22nd July 2024

Nana Serwaa Acheampong, daughter of former Ghana’s head of State, Ignatius K. Acheampong, has stated that she fells ‘cheated’ over Rawlings’ ‘peaceful’ death. “Now he’s dead, and somehow I feel robbed, cheated because unlike my father, Rawlings’ death was too easy, too comfortable probably. Death by firing squad, that’s how my father died, when I was just 6 years old”

Nana Serwaa Acheampong revealed that she has no bitterness towards the man who executed her father in a firing squad. However since the late President never showed any sense of remorse for the wrong he committed against her and all the others whose loved ones were executed, she fells cheated. “In this life, Rawlings never acknowledged the pain he caused so many of us, never said sorry for our loss or showed remorse. Nothing! So Rawlings is dead, to me his death was too easy, too comfortable, unlike the death he gave my father and countless others. Aside from this I feel nothing about the man, except pity for his children who now know the pain of losing a father”.

History Revisited

On June 17, 1979, Gen. Ignatius Kutu Acheampong, 47, who served as Ghana’s Head of State for six years, was executed by a military firing squad along with Lt. Gen. E. K. Utuka, 42. The executions were carried out at an Army firing range about four miles from the center of Accra.

The two men were convicted “on charges of using their positions to amass wealth while in office and recklessly dissipating state funds to the detriment of the country.”

On the day that the man who executed her father died, Nana Serwaa Acheampong recounted how she missed her father’s protection and love whiles growing up as a child. “Death by firing squad, that’s how my father died, when I was just 6 years old. At the time I didn’t understand, but as I grew up, it started to become clearer, I had no one to call father. Now I think, his children and I are the same fatherless! But at least they grew up knowing their father, they grew up being provided for and protected by their father. So no we are not the same. Rawlings took my father away from me by firing squad, leaving me with no father to provide for me or protect me”

 

Read the full statement of Nana Serwaa Acheampong below:

Source: Eveningmailgh.com with files from washingtonpost.com

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