Parliament pays tribute to Capt Mahama

Late Captain Mahama

Late Captain Mahama

Parliament has paid tribute to the late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, the army officer who was lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Upper West Denkyira District of the Central Region, demanding that investigations were swiftly carried into the heinous crime to bring the perpetrators to book.


The soldier was slain Monday morning after residents of the farming community said they mistook him for a member of an armed robbery gang which had terrorised the community a day earlier.


Captain Mahama, a soldier of the Fifth Infantry Battalion (5BN), who was on duty in the area to halt illegal mining activities was attacked by a mob killing him in the process and setting his lifeless body ablaze.


His death has stunned the country with gory pictures of the brutality he suffered in the hands of his attackers going viral on social media, prompting calls for justice for the fallen soldier.


In two separate statements on the floor of Parliament in Accra yesterday by Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak and Gomoa East MP, Kojo Asemanyi, the lawmakers said the dastardly crime must not go unpunished.


According to Mr Mubarak, as a country, “we” have sat back for far too long and watched incidents like these go unpunished, emboldening perpetrators to continue on such tangents, advocating that persons involved in the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama were dealt with severely in accordance with the law to serve as deterrent to others.


Mr Asemenyi on his part said that while investigations continued to unravel the circumstances that led to Captain Mahama’s death, it was important residents were urged to cooperate with the investigative authorities to identify the true attackers for them to be apprehended and prosecuted.


Their statements were followed by a one-minute silence in memory of the deceased soldier.


Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, summing up comments of the minority side said it was time impunity in the country was checked and perpetrators of every act of impunity brought to justice.


Mr Iddrisu urged the Interior, Defence and the Attorney General and Justice Ministries to take key interest in the matter for logical conclusion and called on the government to take full responsibility of the family Captain Mahama left behind.


The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the attack on the young soldier was a mortal wound on the image of the country and called for retrospection by the citizenry, especially people who may have acted in that manner before.


Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said never again should such “barbaric and horrifying” acts be visited on any Ghanaian or non Ghanaian irrespective of his or her status in society or which offence he or she may have been accused of.

By Julius Yao Petetsi









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