The retiring chairman of Ghana's three-man Presidential Commission Lieutenant - General Akwasi Afrifa receives the military title equivalent to Field Marshall from the King of the Ashanti tribe on Monday (10 August).
MU Opoku arrives with traditional Drummers
SV Mrs Busia chats with Victor Owusu
SV people watch
SV Nana Opoku speaks and people listen (6 shots)
SV Poku puts chain round Afrifa's neck
SV people watch
CU Chain round Afrifa's neck and Afrifa walks away (2 shots)
SV Dancers (3 shots)
SV Afrifa speaks and people listen (8 shots)
SV Busia speaks and people listen (6 shots)
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Background: The retiring chairman of Ghana's three-man Presidential Commission Lieutenant - General Akwasi Afrifa receives the military title equivalent to Field Marshall from the King of the Ashanti tribe on Monday (10 August).
The Ashanti King, Otumfuo Opoku Ware, conferred the honour on Lt. General Afrifa at a ceremony held in front of the Manhyia Palace at Kumasi. The title of Katakyie was granted to the Lt. General and a gold chain and pendant in the form of a porcupine was hung around the retiring Statesman's neck. Embossed on the pendant is the symbol of the Ashanti nation -- a shield and gun.
Nana Opoku Ware said that Lt. General Afrifa and his distinguished colleagues had shown the country and the world a shining example of selflessness and patriotism.
Replying, Katakyie Afrifa said that although he had retired from the Army he is prepared to serve his country at any time he is called upon to do so. He said he had no regrets about the dissolution of the Presidential Commission because he is sure that the Government would carry out the objectives of the 1966 February Revolution.
Ghana's electoral college will meet on August 31 to pick the country's first President since 1966 and the three man Presidential Commission that has ruled the country since last October was dissolved on August 7.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Busia, said that Lt. General Afrifa will be best remembered not only for his bravery but also for his sense of duty and love for his country.
Under the new constitutor of Ghana the President must be more than 40 years old and so 34-year-old Lt. General Afrifa is not eligible. He has retired from the Army and some reports suggest that he may be going to Britain to continue University work.