Okatakyie Henry Amankwaa Afrifa, son of the late General Akwasi Amankwaa Afrifa,
on Wednesday expressed his appreciation to President John Agyekum Kufuor for
releasing the body of his father for a fitting re-burial.
He said this
would at least enable him to know where his father’s mortal remains
"In June every year I experience sad memories of my father who was
shot at Teshie Military Range with other gallant soldiers some 29 years ago
"Not giving prominence to the celebration of June 4 has reduced
if not faded away completely the sad impact of June 26, 1979, when he and other
gallant soldiers were executed."
He said he was of a strong belief that
his father was killed out of fear by leaders of the June 4 uprising.
Okatakyie Afrifa, General Manager of Dynamite FM, a community radio
station based at Tarkwa, said in a statement issued at Tarkwa that his father’s
contribution to Ghana’s politics could not be wiped out even after his death.
He said the late General Afrifa was a great man and it was sad for Ghana
to lose him. "He had an extra-ordinary charisma which he used for the
emancipation of the oppressed at the time."
Okatakyie Afrifa appealed to
Ghanaians to vote for NPP because "when NDC wins it will celebrate the June 4
that will bring back sad memories of my father’s death. All those who staged the
1966 coup d’etat died natural deaths but my father alone was arrested and shot.