Govt presents Major Mahama Trust Fund bill to Parliament

Mr Dominic Nitiwul,Minister of Defence

Mr Dominic Nitiwul,Minister of Defence

A TRUST fund bill in honour of the late Major Maxwell Mahama, has been presented to Parliament and read for the first time.

 

Christened the ‘Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill, 2017,’ the bill is intended to cater adequately for the wife and two children of the slain soldier.

 

Maxwell Mahama who died a Captain of the Fifth Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces was lynched by a mob at Denkyira Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region on May 29, 2017, whilst on detachment duties.

 

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in the heat of the funeral rites of the Maxwell Mahama, posthumously promoted the then 32 year old to the rank of a Major and pledged a GH¢500,000 seed money from state coffers for the Fund.

 

A memorandum accompanying the bill, signed by Dominic Nitiwul, the Defence Minister, said the establishment of the fund had become necessary to give effect to government’s commitment towards the family of the late soldier “considering the circumstances under which the officer died.”

 

“The bill, with the sole object of catering adequately for the widow of the late officer until she remarries and catering adequately for the children of the late officer, will therefore ensure that all monies intended for the welfare and upkeep generally….are properly administered by a Board of Trustees who have a fiduciary relationship with the beneficiaries of the Fund,” the memorandum added.

 

According to the draft bill, setting up the Trust Fund will guarantee that proceeds were properly managed to benefit the beneficiaries with trustees expected to account for the utilisation of the finds regularly as prescribed by law.

 

“The trustees are also to keep account of the trust property and to produce them to any beneficiary when required; as well as to provide all reasonable information regarding how the trust property has been dealt with.

 

“The trustees also have a duty to invest the trust property in safe securities,” the draft added.

 

Elucidating further on the bill with journalists after proceedings in Parliament yesterday, Mr Nitiwul, MP, Bimbilla, said the erection of a monument in memory of the late Mahama would follow after the bill is finalised.

 

To ensure the widow of Maxwell Mahama was self sufficient, he said, government has secured a job for the mother of two and was in constant contact with her.

 

He said at cabinet level, establishing the fund for Maxwell Mahama alone generated argument whether it should be done in general for fallen soldiers but “the argument which won the day was that this should be a fund that should take care of Major Mahama’s family and nothing more.”

 

The late Major Mahama’s death threw the country into a state of mourning as gory footages of how he was killed emerged barely hours after his death was reported.

 

More than 20 suspects are currently facing trial here in Accra in relation to his death.

 

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