…As AWOL ‘Chief Mourner’ angers Minority
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s beautiful promise to erect a monument that will immortalize the late Maj. Maxwell Adama Mahama has become the flower bouquet that the bride throws.
Right on the heels of the burial and memorial services of the late soldier, members of the Ghana Armed Forces are demanding that the President come forth with a comprehensive plan about the proposed monument.
At the funeral held in the forecourt of the State House last Friday, soldiers who had spoken to The Republic demanded that an idea about the monument, a budget and the location of the monument be communicated as quickly as possible.
“Once this is made known, the 48 Engineers Regiment should be given full responsibility to erect the monument,” a soldier said on condition of anonymity.
The sentiment is shared by some members of the public who think that, for good effect, the monument should even be erected at Denkyira Boase, the scene of the lynching of the late soldier, to truly capture the symbolism of the dastardly lawlessness.
The late Maj. Mahama had been lynched at Denkyira Boase in early April, this year, by assailants that are believed to have been motivated by hatred for his fastidious fight against galamsey in the area.
President Akufo-Addo had, at the one week observance for the late soldier, promised to erect a monument in his memory. But that promise had been vague without any pointers to what exactly the nature of the monument will be or when its construction will start. No one knows even where the monument will be erected.
The promise has since become open-ended from a politician who is seen as greatly responsible for the murder of the late soldier since his promise in opposition never to fight galamsey and his subsequent u-turn in office as President to clamp down on it is seen as a fuel of the anger of the people of Denkyira Boase who lynched the late soldier while on deployment there to fight galamsey.
Members of the public observe that if a monument in the memory of the lynched soldier is erected at Denkyira Boase, it would help with a necessary healing process and reconciliation that an angry nation needs in haste to reconcile Denkyira Boase to the rest of herself.
Meanwhile, at the funeral of the late Major, President Akufo-Addo had been conspicuously absent.
As Commander-in-Chief and natural ‘Chief Mourner’ of the slain soldier, the President had rather been in Europe, failing to be a consoling influence on many crying soldiers who had broken down and wept like babies at the funeral.
The disrespectful AWOL of the President has since angered the Minority in Parliament, which has observed that even the august House had not been informed of the President’s travel outside the country.
“Mr. Speaker, the people of Ghana deserve to know about the whereabouts of the number one person of the country,” Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, had said last week in Parliament in the wake of the President’s disappearing act.
He pointed out that the AWOL by the President contravened Articles 59 and 60 of the Constitution which makes it mandatory for the President to announce it whenever he is traveling out of the country.
The late Major Mahama was laid to rest last Friday, with his funeral being attended by all living former presidents of the country.
The Vice President and head of the Economic Management Team, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, had however attended in the place of the Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces.
The late Major has since been interred at the Osu Cemetery in the nation’s capital, Accra.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels