ON THIS DAY 1ST AUGUST, 1962
(58 YEARS AGO)
On this day, 58 years ago, the first President of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah experienced an attempt on his life.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah was injured by an attempt on his life from a bomb in Kulungugu.
Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, had stopped in a village in the Bawku District, on his way back from an official meeting with President Maurice Yameogo.
President Maurice Yameogo was the President of Burkina Faso, then Upper Volta.
That day, There was great pressure for the presidential convoy to stop at Kulungugu, a small village around Bawku.
According to one account, as a schoolchild was approaching the president with a bouquet of flowers, his military bodyguard Capt. Samuel Buckman, hearing the ticking of a timing device getting louder and closer, instinctively wrestled the president to the ground, a split second before the bomb exploded.
Surprisingly, both the president and his military aide de camp experienced non-life-threatening injuries.
The childbearing the bouquet was killed and others were severely injured.
Later, Nkrumah was treated by a British doctor at Bawku hospital, who removed shrapnel from his back and side.
He recuperated in Tamale for a week after, where ironically, he was visited by then Brigadier Ankrah, later to lead the military government in 1966 which overthrew Nkrumah.
After recovery, Nkrumah later accused his Minister of Information, Broadcasting and Presidential Affairs, Tawia Adamafio for being behind the plot.
People suspected the opposition United Party (UP) operatives from northern Ghana who had been trained in Lome, Togo.
Edward A. Ulzen Foundation