Major Mahama’s statue will torment us – Residents of Denkyira Obuasi

Some residents of Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region fear that the erection of a statue in memory of late Major Maxwell Mahama would haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Major Mahama, an officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion, was lynched and his body partly burnt by some youth of Denkyira-Obuasi exactly a year ago on the suspicion that he was an armed robber.

Fourteen suspects are currently standing trial for various offences, including murder.

Family of the deceased believes the suspects could be more than the number being persecuted and thus is demanding justice.Exactly a year on after his murder, there have been calls for an erection of a statue at Denykira Obuasi in the memory of the slain soldier by the military.

But some residents say they cannot stand the sight of a monument of the soldier, “Please leave us alone, we are afraid, our children will even run when they see it”, Auntie Afiba, a resident pleaded in reference to a statue being cited in the town.

According to TV3 news, some of the residents of the town a year on, residents are not excited that there could be a possibility of a monument being erected in the town to remind them of the deed committed by some of their sons and daughters.

As part of activities marking the first anniversary of the soldier, the state will on Tuesday, May 29, cut a sod for the construction of a monument at Airport Hills Roundabout in Accra.

Angelina Brago-Anim, a resident, disagreed to the move, saying that there is already fear among the people and the erection of a statue in the town would only compound increase their fears. “Fear has gripped us and the events linger on. Erecting a statue? That is pressure on us”, she stated.

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