-Government has fulfilled its promise of setting up a memorial fund to cater for the wife of late Major Maxwell Mahama
-Additionally, government has secured a job for Mrs Barbara Mahama
-This was disclosed in an interview by the Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul
Government has fulfilled its key promise of catering for the wife and children of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Minister of Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has disclosed.
According to the Defence Minister, while government has established a trust fund which will be known as ‘Major Mahama Trust Fund’ to cater for his wife, Barbara and their kids, it has also secured employment for the widow.
Major Mahama, leader of a military detachment enforcing bans on illegal mining and lumbering was lynched in the Central Regional town of Denkyira-Boase in May by residents.
After the incident, President Nana Akufo-Addo sanctioned a posthumous promotion of the fallen soldier from the rank of Captain and promised a number of interventions to alleviate the plight of the bereaved family.
Key among these promises was the setting up of a memorial fund with a seed capital of GHC500,000 to cater for the wife and children.
Speaking in an interview concerning the president's promise, the minister stated that:
“Government promised when he was murdered that we would establish a trust fund for him as part of the four things we originally agreed to establish. So we have been working to ensure that we get that bill established
“We went to cabinet and cabinet approved of it, we took it to the Gazette, it’s been done and today it’s in Parliament. So it’s a bill that the President will assent to it after Parliament has done its job. The objective of the fund is to cater for the welfare of the family of the late military officer. And we are hoping by the end of the month Parliament works on it for it to be passed,” Mr Nitiwul
Major Mahama was initially reported to have been mistaken for an armed robber by his attackers after they sighted a sidearm on him.
Later reports however revealed that he may have been deliberately framed by a group of persons because he was unyielding to the activities of illegal miners in the area.
Over 40 persons have since been arrested over over his death and are standing trial for murder and attempt to commit murder.
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