In relation to the unfortunate brutality and cruelty meted out to Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama of the 5th Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Member of Parliament for the Kumbungu Constituency Hon. Ras Mubarak has paid a heartfelt tribute to his untimely demise, by calling on the government to grant the late Captain Mahama a state burial to honour and acknowledge his sacrifices, as they work hand in hand to hunt down his perpetrators.
“Maxwell deserves a state burial with full military honours. But more important than a State burial in finding the perpetrators of the evil act. Let’s join hands in hunting down his killers”.
Hon. Ras Mubarak made this humble appeal on the floor of Parliament this afternoon, when delivering his statement on Maxwell Adam Mahama who was lynched to death on Monday in a most gruesome attack by members of the Denkyira –Obuasi community, in the Central Region.
The ghastly killing of Captain Mahama who was on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi in alleged case of mistaken identity, has drew wide condemnation across the country with the Minority calling on government to ensure that, those culpable face the full rigor of the laws of the country.
According to Hon. Ras Mubarak, the laws of the country guaranteed Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama the right to fight back to protect himself in the face of danger, yet he spared his tormentors and chose to die at their hands rather than shoot his way out of danger, which obviously is the mark of a real soldier.
“He died a hero, a true Ghanaian hero. He had options, and one was to fight back and shoot his way out of danger. His death is a stark reminder of the very real dangers our men and women in uniform face on a daily basis”.
“Even if, Maxwell had committed any crime against the community, is that the appropriate way of exacting justice? Why? Something is awry”. He acknowledged.
“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”
For far too long, He said, we have sat back and watched almost on a monthly basis; incidents like this take place and remained silent because it has not directly affected us.
How many more innocent people like Maxwell, must die in very tragic circumstances, before we say enough is enough? He lamented.
Maxwell had been stationed in the area, as part of the crusade against the galamsey menace in Ghana. He was committed to the cause; and even on his facebook page, he demonstrated his commitment to the fight against Galamsey.
“Mr. Speaker, I know the whole House has been deeply saddened and feel a sense of revulsion at the death of Captain Maxwell Mahama, and I hope the whole House would join me in condemning the horrific manner of his death”.
“The young soldier gave his life serving his country and our deepest sympathies are with his father, Adam Mahama. I offer my profound and deepest sympathy to his wife, Barbara, and children, and also to H.E. John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic and uncle of the deceased”.
My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family and friends and the Ghana Armed Forces.
“Though, details are still emerging, hence it is important that as a House, we stand as one in condemning such barbarity and demand quick action in bringing the perpetrators to book”. Hon. Ras Mubarak has urged.
“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 Maxell”.
Hon. Ras Mubarak also took the opportunity to commend the Ghana Armed Forces for the professionalism, exhibited in this tragic incident that has befallen both their institution and the nation as whole .
The crime is so horrific to have warranted draconian response against the community, but the military have sowed discipline and professionalism. They must be commended highly. It is right for the military high command to initiate an immediate investigation. He added.
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