Parliament Urges Harsher Punishment For Capt. Mahama Killers

The members of Ghana’s Parliament have called on the government through the judicial system to render stiffer punishments to those involved in the lynching of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama, the Military Detachment commander in the Upper Denkyira West in the Central Region.

Members in contributing to a statement by Hon. Ras Mubarak, Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu, called on the security agencies to do a thorough investigation into the cruel murder of Captain Mahama.

The parliamentarians expressed shock at the death of the young captain, describing it as “barbaric, cruel, gruesome and callous, act of impunity.”

In a statement on the floor of parliament on the murder of Captain Maxwell, Hon Mubarak said, the young soldier gave his life serving the nation and his death is stark reminder of the very real dangers that the security forces face on daily basis.

“Mr. Speaker, the manner in which Maxwell died, does enormous damage to the moral authority of our country. It makes us fall short as a country where rule of law is respected. This is not the country you grew up in, Mr. Speaker. This is not Ghana where elders could talk to the young and they would listen. Even if, Maxwell had committed any crime against the community, is that the appropriate way of exacting justice?.

“I know the whole House has been deeply saddened by the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama and I hope the whole House would join me in condemning the horrific manner of his death,” he stated.

He added, “Mr. Speaker, I am angry, but I am reserved in my anger because I am in a position of trust, and as such must seek to preserve the sanctity of our beloved country Ghana. But this is a man in uniform, brutally killed in the line of duty. His attackers cannot go unpunished; we cannot treat this on a business as usual basis. The state must not spare resources in hunting down these savages who lynched Maxwell.”

Mr. Mubarak commended the Ghana Armed Forces for the professionalism they have exhibited, stating the crime is so horrific to have warranted draconian response against the community, but the military have showed discipline and professionalism.

Hon. Kojo Asemanyi, MP for Gomoa East, in a similar statement, condemned the act and called on security agencies to unravel the dastardly act committed by the perpetrators and ensure that they face the full rigors of the law.

Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, and Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, joined forces in voice and condemned the killing of the Military officer in a manner without any provocation.

Hon Haruna Iddrissu entreated government to as a matter of urgency “explore all legal and legitimate means to bring the perpetuators to book.”

He also called on the Minister of Communications to consider blocking the photos and other horrifying video on the death of Maxwell on the net as the continued circulation induces more emotion on the family and relatives.

On his part, the Majority leader, Mr. Kyei Mensah Bonsu condemned the murder of Captain Mahama, describing it as “barbarism” which ought not to have happened, not on the military officer alone but any other citizens.

He said while commiserating with the Military High Command and officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces on this sad loss, parliament urges them to continue to exercise restraint as the matter is being dealt with.

Some members of the august House  including Emmanuel Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembele, Inusah Fuseini, MP for Tamale Central, Laadi Ayine Ayamba, MP for Pusiga,  Kwame Anyimadu-Antwi, MP for Asante Akim Central, and Della Sowah, MP for Kpando, all condemned the dastardly killing of Captain Maxwell Mahama.

The killing of Maxwell Mahama, an army captain, on May 29,2017, by a mob in Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region  has angered many Ghanaians.

Some suspects including the Assemblyman for the area the incident took place have been arrested, while effort is being made to unravel the true cause of his public lynching.




Source: / Felix Engsalige Nyaaba


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