Parliament yesterday, observed a minute’s silence in memory of the late Adams Mahama, the Upper East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), who was murdered last week, with a call on the Police Service not to shield anyone involved in his murder.
Contributing to a statement on a floor by the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the members said the gruesome murder of Mr. Mahama needed to be investigated through every means possible, in order to bring the perpetrators to book.
The lawmakers said Mr. Mahama’s death should be a wake-up call for politicians from the political divide to declare zero tolerance for political violence.
Mr. Mahama was murdered by unknown assailants who allegedly poured acid on him.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said, the death of his party’s Upper East Regional Chairman demonstrated “the height of man’s inhumanity against man. It is bestial, barbaric and horrendous. It is satanic.”
He said the use of acid to settle scores was assuming increasing proportions, and wondered how such poisonous chemicals were procured into the country and the purposes they were to serve, apart from being used for such heinous crimes.
“It is unfortunate that it had to take the life of Mr. Adams Mahama, a self-made man, a man who has pulled himself up by his own bootstraps, a man of the people of Bolgatanga, a philanthropist, to awaken the conscience of the nation to these unconscionable acts,” he said.
He urged the police to be unrelenting in their pursuit of the criminals and bring them to justice, and appealed for a speedy, administration of justice in order to “still the waters”.
The Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, said Mr. Mahama’s death and burial received national attention not because he held a state position, but because many people were angered by the manner in which he was killed.
He said people were displeased with the gruesome murder, and entreated the security agencies to delve into the matter and punish the perpetrators.
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu (NDC Tamale South) said ,Mr. Mahama passed on under very cruel circumstances, and added, “it behoves us as a country to identify the perpetrators and punish them ruthlessly.”
According to him, the gruesome murder reflected the lack of tolerance in the country’s politics and appealed to the police to find all means possible to identify the killers.
The Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, the Members of Parliament for Manhyia South and Wa Central, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, and Joseph Yieleh Chireh respectively, all added their voices to the call on the police to dig deep into the matter and prosecute the perpetrators.
In another development, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, and the Minister of Agriculture, Fifi Kwetey, appeared before the lawmakers to be quizzed on a number of issues relating to their respective ministries.
By Yaw Kyei