- Former president JA Kufuor has condemned the lynching of Major Maxwell Mahama
- In an interview, Kufuor described the soldier's killing as brutal and said that Ghana had lost an asset
- He called for an end to mob justice, which he said had no place in a democratic country like Ghana
Former president John Agyekum Kufuor has condemned the killing of Major Maxwell Mahama by a Denkyira Obuasi mob last week.
The soldier's killing has provoked widespread public condemnation and sparked a campaign against mob violence.
In an interview on Accra-based UTV, Kufuor added his voice to the condemnation of Major Mahama's killing.
Describing the lynching as "brutal", the former president said his death was a sad and tragic one.
He said Major Mahama was a asset to the country and that his death was dent on the image of the country.
Kufuor condemned mob violence, which he said had no place in a democratic country like Ghana.
He called on Ghanaians to have faith in the institutions of state and report people who offend the law to the police.
He said such people would be investigated by the police and prosecuted if there was a need for that.
Police say Major Mahama was going for a 20 kilometre walk when he was attacked by the people of Denkyira Obuasi, led by their assembly man, William Baah.
According to the official police account of the killing, the soldier left his base in civilian clothing, but carried his official pistol with him
Ten kilometres into the walk, police say he stopped to buy snails from some women who were selling by the road.
The women, according to the police, spotted the weapon on him, and thinking he was a thief, they called their assembly man, who then organised the town to lynch him.
Over 40 women, including lactating mothers, have been arrested in connection with the killing.
His family have set Friday from his burial at the Osu Cemetery in Accra.
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