Mahama lynching “act of cruelty” – Rawlings

Former President JJ Rawlings has described the ghastly murder of a service man by civilians in Denkyira-Obuasi as “an act of cruelty.”

Captain Maxwell Mahama was lynched Monday morning for being allegedly mistaken as an armed robber.

“Your loss is a loss to the whole country. Your husband, son and brother lost his life serving his country,” the former military ruler commiserated with the family in a statement.

Rawlings condemned the “unfortunate” incident and appealed to the affected institutions to “remain calm as the security agencies investigate the matter.”

“Taking the law into our hands in the manner the perpetrators of the act did was an act of cruelty. However, I implore the affected institution to remain calm as the security agencies investigate the matter,” he noted.

Rawlings added: “When the law does not seem to be giving people justice, such acts of cruelty resulting in the unfortunate loss of innocent life, is the end result. I call on the security agencies and the law courts to inspire confidence in the populace by acting swiftly and effectively when crimes are committed in our communities.

“The recent acts of violence in Somanya and Kumasi cannot be taken in isolation. They go to expose a weakness in the general response to crime.”