered.

The EC, in a statement, noted that the list is available on its website for the individuals who fall within the set categories to check their names.

It added soft copies of the special voters’ register have been provided to the representatives of organisations participating in the exercise to enable their members to verify their details and locations ahead of time.

Meanwhile, the special voting exercise has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

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Fuel prices likely to increase next year

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Executive Director for the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC), Duncan Amoah, has said prices of petroleum products are likely to increase next year.

According to Mr Amoah, the likely price increments is due to the change in US government.

He posits that the new US government, headed by Joe Biden, is more inclined to environmental protection and as such might put a cap on the volumes of oil produced by the US.

“The Democrat party which is now coming into government is more concerned about environmental issues and are more likely to put a cap on oil production because they believe it destroys the environment,” he stated.

“So if a cap is placed on the volume of oil production from the US, supply side is going to take a hit and oil prices for 2021 might go beyond the $50 mark and what that means for us as a country who imports finished oil products, will be to pay more for it,” he added.

The Executive Director of COPEC made the projection on the sidelines of a workshop to educate the media on energy and petroleum issues.

Norvanreports.com

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“Nana Addo will win 2020 election” according to University of Ghana study

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According to a study conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana, NPP’s Nana Addo will come out as the winner of the forth coming 2020 elections.

The research spanned 100 constituencies purposively selected across all 16 regions with 11,949 respondents out of a targeted 12,000 in a random sampling manner.

According to the survey, 51.7% of respondents said they will vote for the incumbent President Akufo-Addo while 40.4% opted for the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Mahama.

The survey which was carried out between November 12 to 22 this year was presented by Kaakyire Duku Frempong, a lead researcher on the project.

Speaking to the press, he explained that 80.9% of respondents said their decision on who to vote for was final.

Furthermore, 53.5% of respondents also believe the NPP-led government has delivered on its promises made during the 2016 election campaign.

However, the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) came third in the hierarchy of the respondents’ decision with regards to their preferred party with 1.3%.

“Maybe GUM is becoming the third force,” Mr Frempong added.

The survey also showed that 3.7% of the respondents are yet to decide who they will vote for on December 7, 2020.

The rationale behind the survey was to study the dynamics, choices, issues, policies and programmes of political parties and candidates as the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections approach.

Source: myjoyonline.com

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