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General News of Sunday, 11 June 2017


Laws of this country must work; don't spare Mahama’s killers - Rev. Opuni

The General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) has charged the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the culprits involved in the gruesome murder of the late Major Maxwell Mahama are not spared.

Rev. Dr. Opuni Frimpong says there should not be a situation where the public would be told that there is no evidence to prosecute the offenders.

“We should not force anything on anyone and the laws of this country must work and we hope that somebody will not wake up one morning and say ‘we don’t have evidence so the people have been discharged’. We must find the people who caused this pain to the whole country and especially the family and then per our laws punish them,” he told Accra based Class FM.

“The [bereaved] family is free to say that ‘we have been able to free ourselves, heal ourselves and forgiven them’, but that should not stop the country from applying our laws because we need also to build a future [with] structures that will deter people from repeating such things,” he added.

The late Major Mahama was lynched to death by an angry mob at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region after he a false alarm was raised that an armed robber had been spotted. He was laid to rest yesterday [Friday] at the Military Cemetery after a State Burial was held in his honour.

Rev. Opuni charged Ghanaians to learn from the incident, forgive ourselves and take a retrospection of the gruesome murder of the late fallen hero.

“Moving forward we need to heal the wounds; this country must heal its wounds. …What these people have done to the deceased, we need to heal our wounds and even those who think they have made mistakes must forgive themselves and call also for forgiveness.

“In doing so it does not mean that the perpetrators must go scot-free, that is not the point. So, yes, we can forgive the people who are calling for [forgiveness], and the nation must heal its wounds.

“What happened has affected almost the whole country and even certain individuals including the parents, the wife, the children, colleagues, church members, and all that and we must free ourselves from this painful experience.”