Akufo-Addo’s Great Omission

…Forgets psychological care for Maj. Mahama’s wife

In addition to a posthumous promotion of slain soldier, Capt. Maxwell Mahama, to the rank of Major, a plethora of respectful things that the government has decided to do in his memory crucially excludes a provision of psychological help for his widow and kids.

At the one week commemoration of the late Maj. Mahama’s life in his house in Accra,  President Akufo-Addo, among other things, announced a Ghc500,000 memorial trust fund, inclusive of a personal donation of Ghc50,000, to support the late Major’s family.

However, no mention was made of any arrangement for psychological therapy for the young grieving wife and the bereaved family.

The slaying of the late soldier had been very barbaric, with the youth of Denkyira Boase in the Central Region, bludgeoning him with stones and clubs before torching his body. Unfortunately for the family, the gruesome murder had been caught on video with the footage widely circulated on social media.

The social media circulation of the sickening video had constrained the family to appeal to the public to stop the viral rotation of the heart wrenching incident. It was therefore expected that a rehabilitation of the memory of the late major would start with a psychological treatment for his family, but at the one week commemoration of his death, no such provision was announced as part of rehabilitative memorial.

President Akufo-Addo had only announced the posthumous promotion of the late soldier from the rank of Captain to Major, the setting up of a GHc500,000 Trust Fund for the family of the late soldier, inclusive of a Ghc50,000 personal donation by the President and the fact that the fund would be managed by a bipartisan Board of Trustees.

The President had also promised to erect a monument in the honor of the late soldier while reiterating that none of the perpetrators would be allowed to escape justice, even as government prepares towards organizing a state burial for him.

However, the President announced he would not be at the burial of the late soldier scheduled for June 9 as he would be in Europe at the time of the burial. He however promised that the Vice President, First Lady, Chief of Staff and other high government officials will be at the burial to support the Military and the family.

He however promised to be in Ghana to grace the memorial service on Sunday 11th of June.

The late Maj. Mahama had been gruesomely murdered at Denkyira Boase where he was commanding a detachment of soldiers stationed there fighting against illegal mining also known as galamsey.

After the youth of the area, who had been organized by the Assemblyman for Diaso and the ruling NPP’s branch Secretary for Diaso, William Baah, had lynched the soldier, it was initially claimed that the soldier had been an armed robber.

However, that claim has since been dispelled while the police have rounded up a number of suspects.



Source: therepublicnewsonline.comFiifi Samuels


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