Gov’t sets up Trust Fund for Maj. Mahama

Government has initiated a legislative process to establish a trust fund in the name of the late Major Adam Mahama, the young military officer, who was gruesomely murdered by residents of Denkyira Boase in the Central Region.

The fund, which will be known as “Major Mahama Trust Fund,’ will cater for his wife and children, as well as other officers who might fall in that untimely death in the line of duty.

Beside the Trust Fund, government is also said to have secured employment for the wife, Mrs. Babara Mahama.

A bill to establish the fund, entitled “Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill, 2017,” was laid and read for the first time on the floor of parliament in Accra yesterday.

Hon. Dominic Nitiwul, Minister for Defence, told journalists in parliament that the establishment of the fund and the employment offer were in fulfilment of government’s promise to the family, after the late officer was gruesomely murdered at Denkyira- Boase.

“Government promised when he was murdered that we would establish a trust fund for him as part of the four things we originally agreed to establish. So we have been working to ensure that we get that bill established.

“We went to cabinet and cabinet approved of it, we took it to the Gazette, it’s been done and today it’s in Parliament. So it’s a bill that the President will assent to it after Parliament has done its job. The objective of the fund is to cater for the welfare of the family of the late military officer. And we are hoping by the end of the month Parliament works on it for it to be passed,” he noted.

The memorandum that accompanied the bill reads, “The objective of the Bill is to cater adequately for the wife and children of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, an officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, who was lynched by a mob at Denkyira Oboase in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana on Monday, 29 May 2017, while on detachment duties.”

Clause one (1) of the bill, described it as a Private Bill brought by the Defence Minister for enactment, while Clause 2 also described the Major Mahama Trust Fund as a body corporate with perpetual succession.

The 32-year-old military commander was lynched at Denkyira-Oboase in the early hours on May 29, this year, when he was jogging on the road by residents who suspected he was an armed robber after sighting a pocket pistol on him.

As a result, 42 people, including women, were arrested over the nefarious act and screened for prosecution.

After investigation, about 32 of those arrested are currently standing trial for offence of attempt to commit murder and murder at Accra District Magistrate.

Police indicated that, more people are being sought for their role in leading to the murder of the young officer.
 Engsalige Nyaaba

The Republic News Online

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