- A retired captain is calling for the death sentence to be brought back
- Captain Budu Koomson (Rtd) believes all killers of the late Major Mahama be killed too
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The killing of Major Maxwell Mahama has got a section of the military wish for the death sentence be made applicable in Ghana’s laws.
Ghana’s fledgling democracy over the past years has seen the issue of the death sentence – which implies taking the life of a criminal or murderer – subdued to the demands of human rights and administrative justice.
But the unfortunate situation regarding the mob justice meted out to the military officer mistaken for a thief at Denkyira-Obuasi has got the army wishing for heads to roll.
“If the death penalty is still in the statute books it should be applied,” a retired captain in the army, Captain Budu Koomson (Rtd) lamented to a cross section of the media.
It was a day of tears and reflection when thousands of Ghanaians across the country joined in to mourn the unfortunate killing of the most revered soldier.
Major Mahama’s state burial saw government re-emphasize its commitment to ensuring that the perpetrators of the crime are brought to book.
But just as the funeral ceremony was been held at the forecourts of the State House in Accra, a cross section of aggrieved residents at Denkyira-Obuasi – the very spot where the military officer got killed poured out in their numbers to weep and plead for forgiveness over the act meted out to the innocent soldier.
Meanwhile government and a cross section of civil society have pledged to take good care of the family and children by catering for their education and full well-being.
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