'I Never Collapsed At Independence Day Event'
The District Chief Executive for Wassa East in the Western Region, Wilson Arthur, has debunked reports that he collapsed during the 61st Independence Day celebrations at Daboase while delivering his speech.
Mr. Arthur said he only felt dizzy at a point in the delivery of the the six-page speech, and was rushed to the Ahmadyyia Muslim Mission hospital at Daboase, after he had taken his seat briefly, adding that he did not physically collapse.
In an interview with Citi News, Wilson Arthur attributed the sudden dizziness to insufficient rest due to excessive work the night before, as well as the long hours he stood on his feet taking salutes from students and security agencies in the district.
He complained that the speech which he was supposed to read was “too long, but I thought I was strong enough to go through that six pages speech, but when I got to the fourth page I realized that my tempo was dropping.”
“…So I put down the microphone and told the security aide that I can't finish reading the speech so let's go and sit. So he folded the umbrella and held my hand and we went to sit. An ambulance pulled up at the VIP area and I walked straight into the ambulance and they drove me off to the hospital. It was clear that there was something wrong. I don't know what they described as collapsing –if not finishing the speech is what they call collapsing then fine, but as to physically collapsing no, I didn't collapse,” he insisted.
Reports indicate that the District Coordinating Officer, Samuel Owusu Andoh, had to finish the DCE’s speech.
There have been complaints generally regarding the long hours spent at the country’s independent parades, as children engaged in the march easily faint.
Just like other years, this year’s event also saw several children in particular stretched off the parade grounds.