The Defence Ministry, the Military High Command and other security agencies will today [Wednesday] witness the unveiling of a monument in honour of the late Major Maxwell Mahama.
Major Mahama, who was the commander of the Military detachment stationed at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira District of the Central Region, met his untimely death on the 29th of May 2017 after he was lynched by the residents who claimed they thought he was an armed robber.
The construction of a 20-foot monument in honour of the solder at the Airport Hills Roundabout has been met with stiff opposition from a group of residents of La who say they see no reason why the monument should be on their land when the deceased officer was killed in the Central Region.
At an earlier press conference, the conveners asked;
“Why La? Why not the place he died or his own hometown but they dump it on us because La is a dustbin…We are telling him we don’t like this and that we expect him to act. He has told the whole country that he is a listening president, so he has to listen to us. Perhaps in a week’s time, we should expect to hear something. We expect to see something.”
The President of the Coalition of La Associations (COLA), Oscar Nii Odoi Glover in a Citi News interview said the coalition is still opposed to the move by the government.
He said the indigenes of La are disappointed over the decision to mount the statue on their land.
“The entire La State is against putting up the statue on our land. It is not just COLA. We are only a group in La. Anything can happen in the future. They have 24-hour military guard, we know it but we’ve not made our mind to do anything against it.
Besides the statue, a trust fund has been set up by the government to cater to Major Mahama’s wife and children.
President Nana Akufo-Addo also made a personal donation of GH¢ 50,000 towards the fund.
The monument is in line with a request from the family of the late military officer.
Major Mahama’s family made the request known during a courtesy call on the president in 2017, where it expressed the hope that the monument would serve as a reminder of the tragedy and a deterrent to the canker of mob justice in Ghana.
Official Police account indicates that he jogging along the Diaso-Dominase-Ayanfuri, stretch when a mob attacked him upon suspicion that he was an armed robber.