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General News of Wednesday, 28 November 2018


Foase shooting victims to be buried in December

A seven-member committee set up to oversee implementation of recommendations by an investigative team on an alleged police shooting at Foase in the Ashanti Region is proposing a joint burial ceremony for victims.

Four people, all males, died when police reportedly opened fire on a group of residents protesting the relocation of the Atwima Kwanwoma District capital from Foase to Twedie.

The deceased have been identified as Kwaku, Prince Boateng, Joseph Appau and Dominic Addai.

Though the government has started implementing recommendations of an independent enquiry, their bodies remain at the morgue.

The committee is to consult the Attorney-General’s Office to determine the appropriate compensation for dependents of the dead and wounded persons.

The Ministry of National Security is set to reimburse GHC108,58 cedis in medical costs for victims. The committee, among other things, will also ensure relocation of the District Capital to Twedie.

At its meeting on Monday, the committee proposed three dates – December 8, 13 or 15 – for the burial of all deceased persons.

This would be preceded by a visit to the morgue next week Monday to inspect the corpses.

The National Peace Council has started consultations with the affected families ahead of a meeting with the Implementation Committee on Tuesday.

Right Rev Nuh Ben Abubakar is the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Peace Council.

"The Implementation Committee met yesterday [Monday] and they have taken a decision. They have suggested three dates for the burial and funeral. They have planned an inter-denominational service for all of them. And the four would be buried together in the same area and the funeral would take place in the afternoon," Rt. Rev. Abubakar stated.

The Peace Council believes organising a befitting funeral for the deceased could pave way for the needed peace between the two communities.

"In Ashanti, when a family member dies, the family's major prerogative is to see to the burial of the dead and he must be buried properly. That is why we want to prioritise that. When the people are buried peacefully, the rest can follow."