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Spared Kwame Nkrumah from bomb blast, Elizabeth Asantewaa relates her trial

Published by on November 12th, 2020.


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Elizabeth Asantewaa, who experienced bomb blast as a child during the 1964 Independence Day festivity at the Accra Sports Stadium, has been telling about her sorry situation for quite a long time however no Ghana Government official has tried to tune in, she says.

At age 13, Elizabeth Asantewaa turned into a bomb blast casualty when she was approached to introduce a bouquet to President Kwame Nkrumah.

She endured wounds when a bomb which was focused at the president detonated.

Elizabeth Asantewaa who is moving toward 70 years presently sits in a wheelchair with a cut off appendage, with no clinical consideration from the state.

She told Accra-based Citi TV that she currently faces removal from her Dansoman home since she can’t pay her lease which was until now being paid by the Assemblies of God Church, Dansoman branch where she reveres.

Elizabeth Asantewaa griped that since her assault on sixth March 1964, she has not gotten any remuneration from the Ghanaian government.

“I am truly enduring, I don’t have tranquility, no pay; nothing. I have been incapacitated for over two years with bedsore at my back… ,” she expressed.

Describing what really occurred on sixth March 1964, Elizabeth Asantewaa demonstrated that at that point, she was too youthful to even consider comprehending what was really going on.

“Everything occurred at the Accra Sports Stadium where understudies, investors, fighters, and police were in participation; the spot was full to limit… we were approached to hang tight for Nkrumah so we were moving to the tunes that were originating from the band. Much to my dismay that I planned to endure this way,” she said.

She added, “… I was holding something that resembled blossoms which I was to present to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. At the point when he [Nkrumah] made an endeavor to take the blossoms from me, he raised his head all over and later shook his head… on the off chance that I had extended my hands towards him, he would have passed on.”

When inquired as to whether the bomb was in what she was holding, Madam Asantewaa said she was unable to tell aside from God.

“… Nkrumah got down from the stage without expressing a word. I think Nkrumah sees past the standard… 10 minutes after he had left, we heard some arrangement of blasts at where we were standing.

“It lifted me up and brought me back onto the ground. All I saw was my leg consuming and blood running everywhere on my head. An opening was made in my calf with slugs… it seemed like how knockouts are lit during Christmas,” Elizabeth Asantewaa described.

The bomb killed a portion of the understudies who were at the arena to observe the Independence Day festivity. Asantewaa’s physical issue was quitting any and all funny business, the rescue vehicle that was called to the scene was not prepared so the warriors shipped her to the 37 Military Hospital in a private vehicle, she reviewed.

“I was scorched to where you could see my bones. I was conceded for a very long time at 37 Military Hospital. I felt extreme agonies [in] my back… later the specialists said my circumstance was more awful and they couldn’t deal with it so I was transported to Great Britain for treatment.”

Madam Asantewaa said that Nkrumah visited her habitually with his better half Fatiah and cried sharply.

She reviewed: “Nkrumah disclosed to me I had spared his life; along these lines, he will give whatever I need in this world. Later on, in the event that I end up venturing to every part of, ‘the state will deal with you and show improvement over I will do on the grounds that you got harmed as a result of me'”.

Notwithstanding, after Kwame Nkrumah was ousted in 1966, life turned out to be exceptionally hard for Madam Elizabeth Asantewaa. Her better half and two kids have since passed on. The main individual who deals with her will be her solitary sibling’s child who is likewise not utilized subsequent to finishing the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in 2015.

She added it is hard for her to try and purchase food to eat on occasion since she has no cash and had been lying at one spot every one of these years.

“I cry all day since I am in torment, my knee harms severely in light of the projectile injuries… ,” she unveiled. “It now and again takes me three days before I can get cash to purchase medication… ”

Madam Asantewaa regretted she has been ignored and left to her destiny as her present condition is disgraceful and not a huge deal.

Her request is to find support from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his organization, and any good natured Ghanaian who is moved by her story.

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