History Remembering the Kumasi Mutiny of 1901

Remembering the Kumasi Mutiny of 1901

-

- Advertisement -

Remembering the Kumasi Mutiny of 1901. Photomontage of Private Luseini an NCO of the British West African Regiment. Luseini was one of 134 soldiers who were imprisoned in Sierra Leone after the Kumasi Mutiny (Recorded in the British popular press at the time as the “Coomassie Mutiny”) of March 1901.

Remembering the Kumasi Mutiny of 1901. Photomontage of Private Luseini an NCO of the British West African Regiment.
Kumasi Mutiny

Throughout the colonial period, the defense of African colonies was largely the responsibility of locally recruited armies and paramilitary bodies. African colonial armies guarded frontiers and acted as imperial troops in overseas campaign but their primary role was to maintain internal security.

On rare occasions, they did use their arms and collective muscle to defy and threaten the authorities which employed them. One such instance is the mutiny of the West African Regiment in Asante in 1901.

The mutiny occurred because the native troops had not been paid for months despite constant promises from the British Government. It started on March 18 when 60 men went absent without leave from an evening parade.

The next morning, it was discovered that 178 more men had disappeared. The native troops mutinied and fired on British troops who returned fire, killing 12 mutineers.

The Kumasi mutiny lasted for 3 weeks. They were tried under the Army Act of 1881, sentenced and imprisoned in Sierra Leone. A dozen were sentenced to be executed by firing squad, but the sentence was later commuted to penal servitude.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

13 January 1972- Ignatius Kutu Acheampong overthrow Kofi Abrefa Busia

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the coup d'etat against the government of Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia when...

Melody Millicent Danquah, first female Ghanaian pilot

Melody Millicent Danquah Melody Millicent Danquah Melody Millicent Danquah, She was Ghana's 1st Female...

Deposed President Dr Hilla Limann arrested after Coup

Today in history, On 4 January 1982, exactly 39 years today, President Dr Hilla Limann was arrested while trying...

John Evans Atta Mills Wins 2008 presidential elections after Run-Off

Today in History, exactly 12 years ago, On 2nd Jan 2009, The National Democratic congress (NDC) candidate John Evans...

Ephraim Kɔku Amu, composer of ‘Yen Ara Asaase Ni’, dies

Today in History, On 2 January 1995, Ephraim Kɔku Amu, composer of 'Yen Ara Asaase Ni', died...

Salifu Dagarti; the man who took a bullet for Kwame Nkrumah

Today in History, on 2nd January, 1964. Exactly 57 years ago. Supt. Salifu Dagarti; the man who took a...

Must read

Ghana confirms new cases of Coronavirus

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has confirmed five (5)...

Nana Kwame Bediako acquires $7 Million House In Bel Air, California

Nana Kwame Bediako (Freedom Jacob Caesar) was born in...
- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Translate »