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General News of Friday, 28 December 2001

Source: GNA

Two Ex- military generals re-buried at Osu cemetery

The remains of two of the eight senior Military Officers executed by firing squad during the regime of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council in 1979 were re-buried with military honours at the Osu Military Cemetery on Thursday.

The coffins of Major General Robert Ebenezer Abossey Kotei and Air-Vice Marshall George Yaw Boakye draped in the national colours arrived at the cemetery at about 1305 hours in a motorcade after a church service at the 37 Military Garrison Methodist/ Presbyterian Church, 11 kilometres away.

The widows, children and family representatives laid wreaths whilst Air-Vice Marshall M.A. Otoo laid one on behalf of the Veteran Association of Ghana.

Mr David Kotei, brother of The late General Kotei and Mr Samuel Donkor, a nephew of Air-Vice Boakye thanked the Kufuor Administration for granting the request of the bereaved families for the re-burial ceremony.

"We have looked forward to this day for a very long time," said Mr Kotei in a vote of thanks, drawing tears from the mourners.

The six other officers, General Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, Lt Gen Akwasi Amankwah Afrifa, Gen Frederick William Kwasi Akuffo, Maj Gen Edward Kweku Utuka, Real Admiral Joy Kobla Amedume and Colonel Roger Felli would be re-buried in their home towns.