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09.05.2019 General News

Herbert Mensah Leads Walk For Victims Of Stadium Disaster

By Staff Writer
Herbert Mensah Leads Walk For Victims Of Stadium Disaster

The Foundation also embarked on a walk in Kumasi to drum home the need for safety in the stadia.

Thousands including students from the Katanga Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) took part. Herbert Mensah told the media that he owes a sacred duty to remember those who died on the day.

The Foundation led by Mr Mensah was later in the day hosted by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II who encourage them to do more to help families affected by the disaster.

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The donations to the Mosque included food items from sponsors like Gino, household consumable products from Sunda International and an undisclosed amount of cash and T-shirts from Interplast.

Herbert Mensah praised the Islamic and traditional leaders of Kumasi for showing respect to those who perished at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in 2001.

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“Again after 18 years, we come to the house of Allah. We come here with humility. 18 years we have been coming to the Mosque in Kumasi. We get guidance and a sense of direction when we come here.

"We come here because the Muslim leaders here, the Imams, and the Otumfuo are the only people who give respect to those who lost their lives in the May 9 stadium disaster," Mr Mensah said.

The Ohene Djan Sports Stadium (then the Accra Sports Stadium) disaster occurred amidst poor officiating and the application of wrong crowd control methods by the police during a game between rival soccer clubs Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

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The Ashanti regional chief Imam, Abdul Mumin, led prayers for the souls of the departed football fans.

For the 18 years since the disaster, no police or football officials have paid the price for their role in the historic national tragedy.