The chiefs and people of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region – the town where Major Maxwell Mahama was gruesomely killed barely four months ago – heaved a sigh of relief on Monday when President Akufo-Addo visited the community.
He assured them that in spite of whatever had gone on and the stigma the town had suffered, he and his government would not abandon them.
He gave the assurance when he and his entourage visited Denkyira-Obuasi as part of his six-day working tour of the Western and the Central Regions.
“I was saddened by the incident. It hurt me that such an act should occur under my presidency. I have come to appeal to you that such a thing should never occur in Denkyira-Obuasi, let alone in any part of our country. Let it be the last time that we see such an event in our country,” he charged.
Many were those who thought the government, and for that matter President Akufo-Addo, would impose some sanctions on the people of the place.
Unfortunate as the events that led to the gruesome murder of the young military officer were, he underscored, “The pain I brought from Accra has been lifted because of what the Omanhene has said today.”
This was after the Krontihene of the area, Odiamono Twum Barimah II, had appealed for forgiveness on behalf of his people.
He was first to admit that what happened was not right and should never have happened, saying, “I will plead with all Ghanaians to learn a lesson from this sad incident. The police, judiciary and lawyers are the ones charged with the prosecution of crime. We should therefore not take the law into our own hands.”
President Akufo-Addo pointed out that “you are a part of Ghana. I have come to assure you that despite what has happened, my government will not abandon you. Whatever policies we have put in place to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians, such as the Free SHS policy, the programme for ‘Planting for Food and Jobs,’ ‘One District, One Factory,’ Denkyira-Obuasi, now New Obuasi, according to the Omanhene, will be a part of them.”
On the requests made by the chief of Denkyira-Obuasi, President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance that the poor roads in the town would be rehabilitated.
Touching on the appeal by the people for the restoration of their District Chief Executive, President Akufo-Addo assured the gathering that a decision on the status of Mr. Appianin would be made public in the coming days.